Regular updates on current projects and events.
'First Time Ever' - New print release - 16th November 2015
18 Nov, 2015
'First Time Ever' is a limited edition print inspired by the song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” written by Ewan MacColl. It has been said that calligraphy is music for the eyes and I really wanted to try to do the song justice as a piece of visual art. These two limited edition colourways are the only prints I will ever produce of this piece. You really need to see the prints in the flesh to do them justice, but check this short clip to give you an idea of the quality of the final product. Full details available now from my shop.
PBS NewsHour interview & other press coverage
18 Sep, 2015
A great week for media coverage. I have been interviewed by PBS NewsHour in the US about my work. You can see the interview here. I’m really pleased and grateful to get such mainstream coverage of my art and calligraphy work. I have also been interviewed by Booooooom, one of my favourite blogs, which is what drew PBS’s attention. In the Booooooom interview I discuss the calligraphy tools I use. Jeff Hamada asked me what the best trick I can do on a BMX is. He also asked me what I want to accomplish before I die. The video I did for the interview already has over 60 million views on Facebook, pretty crazy. You can read the Booooooom interview and see the video here.
Thought At Work Conference, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, USA
16 Sep, 2015
I am pleased to announce I am a keynote speaker at the 'Thought At Work' Conference at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, next month. The conference (www.thoughtatwork.org) runs from October 23-25th, 2015 and is open to students studying anywhere in the USA. I will be charting my life in letters from student days to developing typefaces for some of the biggest companies in the world, to current art and design projects. My presentation includes sections on calligraphy and swearing, designing a logo for a NASA space mission, and describes how I ended up with over a million followers on social media. Places are limited but you can register here now. #ThoughtAtWork
Jerusalem - New print release
08 Sep, 2015
I am proud to present a new limited edition print that is released today, available here now. It is my tribute to the English poet, artist and mystic William Blake, a seminal figure in British culture. I've enjoyed Blake's poetry since I was a student in London, the city in which he lived and worked for most of his life. I am not religious but I find the words captivating, it's ultimately a poem about hope and revolution. The poem is so intense and epic in nature, so evocative and rich, the challenge quickly established itself as trying to find a visual match for the energy and spirit of Blake's language. It's always hard to talk about ones own work, but I am very proud of this piece and really feel it is one of my strongest pieces of work to date.
'First Time Ever' Mural in London
01 Sep, 2015
Some guy called Seb Lester put up a mural in London (Salop Road, E17) over the weekend. Big calligraphy! Huge thanks to Lee at globalstreetart.com for making it happen, I couldn't have done it without him. Big thanks to Johann Chan for the short behind-the-scenes film on the homepage of this website. I enjoyed the process, I hope to do more murals in the future, if you have any suggestions drop me a line. I will be releasing a 'First Time Ever' limited edition print later this year.
Jerusalem by William Blake - A new limited edition print
19 Aug, 2015
I have a new limited edition print being released very soon. It is my tribute to the English poet, artist and mystic William Blake, a seminal figure in British culture. I've enjoyed Blake's poetry since I was a student in London, the city in which he lived and worked for most of his life. I have found comfort in his words during difficult times and I've wanted to try to interpret his poetry, specifically Jerusalem, ever since. It might sound odd but it is something I really had to do, I don't feel I had a choice in the matter. The poem is so intense and epic in nature, so evocative and rich, the challenge quickly established itself as trying to visually match the energy and spirit of his language. Whatever the reaction to this work I'm extremely proud of the results. To be one of the first to be notified when the print is available please sign up for my mailing list at the bottom of this page and look out for announcements on this website and social media in the coming days.
Speaking at OFFSET London Conference, November 2015
14 Aug, 2015
I’m speaking in London this coming November at OFFSET London. I feel honoured to be amongst such a great roster of speakers. I’ll be charting my life in letters from student days to working for some of the biggest companies in the world to current art and design projects. The talk will include a section on designing a logo for a NASA space mission. I’ll also be describing how I ended up with over a million followers on social media, something I am still trying to get used to. Events like this educate, illuminate and inspire. If you make it to OFFSET London do come and say hello. More details on the OFFSET website.
'First Time Ever' - New limited edition print release
13 Jul, 2015
I have a new print on the way. You can see a work-in-progress shot on the front page of this website. I'm really pleased with how it is taking shape. I always try to find powerful and evocative words to work with, words that move me. This print will be based on the beautiful lyrics to 'First Time Ever' by Ewan Maccoll. I think this song, made famous by Roberta Flack, is one of the most perfectly formed love songs ever written. To be one of the first to be notified when the print is available please consider signing up to my very occasional mailing list. Full details to follow here and on my social media in due course.
Speaking at Smashing Conference Barcelona, October 2015
13 Jul, 2015
I'm pleased to say I'll be speaking at the Smashing Conference in Barcelona in October, 2015. My talk is titled 'Peace, Hellfire & Outer Space'. I'll be charting my life in letters from student days to working for some of the biggest companies in the world to current art and design projects. The talk will include a section on designing a logo for a NASA space mission. I'll also be speaking about how I ended up with over a million followers on social media. Details on the Smashing Conference website.
20 Jun, 2015
I was one of three calligraphers interviewed by the BBC about calligraphy on Instagram. It doesn't get much more mainstream than the front page of the BBC website. It's a positive piece and I hope it encourages people to try calligraphy for themselves or simply to enjoy watching it online.