Poster-Maker Profile : Sam Chivers

sam chivers' fort rox festival poster (newhaven) : British Sea Power

Screen-printed gigposter : British Sea Power – Sam Chivers

Sam is one of our very favourite human beings. A methodical explorer of numerous media, a dedicated recorder of the universe, a serious analyst of the quirky and a devoted measurer of the soul – he’s too busy on his current artistic musings to pander to the egos of rockstars and the fickle whims of divas, so his flirtation with the gigposter scene has so far been brief and intermittent – but that doesn’t diminish the care and attention he applied to each of the pieces he designed and printed, no – not one jot.

This year then, enjoy what is almost a retrospective of Mr. Chivers’ gigposter career to date (we think his current course is bound with such earnest gravity to the centre of his internal cosmos, that a whimsical poster for some troupe of happy go lucky troubadours is an increasingly unlikely event – or are we writing that with the hope of goading him into poster action once more?).

Look for tricky-to-print parallel / concentric stripes – thin like radio waves or thick like the multicoloured strata of an undulating hillside. Sam’s use of type is often framed with vintage matchbox ornamentation or other such Victoriana, whether neat and formal, or collaged with apparent, casual glee.

THE STICK UP BRIGHTON - screenprinted posters by Sam chivers

Screen-printed gigposter : Gloria Cycles

Click here for Sam’s site

Click here to find more of this year’s Stick Up gig-poster artists


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