Pop-up Museum of Shape & Form

“Vanishing points and delineation lines, like lake ripples from stone skippings, will one day be rendered unseen by nature’s overtaking green.”  (Grant)

The work of Grant grows within a seasonally changing landscape of trees, rivers and pathways.  As a designer, Grant shapes the new, which is subject to manufacturing requirements, materials, space, time, perception, costs,  future trends  and the art of balancing consumer demands with those of business growers. But as an artist, Grant creates works of infinite variation in purely pictorial space.

“To design is  to plan and to organize, to order, to relate and to control. In short it embraces all means opposing disorder and accident. Therefore it signifies a human need and qualifies man’s thinking and doing”  (Josef Albers)

Grant’s model of the Earth is layered chance. “Life tries to re-order slime”, he wrote in a school art essay.

It is interesting that whilst Grant enjoys working on projects that have clear structure and set frames of reference, he delights in shifting his eye to the open space between lines where so much more can be shared by teasing the eye and rippling the mind.

Further reading:

Josef Albers / Despite Straight Lines ‘An analysis of his graphic constructions by Francois Bucher’. [Pub. Yale University Press. 1961]

Vasarely. Plastic Arts of the 20th Century. Collection Ed. Marcel Joray [Pub Editions du Griffon Neuchatel, 1969)

(Hats off to Vasarely and Albers – from the Pop-up Museum of Shape & Form)
(Handworn, dented, creased doing tools – from the Pop-up Museum of Shape & Form)





Collecting Fruit Wrappers and Stickers

Kate’s Collecting Tips

“You have to struggle with many of the newer plastic fruit stickers. They stick to the fruit very well but look out for ones with little unsticky ends, which were probably invented specially for Collectors like us, as they enable an easy peel without damaging the sticker.”

Collecting fruit stickers and wrappers is an easy to do,  fun, enjoyable and rewarding hobby. There are an inestimable number of Sticker designs from all over the World, whilst most fruit Wrappers come from Italy and Spain.

Today, it may seem that beautiful and interesting wrappings are vanishing but so often shops remove these  decorative wrappers before displaying the fruit!

It is possible by asking fruit retailers and sometimes wholesalers, to put aside fruit with stickers and wrappers as they come in especially for you. By getting to know your regular fruiterer you can create a beautiful collection and enjoy healthy eating at the same time.

Many fine graphic artists are being unaccountably neglected as their works are damaged or discarded. This can result in your collections becoming more rare than you might imagine. For young collectors, banana fruit stickers are some of the easiest to collect …. as they peel off in an easy manner and there’s more banana stickers than any other fruit stickers in the world.

Like early postage stamps, it can be exciting to study the new issues, and who knows, they may become the ‘collectors’ pieces of the future. They seem to have done so in the United States, and elswhere, with adults having pride of place in their wallets for new examples!

Try to collect undamaged stickers and wrappers – those without tears or marks arising from the fruit or other liquids.

When ironing your fruit wrappers always iron on the wrong side (not the printed side) and be careful to choose the coolest heat setting on the iron that is necessary to smooth your wrapping.

Don’t iron self adhesive stickers on the right or wrong side! Remember, patience is vital as there may not be another example like the one you have collected! Oh yeah, and be sure to use an old tea towel or a piece of old cotton material like a sheet, douvet, pillow case or perhaps a T-shirt, so that you don’t damage the family ironing board.

If you don’t need a sticker you have collected on a fruit, make sure you peel off the sticker so it can be put into your plastic recycling bin. It was much easier when stickers were paper as they could be left on the fruit peel when put in the kitchen compost.

Presentation Hint:
I was sent a totally fantastic “COLLECTION” of wrappers from the opium orangenpapiermuseum in Germany and they were mounted onto stiff A4 paper with their overlapping edges folded around the back and fastened. It’s a great system to keep your collection in good order from a great orange paper museum.

Some wrappers from the 1930 Wallis Collection:


See also: Using fruit and fruit stickers in Education