Other submissions

We received some amazing submissions for the Multiply competition. With  over 20 entries and a very high standard of work, we were faced with a real challenge to choose a winner. Here are some of our favourite submissions.

 

ALANA MAEBETH

My contribution to the “Save Old Red” campaign includes the design of a slip mat. I explored the theme of ‘Multiply’ both literally and conceptually whilst visually exploring my experience throughout the pandemic. My experiences with the pandemic (like many) have been tough, and one of the things I miss most about ‘normal’ life is dancing! Dancing out in clubs especially. I portrayed this with the illustration of trainers which I made into a 3D effect. I wanted this to be perceived almost as if it were a warped reality, as dancing in clubs is just out of our reach at the moment. To put the theme ‘Multiply’ into play, I used a DNA molecule to represent Covid which I then repeated several times as my background layer. To add texture I placed in a grid effect. My signature artist colours tend to be pinks and purples, hence the main background colour.

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ALICE ATKINSON

The turntable slip mat design features DJ Coco Bryce at the Licence to Jungle event, the image has been digitally illustrated and overlaid with a red chrome effect. Repeated typography has been utilised to surround the design with the aim of subtly responding to the 'Multiply' theme. The design created focuses on my personal favourite aspect of the venue; the live music, in order to draw attention to the thing I would miss the most about The Old Red Bus Station and engage the viewers that similarly enjoy this attraction of the venue. In addition to this, live music has been a big component in my life that is currently absent due to the Coronavirus, therefore I felt it was essential to portray this in my design.

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ANNE SOPHIE GROBE

For me, 'multiply' has a lot of different meanings. One of the meanings I see is the idea of touching something and it will automatically reproduce an exact copy of that. Plants and strange leaves is the design that came up to my mind for this.

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BELINDA YILMAZ

For me, this design represents growth as a bi-product of the pandemic and how much it has changed daily life and everything you know about it. Through the pandemic I’ve had to constantly reinforce myself to grow in ways I honestly never thought I’d be challenged about. Kind of like mitosis and the spreading of cells - hence the biological vibe.

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CAM ROBERTS

My idea behind this piece, was to create a form of organic type cells, dividing and multipling. While also depicting the confused state of mind, due to lockdown.

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HUGH ROBERTS

HUGH ROBERTS

HUGH ROBERTS

I create fragmented stories from disparate sources with a humorous twist. My work focuses around collage illustration, reworking and appropriating old found imagery, usually in a subversive way. I tend to play with and respond to current affairs varying from the political to more personal ideas. For this project the theme of multiply leads me to think of 'looking deeper', Looking more and learning as things around us change in ways we've never known before. At the moment with such a bombardment of news and information it's hard to make sense of things and to even trust it. I think a lot of 'free time' (a term used loosely) can be quite an important hiatus to form new ideas and learn more about where we go next.

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MILLY PARKER

My main goal for this brief was to combine the science behind multiplying with my personal experience and the general experience of lockdown.

Keeping in mind this brief is inherently connected to music, I focused on that in terms of my own personal experience during lockdown. I have my headphones on a lot... If I went to the kitchen for a tea it was pretty much an excuse to wear them on the 10 second walk there. It was also a way to keep in touch with friends, and we would tune into radio stations together to feel that community vibe.

When spinning the disc, the animation can be seen it's the same lil guy but it feels like they're all marching forwards together! It's easy to feel alone at the moment, so feeling part of a collective can be really lovely (Thus him being multiplied around the disc). The way he walks was inspired by a conversation with my sister. She works at a science charity and studied chemistry at university, so when I was a bit stuck she was great to chat with. She showed me this video of a Kinesin, which basically walks up and down your cells delivering the goods. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-uuk4Pr2i8). It's not specifically focused on RNA, but it's plodding walk kind of reminded me how we're all just plodding along hopefully at the moment! Also it's kind of comforting that they're loads of these lil guys in our bodies just trying to make us happy and healthy, and I thought that was just a really nice thought.
I found the spiral structure of RNA really really interesting to look at too, which I eventually used throughout the templates to emanate sound waves- When the slip mat is spinning, the 'genetic information' goes up at down much like sound waves on production software. The flower/virus motif also animates, and its petals morph from one into the other as it spins. The reasoning behind this was that at the start of lockdown last year I found this tiny little purple flower growing out my patio, and at the end of lockdown it was absolutely massive and had 4 other flowers on it. I'm not sure how it got that big from growing out of tarmac, but it gave me a lot of joy to check up on it and see how it was thriving in a time when it felt everything was crumbling. The perseverance of this flower really inspired me at the time, so it's one of the first things (apart from music) I thought of when thinking about my own lockdown experience. The other side of this of course, is the obvious presence of the virus, but I wanted to include this as a motif in order to contrast with the flower: there have been many frustrating and upsetting moments, but there are also moments of joy and hope for the future within that (such as for me, connecting with friends over music).

The textures I used also have a lot of significance to me, as they're from some of my close up graffiti shots taken pre-lockdown of Hyde Park. Just reminds me of my home away from home, of which I missed a lot last year.

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MOLLY SHEIL

MOLLY SHIELD

MOLLY SHIELD

I have created two designs for a turntable slip mat based on the theme 'multiply'. I have focused mainly on the idea of repetition through the use of cell-like organic shapes. I have also taken inspiration from my own art work using repetitive motifs, vibrant colours, people and our environment. I chose to use these shapes and colours as when the turntable spins they'll look as if they are morphing and multiplying.

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LAUREN KELLY

LAUREN KELLY

LAUREN KELLY

Design 1 : A digital drawing on the technics template titled ‘safe/unsafe place’.
Design 2 : A digital drawing on the cassette inlay template titled ‘my favourite mask is pink’.

