Isabella Dalliston (She/her)
I am a multi-disciplinary designer who specialises in printed materials. Working across graphic design, fine art, and photography, my practice opens up conversation and celebrate the interconnected world in which we live. From my background in Art History I am interested in looking to the work of the past to inspire and enrich the present. With a keen interest in bold colours, texture, and often humuours juxtapositions, I present work with a message.
In Good Faith – Book
In Good Faith explores my unusual childhood, growing up with parents who are both priests in the Church of England. Through a series of original interviews, the book is a personally curated investigation into the concepts of faith, family, and doubt that frame my childhood memories and inform my present-day. In Good Faith is a hand-bound a book inspired by the visual language of Bibles and the New English Hymnal. I created punctuation glyphs to represent the concepts of faith, doubt, and a paradoxical mixture of the two to highlight important passages throughout the text. A personal reflection on my nuanced relationship with faith that sits within my cross-disciplinary practice.
In Good Faith – Concrete Poetry
The book of In Good Faith is primarily comprised of a series of original interviews I conducted with the members of my immediate family. Even within the formal typographic style of the book, I was very interested in capturing the natural speech patterns in text including such verbal quirks as ‘um’s, ‘ah’s, interruptions and the like as I felt there was a beauty and power in being able to ‘see’ the thoughts expressed emerge into being.
However, I wanted to explore further the potential of representing natural speech patterns, as well as further highlight certain key passages from the interviews, and so I created a series of four concrete poems to do so, liberating the words from the constrains of book typography into a more living form.
Within these poems, red is used to highlight words pertaining to the concept of ‘faith’, and the debossed, inkless type, ‘doubt’.
Inked type printed digitally, debossed type printed by hand with a Columbian Press.