Toby Melville-Brown

For January 2016, the Hoxton Window Project featured projection-based artwork that pandered to the theme of escapism – certainly understandable in a month as dark and dreary as January. Illustrator Toby Melville-Brown and animator Gerred Blyth teamed up to create “Thought Park.” The windows are covered in the white outline of a water park, but are illuminated by a projection during the nighttime, with colourful balls moving through the different flumes that make up the park.

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“The piece is called Thought Park because it’s an imaginary water park with a play on the title Thorpe Park, a theme park in the UK. It’s all about escapism, suitable, I think, for January. I conceived of a water park which would have items sliding around the flumes, racing round the race track. These are projected onto the illustration.”

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Toby Melville-Brown is a freelance illustrator based in London. He is driven by a curious interest in the synthetic language and his drawings are often a reappropriation of architecture, pattern and the nuances of our built environment. He has worked for clients such as Burberry, AnOther Magazine and dn&co. You can check out more of his work at http://www.tobymelvillebrown.com/

Gerred Blyth uses digital theatrics, physical computing and projection mapping to create brilliant experiences. You can see examples of his work at http://www.departmentofbrilliant.com.

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Masha Karpushina

For October’s Hoxton Window Project, we featured Masha Karpushina’s Halloween-inspired artwork. A mix of muted colours like grey blue, mauve and rusty orange, the project included several quirky characters like a crocodile, a headless girl and an odd-looking clown in high heels.

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“I used to live close to Hoxton Square so this part of town has quite a few memories. The project sounded like the perfect way to contribute to the local community and what better way than to celebrate one of the funnest holidays of the year: Halloween. The odd and surreal is always great to draw. I loved the whole process. Painting big is pretty special, I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

– Masha Karpushina

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The project was featured on our windows just in time for Halloween. Each of the drawings is eerie in a sweet way that we hope will get people in the mood to celebrate the Day of the Dead in a fun way!

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Masha’s is a London-based freelance illustrator whose work is often inspired by the power of nature and the beauty that exists within man and beast. You can check out more of her work here.

Ronnieism

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For this month’s Hoxton Window Project, we had Dutch artist Ronnie draw monsters all over our windows. Blue, green, pink, purple and red, the little creatures are doing all sorts of comical things: grinning while wielding axes, pushing each other over and doing their best to injury their monster buddies.

 

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Ronnie is a freelance artist with a positive vibe. He creates both self-initiated and commercial projects with a focus on illustration, animation, character design, toys, game and app development, workshops and art.

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Lizzie King

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For this month’s Hoxton Window Project, artist Lizzie King did us the great service of bringing summer to the office. Her tropical, cheerful art includes two giant palm trees, a beautiful pharaoh princess and colourful summer fruits.

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Lizzie is a prop maker, artist, tie-dye enthusiast, knitter and jewellery designer who lives and works in East London. She has worked on a variety of projects with a number of clients, including Selfridges, VICE, YCN and Shoreditch House. She is a lover of pastels and tropical vibes, all of which you can see here.

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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

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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.