Dutch Summer School. Andy Altmann

Two weeks course of the Dutch Summer School Open Set consisted of the some separate workshops. To be honest I don’t know what exactly ‘workshop’ means. But this is what took place there.

The first workshop was leading by Andy Altmann. It started from the presentation: Andy told us about himself, the studio he works for (http://www.whynotassociates.com/) and demonstrated some projects. They was really super fantastic! I loved all but some of them burnt into my mind.

For instance, Typographic Banches

Letter shaped sculptures created for the National Waterfront museum in Swansea. (Image from http://www.whynotassociates.com/environmental-3/pobl)

Or Typographic Columns for Library

Series of typographic trees located within Crawley Library, Sussex. (Images from http://www.whynotassociates.com/environmental-3/crawley-library-2)

But the most impressive, for sure, was the Typography Carpet.

Image from http://www.whynotassociates.com/environmental-3/the-comedy-carpet/the-work
The Comedy Carpet is a celebration of comedy on an extraordinary scale. Referring to the work of more than 1,000 comedians and comedy writers, the carpet gives visual form to jokes, songs and catchphrases dating from the early days of variety to the present. Sited in front of Blackpool Tower, the 2,200m2 work of art contains over 160,000 granite letters embedded into concrete, pushing the boundaries of public art and typography to their limits. 
http://www.comedycarpet.com/about/

It’s absolutely incredible.

There are videos on YouTube [video]

But some pictures:

Then Andy was back to the topic of workshop — Word Building in Rotterdam and asked about the way of our homework. The question hung in mid-air. Because the answer was so light — no way. Fortunately, we had the walking along Rotterdam that must help us with ideas. We walked around all over the centre (that’s good Rotterdam isn’t Moscow). All was great, fascinating, we was tired but happy. No ideas.

Mario lectures about Rotterdam history. (Image from https://www.flickr.com/photos/106312316@N07/albums/72157646610864079/with/15058462166/)

It’s amazing — I felt asleep with empty head, but I got up, took a shower and the lucid picture was appearing in my mind. I run to the school to discuss my ideas with colleagues. Everything became clear from this minute. We united my idea with another one and created a cool thing. It’s kinda naive, with a tonne of week points, but this was really created.

It’s so great when you have nothing in your brain and then something pops up from nowhere.

We worked hard for two days: cut, glued, painted, started with the beginning. Andy came to each of us and talked longly and thoughtfully.

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I was really shy while waited for my round. I get used to the things when a tutor is Superstar and a student is not. But this is Andy. The coolest guy from London, he’s making super projects, joking with his ‘British humor’ (when you don’t know actually you should cry or laugh). And he seated opposite to me, I was telling something stupid and naive and spoke my broken English, of course, but he forgot about irony, listened to me very carefully and gave me smart advices. How does he do that?

The third day ended with our presentations. Everyone told what they did and for everyone Andy found a couple of good words.

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It was amazing.