Alister Shapley

Alister Shapley

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Alister Shapley
Alister Shapley is an emerging screen printer who runs asdesign., a north London based design and screen printing studio. Originally from Stoke-On-Trent, Alister trained as an architect at Edinburgh College of Art. During his six years of training he found his true passion for design and print. After completing his Masters of Architecture, Alister gained several years of experience working as a designer for multiple companies including design agencies, contractors, and environmental designers, and has now started a new journey on his own with asdesign. Alister’s current self-initiated screen print series are entitled “unseen detail” and “made by a stokey”. “unseen detail” series developed from objects we simply glance over and see as uninspiring, such as ventilation diffusers. Viewed closely, most of these objects reveal complicated patterns based on mathematics. The patterns in the work draw on the same concept. Simple mathematics create a complex colour pattern which distorts the observer’s view, and the structure of the piece is only unveiled when seen close up. The effect is similar to the “trick of the eye” colour tests. The titles of each piece give a hint to the maths on which the piece is based. “made by a stokey” series developed from Stoke-On-Trent and the pottery industry. Designed to replicate traditional colour samples from early 1900 print workshops and pottery manufactures. The titles for each swatch comes from names of jobs and pottery techniques common in Stoke-On-Trent. The logo reflects the famous Spode Gates which used to stand tall and proud in the heart of Stoke and bottle kilns which used to flood the skyline of the five towns. This has a personal connection to Alister coming from Stoke-On-Trent and seeing how it is currently portrayed in the media today.
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