Chutney Chorus is now on Instagram. We’ve many strings to our bow and it’s great to share them all: print design, exhibition design, animation and illustration. See you there!
We’re very happy to see our work underneath this loaf at Horniman Farmers’ Market. It’s best to go early on Saturday or you’ll have to arm wrestle Mike for that last loaf of soda bread.
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You may not know this but the wonderful Horniman Museum hold an equally wonderful Farmers' Market every Saturday. To raise its profile, their marketing team asked us to design them a new identity. Mike had the brilliant idea of putting their most popular museum exhibit, the Victorian walrus, on top of a cheese 'berg. His initial sketches were a little too wrinkled and blubbery so our clients asked us to smooth it out, making it look authentically 'over-stuffed'. There are two further 'bergs to be unveiled but we're sitting on those for the time being!
On seeing the flyer, we overheard a 3-year-old boy say "I want to lay on a big piece of cheese" ... best feedback ever.
In celebration of Team GB coming second in the Olympic medal table, we're sharing this fine piece of merchandise from the 2012 Games. Apparently this was part of a little-known campaign to elevate scoffing fry-ups to Olympic level.
Sometimes a wonderful job comes along that means much more than design. This is one of them. Deborah Tallentire approached me to create her a new brand and I jumped at the chance. Deborah - Debs to her friends - is a tailor and costumier with an impressive set of skills and a client-base to match. I knew I'd get as much out of this project as I put in - I've gained both an fascinating insight into her world and a new buddy.
Debs has always had a very clear idea of who she is – she coined her strapline while being interviewed for an apprenticeship at Angels the Costumiers. (Google them – they won an ‘outstanding contribution’ BAFTA this year). When Tim Angel asked why she wanted to work with them she said "because I want to put character into cloth". She carried this philosophy with her throughout her time there and it’s now at the core of her own business.
During the initial design brief, I felt quite strongly that we needed a visual representation of ‘putting character into cloth’ and, keeping in mind her client-base, it had to have movement, dynamism and a suggestion of ‘theatre’ in the broadest sense of the word. After much drafting, I came up with a needle and pin dancing together to create the letter 'D' – the idea being that she can use the icon as a stand-alone device and still keep her name firmly in peoples’ minds.
We’ve completed the first stage which is the website, digital presence and the embroidered labels - the latter of which I got a real kick out of. Next is stationery and work-wear and, with her eyes firmly fixed on the future, there are plans for more as Debs expands her business, including branching out into stage-ready.com, an exciting new venture that will see her and her team out of the studio and on location.
Take at look at her website - design and build by Gunpowder Studios:
(post by Tanya)
Over the last several months I've been working with Horniman Museum and Gardens to create an identity for the Benefactors' scheme re-launch. The brief was to make the design work in tandem with the Membership identity I created in 2013.
Just like the Membership scheme, I made a complete suite of materials: leaflets, folders, membership card, letterhead, posters, pop-up banners, web and email banners – the photos show a flavour. The technically-minded might like to know that I designed the folder cutter guide back in 2013 and we thought it'd be wise to re-use it for those all-important consistency and budgetary reasons.
As a client, Horniman Museum and Gardens strike that wonderful balance between being very responsive and engaged, showing real willingness to try new things and knowing when to step back and let me do what I do best. Marvellous. The butterfly seemed a good route as it represents both the collections inside the museum (the natural history specimens) and the gardens outside (the live animals).
Like much of our local community, Chutney Chorus are great fans of the Horniman. Where else can you find such a high quality collection of art, craft, musical instruments and natural history, to say nothing of the gardens and live animals ... and all this in a compact site? Makes you proud to live in South London!
If you're interested in joining the scheme go to:
Read more about the Membership scheme on our blog:
(post by Tanya)
The Art for Tibet auction is now live online! Our tote bags have hit the streets of New York – sported here by Tsepa and Lucy from Students for a Free Tibet.
Don't delay, take a look at all the wonderful artworks on the auction site before they sell out. (It's open to bidders worldwide.) You can even buy a tote bag on the fifth page of the listings ...
Art for Tibet link:
For the full story on our work for this project, see our website:
(Photos taken by Pema Yoko ©SFT 2014)
We've had the enormous pleasure over the last fortnight of creating an identity and logo for A4T5, the fifth annual Art for Tibet charity auction in New York. The honorary committee members include Richard Gere and Professor Robert Thurman as well as Moby and Shepard Fairey, who've both donated artworks. The auction aims to raise money for one of our favourite charities: Students for a Free Tibet – a global network working for human rights and freedom in Tibet.
The auction features over 75 artists and is open to bidders worldwide. There are some really wonderful artists and if you go to the site below on 12 May, you'll see their work:
The gradient and colours of the identity are influenced by traditional Tibetan Buddhist paintings. The logo is an interpretation of the '3 jewels' which is a core symbol of Buddhism. The jewels are encased in flames and the four print colours are represented: cyan, magenta, yellow and black.
On a more informal note, it all came together rather well we think ... Mike took care of the graphics and the logo is Tanya's. It's been quite the labour of love – we've had our larger projects to contend with too so we've had to forgo quite a lot of sleep to meet the tight deadlines. However, when you're really enjoying a project that's for a worthy cause, it's more than worth the effort. Oh, and we'd like to say we'll be in New York for the auction but alas, we'll be at our desks in London.
A special thanks to Pema Yoko and Kurt Langer for getting us on board and being such great clients.
This weekend the new family exhibition 'Extremes' at the Horniman Museum was launched. It's about extreme environments and the animals and plants that live in them. I created the exhibition identity and strap-line, translating them into various formats including the bus and train ads shown here. The glow around the snow leopard encapsulates a few ideas: its body heat, the insulation of its fur and the phenomenon of bioluminescence. Coupled with a glowing 'x' and a black background, it forms a bold, eye-catching design which will hopefully pull lots of visitors.
At the press opening on Saturday, we got the chance to explore a dark cave, walk on a hot desert floor, water a thirsty camel, examine animal fur under a microscope, press our noses against an ice wall .... and if that wasn't enough, we were given cupcakes with my design on them. That has got to be a first!
As for the title of this post, I've cheated a little I know, but the poem it comes from has been a favourite of mine since I was a kid. If you've got a minute or two, take a look at the poem in its entirety and a little discussion about William Blake on the British Library website:
(post by Tanya)
Pictured is one of 18 postcards we designed for the Horniman Museum Community Fieldworkers project. The cards were posted to the project participants over a 6-week period and they join together to form a whole. Follow the link to our website where you can see the full set and a little explanation about the project itself. (Artefact photography: courtesy of Horniman Museum and Gardens).
We've also updated the site with more from Tanya's work on the Imperial War Museum Horrible Histories® Spies exhibition.
One more thing: we've set up a Pinterest page. We're still finding our feet but it's fun searching for things and building boards. We've created one for Ethelbert White the artist and illustrator. We saw his ballet set designs at the V&A Diaghilev exhibition a few years back but are coming to realise he's a little under-appreciated. We've also created a board for Ikko Tanaka, who we believe is one of the world's greatest graphic designers. In 'Drawing' and 'Ceramics' we've a few examples of Honoré Daumier's work whom we came to love after seeing an exhibition at Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern.