We celebrate our inner dudes every year with Lebowskifest. You've never heard of Lebowskifest? Let me fill you in. To attend you must be fan of The Big Lebowski. You must dress in a Lebowski theme. You must be prepared to party and then then watch the film whilst drinking white russians. Camping is optional but thoroughly encouraged.
So, it's a pretty big event in our calendar. Claire Mullan of the best t-shirt company in the world Tee and Toast, suggested collaborating on adult and kiddie tees and these are results.
I created a set of three monsters, intent on world domination in response to the brief "Finish." These guys are taking over Belfast, Barcelona and New Zealand (this is where holiday snaps come in handy).
These eventually became our Atto mascots. The one that represents me is zapping the Queenstown steam boat on Lake Whakatipu with her laser vision.
Ministry of Stories
I'm a huge fan 826 Valencia in San Francisco - an amazingly creative tutoring spot set up by Dave Eggers. Watch this TED talk and weep with joy that things like this exist.
When I was approached to do the wall illustrations for the London version I jumped at the chance. The Ministry of Stories is a creative writing and mentoring centre for young people in Hoxton. It masquerades as a Monster Supply Store from the front with amazing monster friendly products designed by Alistair Hall.
(photos by Alistair Hall)
I created a microblog project called Exciting Foxes to experiment with hand lettering and sharing my inspirations.
I've always been fascinated with folklore and myths and the strange creatures that cultures create. This was a poster I made with a few of my favourites.
Lies I've Told My 3 Year Old
I came across a beautiful poem by Raul Gutierrez and with his permission I began to illustrate his words. One day I might even finish it.
Fred's Days Out
With a new tiny person recently added to our family, we have found ourselves hunting for child -friendly days out (preferably with tiny animals to pat / tractors / guaranteed ice cream). By working on Fred's Days Out we got to scratch our own itch.
As part of the overall design and development of the site by Atto Partners, I got to create an illustrative brand with lots of colour and character.
I was commissioned for a lovely job to create some custom hand lettering for cookie packaging for a big supermarket chain.
Street Feast is a brilliant concept. It’s one day in the year where neighbourhoods across Ireland host a lunch in their streets, local parks or front gardens. It’s a great excuse to share good food and meet interesting people who live nearby.
Samuel and the Street Feast team asked us to help them get the word out so I developed a friendly, illustrative look and feel, a custom typeface and a downloadable guide to running your own feast. If you’re in Ireland hop along to streetfeast.ie and join the party this summer.
Good Little Company
Meet the Good Little Company. We worked with the lovely bunch at Finnebrogue to create a new brand of super-sausages for families and I got to create a family of characters to represent the brand.
I could waffle all day about this but to cut a long story short, they’re the best sausages you could buy (85% outdoor bred pork, no artificial nasty chemicals, gluten-free, the list goes on) AND Atto Partners worked out a great plan with Christian Aid so that every time you buy one pack of Good Little Sausages, someone in a country like Malawi gets a meal every day for a week.
I also produced an animation to explain the meal for a meal concept. It's not often you get to make a bit of a difference in the actual real world.
Go look and join the Facebook group or follow the Twitter and the Good Little Company will donate a meal on your behalf. Even better – go buy the sausages in Tescos (they’re great with mash and onion gravy).
This is What We Sang
When Kabosh Theatre Company approached us to create an identity for their new site-specific play, This Is What We Sang, we said yes immediately.
I read the play and created an illustration that included a few key scenes. As a Jewish play I chose to create a paper cut (paper cuts are a traditional Jewish art). It was also set in Belfast so of course the famous Jaffe Memorial Fountain was included to nod to the crossover of cultures.
We photographed it and designed the typography. I also made a vinyl version of the illustration and we applied it to the John Hewitt window. It stayed up long after the play had finished.