Brendan Dawes
The Art of Form and Code

That Was The Week That Was — 17th November 2019

My latest client work was delivered at the beginning of the week. I decided to re-render one of the images as when looking at it later that day I could only see things that bugged me. If I had let it go it would have continued to bug me. So I fixed the things I felt were wrong with it and set it rendering again for the next few hours. This time I felt happy with all four images.

I started to put together a long overdue Dawesome Digest, and then realised I don't want to send it until I get the screen print in the Produced for Use shop.

On the Wednesday I flew to Berlin to attend Beyond Tellerrand — the creative conference put on by Marc Thiele. I wasn't speaking this year, but decided to go as there were several friends I hadn't seen for a while going to be there and I always enjoy the conversations we have.

I have to say I didn't really see much of Berlin — my third time here — but that's often the case with a conference, plus my time here was short. The vibe at the conference was fantastic – as it always is — and the new venue was actually much better than the old one. A trailer was shown for the documentary film which is being made about the conference and Marc, and I have to say it looked superb. Gave me chills — in a good way.

Whilst in Berlin I had new Produced for Use orders, which I need to attend do when I get back. I also need to get my new screen print into the shop for sale. It arrived on the day before I left from Harvey LLoyd Screens — Fluo Pink ink on GF Smith stock and it looks gorgeous.

As I queued at the airport security — in the truly awful SXF airport — I got an email asking if I could come to France in December to give a talk at a design school. My schedule is already full, with four talks in between now and the rest of the year, so I think I'm going to have to say no. I might be able to do a Skype thing, but to be honest I've never liked doing these things over Skype as I always feel a disconnect between me and the audience.

Always wonderful to get home to Lisa. In the evening we watched a new comedy on UK Gold called The Cockfields, written by Joe Wilkinson and David Earle. It was funny, beautifully observed and actually quite touching. Looking forward to watching more.

On the Saturday morning I got word that the replacement Silent State order which had previously arrived damaged in Canada, had arrived in perfect condition, which was a huge relief. Now I had to get the latest orders packed. Time to fire-up the vacuum forming machine.

As the Formbox warmed up I set up the lights so I could photograph the new screen print, ready for going in the shop. One of the best things I've ever bought were these studio lights and background table. Makes all the difference when I'm photographing objects such as these.

On Sunday I finally got round to begin watching the final series of Mr. Robot. It didn't disappoint and was easily one of the best opening episodes of any TV series I've ever seen.