Welcome to the latest Studio Spark, where the CWA design studio shares whatever has been sparking our creative imaginations over the past 7 days – whether that be Art or Design, Film or Theatre, Music or Dance, Technology or Nature…

Here’s this week’s roundup.

Printin’ Backwuds

Written by Chris Nobbs

A retrospective of the work of satirical cartoonist and illustrator Ralph Steadman, “Printin’ Backwuds”, is now exhibiting, looking back over five decades of his inimitable drawing style.

Steadman’s work is so distinctive and idiosyncratic, usually built around ink splatters, appearing in newspapers and magazines too numerous to mention, as well as illustrating children’s books, poetry books, stamps, theatre sets, TV graphics, packaging, record sleeves, and literary classics including Animal Farm, Alice in Wonderland and Treasure Island. However he’s best known for his work with writer Hunter S. Thompson, most notably on the counter-culture classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

The artist keeps most of his originals, and so some of these from his own archives are on display, including rare prints countersigned by Thompson and others that feature bullet holes from being personally shot by writer William Burroughs.

Personally I admire the way he has applied his unique style with bagloads of personality to such a wide body of work.

The exhibition, at the Lazarides Editions gallery in London, is on now and runs until 13th August 2015. Find out more here.

When Ricky met Doris

Written by Teresa Bembrick

Ricky and Doris

…is a charming story about friendship. Ricky Syers is a musician and marionetteer who performs with his marionettes in New York’s Washington Square Park. During his first week performing he came across Doris Diether, a former journalist who is a regular to the park. They struck up a friendship which inspired Ricky to make a marionette of Doris and now they entertain the visitors to the park with their delightful performances.

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