Behind the Stall: Pen & Gravy
Pen and Gravy was set up by Jamie Palmer in 2011. Alongside intricate doodles on plates and vases, Jamie transforms vintage photo portraits into fantastical masked characters on elaborately patterned backgrounds, and has just started digitally printing his designs onto fabric.
The successful translation of Jamie’s designs onto a multitude of materials and objects demonstrates the versatility of his style - unique and precise, while always maintaining a clear sense of creative fun.
Jamie can often be found at Crafty Fox Market and his wares are also stocked in L O I S, Peckham's crafty treasure trove. Helen from L O I S went to meet Jamie at his home in Crystal Palace. Here's what she discovered....
Occupation (i.e. would you consider yourself a full-time artist/ designer-maker, or do you have another job?)
Part-time charity worker/part-time doodler
When and why did you start doing what you do?:
I’ve always been a bit of a doodle addict but spent a lot more time drawing after my son was born in 2009⋯less time to go out in the evenings meant I needed a new hobby! My mate found one of my sketchbooks one day and persuaded me to start a tumblr site to blog some of my designs. I hadn't really thought about selling products at that stage but found some blank lampshades in a charity shop and decided to draw some designs onto them. I then posted them onto my blog and had quite a few enquiries from people wanting to buy one so decided to test the waters by doing some market stalls at Brixton Makers Market and West Norwood Feast in 2011.
What do you enjoy most about your craft?
Being able to escape into my own little world when I'm working on something...
Who are your top 5 favourite designer-makers?
Not sure if i have a top 5 as such and am terrible at remembering the names of things I like but items by the following have caught my eye recently....
1) Illustrator Andy Rementer & Cast Studyo's People Blocks
2) Anouk Jansen's Ceramics -
3) Miscellaneous Adventures - ace handcrafted outdoor things
4) Andrew Degraff's movie maps
And finally, can you let us know your web address, Twitter name etc so people reading this can see more of your work?
Thank you to Helen for this contributed post.
Helen runs L O I S, a small, independent shop in Peckham. L O I S sells things that are hand-made by designer-makers working in the UK and acts as a platform for new and established makers to showcase their work. There's also a workshop space if you fancy trying out a new idea or hosting a class.