Rhythm and Roots

It has been over a month since we released ‘A Guide to the Birdsong of South America‘ and we have been humbled by the response around the world, from personal messages of support via Bandcamp to interviews from Colombia to Switzerland. From the beginning this project has been all about collaboration with artists, designers, record producers and those that backed the project on Kickstarter coming together on behalf of the cause we are supporting – protecting endangered birds in South America.

Alongside the musicians, one of the key people that helped us to give these rare birds a profile was the American designer Scott Partridge who created the incredible designs for all of the bird species, the cover artwork and much more. This is the first in a series of blog posts revealing the people behind the ‘A Guide to the Birdsong of South America’

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You can help us raise more money to protect these birds by buying a unique print of Scott’s work or a limited edition postcard set detailing all the species in the project here.

Originally from Kentucky in the US but now based in Charlotte, North Carolina Scott Partridge made a name for himself for his unique designs and interpretations mainly of the natural world, using vibrant colours and transforming owls, tigers and birds of paradise into biomorphic shapes and offering a new perspective of how we see nature. Scott’s work is inspired and influenced by classic natural history illustrators like John James Audubon and Charley Harper but he also draws on artists like Miró and the surrealist school of painters.

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You can purchase Scott’s magical work as a print from sites including SocietyCurioosRedbubbleZazzle and Saatchi Online. Thanks Scott!

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Afrographique – Charting Africa

Thanks to okayafrica for this one, which, though not strictly musical…is well worth writing about. Afrographique is a Tumblr site run by Ivan Colic, art director/information designer at the South African advertising agency Zoom Advertising. The blog focuses on what is labelled as ‘visual literacy': presenting data in ‘exciting and digestible format’. The well-designed and engaging ‘info-graphics’ show data such as mobile phone usage, Sino-African trade and internet penetration across Africa. Here is Colic talking about the project at a Tedx Stellenbosch event and some examples of the graphics:

 

For more, go to http://afrographique.tumblr.com.

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Ben Newman – Illustrations

Time for another graphic interlude this time courtesy of Bristolian Illustrator Ben Newman. Monsters, masks, extinct birds and all sorts of other wonderful creations.

For more of the same follow Newman’s blog and go take a peek at the excellent publishing house Nobrow who produce a whole range of comics, graphic novels, prints and illustrations.

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Peruvian Prints

This piece on Peruvian poster art came out last year Creative Review magazine but I hadn’t seen the accompanying documentary on one of the artists (Elliot Tupac) behind these wonders (Thanks to Listen Recovery). Here is an interview from Guia de Arte de Lima (in Spanish) with Tupac about his work. It is incredible that these posters are still hand-made on a mass scale using their own typography and methods not involving any computers or electronic printing technology.

Inevitably however, as Tupac says in the video, these methods cannot compete with the newer more cost effective printing methods. He signals that perhaps in the future these hand made posters will only be seen in art galleries rather than plastered across Lima’s streets. Check out some examples below, including an exhibition in Lima put together by El Grupo Plástico collective in 2009 called La Cuadrada: Kaleidoscopic Vision in the city of Lima.

El Equipo Plástico

Guia de Arte Lima

Listen Recovery

El Equipo Plástico

Chichadelia Blogspot

El Equipo Plástico

El Equipo Plástico

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