I am a native Englander, whose childhood was spent moving between houses across England, growing up in a variety of different surroundings, Portsmouth, Mirfield, Havant, West Leigh, Malvern, Hindhead, Ash. School interested me, but not always in the way they had wanted.
My dad was in the Navy and then trained to be a priest, church of England, and then Catholic. My mum always worked in offices it seemed, then did her health sciences degree at Chichester.
I went to Christ's Hospital, and apart from the uniform which always gets rinsed, i enjoyed it. The surrounding countryside was a delight, and it was the place that gave me a sense of freedom.
Sport defines expression for me. The beauty of football is that it revels in the ability to control something whose very shape resists stillness.
My newest obsession is playing the guitar that I inherited from my grandad and Chess. I have joined the Chess.com website, and people can challenge Mista-mishto for a game.
After several years of experimentation where he devoted serious energy into exploring the iconography of his own youth, Swifty has developed a truly unique slant on British Pop Art and what POP means to him.
Through his ID as Swifty typograffix, he has long maintained a global following for his innovative escapades in design. He is an Apple Mac poinee and an unrepentant acolyte of the post hip hop sampling generation.
However, his own works have seen him tackle a more personal trajectory. He likes to get hands on and messy. He effortlessly switches from hi-tech to lo-fi and is a true believer in practical skills.
His small, exclusive runs of silkscreen prints, etchings and aquatints have already attracted fans and buyers both locally and through the Art Car Boot Sale in Brick Lane.
His latest work maintains his Northern, down to earth outlook but is inevitably phunky and humorous. It highlight’s the artists love of the process and his fascination with different techniques but its exploration of the so called mundane, through his growing collection of nostalgia, that engages the viewer to reveal hidden layers of meaning.
Ben Allen lives and works in Brighton, UK.
He has worked with many clients including Levis, Virgin, Channel 5 and The Hoxton Hotel.
He has exhibited his paintings in venues and galleries internationally as well as selling to celebrities such as Richard Branson.
Ben's work is inspired by textures found in everyday life, surrounding us on the streets and buildings, the rusting metals and corroded weather swept posters of the streets and billboards, peeling and fading, revealing layers that create a new image, unplanned and unpredicted.
These notions bare comparison to Ben's working technique, as his works are largely unplanned, he describes his work as a visual ether of thought and suggestion, a silent dialogue of past, present and future.
Working in a multitude of media and materials, some of his influences include comic book art, Japanese graphics, typography, physical communication, nature and the human condition.
His work is in private collections throughout the UK, in Australia, New York, Barcelona, Japan and has featured in Design Week, The Observer, Elle Déco, Plus1 and GQ magazines to name but a few.
Hennie Haworth is a freelance illustrator, she is 26 and lives in Hackney, London where she also has a studio. Having studied illustration at Brighton university she now has a client list which includes Penguin, Guardian, Habitat, Urban Outfitters ,Waitrose and Publicis. Her work is hand drawn, decorative and very colourful, it can be seen on her website which is www.henniehaworth.co.uk,
where it is also available to buy in the online shop.
Born and raised in Bangkok to Thai and Australian parents. I moved to London, aged 18, to study Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins, graduating in 2004.
My mixed heritage is evident in the style of my drawing; combining traditional Thai pattern and botanical illustration.
Shape and form is the back bone of my work, I see pattern in black & white.Blank space, whether it be canvas, wall or paper, compels me to draw and create.
Commissions have included:
Window displays for Selfridges and Gas Jeans
Illustrations for Agent Provocateur
Murals at Cordy House and Shoreditch Studios, London.
As well as, exhibiting work at the Air Gallery on Dover St (in conjunction with Oli.co.uk), the One Ton Show in Shoreditch Town Hall and F**k Art Let's Love!! at Swanfield Yard, off Brick Lane.
Lucie Sheridan is a freelance illustrator based in Bristol and a founding member of SNAP studio. A screen printing cooperative based in a four storey building in the centre
of Bristol with a gallery and studio/workshop space. Graduating in 2003 she has built up a prestigious list of clients including Penguin Books, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and Waterstones.
Anthony Peters / Imeus Design
Anthony Peters/Imeus makes colourful and deceptively simple pieces of typography and illustration. He likes caffeinated drinks and referring to himself in the third person, he loves Pop Art and 50’s & 60’s graphic design amongst many other things.
Recent clients include The Art Group/WHS, L’Affiche Moderne, Habitat, Pure Design Group, GQ Magazine & Scarlet Magazine.
If you like the sound of this, maybe you should come and visit him in his digital living room: www.imeusdesign.co.uk
drop by and he will make you a lovely cup of pixel tea!
The pieces document the bizarre and the ridiculous which sums up everyday life. All works are based on snippets of time and overheard discussions wherever I may be. I really love nonsense and things that challenge the mind, like unpeeling an orange. My favourite medium is the felt tip pen easily obtainable from a Pound shop.
