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Wildhuman

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I recently designed a new logo for the outdoor brand Wild Human. Here is a look at the promo video I’ve just added to the holding page. Wild Human offers holistic courses and retreats based around traditional outdoor skills and ancestral movement. The logo was developed with an outdoor edge, but was also clean enough to look modern and professional. The antler allowed me to loosen up a traditional sans serif font to create something a little more bespoke for printed material in the future.

Blackbird

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Hi thanks for the recent likes, follows and retweets. Here’s a picture of some Blackbird eggs photographed in my garden. Difficult to beat nature! @VirtualBouquet @stevemccull @startup_pioneer @Architect_Prof @EskdaleArt @sammartinart @SThorpeLong @TerryEyre @lakesgems @3fish @Team4Nature300 @cumbriavegan @apocolypse2015 @RockWindermere @J_wolfskin

Blackbird eggs

Walking in Martindale

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I took a friend walking in the lovely valley of Martindale which is quite remote by Lake District standards for a Sunday! This is a lovely area that feels very much like old Lakeland with lots of healthy stone barns, green pasture and mountains on all sides. The mighty ‘High Street’ dominates the area. The Romans and early man both used it to cross the valleys. To get there you follow the other side of the lake from Pooley bridge and go through Howtown and then over the fell. The road is very narrow. The walk took us about 5.5hrs (estimated 3.5 hrs!!) from Beda Fell past Angle Tarn and then straight over The Nab. The descent from The Nab was a bit hairy as we failed to find the gentler path to the side!! At the bottom is an old hunting lodge were The Yellow Earl entertained the Kaiser. No doubt hunting the ancient Red deer herd nearby! Will be back with more sandwiches and water next time. Exceptional light see Bob Allen for full walk details.

Lake District - Angle Tarn

Cover Versions

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My cover version poster ‘A Bit of Blue’ is now on sale at No.73 in Brixton my friends funky art gallery in London. The brief was to produce an original piece of artwork inspired by a muscian/song or genre. I wasn’t allowed to use the name of the musician, band, song or album in the artwork. My design was inspired by Blue Note Records and the designs of Reid Miles. The show in Brixton Market runs from 22nd March – 24th April 2016. www.studio73art.com

NEW Lake District Mugs

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My NEW #lakedistrict mugs are now in stock. Inspired by some of the wildlife I see walking on the fells if I’m lucky. I see the Common buzzard most days and its numbers are thriving after the persecution of the 60s and 70s. The famous Red squirrel is sadly a rare treat these days unless your in a squirrel hotspot. Numbers are in serious decline in the UK and there is talk it could disappear in a generation which is devastating. #NotJustLakes #theplacetobe #lp #redsquirrel

Ian Lawson – Harris Tweed

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I dropped into this great exhibition by Ian Lawson this week at Rheged, Penrith. His past projects have centered around the mighty Herdwick sheep and the Lake District this time he has teamed up with Harris Tweed to give us a sublime taste of the outer Hebrides. This guy probably has my dream job shooting landscapes and people with a hasselblad camera. The images are truly spectacular to the point were the actually look more like art than a photograph, no easy feat. A hasselblad camera will set you back the price of mid range sports car to a deposit on a house, but the images reflect the price I guess!! Printing them on aluminium also adds a graphic feel to them which I like.  The exhibition is free and well worth a visit if in Cumbria this weekend. #lakedistrict #harristweed #mountains #cumbria

Native wildlife mugs

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Some new mugs I’m designing. They centre around some of the native animals and birds of the Lake District. Some particularly the red squirrel are in serious decline from around 3.5 million several decades ago to a lean 120,000 recently. The red squirrel was around at the last ice age….let’s do more to save this exquisite creature! #lakedistrict #redsquirrel #mountains  #wildlife #keswick

Blue Note homage

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Some new posters I’m developing as a homage to Blue Note. After digging out some old vinyl I’d forgotten how fantastic these covers are. They were designed by the celebrated designer for Blue Note Reid Miles. I’ve taken elements and started mixing them up…the combinations are endless and shows how well they have stood the test of time….Reid Miles not mine that is 😉

Finally a Winters Tale!

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Finally after waiting nearly two months winter arrived yesterday in The Lake District!! Crisp blue skies and glorious snow on the tops. Here are some pictures I took after a mad dash up to Blake Fell from Fangs Brow. I’ve never seen the valley and Grasmere looking so resplendent. I can at last change my homepage photos!! #lakedistrict

Explaining how the A591 will be repaired

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Explaining how the A591 will be repaired, Dr Ferley says: “What I envisage we will end up with is a reinforced concrete structure, a sort of inverted T-shape with the head of the T at the bottom sitting on the rock, reinforced concrete wall cantilevering from that, and above that and behind that new engineered fill to support the road.” #lakedistrict #gettingthejobdone

Case study of some start up pitfalls

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Interesting case study courtesy of Smashing Magazine of some the problems facing the start up company Getwear which use to make custom Jeans and how social media doesn’t always help everyone. As someone dipping my big toe in the water with trying to promote myself via social media it’s interesting to read that even the bigger companies struggle to get engagement sometimes. #cumbriahour @LakesEmma @TheDesignTrust

Wildlife cards

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Four different card designs highlighting some of the most popular mountains and native wildlife in the Lake District. Including the mountains Glaramara and Helvellyn and the native Red squirrel. Retweet or favourite and I will put you in the hat for four FREE cards. Will pick a winner at the end of this week, thanks!

Lilley Candle Logo Paris!!

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I designed a logo and business card for a handmade Candle company called ‘Lilley’. The client wanted something striking yet simple. After initial development work the owner decided upon a certain font she liked. This was developed and became the final logo.

Summer boots – Scarpa R-EVO GTX Men

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Summer boots (R-EVO GTX Mens)

This Summer/Autumn I’ve had a pair of probably the best light boots I’ve ever owned, Scarpa R-EVO GTX. Also probably the most comfortable boots I’ve ever owned its akin to wearing a pare of slippers on the fells!!

Plus points
– Ultra light (suede upper)
– Cool on the feet, I only ever use one light pair of socks with them.
– Elastic tongue and sock fit construction which means not much if any chafing.
– Solid grips, I’ve only slipped over a handful of times!  Most boots now have composite soles which can be too hard and offer a terrible grip I’ve found. Scarpa collaborated with Vibram for these.

Negative
– This is definitely a summer boot, they can’t handle heavy wet conditions even though they are Gortex lined.