Sunday, 31 August 2014

the written word

The below piece depicts the power and possibilities of the written word. To lose oneself in literature and poetry, in the books and texts that can rewrite your mind. The words that completely unsettle you, the stories that smash your cranial bone, and thinking in the logic of the dream. For Phillip, who as student of german literature and language, has been writing texts for a very long time, the written word is a special way of seeing and understanding the world. Having listed Walter Benjamin as one of the important literary figures in his life, we included text from the critic and philosopher's essay “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” where Benjamin gives his depiction of the Paul Klee piece 'Angelus Novus'.

The Written Word: Needles Side, Thonon-les-Bains, France

'A Klee painting named Angelus Novus shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.'

Thursday, 28 August 2014

light on the water

Matthieu wrote to us expressing a very touching and personal account of his passions and way of thinking. Following a heartbreaking tragedy involving the loss of his younger sister, he has come to believe that happiness is not something you reach, it is a state of mind, a choice. 

Inspired by a poignant text of the Dalai Lama, it is these small details that give meaning and fulfilment to Matthieu's life, in a world where this attitude is seldom embraced. 

It is this mindset that has enabled Matth to move forward, together with his brother, which we depicted below, as well as his immense love of nature. Having been contaminated by travel from an early age, Matth has always loved to live outside, ensuring that water is never too far away and where he can gather time to think amongst the changing colours of the leaves. Stemming from his father's vinyl collection, his passion for music will continue throughout his life.

'Light on the Water' : Needles Side, Thonon-les-Bains

Thursday, 14 August 2014

eternity in an hour

Since losing his grandfather a few years ago, Californian Tyson developed an incredible fear of getting older. During these past few months Tyson has also had the wonderful experience of falling in love for the very first time, thus realising that love makes the idea of growing older and dying exciting and extremely horrifying at the same time. As the grains of sand pass through our hands, we must embrace and cherish this beautiful feeling and make each magical moment last forever.  

'Eternity in an Hour'  Inkme, Perpignan, France


Tuesday, 12 August 2014


Wonderfully eccentric English gentleman Josh contacted us with another of his fascinating concepts which we thoroughly enjoyed illustrating. Please find his delightful email below...

Gaia, Needles Side, Thonon-les-Bains, France

"The female subject is Engulfed by an exotic jungle far away from anywhere. As she stands buried in what we call nature, she is >
Isolated in a moment of time submersed in seemingly her own consciousness, reality appears to abruptly expand, her seams of perception rip to reveal & showcase the "designers" intentions, mother earths own living, moving, pragmatic monumental life machine..
The sheer depth and intricacy patterns colour's and wildlife all seemingly with its own agenda and purpose vibrating in perfect chaotic harmony.
Does it just so happen that a plant has roots to collect water which enables it to grow and water just so happens to fall from the sky, the sky just so happens to have a ball of gas called the Sun floating in it. Plants just so happen to produce oxygen. Why does it all have to appear so stunning?
The female subject is a pilot on an ancient futuristic trip. A celebration of mother earth's art!"

Featuring 'Electronic Awakening'  
See/read more here: electronic awakening

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

free palestine

Our latest paste ups around east London, highlighting the plight of the Palestinian people and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Once more, Gazan civilians are being made to pay the price of war as over 1,800 people have lost their lives and more than 9,000 have been injured. Civilians amount to around 80% of casualties, many of which are children, as the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) deliberately target schools, hospitals and entire neighbourhoods.

We wholeheartedly condemn the appallingly disproportionate violence against civilians and call for our government to heed public opinion and stand with the oppressed, not the oppressor. PLEASE sign here to push our shameful and compliant prime minister to stand on the right side of history and enforce a total arms embargo to completely halt the flow of all military equipment between the UK and Israel.  

'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.'

End the suffering. Spread the love. Humanity as one.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Resilience and Integrity

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.”Maya Angelo

Christine from Portland USA, wrote us a lovely letter which told of the incredible life of her wonderful grandmother,  focussing on her two most fundamental traits that she still strives everyday to live up to: Resilience and Integrity.   

Christine described the endless amount of love and nurturing spirit of her grandmother. Her ability to recognise each individual for their strengths and teach the responsibility to grow, and to hold oneself with integrity. Through her example, Christine has learned to become the best version of herself all the while loving, appreciating, and encouraging others in the same way her grandmother has done for her. 

A woman who thrived in the reality of uprooting herself and her family and moving to foreign lands with divergent cultures, whose integrity and her respect for all people carried her through the good times and the bad and whose life experiences read like a fiction novel.

As a huge lover of science fiction, Christine finds herself connecting the concepts of resilience and integrity to her affinity with the concepts of Space and Time.  Having realised upon contemplation that integrity is simply how one holds themselves in Space and resilience is how one holds themselves over Time. 

It was a pleasure and an honour to meet and illustrate this lovely lady's story.