Hayley Warnham

This month’s featured Hoxton Window Project artist is Hayley Warnham. She is an illustrator/image maker living and working in London. She graduated from the Royal College of Art and has since gone on to create an eclectic body of work for clients that include Penguin Books, The Tate and Computer Arts Magazine. You can check her work out here.

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Alexandre Centazzo & Jean-Baptiste Di Marco

For this month’s Hoxton Window Project, we featured the incredibly talented artist duo Alexandre Centazzo and Jean-Baptiste Di Marco. They arrived at our offices early on a Tuesday, fresh off the overnight bus from Paris, and started covering the majority of our gigantic office windows with white gouache, a type of thickened paint. Once the easy part was over, they projected their digital designs onto the window and traced over parts of the paint they needed to remove.

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Using a variety of tools, from knives to blunt pencils, they began the arduous task of scraping away at the gouache until they had created a sort of “reversed stencil” look. Three of the windows featured nocturnal animals: a fox, a deep-sea fish and an owl. Inscribed over these images were the poetic words “low landers sail under low lights.” On top of this artwork, they projected a series of moving blue, yellow and red lights which illuminate the window at night and reflect beautifully onto Hoxton Square.

In order to create the type for the windows, Alex scanned small tarot cards he had and essentially created a unique font. JB was drawn to ancient wood etchings and wanted the illustrations on the windows to resemble that style. One of the main ideas behind their project was to create an allegory: by painting nocturnal animals they wanted to draw attention to the idea that humans, too, live their lives differently by night – that the city is alive in a very different way in the dark than it is in the light, similar to forests and other “natural habitats.” Their artwork echoes this, since it looks very different during the day compared to when it is lit up with projections at night.

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Alexandre is a graphic designer interested in print, while Jean-Baptiste is a freelance graphic designer who is also involved in a number of motion graphics projects.

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Nick Terry

This month’s Hoxton Window Project featured the lovely Nick Terry. A pattern-design artist whose work often features geometric shapes, Nick covered the UNIT9 windows from top to bottom in a colourful 3D design.

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Each panel is a visual representation of the area surrounding Hoxton Square, seen from four different perspectives.The outlines were filled in using fluorescent pink, yellow, blue and green acrylic paints. (You can imagine how much this cheered us up in gloomy February).

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Nick uses a variety of methods in his work and creates fine art screen prints as well as wallpapers. He often works with interiors, but is also a big fan of creating murals outside and using the street to exhibit his work.

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 You can see more of Nick’s work here and follow him on Instagram @nick_tez.

Tess Redburn

For December’s Hoxton Window Project, UNIT9 featured young artist Tess Redburn. The Christmas-themed project didn’t deck the halls with boughs of holly but did, instead, deck the windows with drawings of grapes, a parrot and a goblet, amongst other things.

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The British illustrator decided to leave her paintbrushes at home and, like all other artists featured on our window, used an array of POSCA pens to cover the four windows with her designs.

The cheerful and colourful illustrations are similar to most of Tess’s other work, which she has produced for a range of clients, including Sony, Hawes & Co. and Partizan.

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Nairone

Hoxton Window Project: Nairone from UNIT9 on Vimeo.

For this month’s Hoxton Window Project, UNIT9 featured talented artist Nairone. The French illustrator has been working on brands such as Sennheiser, Nutella and Citroen – to name a few – and covered the UNIT9 head office with an impactful black and white design using POSCA pens, masking tape and nothing else. Shooting videos and taking photos during the project was a challenge as the enigmatic Nairone does not show his face, or allow for interviews.

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Lana Alana – Talking Peace

The Hoxton Window Project: Lana Alana for Talking Peace Festival from UNIT9 on Vimeo.

International Alert is pleased to announce the Talking Peace Festival, a series of events taking place this autumn around International Peace Day on 21 September.

Using the universal language of creativity, Talking Peace will illustrate the importance of dialogue in resolving conflicts. The festival will open on Monday 8 September and run for a month, featuring an array of events across London, including photo exhibitions, talks, pop-up food kitchens, street art, film and comedy – all designed to kick-start a conversation about peace.

The theme of the festival is talking, because talk is more than just talk. It’s action. Words can be used to hurt, organise killings or cover up crimes. But they can also be used to heal, build bridges and inspire reconciliation. That’s why talking is always the first step toward building peace – although it doesn’t end there.

We believe culture in all its forms can be a powerful tool for encouraging dialogue between communities, helping people to question established truths and express difficult emotions. Talking Peace will therefore entertain and inform, amuse and inspire, but most of all remind people that peace requires words.

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I loved the Hoxton Window Project since the first time I saw it and I still can’t believe my illustrations are now on it! This is such an amazing opportunity and experience.

Having just moved to London this makes me feel even more part of it. Even if I don’t really care about football much, during world cup every Brazilian goes mad. We didn’t even have to go to school whenever there was our match on. But now the feeling is quite low because it is such a corrupt mess.

The illustration is like a goal metamorphosis. The moment we are all hoping for: the ball in the net – which then transforms and blends itself into Brazilian elements that are either holding it or stuck in it.

Under the shade of our palm trees the Christ looking over the favela. Next a famous statute from Brasilia in tribute to the workers that built the capital, and now it’s my homage to the workers building the stadiums (on the bottom) instead of schools and hospitals. And they all meet in the sidewalks of the streets of São Paulo and the beach of Copacabana where supposedly (like in football) everyone is the same.

Then there’s a thrush bird (sabiá) that represents the football players and Brazilians living away from their nest. Like myself.

It’s a very bright and fluo window, I hope people at Unit9 and Hoxton Square enjoy it and that it’ll bring good luck for our teams and our London summer.

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Greg Harris

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I really enjoyed working on this project and definitely taken a lot away from it. I’ve worked on large scales before but usually with paint. Tackling four huge windows armed with marker pens was never going to be a quick and easy task, but I guess it wouldn’t be any fun if it was quick and easy!

For a lot of people Hoxton Square has always been a kind of dog walking mecca, and this is what lead me to create my concept and design. I wanted to create something which was inspired by the animals of London. So, three huge psychedelic curled up cats later…

I guess the cats are featured, with the idea of teasing the dogs of the park, almost as if they are curled up inside the nice and cosy building while the dogs play games and chase each other around the square.

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Jose Mendez

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It has been great to take part in HWP, I just love to work in large scales. It was something I used to do when I was more into graffiti few years ago and this chance to paint the windows of UNIT9 office brought me a lot of good memories from that time. I also like the fact that people can see these two huge characters if they pass by Hoxton square.

Since I moved to London, Hoxton square has always been a place where I take a break from work. So I guess those moments inspired me.The idea, represents the two faces of Hoxton Square, on one hand is a place where you see people working hard on their computers inside their offices, but on the other hand there is this lovely special square where you can come to take a break and escape for a few minutes from the stressful life of the city.

I really enjoyed painting the windows, it’s the first time I painted on glass, and on such a big scale and I hope it won’t be the last!

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András Csuka

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Hopefully these 3 pieces on the windows of UNIT9 will bring the guys in the office a feel of festive fever.

They’re probably the three best things to do during the holiday period: Getting away from the cold winter to a hot and sunny spot and recharge your batteries. Staying indoors in a warm and cosy room and watching the rain outside and celebrating the new year in a twisted house party with friends.

It was a real pleasure to be asked to work on the Hoxton Window Project, which gave me a great opportunity to showcase my skills, and personal take on Christmas in London.


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