In 2015 the Houses of Parliament, along with the people of the United Kingdom, will be commemorating two important anniversaries: 750 years since the Simon de Montfort Parliament (1265) and 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta (1215). To mark these anniversaries Parliament is running a year-long programme of cultural events and activities, as well as creating online resources, with the aim of raising awareness and understanding of the UK’s democratic heritage.
For the celebration I was commissioned to create two banner illustrations to be hung in and around the Houses of Parliament.
My two illustrations are based on the 1833 Factory Act and 2015 (Parliament now).
Love Locked / 2015 (Parliament now)
‘Parliament now’ was a difficult subject to work with. I wanted to engage people over the year and not produce an isolated image for a certain time, because Parliament now is a huge cultural vat of happenings. My worries were calmed after I was encouraged to play with ideas and not get bogged down in politics. All the sculptures, carvings and crests from around the UK in the Palace of Westminster helped me to focus on the Scottish vote and how devolution could change the UK. With the carved benches in the Lords and the stunning stonework throughout the Palace in mind, I chose symbols for the countries of the UK: the Scottish unicorn, the English lion, the Welsh dragon and a stag for Northern Ireland. I then began to play.
To engage a younger audience, my focus turned to accessible art and tattoos. People adorn themselves with national symbols, but never for the whole UK. I created a tattoo sleeve design to lock the country together even if devolution separated our Governments. I added a horse-shoe as we are lucky still to have Scotland with us. The pocket watch shows 20:15, and a mace shows order and strength. All is locked together with a love-lock; only people holds the key to the heart: the voter.
Daily Grind / 1833 Factory Act
I travelled to Quarry Bank Mill to find a story that I could link to the child workers of the 1800s. I got a feel of how the child workers slept and lived – when not working shifts of 16 plus hours – and was told a story of a young pauper apprentice called Thomas who lost a finger in one of the looms. He begged to see his mother, but was refused, so ran away with his friend Joseph to visit her in Hackney. Four days later, the boys made it to Hackney, but were taken straight back to Quarry Bank to work.
I collected tales and images from around Quarry Bank to arrange into a detailed factory illustration. I looked at 18th-century illustrations at the Cartoon Museum to find the dated style that I wanted. Since the mills of the 1800's was a place of illness, injuries, and death – including the death of childhood – Idepicted the pauper apprentices as skeletons being worked to the bone, cleaning looms, carrying cans, and making money from old rope.
I was commissioned by Dorling Kindersley Books to illustrate 200 household objects including 15 vintage spy cameras within 4 days to be hidden within an image search game for a spy reference book called Top Secret.
I was commissioned by Timberland to live draw on a selection of Timberland boots during London Fashion week to launch their summer 2014 range.
I designed a collection of tattoo inspired images for bloggers to pick from, but most of the designs were thought up on the day via conversations, photos of cats, and calligraphy.
“Moving on to higher education is a great adventure, but you need to be prepared to make some important decisions. It can be a daunting feeling, so who better to guide you along the way than Martha — our specially-commissioned flag wielding, tattooed explorer. Along the way, she slew the dragons of Doubt, navigated the mountains of Hard Slog, and gained control of the Fortress of Finance. It was one heck of an adventure.”
After creating a toolkit of illustrations depicting Martha conquering anything that got in her way Condiment then printed our backpacked siren on posters, flyers, banners, mugs, note books, the classic student giveaway pen, and even 28-page magazine-style brochure.
Dungpoora is the story of the return of the lesser known god of elephant poo. After his earthly rising Dungpoora wants revenge on all of mankind for banishing him beneath the earth within his own enchanted skull . After a short walk through the jungle he discovers a small tribal village where the poo “literally” hits the fan.
Riso printed on evercopy
with corona 250gsm cover
By Hato press
Published by EERIEEEEEE Press
Photos courtesy of Ti- Pi-Tin
Bottle Necks was a self initiated project that turned into an open edition of digital prints designed for Smith Row's Craftwork exhibition.
BSM100 - Partied Hard, was a record label compilation celebrating 100 releases on Big Scary Monsters Records.
The team at Condiment asked me to create a live mural that depicts the imagination and creativity that can come out of Condiment. It was used as a promotional piece and to decorate their new studio.
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Commissioned for Birmingham’s annual visual arts and pop culture festival Eye Candy, Converge explores how the mediums of photography and illustration can work together.
I was commissioned to work on a dynamic photo of Celine Gittens , with a loose theme of Swan Lake for the exhibition. I was also commissioned to live draw directly on a large photograph during the festival to show a mix of traditional and digtal image making.
I've been working with No Guts No Glory on a wide selection of projects over the past 5 years. They have challenged me to create T-shirt designs and wall murals based on narrative. Design large scale laser engraved panels for exhibitions, DIY workshops and a number of retail products.
They have also pushed my illustration work towards local business and have recently managed a T-shirt commission for The Fat Pig Brewery in Exeter.
Photo by Nathan Maker
Tears for Murphy is a street / character art project running through 2015. The project will depict a selection of hand painted grieving rabbits that are mourning the death of Murphy, my childhood pet.
A few months ago my mother told me a story from my childhood that I totally blocked out and had forgotten. Since she reminded me of what happened I started drawing a collection of rabbit based characters .This led me to think of a social situations that I could use as a narrative for the project.
I began to research funerals and how young people grieve, I chose a teenage audience as I believe younger generations show their respect and sympathy in different visual ways.
I got my mother to write down the story:
"when Joel was 3 years old he had a black and white rabbit called Murphy. The Rabbit lived in the garden of his grandparents house in a hutch that was made by his Grandfather out of old sections of wood and chicken wire.
Joel and I visited his Grandmother on the way back from shopping one morning. While my mother and I had a cup of coffee Joel went outside to feed Murphy.
After a while Joel reappeared in the kitchen with his hands cupped in front of his chest asking whats happened to Murphy?!.
Unfortunately the handmade hutch wasn't strong enough to keep out predators. A fox had attacked Murphy in the night and all that was left was several balls of rabbit fur and Murphy's tail, which Joel had cupped in his hands".
Janet Millerchip, 2014
I hope to record this project on this site, within a book, and exhibitions over the year.
Enamel badges designed for personal projects and retail.
Brothers of the Stripe (BOTS) are a collection of illustrators, graphic designers and image makers from all corners of the UK. we work with a selection of brands and organisations on promotional events, workshops, exhibitions and live draw nights.
Clients: V&A, Seven Bar, Bacardi, Illustrated People, Design Museum, Brompton Cycles, Unilever.
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Along side my Illustration practice I create story and character based Exhibitions.
Here you can find a selection of images and videos from my past solo shows.
Here are a collection of the workshops I've design over the past 5 years for a very diverse selection of learners. I offer the service of designing and leading creative workshops that can fit into educational planning or an organisations event.
I have worked with a very diverse selection of people in workshops, all with very different needs.
I'm happy to design workshops around any briefs, in the past I have created works around:
Clients: Smiths Row, Suffolk Art Link, West Suffolk College, Westbrook PRU, I Make Fun Stuff, Copleston High school, The Mix, and Bury Childrens Festival.
On this page you will find a selection of previous commissions and self initiated illustrations and projects.