For all you Bristol locals, a selection of my work is currently being displayed at the wonderful veggie restaurant Flow. Go take a peep while you sip on blood orange gin collins cocktails and devour all their amazing sharing plates (the Keralan coconut and chilli stir fry is my favourite!) you'll be so pleased you did!
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!
The last few weeks have been jam-packed as I prepare for my show, which opens in a couple of weeks. All the artwork is at the framers, the booze has been ordered, I'm printing like crazy... and I'm really excited!
Sometimes I forget how labour intensive my practice is, but I prefer to think of it as being accessible and like the idea that anyone could do what I do at home with the same simple tools. The collection I am showing at Cob Gallery hasn't been printed using a printing press, just a spoon or sometimes a small hand barren and elbow grease! Everything is truly done by hand and each piece is unique with it's own textures and fades.
I think 'handmade' can be a bit of a senseless, overused term but I try my best to do everything myself from start to finish and avoid taking shortcuts just because there's an faster way. I'm a small, emerging artist so I can still work this way, which I love particularly as this reflects the themes of the show: slowing down to engage with experiences. There's still a lot to be done but the whole planning process has been so rewarding and I feel very lucky to be doing this and to have such supportive people around me. Thank you everyone!
Anyway, the details of the exhibition are below. You can also sign up to my newsletter on the blog page of my website for more updates and Private View invites etc.
Walk, Don't Walk, finding serenity in the city
The Cob Gallery
29 April - 3 May
Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 6
Sunday 11 - 4
or by appointment
I'm not one for making resolutions but like a lot of people I get reflective around the new year. Even more so because my birthday is at the end of December and as I edge closer to thirty the passing year hits a little harder each time.
In 2014 I visited New York, Paris, Venice, Croatia, Belgium and India as well as attending lots of festivals and meeting some wonderful new friends. I worked on some great illustration jobs, took part in exhibitions and embarked on a personal project I am very proud of. Last year was brilliant and I want to take a moment to say thanks for all your kindness and support.
Sometimes being an artist feels like one big therapy session, and I think I am just starting to find my feet. There's a big pile of work on my drying rack, made since I finished university, that won't see the light of day but it feels important not to throw it away. The pile represents mistakes, experiments and disappointment and I'm sure a few things will be added to it this year! Along with my experiences those pieces helped refine my style and working practice and I'm grateful. There's a long way to go but lately I've been excited about what I do and less anxious about showing people the stuff I create. There are a few fun things in the works for 2015 and lots of unknowns too. Hope you have a great year!
Here it goes....