VICTORY GARDEN / PLANTHOUSE / DECEMBER 2016
THIS MONTH CHELSEA'S Planthouse GALLERY WILL present 'Victory Garden'—a salon style exhibition scheduled to run from December 8, 2016 through January 13, 2017.
During World War I and II, victory gardens were planted next to private homes and in public parks throughout North America, Europe and Australia. Designed to reduce pressure on the food supply, the gardens were also considered to be morale-boosting symbols of solidarity. Government-led campaigns were mounted, with lithographic posters targeting urban and rural dwellers alike and inspiring them to plant fruits and vegetables. Citizens felt empowered by their contributions to the war effort and rewarded by the produce grown. Today, our world is again in political and environmental turmoil and we are similarly in need of nourishment and unification at the community level, this time in the form of collective political engagement. The show will feature small paintings, prints, and works on paper, with the goal of initiating conversation and action.
MY OWN CONTRIBUTION WAS A CULMINATION OF GRAPHITE DRAWINGS I'VE BEEN MAKING OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS- WORKING ON STUDIES AND SKETCHES FROM A FLINT ARROW HEAD WE FOUND IN BRCYE CANYON IN SEPTEMBER.
HAVEN PRESS / PUBLISHING RESIDENCY / OCTOBER 2016
I’m excited and honoured to say that over the course of the next year or so I will be working on and off with master printer Mark Herschede at Haven Press. I’ve been invited to produce a body of work in collaboration with Mark. We’ve discussed vector-based laser cut wood blocks and all sorts of other sci-fi printing methods. It is going to be a challenge and an absolute pleasure to pursue my own practice in a new direction and alongside such a talented printer. To put it simply- watch this space!
COLLABORATORS / VAROOM MAGAZINE / JULY 2016
I WAS DELIGHTED TO BE INTERVIEWED THIS WEEK BY The Association of Illustrators’ Varoom! Magazine as part of their Collaborators edition. It was an interesting and revealing look at the relationship and creative process between MASTER printmaker and artist. I had no hesitation as naming OLD COMRADES Joe Wilson and Kate Gibb as my favourite collaborators. Here’s a look at their beautiful work and my view of the production process.
RABBIT HOLE / GROUP EXHIBITION / JUNE 2016
THIS SUMMER I HAD THE PLEASURE OF EXHIBITING WITH SMALL GROUP OF FANTASTIC ARTISTS, PRINTMAKERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS INCLUDING JADE JEFFERIES, LISA WEATHERBEE AND ADAM ZOLTOWSKI AT THE BEAUTIFUL RABBIT HOLE GALLERY IN DUMBO. THE OPENING NIGHT WAS A DELIGHT, THANK YOU FOR ALL WHO MADE IT DOWN ON SUCH A HOT, HOT NIGHT.
POWERWASHER INTERVIEW / APRIL 2016
My good friends and fellow ink slingers todd irwin and josh dannin have started a brilliant zine called 'powerwasher' and i they were kind enough to include some of my waffle about printing and thoughts on pizza...
MEET THE MAKER / CHHIPA / MARCH 2016
My good friends at Chhipa in London don’t just make beautiful shirts they also take the time to interview some of the creative folk that wear GARMENTS as part of their ‘Meet the Maker’ series. We had a chat ABOUT MY PRINT PRactice via the wonders of Skype this month. click here to have a read.
ADC GLOBAL / ILLUSTRATION MONTH / FEBRUARUY 2016
It’s Illustration Month at the ADC and they’re featuring some glowing work from ADC Members. Rather flatteringly, I’ve be included in their selection. Here’s what they had to say;
“Marco Lawrence is an ADC Member, previously Head Printer at London’s acclaimed screen printing studio, Print Club London, and now Studio Manager at New York’s Lower Eastside Printshop where he makes beautiful prints commercially for international clients. Basically, Marco Lawrence is a boss, he’s dropping knowledge teaching print making skills in studios and colleges around town. Check out crisp, bold and a LOT of fun works plus our interview!”
