Co-LAB is an independant arts shop in the centre of Bristol and recently, I’ve been working closely with them.
A few weeks ago, Co-LAB announced that they were running a competition to design their new window display. They set a brief to make it colourful and inspired by spring and challenged anyone to come up with a design. I decided that I’d submit an entry – mainly as a new challenge for myself, but also on the off chance that I’d win.
I only went and ended up winning it!
Above you can see the design that I entered, and they ended up choosing it. I was given the task of then transferring my design onto their window and adding colour to it.
It was so exciting to work on such a large scale and to have my work displayed so publicly. I really enjoyed that people could watch its development over the two days I worked on it. While it was a challenge – working not only in colour for the first time, but also on glass for the first time – I had a lot of fun.
But it wasn’t the end there. Not long after finishing their new display, they contacted me again. They were creating a series of T-shirts designed by several of the artists that sell their work in the shop and since I’d been working closely with them, they asked me to design one!
The design that I created was based around a series of mandalas I’d created. Mandalas are circular patterns based on spiritual symbols from hinduism and buddhism. They are very natural shapes and I love the different patterns used in them. For this design, I created a large one using loads of different patterns. But you can now check out their new T-shirts – one of which was designed by me!
As part of their T-shirt and new website launch, they were celebrating at the shop last saturday. As well as having DJs there all day, they also asked me and 2 other artists to draw throughout the day! I started the day with a blank white board and spent the day filling it with a large mandala. It was exciting watching it develop and the weather was just beautiful. It turned into a lush day, sat outside chatting and drawing.
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