Combining your passions and your work is everyone’s dream, but it’s not always possible. Mel Edwards, a designer from Manchester, was able to make her wish come true because she brought together her love of typography, architecture, paper art and the Wes Anderson aesthetic in a rich and ambitious project.
The opportunity that brings this project to life comes with the launch of the 2021 edition of 36 Days of Type, an open call that each year invites designers, illustrators and artists to express their particular interpretation of the letters and numbers of the Latin alphabet.
For the occasion, Mel decided to give life to her typographic series, creating a handcrafted paper art project capable of paying homage to one of the most interesting film directors and aesthetes of the century.
Thus, the pastel colors and hyper-stylized symmetry of Wes Anderson meet the shapes, joints and creativity of Mel Edwards, who with careful dedication has devoted about 7 hours to each invention. Her project required about 250 total hours of work, not counting photography and editing. So yes, although on the surface her looks like a digital process, it’s all entirely done by hand.
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Check out images from the project here and follow the artist on Instagram to make sure you don’t miss any more updates on her work.