Click here see the interview
MAKING AN IMPRESSION / PRINTMAKERS COUNCIL AT 50 / NOVEMBER 2015
This November the Printmakers Council of Britain launched their latest publication. As a council member I was fortunate to be featured alongside the work of 123 other artists with and essays by Gill Saunders, Head of Prints, Dept of Word and Image, V&A Museum.
The book acts as a thorough survey of the Printmakers Council 50 years after it was founded and as an informative resource for the work on contemporary printmakers and the importance of printmaking to their practise.
“This book presents an impressive and captivating collection of printmakers and their work. They are all contemporary artists united both by their skills as original printmakers and by their membership of the Printmakers Council. The sheer variety of subject matter, style and technique makes this a fascinating presentation of current ideas and imagery. This book also marks fifty years of remarkable influence in bringing printmaking to the fore”
Margaret Ashman, Chairman, Printmakers Council
LOWER EAST SIDE PRINTSHOP / RYAN MCGINNESS / MOMA / OCTOBER 2015
MoMA’s Junior Associates visited the Lower East Printshop this week to see first hand the silk screen production process. Masterprinter Erik Hougen and I have been working on a new body of work with artist Ryan McGinness’ for the last few months. It was this new series, titled ‘Mother and Child’, that MoMA was keen to see being made. The huge works on oversized, heavy weight Saunders are printed and over printed again and again from a rolling set of maternal forms and silhouettes. We mixed McGinness’ palette of inks in advance and each of the incredibly complex colour combinations are carefully orchestrated by the artist. Read MoMA’s blog for more info.
PUBLISHED BY THE ARTIST / INTERNATIONAL PRINT CENTRE OF NEW YORK / SEPTEMBER 2015
THIS SEPTEMBER I CONTRIBUTED TO IPCNY’S LATEST GROUP SHOW, PUBLISHED BY THE ARTIST, AN EXHIBITION OF SELF-PUBLISHED EDITIONS BY A VARIED HOST OF PROFESSIONAL PRINTERS ORGANIZED BY MY COLLEAGUE, MASTER PRINTER ERIK HOUGEN. THE SHOW WAS AN EXCITING COLLECTION OF WORKS PRODUCED BY INDEPENDENT ARTISTS FROM THE WORLD OF THE PRINTMAKING.
CHASING THE WHITE WHALE DOCUMENTARY
THIS WINTER, DIRECTOR OF GESTALT INDUSTRIES, BLAKE HART-WILSON SHOT A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT MY PRINTMAKING PRACTICE. IT WAS A RARE CHANCE TO TALK IN DEPTH ABOUT THE NUANCES OF THE MEDIUM AND MY PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE CONTEMPORARY PRINT WORLD. BLAKE DESCRIBES THE FILM AS;
"A portrait of master printmaker, Marco Lawrence, examining his philosophical approach towards his craft, technique and style. "
GE COMMERCIAL / DECEMBER 2014
THIS MONTH I WORKED WITH THE GOOD FOLKS AT VAULT 49 ON A COMMERCIAL FOR GE. THE COMMERCIAL WAS PART OF A WIDER PROJECT HIGHLIGHTING GE'S INVESTIGATION INTO THE POWER OF THE BRAIN. "While there is still much to discover, GE is diving deep into the universe in our heads with some of the most advanced imaging technology." IT WAS A FUN DAY AND A TREAT TO WORK WITH THE VAILT 49 GUYS.
BLISTERS 2014 / THE SOUND SESSION
After a year off to pursue other exciting projects the studio is back with another internationally acclaimed Blisters show. This year ‘Blisters; The Sound Session’ has attracted a star-studded roster of 40 artists to produce music inspired posters.
I got the chance to print for some up and coming artists such as Marina Esmeraldo, Alice Lickens and Davey Podmore, All of whom contributed exciting work. Just as thrilling was to print for established artists like The Sex Pistols’ Jamie Reid and Kate Gibb, long term illustrator for the Chemical Brothers.
Working with Kate Gibb is always particularly enjoyable. As well as being a fantastic illustrator she is also a talented and imaginative printmaker. She encourages a dialogue between printer and artist which makes the process that much more creative and leads to fabulous printed results.
