Pottery continues to evolve, this is a recent Labrador jug, ready for final glazing and firing. It’s modelled by Uly, our retriever who is very good at sitting still for hours on end!
We’ve worked closely with the team at Rochester Cathedral to produce designs to launch the opening of the newly-restored crypt. The designs have included posters, banners, leaflets, web pages, e-mailshots and invites. We also photographed the crypt which has been restored over three years with heritage lottery funding of more than £3m.
One of Olley Design’s recent websites… this was designed and built to showcase the embroidery collection of Diana Springall as a gallery website. We have set up a search facility so visitors can find embroiderers by technique (hand dyed, low relief, quilting, etc.) and medium (cotton, felt, linen, etc.) as well as artist name, date and so on. Lots of lovely colourful embroidery work to look at – the result of 50 years of collecting by one of Britain’s foremost embroiderers.
The website is fully responsive for browsing on mobiles and tablets, whilst a content-managed system allows the website curator to upload and make changes quickly and easily.
Anyone who’s seen the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee should have noticed the signage for Metropolitan Wharf in the intro. Here is a sketch of the Thames-side building that I did in the 1980’s when working there. It was used on stationery for the then landlords, Dee & Mike of Space Inter Space. This sketch went missing for years and I found it recently amongst a lot of other old illustrations and designs so framed it – it now lives pride of place, next to the downstairs loo!
Kemsing Church Hall was burned down and a replacement is much-needed.
The planning of a new one has become bogged down by the diocese’s plans for a super-large hall plus a new vicarage on this sensitive site. I’ve sketched out a design to show that a more modest sized hall (in this case reflecting the architecture of the lych gate) could be created.
We all love ice cream and photographing it for client Criterion Ices turns out to be the best way of enjoying an extended taste-experience. Seriously creamy, it is the perfect accompaniment to my daughter’s apple, plum and pear pie – Mmmm, tasty!
Here is a photograph taken by us of the new altar frontal designed and made by Diana Springall for St Mary Kippington, Sevenoaks, Kent, England. Diana’s design is silk machine and hand appliqué embroidery. We enjoyed shooting this, though it presented challenges. Particularly, the silk, chosen by the artist for its colour, had creased very considerably. In the end the whole piece was taken back to Diana’s studio and re-stretched before being re-installed at the church, this allowed us to capture it much more successfully. The finished images were used for greetings cards and as reference for the artist.
Diana Springall is one of the country’s foremost embroiderers and lectures internationally. She has designed and made countless works, many are displayed in important buildings including places of worship, universities and corporations. She has been very widely published and has written a number of books on embroidery and making.
Here is a great example of classic 1970’s typography and graphic design. It was designed by my first boss, Barrie Banks, who sadly died recently (aged 85). It shows his home address in Kent, but the studio was at 25 Beak Street, London W1 (Beak Street runs along the bottom of Carnaby Steet) and was right in the thick of the London advertising scene. I was only there for one year, but I enjoyed my first job enormously and learned a lot from Barrie and his ‘boys’ – Adrian, Marco, and Matt.
Work started to come through from an earlier employee, Paul Clarke, as he moved to Conran. I met him there and started an exciting time of assisting with many new clients. This led to spells working at Carlton Studios and Benchmark, with eventually Redbird being started where I worked for a number of years. But, it all started thanks to Barrie Banks, for all of us.
Food photography test for Sainsbury’s panini bread mini-ciabatta made using stoneground flour.
Quick test for possible ice cream project. This is favourite flavour, Mint Choc Chip atop a Japanese saucer and our beautiful blue-turquiose rectangular platter. Mint and flowers from the garden.
Test shot for upcoming food photography project on eggs, these came from our own chickens and are most definitely free range. The blue eggs are from Lesley’s Cream Leg Bar hen.