Alan Dempsey was born in the east end of London.
He started out in commercial art studios while studying typography
and design at the London School of Printing & Graphic Arts, and life
drawing at the East Ham Polytechnic and the Central in London.
His last employment was with S H Benson, a leading advertising agency
at the time, which he left in 1962 to go it alone.
Since then he has built a distinguished career as an innovator in all
aspects of letterform and illustration of type. Working mainly within
the advertising industry and for leading design groups, he enjoys an international reputation as a designer of typefaces, fonts
As an artist I love geometric abstraction, pop-art, colour, repetition, systems, chance and the shifting meaning of words. I am directly inspired by music. I try to put some of these things together in the prints I make in my studio in North London. I never make more than 10 copies of any of my prints and I have a queue of new pieces waiting to take shape.
As well as showing work with the East End Arts Club, I have also exhibited at the Barbican Centre, the Geffrye Museum and the National Print Exhibition.
Swiss by birth and a Londoner by choice, Catherine Aguilar has been into all things art and design from an early age. Told off by her teachers for doodling during her maths lessons, she soon decided that art school was the only way forward. Established in London since graduating in Visual Communications from the Zurich University of the Arts, the 'bright lights of the big city' have provided lots of creative energy and inspiration. Starting out as a layout designer for Time Out magazine, she then worked as a graphic designer for a major art publisher. Now a busy freelance illustrator and surface designer, Catherine produces self-initiated and commissioned artwork with a contemporary, decorative twist. Her clients include: Pure Design Group, The Almanac Gallery, Inkdrops Publishing, Marian Heath Greeting Cards, Creative Tops, Duni, Stewo, Habitat, Ikea, Allders, The Art Group.
Website pending. Represented by: www.puredesigngroup.co.uk
Born in Adelaide South Australia in 1968 Stinky divided his time there between skateboarding, surfing and art. Studying and working in the printing and graphic arts industry he received a trade qualification in graphic reproduction before moving to sunny Queensland where he lived for 13 years before moving to London.
Having worked as an artist, graphic designer, graphic reproducer, artworker, visualiser, retoucher, printer and postman, Stinky's work reflects an opposition to his day jobs. Tactile is the mantra for his work where he creates contemporary design based pieces by hand from everyday items...and yes he is fixated with paper and cardboard!
People Will Always Need Plates is the creation of Hannah Dipper and Robin Farquhar.
Launched in 2004, they aim to use high quality, low volume batch production to create witty, thoughtful and stylish products as a direct antithesis to the current proliferation of cheap, throwaway design.
In keeping with their credo that good design should be used and enjoyed, treasured and shared, Hannah and Robin try to develop products that, while diverse in style and application, always retain the fundamental values of functionality and beauty.
Given their varied backgrounds (Hannah is an ex-RCA ceramist and has extensive industrial ceramics experience as well as work for Conran & Partners, while Robin, having studied industrial design at Brunel has spent most of his working life in exhibition and interior design agencies) they can offer a complete product, graphic, exhibition and interior design service alongside their core range and commissioned wares.
Originally from Brighton Amy Wicks graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2004 with a degree in Graphic Design. Since then she has been living in London and has gone on to design and illustrate for clients including Dermalogica, Paperchase and Habitat. Her last poster for East End Arts Club featured in Design Week.
She likes to use a variety of media in her work including silk screening, drawing and paper engineering. If you’d like to see more examples of her work please get in contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elliott was born in London and grew up in Stebbing, Essex. He won a record art scholarship to Felsted School, Essex, then studied Business and Politics at Durham University 1996-99 (College of St Hild & St Bede). Elliott was a professional cricketer after leaving university, opening the batting for Worcestershire, scoring 3 County Championship centuries, before early retirement from a back injury. He now works from a studio in a barn at home in Essex.He has recently held a solo exhibition in London Docklands.His next show is at The Coningsby Gallery, central London, from September 13-19. His current work is contemporary and conceptual.
dr.d has been altering billboards along with smaller pasted up posters for around ten years. H.M.P. London posters can be seen all over London and the front shutters of Cordy House on Curtain Road still has two of the series of 'bent commandments'. Always better seen in the flesh than explained to someone, check out www.DRD.NU
for more subversions. Attached is a self portrait, ahem, Johny Cash in the background made with actual paper collage.
A graphic designer for 10 years, Owen now works as an art director and brand consultant and is a founding member of the MadeUp collective.
Influenced by modern typography and iconography, his work explores and questions the meaning of signs and symbols, our relationships with them and use of them in everyday communication.
Owen lives and works in Brighton.
Anonymous Hands (Sean Lingwood & Katie Dobson)
Anonymous Hands are a London based due made up of a poet and a printmaker. Creating limited edition artworks, their emphasis is on juxtaposing the written word with strong, geometrical shapes. All work is hand-produced, in celebration of originality and beautiful imperfections.