“Veicoli Fantastici” wins FIP
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Favini, for many years has been a supporter of FRUIT EXHIBITION, the Bologna book art fair and as a partner, it has contributed to its evolution: From fair-market into a multitude of initiatives and events in support of independent publishing. One of which was the creation of the first edition of the FIP– Fruit Indie Publishing award in collaboration with Favini.
The FIP competition for independent publishing, also known as Indie Publishing, launched last year the edition of the Fruit Exhibition festival 1-2-3 February 2019. It was aimed at all artists and publishers asking to present an unpublished project book or zine on the subject of humour.
“FANTASTIC VEHICLES” the winning editorial project of the first edition of the FIP competition
“Fantastic Vehicles”, the project by Lök Zine won the FIP award by Fruit Exhibition is a new art book that talks about ecology, travel and visual arts. It combines contributions from 14 authors involved in different sectors of art who have created fantastic means of transport to imagine a better world.
Elisa Caroli, illustrator and co-founder of Lök Zine with Lucia Manfredi, recalls the story of the magazine and the new Fantastic Vehicles project on the Printaly blog.
Lök Zine started in 2011 as a self-produced and independent six-monthly comic and illustration magazine. Lök, as Elisa says, comes from the Swedish and means “onion” and was chosen because they wanted to focus not so much on the final result of a visual work rather on the process of production.
“As with the layers of the onion, each illustration is the result of layering an addition of culture and knowledge, of things seen, of things read and of everything that each artist absorbs simply by looking around. Each of these things contributes to the creation of one’s own visual style and personal field of action.”
Over time, the collective has also produced a series of monographs and parallel projects, organized events, exhibitions and workshops, but the concept of the magazine Lök Zine has always remained the cornerstone for communicating their vision as well as to create a dialogue between the authors and the reader.
Amongst these extra projects, they published in January 2019 a book about the Californian designer Steven M. Johnson entitled Patent Depending it is about his inventions between the genius and the grotesque. In 2020, a new book on Steven’s work followed, but this time it only concerns his imaginary vehicles and is entitled “Vehicles of the Imagination”.
Inspired by this new work by Steven, they then decided to enter the first FIP award organized by Fruit Exhibition and Favini, with its humour theme, as it was precisely aligned to the “Fantastic Vehicles” project. In addition to Steven M. Johnson, they also choose to include other illustrators to create a collaborative story of images that show more or less surreal solutions about how we could move into the future.
Artists involved in the project are Adam Tempesta, Giorgia Casetti, Giorgia Marras, Giusy Gallizia, Irene Servillo illustrator, Elisa Caroli, Lucia Calfapietra, Lucia Manfredi, Matteo Signorelli, Nicolò Giacomin, OVO atelier d’architecture, Sarah Mazzetti, Sovrappensiero Design Studio, Steven M. Johnson.
“Veicoli fantastici offers an exploratory trip in this amazing world of possibilities through the manipulation of time and elements whether they’re necessary or desired. Drawing inspiration from “Vehicles of the Imagination” by American author Steven M. Johnson, this book is a collaboration among professional authors with various backgrounds: illustration, comics, calligraphy, graphics and architecture. Each one of them displays a personal interpretation of the concept of alternative transport, drawing from their artistic and technical knowledge to rethink the concept of movement itself.” – (from the preface of “Fantastic Vehicles” – Chiara Faggiano)
In fact, from this project emerges a theme that in some way acts as a common denominator to all the illustrations. A collective vision that sees a future in sustainability, respecting nature and its direct involvement in everyday life.
Favini’s ecological papers for a sustainable future in Fantastic Vehicles
In Favini we have enthusiastically welcomed the winning project selected by the jury because we have noticed a parallel between the concept of the project and our creative reuse approach.
Just as with the imagination any object can be transformed into a means of transport, with creativity and the application of the principles of the circular economy, a waste is transformed into a new sustainable raw material.
In Favini we use creativity to turn a waste material into a resource and a new sustainable raw material to replace tree cellulose: from agro-industrial residues, leather and textiles by-products, we produce ecological papers according to the principles of the circular economy.
The cover of the “Fantastic Vehicles” was made with Crush Grape, Favini’s ecological paper made with by-products of grape processing that replaces up to 15% of tree cellulose.
For the text pages of the book, Favini’s Shiro Tree Free ecological paper was chosen, made with fibres from annual plants such as bamboo, cotton and bagasse. It does not contain any tree cellulose.
Regarding the cover print on Crush Grape, Lorenzo of Printaly.com tells us “Favini Crush Grape 350gsm used for the cover, despite having very rich background of colour was constant throughout the print run and in any case easy to manage for get to density. The ink absorbed well and even in the binding phase, it did not give any kind of problems such as set- off or creasing. We use it very often for our projects also in the converting industry, we really like it and when we talk about it our customers are always amazed by the fact that food by-products are used for its production. “
Lorenzo continues also commenting on the print result on Shiro Tree Free “Also the paper used for the text pages, the 120gsm Favini Shiro Tree Free, performed very well. Excellent run ability and flatness, its porosity has not compromised the quality of the print for the illustrations of the Fantastic Vehicles project. Indeed, I must say that it gave it that extra warm touch. I believe it is a very valid solution for those seeking a product made with truly eco-sustainable materials.”