Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Blip and The Sugarhill Gang

I first met Blip in Tokyo. He was breakdancing in Yoyogi park on a flattened cardboard box. When I was asked to produce a poster for The Sugarhill Gang's appearance at the Tramlines Festival in Sheffield I knew he would make the perfect model and thankfully he agreed. The posters will be exhibited at the Millennium Gallery from the 24th - 26th of July. The A3 posters will also be available to buy from the gallery.

Thursday, 30 April 2015


First of many new characters inspired by our recent trip to Japan.

Introducing Bonteeq...

Bonteeq spends most of his time hanging around the backstreets of Harajuku accidentally interfering with people’s internet connection and emitting a loud humming noise near vending machines. He lives on a diet of tempura-fried USB cables and dropped pixel lattes. He speaks fluent English, Japanese and Fax machine (with a slight Telex accent).

Bonteeq will be joining me in Toronto at TCAF next week. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

Jonathan's sketchbook of drawings from the trip is available HERE.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Momo and the Moon Peach

I was asked by Gallery Nucleus and Nickelodeon Studios to take part in the official art exhibition paying tribute to Avatar : The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra. Here's my piece, Momo and the Moon Peach, and a few making-of shots. The exhibition is open from March 7th -22nd. For more details and sales enquiries click HERE.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Shape Of Happiness - Coca Cola

Earlier last year I was asked by Coca Cola to be one of seven artists to reinterpret the famous Coca Cola contour bottle (which celebrates is 100th birthday this year) for their 2015 Worldwide Calendar - The Shape of Happiness. Each of the seven artists created their own version of the contour bottle one in a different material including wood, paper, beads, ceramics, clay and, of course, felt.

My version measures approximately 75cm tall (when sitting). My photo is of the German calendar but is being printed worldwide in different languages (the Ukranian version is on eBay!).

The original (and those of the other artists) will be exhibited sometime this year. I'll keep you posted.

PS I hand cut and hand stitched the Coca Cola logo too!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Stylist Magazine

I'm a little late posting this as the issue was out in September for London Fashion Week. I was asked by Alex Fullerton (fashion editor) at Stylist Magazine to create some furry creatures to feature in a fashion shoot. They were to help "model" handbags and shoes. We went along to the shoot which was a lot of fun. The photographs were taken by the brilliant Omer Knaz who was a pleasure to work with. I've also included a few photographs of the guys before they left me for their modelling assignment. Not all of them made it into the magazine but they all had a fun day.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

The Sewists

I am pleased to announce I'm featured in the brilliant new book by fellow sewer Josephine Perry. It's called The Sewists (published by Laurence King ) and contains projects and interviews with 20 designers. The book has clear step by step instructions and comes with a CD with the templates and patterns. Pictured below is my contribution, a furry bug called Bertie. It's available now from all good book shops.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

The Glorious Flock

This week we set up our exhibition "The Glorious Flock" at Sage Gateshead, a collection of 37 3D pieces and 27 framed pieces. We also have two display cabinets (guarded by Wilko). One contains a collection of Jonathan's original sketches and work-in-progress shots alongside other bits of FM paraphernalia and the second, to coincide with Gruff Rhys playing Gateshead in September, contains the work I recently did with Pete Fowler for Gruff's film, American Interior. Pete designed John Evans, the felt character I made for the film, and was kind enough to send some of his original working sketches and designs. These are displayed alongside work-in-progress photographs and an earlier version of John's head and arm. The show runs until the end of September. It's an amazing space to exhibit in and a great team to work with (thanks guys for all your help!). The Sage shop also has some signed copies of Creature Couture available as well as some other FM goodies. If you visit please post pics and use the hashtag #thegloriousflock I'd love to see the pics. You can also listen to The Glorious Flock playlist here