My hearty congratulations to Max Fraser on organising his fantastic Joy of Living exhibition at Somerset House, which raised £25,000 for Maggies Cancer Caring Centres. Now that all the works have sold, the list of who created each piece has gone live on the site.
I was lucky enough to be asked to create a piece myself (above). I wanted to do something typographic, so started playing around with text and letterforms on the graph paper, and found myself creating a monospaced typeface, its forms and dimensions entirely determined by the page size and the grid. Once I’d shaped out the entire alphabet I noticed that the J, O and Y had lined up in a column, which seemed too happy an accident to ignore.
All the Joy of Living works are now sold, but Max is still collecting donations at this Just Giving page - it’s a fantastic cause, so if you have a moment, go donate.