Friday, 25 June 2010

A work of Persol

Sunglasses and art

Hello Ciao. Well, it’s been a busy couple of months. I have spent much of it working with Edizioni Corraini on this book, commissioned by Italian sunglasses company Persol. It was an unusual and challenging project - as well as making sunglasses, Persol have a collection of contemporary art: 17 specially commissioned pieces by young artists from all over the world.  My job was to make links between the sunglasses and the works of art, with the essential idea being that Persol glasses are a work of art themselves. Although it seemed an impossible task at first, after a week in Milan working intensively on it in the Corraini’s studio, the ideas and drawings began to flow (helped along by some lovely Italian food…) The final result (I think) is almost like a cross between an exhibition catalogue and a sketchbook with it’s mix of photography, text and drawing. 

The book has a punched cover with special sheets that can be inserted to give different views through the glasses. It was launched in Basel last week at a very swish do with  copious amounts of prosecco flowing….or some type of sparkling wine, it was very nice anyway! 

All images from the book Art in process. A work of Persol. © 2010 Luxottica Group spa  © 2010 Maurizio Corraini srl

Monday, 14 June 2010

Hermes windows

Ooh, New Bond Street!

Had a little wander down New Bond Street at the weekend, past the huge array of vastly expensive shops until I came across this... my illustrations in the window of Hermes. Not fantastically great photos, but it gives you the general idea! 

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Bike owl

Illustration for the Big Issue about Cycling safety. 

Tuesday, 1 June 2010


Posh scarves and bags

I was recently commissioned by Hermes to do some illustrations for one of their upcoming window displays, along with two other illustrators, the brilliant Gemma Correll and Paul Desmond. We were asked to illustrate storyboards focussing on various Hermes products. My two were the ‘Kelly bag’ (made famous by Grace Kelly) and ‘The story of silk’ (all about silk scarves, ties etc.) Here are a few of my images. Hope to post a pic of them in situ soon!