25 Jul 2018

DESIGN PROJECT: JAZZ MEETS BRISTOL SYMPHONY WITH GET THE BLESSING 2018


Design Project for Bristol Symphony Orchestra's
 Jazz Meets Bristol Symphony Season

Jazz Meets Bristol Symphony 2018 


Following on from last year's event ...(2017 click here)

Colour Palette

Flyer Front

Flyer Back

Concert Programme
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10 Jun 2018

DESIGN PROJECT: HIGH SHERIFF OF BRISTOL'S CONCERT 2018


Design Projects for
High Sheriff of Bristol's Concert

June 8th 2018 at Bristol Cathedral

Colour Palette

Concert Poster

Flyer side 1


Flyer side 2

Concert Programme
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Social media banner

Web banner
Avatar image
Reserved seat sign


Refreshment sign

1 Feb 2018

DESIGN PROJECT: KUNAKA KIDS

Kunaka Kids is a new online shop selling African and Caribbean Dolls, books and accessories. My recent project was to design a company branding, design and build the website and set up the online shop. 

   
     

www.kunakakids.com
Kunaka Kids Website


Kunaka Kids was the idea of Monica, a mother of 2 young children. 
As Monica says...

"I have always had a strong sense of my identity as a black African woman, so I was quite surprised when my then 4-year-old daughter came home from nursery crying because her skin isn’t as fair and her hair isn’t as silky or straight, as her classmates. That day, I realised that it is not enough to just tell my daughter that all children are beautiful. That black children are beautiful and smart too. That she is beautiful... I would have to show her that it’s true."

After her experience with her daughter, Monica then set about searching for black dolls and story books with black characters, plus maybe even story books that included black culture. This is when she realised that they were not available in any local kids’ stores. She also found it quite hard to find online too! It was at this point that Monica decided to start Kunaka Kids.

So, needless to say, Kunaka Kids (‘kunaka’ means beauty in Monica's native Shona language) was borne out of the frustration from endless hours spent online searching for the perfect dolls and books for her children.

Kunaka Kids Promotional Postcards

Kunaka Kids Business Card


All of the clothes worn by the African dolls sold on Kunaka Kids, are made by women living in townships across Africa. From Nairobi, Kenya to the townships of Hammanskraal and Soshanguve in South Africa, these women are working hard to produce the intricate beading and detail that decorates our African dolls' clothing. The designs are inspired by the vibrant colors, patterns and textures of the townships. Kunaka Kids is pleased to be associated with these efforts to empower women in their communities, by providing meaningful work opportunities that enable them to feed their children. So if your order is a little late, please be patient with us; these women are working very hard to complete your order.

 
 


" Kunaka Kids is rooted in my belief that by playing with black dolls and reading stories about black characters, black children will see themselves, their beauty, their strength and their potential, and all children will learn and appreciate the diversity of all cultures."

Monica Shupikai Simmons









Photography by Rosa Fay Photography

14 Jan 2018

WINE BOTTLE CORK CHAIR



Introducing artist Aaron Kramer of URBAN OBJECTS
Featuring his chair made of corks from wine bottles.

"By exploring the intersection between the found and fabricated in my sculptural work I seek a deeper understanding of the transcendent nature of ordinary objects". Aaron Kramer, Artist









ABOUT THE ARTIST

I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. In kindergarten I drew a chickadee that my teacher did not believe I drew. In 2nd grade I drew a bald eagle that won a prize. By 4th grade I was selling posters I drew for a nickel to friends. By the time I left high school I had done animation, metal working, welding, woodworking and mixed media sculpture. I went to college at NIU outside of Chicago. My BFA was in Visual Communications. Design is really at the root of my work. After a brief career as a Graphic Designer working for a small firm in Chicago, I started my own company. Training on Macs, design of print collateral, logos, advertising and collage/illustrations. In 1988 I left my Design career and circumnavigated the USA on a bicycle returning a year later as an artist. It took me another 2 years after my return to go full time into art making. My career as a working artist took off after I did my first wholesale craft show in Baltimore. A line of objects that were a blend of quirky found object related sculptures and jewelry created a stir. In the first hours of that show I had 70K in orders and struggled with growing a business. The traditional Gallery relationships I had started to develop went by the wayside in exchange for American Craft Galleries, stores and Museum gift shops. I found a real community doing retail and wholesale shows around the country.

My process is akin to my curiosity. I often let it take me where it will. "How does that work?", "what is the process behind that?", "why do I love that?" I like figuring out a problem and solving something in a unique way. I love being in the flow. I present challenges to myself that pit my skill set against a challenge. I sketch. I have always kept a sketchbook. I'm into moleskins these days. I have my sketchbooks from when I was very young. I use this aspect of the process to get it out of my head. I sketch ideas post-facto. Or looking back I have had ideas and inventions that I finally get to at some point. I do work these days for myself. I truly believe you have to have an eye on commerce if you want to survive. I am never afraid to make a piece that I think will sell. But I still have fun. I think the sale for me is very important. I get a bunch of mojo from the client when they love it.

The traditional gallery-artist relationship is just one of many ways in which an artist can make it. For me it was not happening fast enough. That is why I took off in the "Craft" direction. I had a line of 30 objects I produced along with 7 employees at one point. I have shifted my approach in the last 20 years. Now I sell to Architects, Interior and Landscape Designers, Hotels and private individuals. Commissions come in via the internet, retail shows and word of mouth.

My advice to young artists, "Do not expect to be rich. Think in the long view not the meteoric rise (but be ready just in case)."

I was born in 1963 in Park Forest Illinois. I graduated from high school in 1981. College in 1985. I live with my wife and 2 children, 2 dogs, 8 birds, i hamster and 1 fish in Santa Monica, CA.

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