I recently travelled to Tokyo, Japan. Whilst wandering the bookshop of the Mori Art Museum, after seeing an incredible Andy Warhol retrospective, I stumbled across Beyond Magazine. I illustrated the crafted range for Lexus and there the products were, in full colour publishing loveliness. I had my 15 minutes of fame right there that night!
Towards the end of last year (2013) I was lucky enough to be commissioned by two amazing women. One in the North and one in the East! Both had blank canvases that I was allowed to put my stamp on. Ruth of N1 fame is a great friend of mine and so we leant her kitchen wall some glamour, by drawing an overhead shot of a coffee table featuring all her trendy likes, from perfume and chocolate to Prosecco and ‘Sex and the City.’ Jelena, I was lucky enough to meet through the ‘School of Life’ and she commissioned me to produce a very London roof-terrace to gaze at when sat at her dining room table. The drawings spilled out onto her furniture too as she bravely allowed me to draw a ‘City’ newspaper onto the back of her chair!
Great commission for the Stylist for Jo Bird this week. Drawing some of her favourite things…yup, sweeties and chocolate. What more could a girl want? Jo was asked to create a fantasy chocolate box containing the magazine staff’s number one choices. Her own personal all time favourite (since you asked) would be a box of seashells from Guylian- still unsure on how to pronounce that name, yet she can most certainly show you how to eat them…
Jo has recently been working in collaboration with a design agency to bring you a new look to Tesco’s finest range. She was commissioned to work on lots of very tasty and inspiring new dips and vegetable dishes. Below is the first dip she got her hands on straight of the shelves in her local Tescos! Houmous with sunblush tomatoes and pimento pepper….yum. I’m off to try the rest.
FRENCH CONNECTION unveils its new campaign. Shot by Rankin and illustrated by Jo Bird, commissioned by her agent JELLY.
Together with French Connection’s in-house design team they realised the vision behind the French Connection Autumn/Winter advertising campaign,
FROM SKETCH TO STORE.
Jo attended two days on the actual shoot, drawing in front of the cast, crew and models. Then back at the studio working on translating the drawings to nude pictures of the models. The lovely animation team at Jelly then worked hard making Giffs and a small animated movie.
You can see that here:
A huge collaboration, Jo is very excited to see the large billboards and campaign in-store this Autumn.
ON Sunday 3oth June Jo Bird travelled to Hitchin to dress her very good friend (Sarah Wade’s) charity shop. The shop called Humanitas sells new and second hand stock, with every single penny of profit going towards the abandoned, vulnerable children they rescue. The window needed a Summer update so Jo was commissioned and produced large oversized cameras, a polaroid shot and a speech bubble; accompanying a postcard encouraging the good people of Hitchin to send in postcards and Summer holiday pics to further decorate the window. She was helped by the shop manager Donna Wade, who was left to do all the cleaning up after- sorry Donna!
Please read more about the charity here : http://www.humanitascharity.org/humanitas-shop/
Great commission from the weekly London magazine, The Stylist, for Jo Bird….on one of her favourite topic, FOOD! She was briefed to draw a big juicy pulled pork burger highlighting how Head Chef, Tom Adams, makes his so special.