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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Freelance-Cornwall

"The Art & its Shadow" - Archive.

A series of 5 fairground signs & 5 'found' photographs which are presented as art. 
A catalogue - documenting & decoding the archive - which works as the shadow.

Photographed in the first public exhibition, Falmouth, September 2014.

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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Freelance-Cornwall

"It seems there were others that were concerned with timing & not missing a show, meticulously checking pocket watches with patient horses standing by. This character seems concerned with concealment rather than being noticed".

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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Freelance-Cornwall

"Arriving at Exmouth earlier than planned, the fairground was still being built, I just caught the advertisement being nailed up. If it was left any longer it could have been seen as disrespectful to Queen Victoria".

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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Freelance-Cornwall

"The fairground's move down through the rural Westcountry was making good progress when I caught them on an overnight stop. Seemingly on top of things it appeared unlikely they would become a victim to the unknown".

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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Freelance-Cornwall

"A turn in concealment at Barnstaple: the sign is hidden & the characters are exposed, appearing to be discussing an element of the show. Perhaps they want to instigate a rearrangement to the old order?"

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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Freelance-Cornwall

"This is where the sign was found upon arrival in Padstow earlier this morning, admittedly later than the travelling fairground, for they had moved on. Rather than being used to advertise, it had been discarded - left as a memorial".

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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Freelance-Cornwall

A detail from the first of five encoded fairground signs, which document the journey of a travelling fairground during the season of 1889, & the perils of Professor Dalston.

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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Freelance-Cornwall

A close up of the second encoded fairground sign, in the series of 5. 

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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Freelance-Cornwall

A close up of the third of five fairground signs, which documents the play between past & present : incorporating old newspapers.

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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Bookbinding-Freelance-Cornwall

The catalogue that documents & decodes the series of 5 fairground signs. 

A limited print run of only 5 copies each catalogue has elements of being hand-made & each one is hand bound & numbered by the archivist. French folded & digitally printed onto G. F. Smith's 'Colorplan Pale Grey' 135gsm paper, with the cover being foil-blocked in red on 'Colorplan Real Grey' 350gsm paper. One french fold is deliberately cut; all of the archivist's graphic design & content decisions reflect the decisions made by the true sign-writer, in the Victorian era.

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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Bookbinding-Freelance-Cornwall

Detail of the french folding & the colour paper placed within the folds, then cut.

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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Bookbinding-Freelance-Cornwall

A double page spread, documenting the first found photograph in the series of five.

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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Bookbinding-Freelance-Cornwall

A double page spread documenting the third encoded fairground sign & the textual elements that attempt to decode the content of the sign.

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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Bookbinding-Freelance-Cornwall

A double page spread from the catalogue documenting the third found photograph in the series, which shows how the travelling fairground moved around.

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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Bookbinding-Freelance-Cornwall

A double page spread from the catalogue, which shows the encoded fairground sign & the text which hints at what is concealed within the sign. Shown with the original found photographs.

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Traditional-Signwriting-Lining-Fairground-Art-Graphic-Design-Bookbinding-Freelance-Cornwall

Documenting the archivist statement at the end of the catalogue which works to situate & reveal secrets of the archive.