Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Eden Park

The Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines tournament takes place this weekend at that most hallowed of sports grounds, Eden Park. (Go the Warriors, just quietly!) Last year was the inaugural tournament and in the lead-up, I took a nostalgic look back, via our family history blog Kintalk, at the old league ground, Carlaw Park. Now, we're skipping across town to the tournie venue itself - the stadium where that girl-and-boy-crush Richie McCaw held the Webb Ellis trophy aloft at the Rugby World Cup Final in 2011 - Eden Park. 

The park began as a cricket ground in 1903, and was due to the vision of one Harry Ryan, a cricket enthusiast who approached landowner John Walters to lease part of his land as a sports field.  In the book  Eden Park: A History, the authors write, "Certainly the rough paddock strewn with stones, studded with outcrops of rock and streaked with cowpats, falling away to a boggy trough that filled in a downpour and remained flooded throughout the winter, looked better suited to frog-hunting or duck-shooting than cricket, let alone rugby. Ryan knew or at least imagined better." That bit of land was in fact located just up the road from Cabbage Tree Swamp, now Gribblehirst Park.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sarah Maxey talk - poetry in graphic design

In connection with the current Sir George Grey Special Collections exhibition -- For the love of books -- graphic artist and publisher Sarah Maxey will be giving an illustrated talk on Friday 30 January at 1pm, at the Central City Library, Auckland. 

Following the talk, there will be a chance to view and explore artists' books, hosted by exhibition curator Georgia Prince.

Ref: Sarah Maxey typography.
Sarah Maxey's work has graced publications worldwide, including the New York Times and many literary books. She has won numerous awards, most recently the 2011 Purple Pin, the highest graphic design accolade in New Zealand and a Certificate of Excellence from the International Society of Typographers.

Ref: One of the postcards in Sentimental Journey,
a project involving Sarah Maxey, Kris Sowersby and Kate Camp.
One of the projects Sarah will focus on in her talk is Sentimental Journey, a collaboration between a poet (Kate Camp), a book designer (Sarah Maxey) and a typeface designer (Kris Sowersby) based on the Surrealist game The Exquisite Corpse, using expressive typography.

Below are some examples of Sarah Maxey's book cover designs showing some of her hand-drawn typefaces and illustrations. 

Ref: C K Stead, Dog poems, Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2002.
Book cover design: Sarah Maxey.