Press and bleed

While Press & Bleed may sound like that Slipknot tribute band your awkward cousin almost formed, it is, in fact a far less sinister prospect.

The Press & Bleed exhibition opens at the Russian Club and Gallery on Kingsland Road, east London, tonight, showing the work of 46 young designers from the second year of the graphic communication course at Chelsea College of Art and Design.

As part of their course, the students have grouped together to create eight publications, ranging from print to digital media. The work explores a range of subjects, from ‘paper making’ to ‘strange existences’, which seems rather fitting if you’ve ever been to The Russian Club post 4am.

The flyer for the night
The flyer for the exhibition

Responses to the rather open brief to simply create a publication have been as bizarre as they have creative: alongside more traditional formats like books and magazines, Emma Noble and Helen Chesner have created a ‘pen clicking machine.’

Iona Davis, one of the organisers, explains, ‘It’s a huge machine with very intricate mechanisms and cogs. They wanted to create something with maximum input for minimum output – the more ridiculous the better.’

Alongside the exhibition, the organisers will be fundraising shake-a-bucket-style for the Japanese tsunami relief fund; and a good old-fashioned raffle will be held with prizes donated from local creative companies.

Press & Bleed runs from 31 March – 2 April at The Russian Club and Gallery,  340 – 344 Kingsland Road, E8

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