Our friend Tommy Perman has recently collaborated with 59 Productions on their commission for Sydney Opera House's VIVID festival. Tommy explains:
"A couple of months ago I received an email with the subject: 'Illustrator Task (From Hell?)' from my old friend Leo (co-founder of 59 Productions). The task was to produce a technical drawing detailing all of the tiles of the sails on the Sydney Opera House. 59 would use this drawing as part of their pre-production process for an impressive commission they'd won to light up the famous landmark with colourful visuals for the annual VIVID festival.
I replied to Leo saying "this doesn't look too arduous". I'm used to drawing intensely detailed images but I perhaps underestimated just how many tiles there are on the roof of the Sydney Opera House! But like the brave soul that I am, I plotted on, hunched over a hot graphics tablet for many hours longer than is medically advisable. To retain some sanity while drawing I decided to colour in each tile as I went – I told 59 to just disregard these colours though as all they needed was the position of the tiles. After days at the screen I finished the drawing and sent it off, happy that I'd played a small part in such a cool project.
I have a fairly busy life at the moment and I'd pretty much forgotten all about this job until the other Friday evening, my friend Mark (also of 59 Productions) posted a link to a Daily Mail slideshow of the opening night of the VIVID festival. I was flicking through the images thinking "these are stunning, it's ace that I was involved..." I'd almost reached the end of the slideshow and was wondering how great it'd be to see some of my own work on such a large canvas. And then I came across a photo of the Opera House illuminated with my brightly coloured drawing. I don't think I've felt that kind of jaw-dropping awe since my girlfriend told me she was pregnant!
Apparently 59 loved the colours in my drawing and decided it would become part of the final piece. I'm truly honoured to have my work shown in such a high profile way."
Tommy Perman is an artist, designer and musician based in Edinburgh. A founding member of the artist collective/experimental pop band FOUND, Tommy now concentrates on his own work as artist, illustrator and graphic designer.
Posted by Simon Lewin on June 2nd, 2014
Our friend and collaborator Christopher Brown has been busy over at Wild At Heart's Pimlico store, hand painting a number of iconic Chelsea characters in their windows.
These images are also available as a series of hand coloured prints and a little folded leaflet.
I'm not sure how long the display will be on show - perhaps give Wild At Heart a quick call before travelling.
And you can find a selection of Chris' limited edition linocut prints over at St Jude's.
Posted by Angie Lewin on May 29th, 2014
Saturday 10th May 2014 sees the opening unveiling of the restored mural at Greenside School in West London.
The school earns the star on its Grade II* listing for Gorden Cullen’s mural, painted in 1952.
Erno Goldfinger designed the school and commission Cullen to paint the mural which features a range of subjects including Dover Castle, the de Havilland Comet and the Britannia 7000 locomotive.
Having been covered up for years, the Friends of Greenside Mural raised funds to restore the mural and hope to continue with restoration of the original terrazzo floor in the foyer.
The unveiling event will include a fair featuring a number of publishers, illustrators, print specialists and related exhibitors.
The event takes place on Saturday 10th May from 11am until 5pm at Greenside School, Westville Road, London W12 9PT. For further details about the project, visit the Greenside Mural Facebook page.
Posted by Simon Lewin on May 6th, 2014
Spent some time today looking at, listening to and playing Sarah Kenchington's Wind Pipes for Edinburgh installation which was commissioned for the 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival.
This elaborate work is created from over 100 decommissioned organ pipes, assembled from salvage yards and eBay, powered by six large bellows.
The installation can be found in Trinity Apse, just off the High Street. This originally formed part of Trinity College Kirk which was demolished in 1848 to make room for Waverley Station. It was intended that the entire kirk would be rebuilt from carefully numbered pieces of masonry, but ultimately just one transept and the choir were rebuilt on the current site, renamed Trinity Apse.
Posted by Simon Lewin on August 28th, 2013
We're pleased to announce the launch of a short film about the work of Ed Kluz.
Filmed and edited by Alun Callender, Ed Kluz discusses his work, inspiration and working practices. The film is shot on location at Racton Tower in West Sussex and at Ed's Brighton studio and home.
Posted by Simon Lewin on April 10th, 2013
Artist, designer and illustrator Ed Kluz opens his home in Brighton this weekend with a selling exhibition of paintings, prints, drawings and paper collages inspired by local history and landmarks. His screen-printed fabrics designed for St Jude’s will also be on show with cushion covers available for purchase. A range of Christmas decorative papers and items will also be on sale.
The exhibition is on the third floor of an 1820s townhouse on Norfolk Square. Be prepared for stairs. Find out more
Posted by Simon Lewin on December 12th, 2012
I took a trip up to Speyside last week for the opening ceremony of Knockando Woolmill.
We're working on another project with the Mill - more on that soon (you might like to sign up for their newsletter for details of this - and to enter their monthly prize draw).
Here are some words from Dr. Jana Hutt, chair of the Knockando Woolmill Trust, about the event...
"The Woolmill was filled with over 120 guests, Trustees, volunteers and staff to greet HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay. We were celebrating the (almost) completion of the restoration of the Woolmill. The sun shone and the autumn colours glowed.
The Duke had visited the Woolmill prior to restoration and we were anxious that that he would be pleased with the results. luckily, he seemed delighted with all he saw. He met a variety of people involved with restoration project from funders to the main contractor. He was especially interested in the Old Shop, the Design Studio where all our cloth is designed, the cafe, where he discussed the merits of different quiches, and, of course, the machinery. The refurbished carding set and spinning mule ran beautifully. Before leaving, the Duke then 'unveiled' the commemorative paddle by starting the waterwheel going.
The guests then had a celebratory drink and lunch. Huge thanks to all who worked so hard to make the day a stunning success."
Find out more about Knockando Woolmill - including details of opening times, tours and other events via the Knockando Woolmill website.
Posted by Simon Lewin on October 17th, 2012
Took a trip to Edinburgh's Dovecot Studios on Saturday to see their centenary exhibition Weaving The Century, bringing together the largest collection of tapestries ever exhibited in the UK.
The exhibition features works by David Hockney, Paul Gauguin, Elizabeth Blackadder, Sir Peter Blake, Edward Wadsworth, Cecil Beaton, Graham Sutherland, Eduardo Paolozzi, Louise Nevelson and Claire Barclay.
One favourite piece was a tapestry designed by Edward Bawden. We'd encourage you to take a trip to the exhibition to see this up close.
Posted by Simon Lewin on August 19th, 2012
In 1989 photographer Roy Hammans was asked to record the interior of Edward Bawden's house in Saffron Walden, shortly after his death, by artist Olive Cook on behalf of the Fry Gallery.
We'd also recommend a visit to the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden where you can see work by Bawden and Cook - alongside many other artists who lived in or had connections with Great Bardfield.
Photographs © Roy Hammans 2010. All rights reserved.
Posted by Simon Lewin on July 18th, 2012
Here's another of our favourite Dualchas buildings. The Kayak House (top) with replaced an old shed (below) on a small island off the coast of Skye. Would love to see it for ourselves sometime. Find out more via Archetcetera
Posted by Simon Lewin on June 19th, 2012