Designer and illustrator Melvin Galapon has collaborated with image makers Hellovon (image shown above), Pomme Chan, and James Dawe to create a series of self-initiated artworks which are currently showing at London’s Kemistry Gallery…
“Working with each of the artists was completely different,” explains Galapon of the ongoing project entitled T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More) “but everything always started with a conversation in person first to pin down an idea of where to begin. Then the next step would be to send something to the other person and have what myself & James [Dawe] always referred to as ’email tennis’ with each artist until we had something we were happy with,” Galapon continues.
Above, by Melvin Galapon and James Dawe
“However during the emailing of artwork I would occasionally meet up with each of them to talk things through and the email tennis would carry on. The most exciting thing was the majority of the time it would be just a case of testing things out, in some cases the test would eventually start to work really well for the final piece.”
by Melvin Galapon and Pomme Chan
As well as creating a type-based piece with each of the three collaborating artists, Galapon helped developed new work with the artists too, including a range of scarves and cushions with Pomme Chan:
“The relationship between the type piece and the other projects with each artist is that it helped each of us to understand how we both worked together,” says Galapon.
“Once we hung the show and saw all the work up together it was evident there was a strong balance of hard edged geometrical lines/type and the hand made aspect of drawing or collage. Each piece of work wasn’t predominantly more mine or theirs, but a balance of both which I think can sometimes get lost in collaborative projects.”
T.E.A.M. runs until September 1 at Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3PD.
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