Design for a pop up banner, advertising 'Britain's 1st Black Policeman', a celebration event to mark the life of John Kent, who served for two years at Maryport constabulary

A plaque was unveiled on Saturday 26 October in Brow Street, Maryport, to mark the occasion as an official 'Black History month' event.

'Over Here Over There Festival' 

This poster featured five men who migrated to or from Maryport using sailing ships in the late 1800s. The shape of the right side of the head and shoulders of each sailor, conveniently described the shape of each of the five billowing sails of a 19th century ship, creating a pattern of light and dark to aid tonal readability of the sails against the men. As the festival poster was also aimed at schools, two hemispheres with land masses, place names and arrows, allowed children to work out the route each man took, aided by the flags positioned on masts above their heads.

 

The purpose of the poster was to advertise the ‘Over Here Over There Festival’ which celebrated migration in Victorian Maryport. The festival aimed to educate its audience about Maryport’s famous men, and encouraged people to learn how to trace their own ancestors through interactive workshops.

 

The poster appeared on the UK Embassy - Japan website as an official event of the Japan Season of Culture in the UK.

William Mitchell Town Trail Map

The aim of this pictorial map was to illustrate a walk around Maryport, whereby visitors to the town could retrace the life of the late Maryport artist William Mitchell.

 

Most of the buildings associated with Mitchell that still existed were sketched from life in pencil whilst others, including the 19th century sailing ships were sketched from photographs. The buildings were then incorporated along with roads into a tracing paper layout of the town, which was transferred onto watercolour paper. The whole of the upper part of the map was painted from a high point overlooking the harbour. Working indoors, the buildings were painted flat to show their front elevations to help aid recognition for anyone trying to find them.

 

The poster was designed for the Maryport Maritime Museumto raise the awareness of William Mitchell - a marine artist, who migrated from Northern Ireland and who lived and worked in Maryport throughout the whole of his life. Proceeds from the sale of the poster have been used to help with the upkeep of the museum - a charity run only by volunteers.

Design to promote the poet
'Norman Nicholson'

The illustrative part of this poster was produced by hand using, ink, watercolour and ground charcoal on ‘Saunders Waterford’ watercolour paper.
This was scanned at 400dpi.

It was created digitally in Adobe Photoshop CC 2019.

The poster was printed commercially using 4-colour process. 

I wanted to show the poet, Norman Nicholson, emerging from two opposing environments whereby the industrial dominates the natural - both of which influenced him in his poetry writing. The grittiness of the iron ore mine, produced by adding ground charcoal into the watercolour to give a coal dust effect, extended up into the clouds and merged across and down into a landscape of pure bright watercolours, to illustrate the irony behind his poetry - what should have been a tranquil scene, wasn’t. The wittiness of Norman’s writing, which featured heavily throughout his poems, was conveyed by the steam from the cooling tower rising to form the curls of his hair and the fountain pen which became a tie. The poster was designed for The Norman Nicholson Society Festival, an event to help raise the awareness of Norman Nicholson - a Northern Poet of National Quality, to a discerning audience.

The History of Maryport Promenade: a design commissioned by Cumbria County Council's tourism department

This poster shows a 1930s style pick axe, being used surrealistically as a barrier or ‘promenade’, to separate the vulnerable coastal houses of Maryport on one side from the stormy Solway Firth on the other. The row of houses immediately to the left of the axe handle have been drawn as low to the ground as possible to illustrate this vulnerability and emphasis the size of the axe, a cumbersome tool used in its day. Whilst creating the poster, ground charcoal dust particles were blown on to the wet paint, to echo the dust which would have fallen onto the land, during construction work. The treatment of the sky echoed the land, the only glimmer of relief being the light from a disused lighthouse, in an otherwise gloomy sky. The words ‘hard’ and ‘labour’ were shown distressed and broken, much like the life of the unemployed men of the great depression whose debt of gratitude we owe to their fortification of Maryport for generations to come.

 

The poster was designed as part of a community development project to help tourism by informing visitors of the work entailed to build the town’s 1½ mile promenade.

Design to promote the book 'Lonnings in Cumbria', by Alan Cleaver

The left hand hedge row and trees, shown in black, were drawn by hand using brush pen on tracing paper over a pencil sketch done on layout paper. 

This was scanned at 400dpi and then flipped to form the right hand side.

The bold colour shapes were created digitally in Adobe Photoshop Elements 5, with the text set in Microsoft Word.

The poster was printed commercially using 4-colour process. 

 

The thinking behind this poster was to show the seemingly ordinary, everyday image of a farm track or ‘lonning’ (in local dialect), in a more dramatic way by using a graphic illustration style to simplify the hedge element, giving it more impact, and making it dominate the skyline by lowering the horizon line. In addition, the stylised, simplified fields and lane were used to supplement the main feature of the ‘lonning’ without detracting from it, and to lead the eye down to the lower part of the poster containing the text. The edges of the poster were purposefully darkened to lead the eye to the central focal point from which the main headings can be read clearly.

 

The poster was designed to promote an evening talk by Alan Cleaver, author of the book ‘The Lonnings of Cumbria’. The purpose of the poster was to encourage people to attend the talk and to buy the book, copies of which were for sale at the venue on the evening.  

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