Warning: the next couple of posts will be heavy on the Christmas.
Not only are Little White Lies throwing a film festival this weekend, they also ran a pop up shop in Old Street station to show off their 50th anniversary edition. I’m glad I had the chance to stop by and see it before it closed this week and it was nice to see my drawing on the wall. As per usual, everything was executed awesomely from the wooden crates with stacks of magazines, the vinyl on the window, a record softly playing (on an ACTUAL record player) and a really friendly lady staffing the shop. Not to mention how great the magazine looks. Just do yourself a favour and buy a LWL subscription for anyone you haven’t got a gift for yet, any maybe yourself. These guys know what they are doing. To find out more about the film festival and the 50th anniversary issue click here.
I really liked the lone shopper I drew so I thought I’d extend the theme. It’s a fairly accurate representation of how I feel about Christmas shopping, especially in London. Going to Oxford Street at this time of year is like a suicide mission.
Save the Children organised a Secret Winter Gala this year to raise money and commissioned me to do a typographic treatment for the invitations. The whole Gala was themed around The Nutcracker including a dance performance by the English National Ballet apparently which sounds amazing. Anywho: here is the invite.
If you’re having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit you could do worse than buy the December Issue of Homes & Gardens which is full of amazing places and photos of people decorating seasonally with more gusto than you could imagine. I’m excited that some of my cards made it into one of their Christmas photo shoots!
In the holiday spirit, here’s a black & white version of a two colour print I recently illustrated for the upcoming “To London With Love” exhibition. More soon! Meanwhile enjoy this lady’s condescending glare.
So I hear that one way to keep your brain fresh is to do things you don’t normally do which is how I found myself at the V&A this weekend taking part in their first ever Games Jam. We had two days to make a game based on the theme of hidden stories and inspired by the medieval galleries at the museum. Ever since seeing the medieval tapestries at the Cloisters in New York I’ve been smitten ( I mean, have you seen the Hunt of the Unicorn?) and the V&A collection doesn’t disappoint. I was collaborating with Tom Flynn and we just about managed to finish our game and I’m excited to say we won! Here are some screenshots of what we were working on. Stay tuned for the final, playable version!
Seeing as I’ve officially initiated the holiday season by caving in and watching “Last Christmas” by Wham, it seems like a good time to also stock my shop with Holiday cards. I’ve got a red bird card as well as a collection of recipe cards in collaboration with notwithoutsalt.com a website run by Ashley Rodriguez who created the recipes and Bison Bookbinding who did the letterpress printing. Check them out in my Etsy shop right here.