Editorial for this season’s Pom Pom Quarterly.
A lovely private commission I did last week.
The very beautiful Sir Magazine has featured my work this week in their Artists’ Workspaces column. Check it out!
Tom and I collaborated this autumn, for the first time really, on a flag for a couple’s houseboat. As it was a Christmas present from one of them to the other, we thought we’d better keep it quiet until now, but here it is! It incorporates little references to them and their relationship and was inspired by West African Asafo flags.
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!