[SHF] YEAR OF MAKING

Presenting ‘[SHF]’, my piece for the Year of Making 2016. Back in February of this year I applied for a commission with a project idea I had over two years ago: to create a large-scale mural celebrating Sheffield’s industrial past, it’s present, and it’s creative future, to communicate not only with local inhabitants, but also commuters and tourists alike, acting as a beacon/landmark for our city. The project, ‘Connecting the North’ came about when I was researching the industrial history of Sheffield, and other Northern towns and cities. The advent of the railway was a huge leap forward in connecting towns and cities together industrially and indeed recreationally. The free-er movement of imports and exports helped towns become cities, and allowed for tourism to become what it is today. I chose to take the universally understood yet unspoken language of train station codes and use this as the basis for my mural. [SHF] is the unmistakable three letter alpha-code abbreviation for Sheffield. There is no other, just as there is no other Sheffield (in the UK). Seeing this code elsewhere, other than just the train station, will act as a reminder of where you are and why you’re here. I designed the piece to fit perfectly onto the wall it is painted. It is purely typographical, repeating the letters concentrically to create repeating pattern and shape. This metaphorically illustrates the strong creative/design culture that the city harbours. This is what the city is recognised for today, and will be into the future. I chose the green colour scheme, because, if there’s one colour that represents Sheffield, it’s green. I also wanted to highlight it’s status as the ‘greenest city in Europe’.

I will also be painting the space to the right, but with a personal project which I’ll announce in due course.

Huge thanks go to Phlegm_art for offering his wall. To the excellent staff of the Dog Shelter for their hospitality, Tamar Millen of Year Of Making for her support throughout the project, Tommy Wilson, Steve Pool, and Felicity Hoy. Visit the Year of Making website for more information on this year long festival.

HILLSFEST BOARD

I collaborated with 7 other Sheffield artists to paint a section of the ‘Graffiti wall’ for Year of Making funded arts festival Hillsfest in Hillsborough, Sheffield. Curated by Anthony Benett and Mila K. The wall was originally designed to be constructed as a spiral, reaching 8m at its highest point. It would therefore be an interactive structure the general public could walk around. Unfortunately, high wind was forecast on the weekend it took place and it was deemed too unsafe to erect. The boards were laid flat on the floor so not quite the same effect was achieved, but it was good to take my 3D flow effect to another level. 

 

CITY OF COLOURS

My piece for City of Colours 2016 I returned to a style I have been wanting to continue exploring since I first started out, I illustrated the Iconic Birmingham bull in an abstract manner and combined with my 3D flow I have painted much more of as a background. Using the colours from the Birmingham Flag.   

THE HOLT

Commissioned by brand new coffee shop The holt, Sheffield to create eye catching artwork on the entrance shutters. The shutters only close three quarters of the way which posed an unique opportunity to design a piece that doubles as the venues signage when it’s open. Thanks to Chopshop for the CNC’d text.