Some great reviews from Pheonix, Graphique Fantastique and the good folk at People of Print;
FILM4 / SOMERSET HOUSE / SUMMER SCREEN / 2014
This summer Film4 and Somerset House celebrated their 10th anniversary of open air film screenings. After last year’s stunning success Print Club were invited back to curate and produce the accompanying exhibition in the west wing gallery.
Once more 16 international artists created work relating to each of the films shown. This year I was fortunate enough to be accompanied by Sam in the printing and execution of all the editions.
Between us we printed work on behalf of Rose Blake, Claudia Borfiga, Lucille Clerc, Conception Studios, Kate Gibb, Hellovon, Kate Moross, Mat Pringle, Hattie Stewart, Holly Wales, Caspar Williamson, Cassandra Yap, Joe Wilson and Steve Wilson.
“I've watched deer and elk frolic in the meadow below me, and pine trees explode in a blue ball of smoke. If there's a better job anywhere on the planet, I'd like to know what it is.”
For the past decade the author Philip Connors has spent six months a year as a fire lookout atop a tower in some of America’s most remote and wild forest.
I was delighted when the design team from publishers Pan Macmillan approached me to produce 100 posters of the book cover to coincide with its launch. The cover design itself presented a number of technical issues not least of which were its complexities of colour. I over came these by layering one colour blend on top of another to mimic the depth of field and tonal variety of the original image and finishing it with super opaque ink for the type.
Pan Macmillan brought designer Jonathan Pelman and a film crew into the studio to see it all come together. Their fantastic video captures some of the richness of the print.
See what It’s Nice That had to say about the posters and enter their competition to win one yourself: http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/phillip-connors-fire-season-1
BOB GILL EXHIBITION
Recently the acclaimed illustrator and designer Bob Gill agreed to have a selection of his work screen printed and exhibited here at the studio. Amongst a lifetime of achievement within the industry Bob Gill was co-founder of Fletcher/Forbes/Gill later renamed Pentagram and also D&AD.
Despite his formidable career Gill had never produced a screen print so it was great fun to share in his delight at converting sometimes decades old sharpie sketches into massive fresh prints.
Before the show Bob came in to the studio to create hand PAINTed fills in watercolour for all six of the editions. he brought with him a crew from D&AD too to film us in action printing his self portrait.
See what Creative Review had to say about the show: http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2013/february/print-club-to-host-bob-gill-show-in-london
HARUKI MURAKAMI / NOMA BAR / RANDOM HOUSE
“Murakami’s work has a sense that something had been lost or hidden, what is real and what it not,”
Random House creative Director Suzanne Dean commissioned Noma Bar to design a new cover for Murakami’s entire range of published works. Following my recent success on the Pan Macillan project, Random House then approached me to hand screen print a small run of each of the whole series.
The challenge here was to print the fine detail amongst the 13 designs but generally Bar’s work lends itself beautifully to the printing process. All the works employed a bold, graphic and limited palette. As a fan of both author and illustrator it Has been great pleasure to produce this work over the last few weeks.
Creative Review wrote a feature on the project in their October 2012 edition.
This week the lovely folk from Wrap magazine came to the studio meet and interview the team and I for a long feature in their summer edition.
“Wrap is a celebration of illustration, design and creative culture, putting the spot light on some the best artists from around the world.”
Over the last year or so I’ve had the huge pleasure of working with Joanna Ham in the production of her beautiful ‘Woman Series’. Her creative process is agonisingly and painstakingly involved. Each piece is worked through collage, photogram, digital manipulation and finally screen printed. She pours hours and hours of work into the tiniest of details before the designs ever reach the studio. her meticulous, almost obsessive, attention to detail is probably one of the reasons we get on so well!
The printing itself is rife with difficulties. Colossal pressure needs to be exerted on the squeegee to ensure the rich solid black that makes up most of her images. The heavy (400gsm) Saunders Waterford stock absorbs the ink like a sponge and demands an even more generous deposit from the stencil. However, right in the centre of this dense panel of black sit her delicate figures. to Cleanly print these fragile halftones at the same time as the surround void requires great control and immaculate stencil making.
