What is A Line?

Since 2011 Anna Bruder has been working on her design concept A Line Art. This is a design style that will take you back to a childlike state of mind by transforming the original interior into a solely black and white illustrated world. Thick black marker pen out lines, set against a white backdrop, illustrate Anna’s world of naïvety, described as a humorous and clever representation of domesticity and every day life.

 

A contemporary pop artist, with touches of the graffiti and graphic image likened to Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat, Bruder utilises her experience and great skill in set design and prop-making to create an enchanting and charismatic world.

 

This signature style began in 2011 at The Young Vic theatre, London. Thick black marker lines over white walls have become Anna’s trademark style, touring to bars, libraries, schools, shops, story centres, birthday parties and theatre spaces including The Young Vic, Sadlers Wells, The Barbican and The Oxford Playhouse. The work has been seen nationally and internationally. In 2012 A Line Florist was developed, the start of a series of pop-up theatrical work, on Carnaby Street providing hand-drawn flowers and poems on Valentine’s Day described as ‘excellent’ by Janet Street Porter. In 2014 A Line Art created their first major show called Ready Steady Colour. This colouring-in restaurant was co-produced with The Oxford Playhouse, visiting 6 shopping centres across the country, entertaining over 2500 children and families. Timeout described it as ‘amazing’, adding ‘at last something exciting and fun.’ Yorkshire Tots wrote, ‘it was a day out unlike any other and something we would definitely do again…’ Since then, A Line Art have continued to tour successfully and were honoured to be supported by Arts Council England for their latest project Ready Steady GO! which has visited schools, shops, festivals, theatre spaces, story centres around the UK since September 2016, entertaining and educating just under 5000 children and families. The show was described as ‘Impeccable’ by Exeunt magazine. Both Ready Steady Colour and Ready Steady GO! continue to tour. Ready Steady Lift Off! is the next in the A Line Art series to tour in 2018.

 

‘Anna Bruder redefines spaces. She turns them into magical and surreal environments where every mundane item, from a chair to a ketchup bottle, is given a new lease of life and a breath of fresh air…’ i-D Magazine, 2011

 

‘Brilliant… 5 stars’ janetstreetporter.com

 

‘The girl is making waves…’ my-london.co.uk

Who's involved?

Anna Bruder

Artist

Anna Bruder is an Artist, Theatre Designer and prop maker who graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2004. For over 10 years Anna has worked in the world of theatre, not only practicing as a highly skilled prop maker for London's leading musicals, but also designing and building awe inspiring sets and installations for productions at The Young Vic, travelling productions with the ETO and many more theatre based institutions. This has seen her work alongside some of the best-known directors and designers in the country. Since 2011 Anna Bruder has been working on her design concept A Line Art.

Anna and Arji met at the Young Vic Theatre in 2012. Since then they have been working together to create immersive, multi disciplinary theatrical work for children and their families. We deliver theatre projects and programmes of activity on a regional, national and international level.

annabruder.com

Arji Manuelpillai

Writer/Director/ Musician/Performer

Arji is a performer and education artist who has worked both nationally and internationally with young people, children and adults from across the world. His major strength lies in language, which has allowed him to work with several bands including Oojami (whom Timeout calls 'sensational') and The Leano. He has also worked as a spoken word artist sharing the stage with London's best poets from Raymond Antrobus to Hollie Mcnish and from Ed Sheeran to Akala, in venues such as Ronnie Scott's and The Royal Festival Hall. Alongside his own creative projects he has been running workshops for young people. In the last 6 years he has worked for EEA (London's largest Street theatre company), Talawa, The Young Vic Theatre, The Roundhouse, Music in Detention, Mousetrap Education and many more.

arji.org