Poster-Maker Profile : That Girl

Johanna Wilson - That Girl - Toy concert poster

Screen-printed gigposter : Toy – That Girl

When Gary “Horse” McGarvey is whizzing round Liverpool’s Sound City Festival getting all the last minute things done, it has been on at least a couple of occasions Johanna Wilson who has been trusted to take the helm of the Screenadelica show (with help from her lackies, a host of other artists and volunteers – your humble Stick Up curator included).
Ambitious, feisty, hardworking and a lot of fun “That Girl” is going places – possibly via the offy and a record shop or two…

We were very happy to have her work brought down to display – there’s some pretty dark and moody psychedelia going on in there which is pitched perfectly for the bands she has chosen.

Look out for oscillating opiated waves and patterns that pull the eye around the design. Often, themes of magic and mysticism that drive her non-poster artwork creep into her poster work too – don’t get spooked!

That Girl Johanna Wilson printed a poster by hand to commemorate a concert by The Warlocks

Screen-printed gigposter : The Warlocks – That Girl

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Poster-Maker Profile : Nick Rhodes

switchopen's concert poster for richard hawley

Screen-printed gigposter : Richard Hawley – Nick Rhodes

Well what do you know? We have managed to get one of the UK’s most established contemporary gig-poster makers on to Brighton walls this year – possibly for the first time since the very first Great Escape Festival, when The Basement arts foundation of The Argus Lofts hosted the seminal Sub-Screen Sonic poster show.

Based in his Switchopen studio in Manchester, Nick was one of the first UK gigposter artists that we knew of and certainly the first that we shook hands with. It’s great to have his work in the show and we’re pretty sure many of you will recognise his style as it has long adorned posters for such festivals as The Green Man and End Of The Road.

Look out for some posters depicting fairy-tale like bird-boxes, hot air balloons and arboreal scenes, and others that explore spookier themes – all busy with Gustave Dore inspired lines and hatching and all lit by some dazzling moon, distant nova or sparkling gemstone.

switchopen's gig poster for White Lies concert

Screen-printed gigposter : White Lies – Nick Rhodes

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Poster-Maker Profile : Daggers For Teeth

smoking hearts gigposter by Craig robson

Screen-printed double tour-posters : The Smoking Hearts – Daggers for Teeth

“There are several different types of writer” I was once told by an editor, whose tight, uncomfortable little wing I was trying unsuccessfully to be nurtured under… “I like the meat and bones, concise and factual type of writer” he said, gazing down on me like a work-weary schoolmaster “not your ‘diarist’ style, where you seem unable to divorce your own sensation and experience from any subject you are asked to report on!” he continued, clearly unhappy that we were sharing the same air in the little office where we would meet each week.

The meat and bones of this here profile page is that Craig Robson makes good poster.

The bit I can’t resist telling you is that despite all the skulls and tattoo inspired/inspiring phantasmagoria, despite the ear splitting roar of the bands that these posters are for, I know (because I was there) that Craig – in his denim waistcoat with black-widowed gang patches – is petrified of losing at Jenga!
When, between swigs of beer, I haphazardly clawed free bricks near the bottom twisting everything above them by about 40 degrees, to my glee – Craig got the willies real bad!
On his turn he would circle the tower on tiptoe with beads of sweat forming on his brow. With a squeak he would tap away at the safest piece possible and, having placed it in its careful, balanced resting place, he would turn, take a couple of steps and only then allow himself his first breathe of the 2 or 3 minute ordeal.
Keep that in mind when admiring the craftsmanship of his posters kids – keep that in mind.

Look out for wreaths of roses a’drip with blood, hangman nooses and other classic ghost story artifacts. Craig’s use of line and it’s steady, almost cartoon-like weight is really what makes his work such a treat in this curator’s opinion.

Marmozets poster by Craig robson (Daggers for teeth)

Screen-printed gigposter : Marmozets – Daggers For teeth

Click here for the Daggers For Teeth site

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Or read about what we wrote about Craig in 2013

Poster-Maker Profile : Jemma Treweek

QOTSA show poster copenhagen - jemma treweek (brighton)

Screen-printed gigposter : Queens Of The Stone Age – Jemma Treweek

Brighton based Jemma is exhibiting with us again this year we’re pleased to announce!
Her fanciful swirling horses, dotted moths and marionettes are poised to dazzle and daze and we’re very sure that, as is always the case, a good number of the unwitting public will fall under her spell and reach for their purses – so, act quick if you spot a candied treat that would brighten some corner of your home…
…someone else will get their hands on your precious otherwise!

Look out for broken dolls, jeweled divas and petticoat-ed viragoes! All adorned with busy intricate patterns, slightlydelic swirls and more recently accompanied by the fairground-ride script of fellow Sussex artist Dan Johnson

she keeps bees concert poster by jemma treweek (the stick up) brighton

Screen-printed gigposter : She Keeps Bees – Jemma Treweek

Click here for Jemma’s site

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

Or read about what we wrote about Jemma in 2013

Poster-Maker Profile : Telegramme

deer tick show-poster by telegramme studios

Screen-printed gigposter : Deer Tick – Telegramme

Well, it has to be done, so it may as well be now…

Here I sit, your humble Stick Up curator, monitor-lit and twitchy, in the scruffy clothes I woke up in, eating a cheap, supermarket frozen pizza and scratching my tangled barnet, thinking of ways to introduce the delightful work of poster-maker Bobby Evans AKA Telegramme.
I was going to begin by saying “he’s on a roll right now” but it appears he’s not ever been off a roll… other opener attempts found me struggling to choose which of the crazy string of lauding adjectives I had to edit to make a readable sentence. So, it was with a nod and a sigh that I resigned myself to admitting how very ungainly, disorganised and hapless I feel in comparison to “wunderkind” Evans.
(I’m being horribly unfair – if I said this with him in the same room he’d blush a very handsome shade of Tuscan rose …and then, instead of protesting even modestly, he’d put his arm round my shoulder and share his powers with me for a while – *sigh*)

