Regular updates on current projects and events.
Instagram Questions Answered
20 Jul, 2014
Thank you for all the feedback and questions I have been getting on my Instagram account. I now have over 146k followers and so I get asked a lot of
questions. Unfortunately I can’t answer everyone directly so I thought I’d post some information here. For everyone asking about calligraphy tools and equipment you might like to read my short article ‘Getting Started in Calligraphy’. For everyone asking me “How did you get started in Calligraphy?” I have written about it here. If you like my short calligraphy clips on Instagram then please check out some short films featuring my work on Vimeo and YouTube. And finally I am not taking requests to write out peoples names at the moment, but I might do that in the future.
30 Jun, 2014
A sincere thank you to Instagram for featuring my work on their excellent blog
and across all of their social media over the weekend. I feel it is
amazing publicity not just for myself but for the art of calligraphy and
all letterform related disciplines. The numbers involved are hard to
fathom. To give one example Instagram put one of my calligraphy clips on
their Instagram account, which has 56 million followers. Within two
minutes the clip had over 10,000 likes. As of today it has around
450,000 likes and over 10,000 comments. My Instagram account now has
88,000 followers and growing. I would be hard pressed to think of better
publicity for my work. I have obviously been very lucky but then luck
is often commensurate with hard work. So thank you again Instagram and
thank you to followers old and new for taking an interest in my work. I
have big, exciting plans for my art and design which I look forward to
telling you about in due course.
Cloths Of Heaven
19 Apr, 2014
‘Cloths of Heaven’ is my interpretation of ‘Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’, a poem by the renowned Irish poet W. B. Yeats. It is a continuation of my exploration of the theme of beauty in the context of letterform design. I have produced a limited edition screen print and also worked with The London Embroidery Studio to produce an embroidered piece, available as a small limited edition.
Latest news — New offices, new clients, new personal projects
18 Sep, 2013
It has been an extraordinarily busy time here lately. Lots of changes are afoot and it feels like life is entering a new phase. After two years renting we have finally moved house. The new house is pretty unusual. It is built into the banks of an 11th century Norman castle for a start. So it will be a really unusual place to live and work. I am hoping the castle in the back garden improves my Blackletter calligraphy. I am also in the middle of moving into a new office space while the house is being renovated so please bear with me if you're waiting for a reply to an email or message. I will get back to you as soon as possible. I also want to say a big thank you to everyone who has bought a print, an original artwork or one of my typefaces recently. It is sincerely appreciated. More freedom to pursue personal art and design projects is not something I have ever taken for granted. That said there are some very exciting client projects in progress at the moment as well, some of the biggest I have ever undertaken in fact. I hope to be able to tell you about them soon.
Please & Thank You — New limited edition print
03 Sep, 2013
'Please & Thank You' is a new print based on one of the most popular and rude pieces of calligraphy I have ever put online. A playful exploration of the relationship between 'the message' and the 'visual expression of the message'. The idea was to try to make the piece as beautiful as it was rude. I tried to achieve that by taking a rude sentiment and designing it like it was an invitation to a wedding reception at Buckingham Palace. The print is now available from Phone Booth Gallery. Phone Booth Gallery also has a small selection of original works in both gold leaf and black ink available here.
Speaking at OFFF Barcelona in 2014
15 Aug, 2013
I'm extremely pleased to announce I'll be speaking at OFFF in Barcelona in 2014. There is a teaser of featured artists here. Mega Early Bird tickets available here.
Speaking at Semi-Permanent Melbourne & Brisbane
18 Jul, 2013
I feel honoured to have been invited to speak at the Semi-Permanent Melbourne and Semi-Permanent Brisbane creative conferences this coming October, 2013. I'll be charting my career from early student projects to the present day. If you're in Australia in October do consider buying a ticket to either event. Semi-Permanent always manage to assemble a great roster of speakers. More details on their website.
Playdesk presents Seb Lester
26 Jun, 2013
I'm doing a talk in London on 25th July for Playdesk at The Museum of Brands. I'll be charting my career to date from student days to the present. This is the same sold out talk I did at St Bride earlier this year, more or less, with a few changes and additions. I'm doing a new limited edition print which will be launched at the event and all proceeds go to a charity close to my heart, St Peter & St James Hospice in East Sussex. Limited tickets available here.
St Bride Talk & new edition of 'Voice of all the Gods'
22 Mar, 2013
My talk at St Bride in London on 26th March is fast approaching. Being an introvert I have some trepidation but I'm also looking forward to it. A new edition of 'The Voice of all the Gods' print will be available on the night. This colourway is hand finished with 23.5 carat gold leaf. I'm really pleased with how it has turned out. You can catch a glimpse of it here. For the St Bride event only this edition will be available at a £20 discount. Any remaining prints will then become available online via the usual channels after the event.
Pick Me Up 2013
04 Mar, 2013
I feel honoured to have been invited to spend a day at 'Pick Me Up' Graphic Arts Festival in London this year doing a 'Daily Special'. The idea is I set up shop for the day writing out peoples names in my best fancy handwriting for hard cash. I will also be selling prints and originals which will be available for the duration of the event in the Pick Me Up shop. Event details here, more to follow in due course.