Hannah Firmin's Open Studio takes place this Spring Bank Holiday.
As part of the 'Crickhowell Open Studios' event over the weekend of 24th -26th May, over 40 artists open their studios and exhibit their work at various venues during the long weekend. All takes place in and around Crickhowell and the beautiful Brecon Beacons area . Hannah says "I will be able to show people my studios, presses, engraved wood and lino blocks and demonstrate my various techniques. Then people can view an exhibition of over 50 pieces of original artwork and limited edition prints. The work together with books and cards will be for sale, and refreshments offered in the garden weather permitting!" A lovely event if you're in the area next month. For more details go here.
Gail Armstrong's wonderful work for SOGO Hong Kong has been used in a dynamic way. This job shows how great illustration is used; draping walls, balconies and pillars and in the shop window; with the TV screen in a suitcase showing the film of how the art was created. Read more on SOGO Hong Kong.
Bill Greenhead's latest children's bedtime story 'Spider Rider' is available for the kindle.
Bill wrote the story when his children were small and revisited it some years later bringing it to life with his wacky art. He says "Boy it was fun! And now it's out and people are buying it and hopefully reading it to their children." The story is about a spider's dream to become a jockey, and joins Bill's collection of kindle books including Hot Onion Soup, The Baby Bomb and 365 Cow Jokes Later.
the final art
Gail Armstrong creates a papersculpture illustration for SOGO Hong Kong.
Gail's brief was to create an image for the 29th anniversary of the prestigious SOGO department store in Hong Kong. The image had to reflect the various departments and goods available throughout the store and feature typical shoppers, whilst being colourful, lively and festive. As well as trying to keep the image within a fashion and lifestyle context, Gail wanted to give the whole piece a sense of energy, flow and movement. So, without creating an actual scene as such, she worked with various key elements to tell various “stories” within the image.
a happy lady shopper
hot air balloon carrying the banner
Gail says "I created a strong diagonal through the image using sky above and a suggestion of a flowing red carpet or catwalk below. Flowers flow from the perfume bottle being tested by the woman in the foreground. As the flowers flow through the image, they transform into butterflies the largest of which lands on a woman's finger. The butterflies flow on up through the hot air balloons, past the main balloon which carries the banner announcing that this is SOGO’s 29th Anniversary, before finally turning into the flying birds."
Gail supplied both portrait and landscape versions of the red and blue background with each element extractable for separate uses. The image is being used throughout the store as well as on various marketing items. Gail continues "In addition, SOGO supplied me with music and commissioned me to film the various aspects of making the image, through all the stages of the process. This film is being shown on 46” TV screens throughout the store." Watch the video.
the illustration in context
The actual paper sculpture itself has been framed and shipped to Hong Kong for display in one of the department store windows.
the framed piece ready to leave London for Hong Kong
We are delighted to welcome Neha Shah Mistri to the team as our Indian agent.
Neha is based in Mumbai where "the creative market is one of the fastest growing, innovative and exciting places in the world." She says of her new role:
It's an absolute delight to have joined Illustration Ltd as the Indian agent for one of the finest and most professional illustrator groups in the world. We already represent a few fabulous artists based in India and I am looking forward to developing the local team to broaden the range and impact we can offer you and the whole world.
Illustration Ltd has been the resource of choice for thousands of art directors and designers in all the creative hot spots of the world, not only for the quality of our talent, which always evolves with fashion and technical prowess, but also for the professionalism in delivering beyond what the art director wants, in a friendly and open way. This is something I will be ever keen to bring here.
The India creative market is one of the fastest growing, innovative and exciting places in the world, and set to become an international leader.
Illustration, as a creative service, has always been at the forefront of creative tools employed by the marketing professionals, and it is our profound hope that by making our incredible artist team locally available to you, it will give you new opportunities and choice in creating the best results possible.
Neha can be contacted via this page.
Montana Forbes illustrates the Harrods' 'Spring Home Event' campaign.
These stylish images will be used for in-store signage, email, direct mail and ten half-page ads in London newspapers over the next few months. Montana used the Harrods' seasonal furniture and interior décor from their kitchen, living room and bedroom ranges to create the art, "I don’t normally get requests for interiors and home furnishings" says Montana "... so it was a great opportunity for me to explore this area and thoroughly enjoyed the process of composing the scenes."
Alexis Anne Mackenzie has her first solo exhibition of new works in San Francisco.
Showing now at the Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Alexis is exhibiting her organic collages until May 10th. From the press release:
"Her collages, composed of multiple images sliced and spliced back together in an overlay that marries the outline of forms from both images, can be understood like a film editor’s work, weaving disparate scenes into a story. The intricacy of the artist’s technique is offset by the minimalist composition, achieving a beauty and fragility in the pairing. The show’s title, Synthesis, references this merging of two things, as well as a plant’s natural process of conversion, a theme of change and growth particularly relevant to the artist as she prepares for an overseas move."
55 Baker Street, Marylebone, London
10 Weymouth Street, Fitzrovia, London
The Copper Box interior, Olympic Park, London
Grosvenor Waterside, Chelsea, London
Master of detail Mike Hall completes ten architectural drawings for Make Architects.
This set of drawings represent some of the company's recent completed projects, and have been used in their latest annual; a 10th Anniversary edition. Mike says "Each drawing was based on photographs and drawn using fineline pen on Bristol Board. The list of ten buildings to be drawn was decided by the annual's design team. The drawings were included as detachable postcards at the rear of the book."