Last month I created a large linocut of a rook for Bristol-based singer songwriter Phil King, to be printed on the inner record sleeve of his latest LP. He asked the wonderful folk at the Letterpress Collective to print the sleeves for his CD and vinyl record and as always, what they've created is total magic. Below are a few photographs of my work in progress, the finished linocut and the final printed sleeve... ta-daaa!
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of creating fourteen linocuts for the Makers & Mavericks section of the third Hiut Denim Yearbook.
The yearbook as a whole is a masterpiece, it was a long time in the making and Nick Hand really pulled out all the stops. If you haven't seen it yet it's worth getting your hand on a copy.
Working with Nick is always a joy, he designed this part of the yearbook to be printed by letterpress so it only seemed natural for them to print directly from the lino also. I'm so pleased with how they all turned out. The lino that I've been using (soft cut) has printed really nicely and lasted well too.
Each page was typeset and printed by letterpress-superstar Pat Randle at Nomad Letterpress (based under the roof of the Whittington Press) and the results are really beautiful. Thanks to Nick and all at Hiut for asking me to be involved!
Recently I worked with the amazing people at Hiut Denim to create two illustrated leather label designs for their limited edition 'short run' jeans.
Only 100 pairs of jeans are created by the Grand Masters for each short run, made with beautiful denim from the best mills around the world. Every pair is finished off with the leather label exclusive to the batch.
The inspiration for the most recent (the motorcycle) was 'rebellious spirit' with the guys at Hiut citing James Dean and Rebel Without a Cause as references. The image we went for was a 1955 Triumph T5 Trophy, ridden by Dean (apparently inspired by Marlon Brando's Triumph Thunderbird in The Wild One) who's character Jim Stark popularised denim in the 1950's and solidified it's status as the uniform of the newly birthed American teenager.
The illustrations both started life as pencil drawings which were cut out of lino, printed and scanned in. The designs were then arranged and turned into vector images so the company that creates the metal stamps could translate the image into the physical relief. So pleased with how they turned out!
Earlier this year I worked on some illustrations for The Do Lectures new ident, which is played before each of the Wales online talks.
David's brief was simple- 'create something playful'. I started with lots of rough ideas and pulled together examples of text I liked online and in books or magazines and finally settled on the style above/below. It was created using the side edge of a sharp pencil on smooth medium-weight paper :-)
The guys at The Do Lectures are always so nice to work with and if you haven't attended an event or watched the talks online you should go do that now.