We’ve found we are happiest making stuff with our hands, and if we can combine a few skills together, even better! It is hugely satisfying to see digital designs leap out of the computer into the real world and land on a piece of fabric we’re printing; seeing a present wrapped in our own scribbled paper almost jiggling to be ripped apart - using tea-towels printed with lavender bits grown in our own garden - I cannot totally fathom why this is so deeply satisfying!
..it started with Christmas cards, some t-shirts for presents - and then a market stall a few weeks before Christmas. And then we popped-up a mini shop in the delicious Harp Lane Deli, Ludlow, Shropshire - our home town for 8 years. And then the penny dropped! By assembling our wares in a lovely space, gave us the chance to see how we looked as a retail proposition and we liked it! We got to make things we like and get to meet people who like what we do. The perfect antidote to years of working in media, computers, commuters, in offices, long hours, all nighters. Now at least our all nighters are physical, active work - not hunch backed screen burners - not getting any...
Since Onglet - we’ve seen prawns, platters, anchovies, quick reference condiment cards and most recently our most complex print, flower ladies at a Ukrainian picnic, made especially for Stand Tall Art Auction - they are selling out of their editions so the walls are looking a bit bare foodwise, in the shop - so it is about time to step up the pace and feed our customers some fresh platefuls!
ClientRural Touring SchemeProjectTwo rural touring schemes Arts Alive and Highlights commissioned Salty's to make an animated fundraising film, to be played in village halls and community centres before events, to encourage audience members to donate to their charities. We thought the softest approach would be to love bomb the audience with praise and gratitude for their support of the touring schemes, which in turn would encourage generous donations. It was a joy to research and draw the village halls which come in many shapes and forms. Voice of Tony HawksMusic Rob Heron and the Teapad OrchestraScript advisor Liz HyderVoice recording Ian Daniels at Radio Gibraltarfreesfx.co.ukWe were able to create 12 animated GIFs from the film for sharing on social media.
Polpo, Italian for Octopus, is the second in Salty's foodie series. The image evolved from a Venice trip sketchbook - the abundance of casual delicious snacks couldn't go unnoticed. What is striking and also annoying when eating abroad, is what would be considered a fine dining dish or artisanal in Britain is readily available and affordable without pomp everywhere else!