Look for designs that really capture the charm of early screen-printed posters. The compositions, the text layouts, the colours – Telegramme Studios really have successfully nailed the popular “vintage” vibe.

telegramme studios' poster for Bastille : Stick Up Poster Show

Screen-printed gigposter : Bastille – Telegramme

Click here for Telegramme’s site

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Or read what we said about Telegramme in 2013

Poster-Maker Profile : Michael Cowell

stick up poster show three trapped tigers concorde 2 brighton

Screen-Printed Gig-Poster : Three Trapped Tigers – Michael Cowell

There has been an eerie calm from the Cowell camp poster-wise recently, the cawing of ravens and a slow grinding of pencil-sharpener blades being the only indication that the bearded doom-lord was still at work somewhere in his mossy den. Turns out he has been very busy with record sleeve and tee shirt designs (for suitably heavy merchants of rock naturally).
So we once again chalked the circle, burnt the offerings and did the drunken dance that summons him – and, he who cannot be shaved has answered… black tidings sunny Brighton, black tidings.

Look out for gaunt and earnest avatars of esoteric knowledge, adorned with ancient sigils and blasphemous runes that possibly spell out the end of days!

this will destroy you poster by michael cowell - stick up poster show brighton

Screen-printed gigposter : This Will Destroy You – Michael Cowell

Click here for Michael’s site

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Or read about what we wrote about Michael in 2013

Poster-Maker Profile : Adam Pobiak

sleepy sun concert print by Adam Pobiak

Screen-printed gigposter : Sleepy Sun – Adam Pobiak

Originally hailing from Pittsburgh, the mighty Adam Pobiak now resides in a giant cave beneath central London, strewn with exotic furs and echoing with the growl of his “Way-Out Thunder Plunder” playlist (which pulses hypnotically through distant speaker-stacks day and night).

After a hearty breakfast (possibly consisting of, judging by his towering frame, a brace of barbecued sightseers that have strayed too near his lair) Adam is fueled and ready to hand-print a couple of editions, each of around 200 posters (that’s quite a physical feat folks – no joke)…
If Adam does decide to stride across The Downs to attend the show, then hang out with him, have a beer and a laugh, but remember to run away in a zigzag fashion if he gets hungry.

Look for strong symmetrical compositions, with a metamorphic figure or visage framed with fluid psychedelic forms… Adam’s posters often employ skilfully mixed blends and are bridled with just enough restraint to not blow your mind entirely beyond repair…

psychedelic gig-poster by Adam Pobiak

Screen-printed gigposter : The Fabulous Penetrators – Adam Pobiak

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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

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Poster-Maker Profile : Horse

screenprinted gigposter by Gary McGarvey

Screen-printed gigposter : Deerhunter – Horse

Last year McGarvey the wonder Horse trotted into Brighton and, with the help of Lil’ Tuffy, hung almost half the exhibits at The Stick Up Shop completing the display just moments before we opened for business – our hero! It is also with his help (in his capacity as board-member for the API and head honcho of the very successful Screenadelica poster show) that we were able to secure so many trans-atlantic offerings for this year’s event.

A cheery fellow with a big heart and the bar-room stamina of a colossus, Horse is a powerhouse of the poster making scene, we are very chuffed to have him with us again.

Look out for sparsely inhabited ghost-town scenes faithfully depicting complex architectural features. Dreamscapes of a fevered mind most likely!

limited edition screenprinted gigposter by Horse : Pixies live

Screen-printed gigposter : Pixies (Green Variant) – Horse

Click here for the Horse site

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Or read about what we wrote about Horse in 2013

Poster-Maker Profile : Luke Drozd R.I.P.*

 

luke drozd's flamingo design for belle and sebastian - bestival

Screen-printed gigposter : Belle & Sebastian – Luke Drozd

Luke was a firm favourite of The Stick Up team…
…we even said so in our poster-maker profile last year when we launched. A happy go lucky fellow who had achieved a great deal by 2013, most notably a great body of work, a catalogue of exhibitions and the nod of recognition and respect (though not necessarily fondness) from all his peers and contemporaries.

It is with a slight sadness, that we must report, that the whole of his life, till we last saw him certainly, was tainted by a poignant fear of death –

– and it still is! which is why wrote that like a little obituary column.

He is not a firm favourite of ours, but a stiff one – stiff not with death, but stiff with vigour and what some might fear is an unrelenting energy. Luke is to art, what a leg-humping fox terrier pup is to a pair of chinos. Go go go you mucky devil.

Look for clean and structured penmanship skills – characters, scenes and script all rendered with an apparent ease that surely comes from a life spent dissecting Topper, Dandy and Rupert The Bear annuals (though the themes are sometimes from quite a different shelf, below the counter).

josh ritter show poster by drozd

Screen-printed gigposter : Josh Ritter – Luke Drozd

*R.I.P. (rapt in plastacine)

Click here for Luke’s site

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Or read what we wrote about Luke in 2013