Illustration as object

To be further developed, including more on ceramics and textiles. Also wrapping paper, T-shirts etc.

Illustration as object explores the overlap between illustration and design disciplines such as interior and textile design through the use of illustration on fabrics, materials or wallpapers, or illustration and fashion feeding into t-shirt and pattern design.

Illustrations as an object can be considered from two directions:

  • existing objects which become a surface for illustration or
  • objects which are used as a way of making illustrations.

Illustrators have traditionally either applied their illustrations to new surfaces (cups and saucers, fabrics, t-shirts, the sides of buses, etc.) or used 3D forms as a way of making their work, through paper craft or modelling.

Contemporary illustrators still work from both of those directions, adding in
newer contemporary surfaces and exploring new materials, but they have also branched out into new areas of making, especially in the form of soft toys and character designs.

Tord Boontje produces lighting and tableware by features laser-cut fronds and blooms alongside transfer-printed creatures and landscapes.

Jaime Hayon  Spanish designer covers plates, vases, walls, shop and restaurant interiors with bold, expressionist strokes and calligraphic messages.