Posts Tagged ‘Process’

Love from Miss Stacia…

Thursday, February 10th, 2011


This is the letterhead Barney Bubbles produced for Hawkwind’s Stacia Blake in 1973.

By that time Stacia – who was always billed by her first name – was an integral and popular part of the Hawkwind experience. Hence the need for headed paper.

Blake’s commanding stage presence and interpretative dancing added a vital female physicality to the aural and sonic battery the group launched on a near-nightly basis and for some fans, this writer included, they were never quite the same after her departure in 1975.

It was an honour to receive this a few months back in the post from Blake, these days an accomplished artist based in Ireland.

She had heard about the staging of Process and wanted to make her contribution, which was much appreciated, not least by fans such as Mick Jones and Jah Wobble, who remembered her role in Hawkwind with affection and admiration.

Visit from students at Colin Fulcher’s alma mater

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Barney Bubbles exhibition: Graphic communications students from Kingston University

Today Process received a visit from a very special group of students.

They are on the foundation graphics course at south-west London’s Kingston University. “The exhibition has particular resonance for us,” says lecturer Andy Cade.  “We run this course from a studio in Richmond Upon Thames College, formerly Twickenham Art School.”

It is here that Barney Bubbles (then Colin Fulcher) studied for his National Diploma in Design (NDD) between 1958 and 1963.

I and Chelsea Space director Donald Smith angled our talk about the show around the vocational course Bubbles undertook and how this helped form his practices when he came to problem-solve on behalf of his mainly music business clients later in life.

With some of Bubbles’ fellow Twickenham students coming in for their own private view next week it has been great to connect with different generations from his alma mater.

Barney Bubbles exhibition: Kingston students with Donald Smith

Barney Bubbles exhibition: Kingston students and Paul

Photos: Martina Gonano

Process: Pictures from our exhibition

Saturday, September 18th, 2010



Process: The working practices of Barney Bubbles uses the three areas of Chelsea Space to guide visitors through the methods by which this master designer realised his audacious creations.

And there’s a continuous soundtrack of the music for which he designed, from Cressida to Costello, from Hawkwind to The Damned, from Iggy Pop & James Williamson to Red Dirt.

In the entrance to Chelsea Space is selected ephemera – adverts, badges, music press ads, stickers – as well as books, magazines and other finished artwork and designs, including the rug made in the image of a panel on the cover of Brewing Up With Billy Bragg.

There is also a showreel of 10 of the videos directed by Bubbles (including two never publicly displayed before: Incendiary Device and Darling, Let’s Have Another Baby for Johnny Moped).



A face-off is conducted between Elvis Costello (in 1977’s Warholian 60″ x 40″ Live Stiffs poster) and Chuck Berry (in the form of the wall-mounted sculpture created by Bubbles for music publisher Peter Barnes) at each end of the ramp.

On the ramp wall are posters, sleeves and other exhibits denoting approaches, recurrent themes and areas such as art direction, colour usage, application of symbols, photographic treatment, geometric arrangement, etc.

In the main room there is no finished artwork, excepting a copy of Damned Damned Damned with it’s deliberate printing error, and an NME Book Of Modern Music to demonstrate from whence Bubbles was taking his design leads at the time of production.

Sketches and proposals, along with personal effects, influences, paintings and sketchbooks rest on plinths and trestles colour-schemed to a typically exuberant Bubbles palette.







The walls are lined with pen and ink artwork, PMTs (Photo Mechanical Transfers), proofs, proposals, paste-ups, photography, etc. There’s a guide to the technical aspects of producing artwork in the pre-digital age, as well as a professional CV.

If you get the chance, do drop by; we’re around a lot of the time so can be on hand to talk you through the show and answer any questions.

Video and music track listings for the show are available here.

All photos Donald Smith.

Process: The exhibition is open

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Artwork, pen, ink, board. Back cover detail, Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy, Billy Bragg, Utility, 1983.

We’re off – Process: The Working Practices of Barney Bubbles is now open.

The lovely Madame Pippa Brooks was among the first visitors (see her review here), along with some of those closest to the designer, as well as others who worked with him. We’re happy to report they love the show.


Exhibition booklet (minus magenta title sticker).

Come along to Chelsea Space if you can – the show is open Tues-Sat 11am to 5pm until October 23.

The New York Times lead their ‘global celebration of design’ with a report on our show here.

Exhibition diary Day 6: Ever so bold

Thursday, September 9th, 2010


Donald’s palette decision for the plinths and trestle table tops for the show is paying dividends.
The three colours (there is a vivid cyan as well as the pink and yellow above) are really making the exhibits pop in the Upper Space, where such a lot of the material is monochrome preparatory artwork.

Exhibition diary Day 4: Show title installed

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Today the title of the show in vinyl lettering was installed on the exterior by Ian Harris. It looks pretty classy.

Process – exhibition diary: Day 1

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

And so it begins.We’re underway with the installation of the exhibition, which opens on September 14 at London’s Chelsea Space.

At a glance this looks like a random collection of album sleeves, posters, equipment and ephemera, but in fact represents a tiny sample of the fantastic contributions we have received, including some extraordinary and exciting items.

Over the next two weeks as well as the regular blogposts we’ll keep you updated daily on the show’s progress with snapshots and inside insights.