The main reason that I haven’t posted in so long is that I have been working for the past couple of months on my design for a mural at Zizzi’s new Worcester branch. After the menu competition, Zizzi contacted me about this and, despite feeling somewhat intimidated by the scale of the job, I leapt at it. Zizzi like their restaurants to be locally relevant, so my design incorporated features Worcester is known for: gloved hands pointing the way up the staircase (the city was formerly the glove-making capital of the country), musicians and a poem by his wife as a nod to Edward Elgar having lived in and loved Worcestershire, local apple trees framing the window, and the River Severn winding its way down the stairwell from the ‘source’ – a glove pouring water from a piece of Worcester porcelain (not geographically or geologically correct but that’s artistic licence for you). I even researched which fish could be found in that part of the river!
Here’s a big load of pictures: (and more blathering beneath them)
I had five days in beautiful Worcester, working long hours, surrounded by an amazing group of managers, waiting staff, builders and a lovely fellow mural-painting illustrator, James Grover (see his work here and here). It was a long haul (my shoulders and sleep pattern are still recovering) but I feel good about the final outcome.
Though it’s hideously self-agrandising, I do want to say “thank you” to a few people: Nikki and the Zizzi Big Bosses for giving me another fantastic opportunity; Tom and my Ma for constant telephone-based moral support; James for colouring suggestions, encouragement, camera-lending and generally being a buddy; and all the staff and workers (especially Neesha for the pick’n’mix) whose way I was in for a week – I hope the restaurant does brilliantly!