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PAUL BLENKHORN

These are based on an artwork I made during last year's lockdown called "19". It is based on Dali's Persistence of Memory but uses digital transformations of various viruses (which multiply!) to produce all of the composition apart from the edges of the pocket watches.

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PAUL HANNAH

PAUL HANNAH

PAUL HANNAH

Originally inspired by M.C. Escher I create tessellation designs. Sometimes making them into portraits.
For the "Multiply" project I have created a Diminishing tessellations design of multiple Bats. The current pandemic supposedly came from bats in China. In my design Large bats on the outer edges of the circle multiply, but diminish to smaller bats in the centre..
The circular nature of this design lends itself perfect to a CD label, Turntable Slipmat, or Kick Drum skin.

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ROB WADE

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SEREN OAKZ

Been playing a lot of chess cause of lockdown, having tangenting thoughts, and getting blurry eyes from screen time. hand drawn rough edited bits for the slipmat design subz. Missing ORBS, need a jungle night

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SHREYA

SHREYA

SHREYA

For the visuals I interpreted the theme of multiply in a more mathematical way as there are constraints and patterns by which the virus multiplied and I felt fractals would be a good way to connect to the mathematical nature of the virus due to their shared nature of following specific patterns. I feel the repetitive nature of a fractal also conveys the uncertainty I and a lot of other people have felt during these times e.g. how deep can you go into a fractal and when will the pandemic be over feel like questions with the same answer; no one really knows!
I wanted to speak out and have my stance on the government's handling of this pandemic be a focus on one of the items so I wrote a short piece that uses words that rhyme with multiply to connect it to the theme both structurally and thematically, and placed it on the cassette card. All fonts used are free for commercial use. I really love the old red bus station, my first experience of Leeds was coming here from Liverpool for the mad jungle and drum & bass gigs.

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WINNERS:

BETH LAND

BETH LAND

Beth Land goes by the artist name ‘Pig Meat’ which comes from being bitten by a pig when she was 12. The 22 year old illustration student is currently studying in her final year at Leeds Arts University studying Visual Communication. Her practice is driven by finding the bizarre in the mundane and banal. Her collection of dark humoured, satirical work is influenced by her absurdist view of social constructs and the world.

About the work:

These designs are a conceptual view of my experience with the pandemic. In both designs you can see the spreading of the virus between the characters I have drawn. The image of the person with two faces that repeats in both designs was a character I came up with over lockdown and ended up spending a lot of time drawing and developing.

These designs depict the nature of how a virus spreads as well as my own experience with self reflection throughout the lockdowns. Having spent a lot of time by myself in my room I find myself looking to my own physical reflection for company as well as having the time to be reflective of other aspects of my life, personality, boundaries and values. The nature of these illustrations are quite confusing and can be hard to decipher. This illustration style was one I developed during the pandemic and I think it reflects the confusing nature of the last 10 months.




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SHIRAAZ ALI

SHIRAAZ ALI

Shiraaz Ali is a visual artist, architecture graduate and inventor based in Yorkshire. His practice is sustainable and eco-friendly and rooted in a simple admiration for nature. His intention through all artforms is to capture fleeting, intangible and metaphysical moments and suspend them in time.

About the work:

‘MULTIPLY LOVE’

The ethos behind these designs is to show that love and happiness can be multiplied faster than any virus. Inspiration stems from observing the natural world in all its wonder and majesty, such as the process of mitosis or microscopic imagery of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine in the brain responsible for our feelings of love and happiness.

Pioneer CDJ 2000NXS2 skin – The multiplication of neurons in the brain, a process called neurogenesis, provides the backdrop for the new design with the feature old red logo on the wheel. The new logo shows that the ORBS company is in our DNA and its memory will live on through us all whilst the dragon symbolizes the strength, determination and courage of Old Red to never quit and power through these challenging times.

Cassette - ‘WE ARE ALL JUNGALISTS’ – We must multiply and spread happiness, love and Jungle music to all. The piece celebrates our anticipation for the time everyone can rave in peace and love once more.

Slipmats – The centre of the new designs features the molecular structure of the neurotransmitter serotonin in an eternal circular fractal symbolizing that happiness and love is at the core of us all. The process of cell reproduction called mitosis illustrates our chromosomes as hearts to present the eternal and infinite multiplication of love happening inside us at this very moment.

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ORBS is pleased to showcase some of Leeds great arty talent, as part of our ‘Multiply’ arts competition!

To continue to promote creativity during lockdown, the team at ORBS have put together a series of opportunities across a range of artforms.

Whilst we can’t have our usual exhibitions at the Bus Station, we have moved temporarily online and are pleased to showcase our first project: our competition ‘Multiply’.

With a call out for artists to design a slip mat, cassette inlays and CDJ / turntable skin, we asked artists to respond to the theme 'multiply' to speak out visually about their experiences of the pandemic, this project is part of our Save Old Red campaign.

We received some amazing submissions. With 20 entries and a very high standard of work, we were faced with a real challenge to choose an overall winner. In the end we chose two: Beth Land and Shiraaz Ali. Their submissions were really thoughtful responses to the brief, beautifully executed, we felt that we really connected to what they are saying in their work about the current situation.

We will be printing their designs onto slip mats to feature on our online DJ tournament in February, we will also be printing them as T-shirts which will be available soon on our online shop along with some of the other designs with all proceeds helping our fight for survival.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part. We were so happy to read artists' comments about how much ORBS means to them and how much they enjoyed taking part and creating work for the brief.

The two winners will both receive a solo show and we decided as the submissions were so amazing, to have a group exhibition with 6 of our favourite runners up. We’ll be selecting some of our favourite other designs to print too.

 You can see 15 of our favourite designs submissions here.

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