"I realised these were all the snapshots which our children would look at someday with wonder, thinking their parents had lived smooth, well-ordered lives and got up in the morning to walk proudly on the sidewalks of life, never dreaming the raggedy madness and riot of our actual lives, our actual night, the hell of it, the senseless emptiness."
This was by far one of my favourite portfolio pieces during my course at Shillington. The brief was to create a piece of design using handmade elements. As much as it pained me to destroy a book, I used one of my orange Popular Penguin editions of On the Road to paper mache a beer bottle and cigarette box, as well as hand painting the title on a piece of cardboard from a beer carton to give it the feel of a sign used by a hitchhiker. I wanted the piece to have an overall vagrant feel, and I think I achieved that.
On the Road has been one of my favourite books for years now, with a copy never too far from reach. It has led to many a wild adventure as friends and I have talked about it with great excitement. It inspired my travels to the United States, particularly San Francisco and the Beat Museum.