‘A, Bo, C’ is a two days workshop held by No-Rocket that took place in Italy on the 26th - 27th of September
in the city of Bologna in the park of Giardini Margherita, close to the very center of the city.
The workshop has been the first appointment of a series of workshops and activities sponsored by Fruit Festival, focused on typography, illustration and creativity.
The focus of the workshop has been alphabet with its letters, the very basic elements on which our communication is based on.
Letters with their endless combination and possibilities, create different meanings and convey different flavours according to their shape, the way they are arranged together,
the context they live in.
Thirteen participants explored the thousand faces a letter can have, not just merely as graphical symbols but also as a medium for expression. A tool for storytelling, to communicate values and content.
Getting inspired by the city and its his history, its past and its present, we tried together to represent a bit of Bologna through each letter of the alphabet. Using different media, drawing, painting and doing paper cutouts.
From food to architecture, from culture to anecdotes, from graffiti to calligraphy, past and present of Bologna overlaps, giving shape to a new alphabet. A constellation of thirteen different points of view (graphic designers, calligraphers, amateurs, beginners) highlighting interests and potential of each one.
A project by: Francesco Zorzi
Sponsored by: Fruit Festival
Photos by: Francesca Iovene
Marco di Norcia,
A _ by Elisa Sangiorgi
Piccolo Coro dell'Antoniano / Little Choir of Antoniano
Famous Italian children's choir founded at the Antoniano Institute in Bologna in 1963 by Mariele Ventre, a conductor and director of young performers. The choir still nowadays keeps the tradition of the Zecchino d'Oro Music Festival alive, the world's famous children's singing competition held in Bologna since 1960.
(Paper, acrylic paint, ink, paper collage)
E _ by Scilla Alberini
Teatro Duse / Theater Duse
The letter E takes inspiration from the sign of Teatro Duse, one of the oldest theatres of Bologna. The theater was active since the 17th Century, and changed its name in 1898 after Eleonora Duse, the greatest italian actress of her times.
(Paper, colored pencil)
G _ by Elisa Sangiorgi
Giardini Margherita / Margherita Gardens
The main park of Bologna built in 1975. The design of this letter takes inspiration from the fact that the Gardens have been named after Queen Margherita in 1879 and it's illustrated using one of the typical typefaces of those years.
(Paper, ink, paper collage, ink pen)
H _ by Giorgia Renzi
Iron window fence motif
these letters take inspiration from a particular decoration motif on of the many iron window fences around the streets of Bologna. Giorgia from this motif extracted a module that she repeated, rotated, and mirrored to create multiple letter combinations: H / S and X / B.
(Paper, acrylic paint, stencil)
O _ by Rebekah Paulovich
Walls, engraved street names, bricks, marble and stones are sampled and flattened on paper using pastel colors and crayons. The whole Bolognese architecture, old and new, becomes a playground for Rebekah cut and paste. Slices of the city in its two most typical colors, arranged together to combine the letter O.
Or fourty Q letters dancing together, rotating around the same center.
(Paper, colored pencils, crayons, paper collage)
R _ by Irene Tomaini
Il Nettuno / The Neptune Fountain
Because of its size the statue of Neptune standing on top of the founding in Piazza Maggiore is called il Gigante (the Giant). It is said that the artist wanted to fashion Neptune with larger genitalia but naturally met with opposition from the Church. However, the sculptor designed the statue so that from a particular angle one thumb of the outstretched left hand lines up with the groin area, making it look like an erect penis.
This statue is all about view points: its entire focus has always been its front. What about its back?
You can totally find the letter R hidden in it.
(Paper, ink pen)
S _ by Cecilia Sabbatani
A clash takes place inside the curves of this beveled letter S:
handwritten ink VS printed ink.
A messy stack of printed articles taken from Bolognese newspapers such as Il Resto del Carlino, Corriere di Bologna, Portici stand on one side, opposed at the elegance of the name of the city, handwritten in script.
(Paper, ink, newspaper cutouts)
V _ by Rebekah Paulovich
Bologna was a city of red bricks in medieval times, and you could see them 360º. Most of Bologna's historic buildings, towers and porticoes were made out of that, from the obsessive repetition of a single module, both in a structural and in a decorative and expressive way.
Using the same principle, a module can become a letter, such as the letter V.
It can also become more letters, such as the letter L, the number 7 etc.
(Paper, colored pencil, paper collage)
W _ by Martino Prendini
Street lamp pillar
One of the most iconic street lamps of the city is coming from outside Bologna, from the italian historic foundry Nuovo Pignone. Its iron pillar are shaped as three lion legs.
The letter W comes out by revolving this iconic element upside down.
(Paper, ink pen)