Activity: Artistic Inspiration
Steph Hughes is inspired by the work of Australian poster designer Pat Debenham and other poster artists working in the early 1980s at the Tin Sheds gallery in Sydney.
Step 1: Document four posters from this time and to identify and explain the social comment each poster is making. You might start your research with the websites listed below.
- Sydney Morning Herald Article: When posters channelled punk: how the Tin Sheds artists took feminism to the streets
- Business Insider Article: Dangerous frock rock, stray dags and other works from the girls at Sydney’s Tin Sheds
Step 2: Explore the practice of artist, designer and musician Reg Mombassa (of Mambo fame).
Compare the stylistic techniques he uses, including his use of typography, materials, colour, line, pattern and composition, to those of musician, illustrator and designer Steph Hughes.
Hint: Comment on the similarities and differences in the technical practice of the two designers and draw conclusions about the effectiveness of their work