Check out Design Milk and Art of Bespoke to learn more about how Jo creates her exquisite ‘Woman Series’.
BLISTERS 2012 / THE DIRECTOR’S CUT
Since it’s opening in 2007 Print Club London Directors Fred, Kate and Rose have curated an annual exhibition ‘Blisters’. Its one the UK’s largest poster shows and champions the very best of contemporary screen printed illustration and design.
This year’s ‘Blisters; The Director’s Cut’ was a fine selection of 40 international artists charged with the brief to reimagine a movie poster.
I was pleased to print for several contributing artists including Joe Wilson, Philip Morgan, Raid 71, Mason London, Tony Johnson and Print Club’s own creative director Rose Stallard. With such a large number of contributors the printing demanded a range of techniques to achieve the varied styles and designs.
See what Design Week and Inkygoodness had to say about the show’s roaring success;
FILM4 / SOMERSET HOUSE / SUMMER SCREEN / 2013
In recent years Film4 and Somerset House have hosted a season of film screenings in the stunning quadrangle. It has become a feature of summertime entertainment on the riverside. For the first time this year they approached Print Club to print and curate a show to accompany the screenings.
16 acclaimed artists and illustrators from the UK, US and Europe were commissioned to design a print for each of the films screened. I then had the mammoth task of printing all of these alone.
It was a mighty undertaking just in terms of the quantity, quite aside from the technical challenges each print presented. However, it did mean I got to produce some incredible work for a collection of really renowned artists including; Anthony Burill, Kate Gibb, Michael Gillette, Hellovon, James Joyce, Hvass and Hannibal, Anthony Peters, Serge Seidlitz, Hattie Stewart, Peter Strain, Holly Wales, Joe Wilson and Steve Wilson.
Have a look at the breathtaking selection of their work here;
SAATCHI X / MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL / EDIBLE SCREENPRINTING
Recently Saatchi X approached the studio with an unusual project. After repeated failed attempts through other methods they asked me to screenprint raw and unadulterated squid ink directly onto rice paper. Alongside the difficulties of working with such unstable natural materials was the design itself; the print was a QR code which needed to be added to sushi and still be readable with a smart phone.
A challenge indeed but I got it printing incredibly cleanly in the end although I wouldn’t recommend the taste! Watch the video to see all of Saatchi’s trials, tribulations and ultimately our success.
BERT & MAY
In the New Year Bert & May presented me with an intriguing proposal; to design and produce a print for their impressive showroom on Vyner Street.
Bert & May source beautiful antique tiles from Southern Spain and Northern Africa and also design new tile collections sensitive to and in response to these Moorish and Arabesque gems. As an enthusiast of Islamic geometry it was something of a dream commission to create and print a design based on such material and for such a setting.
I was keen not to be overly derivative whilst still employing the seductive geometric patterns so prevalent in tiles of this region. Working closely with Managing Director Harriet Roberts I created a huge print (100x70cm) that is intended to pay homage to these design traditions but also explore the technical geometric framework behind the patterns and ephemeral fragile nature of the tile itself.
MILK IT / GREETINGS CARD / URBAN COTTAGE INDUSTRIES
This month the fine people at Urban Cottage Industries have taken my ‘Milk it’ design to the letter press.
UCI use a vintage Heidelberg platen press to produce gorgeous prints and cards. The letterpress printing process embeds the design in the substrate it is printing on like no other print method. I was excited when they approached me for a design because the combination of print and deboss creates a tactile object that demands to be touched as much as seen.
Their blog covers the fascinating and sometimes tricky process in detail along with some great action shots.
Early this summer we started a new working relationship with Made.com. The designer furniture and homeware brand only handle products of the highest and most consistent quality. This was one of the reasons they were so keen to work with the studio in general and Sam and I specifically.
We printed a total of 24 editions split into two seasons. Made.com were eager to document the process and shot this funky little video;