Stan Chow Studio DBD Forever Manchester Exhibition

We were asked to print some beautiful artwork created by Stanley Chow and Dave Sedgwick for charity, Forever Manchester. All the artworks are of famous locations around Manchester with Stan concentrating on the illustrations and Dave the type faces. This was the most difficult job to ever come through the studio. The attention to detail and the accuracy needed for each print was unbelievable, mix that with the time constraints put on the job and the number of prints needed. We are really happy with how all the prints came out!

Blue Pits Housing / Bee-ing Well Project

We have been working with the members of the Bee-ing Well group to help them to design and screen print their own range of garments and gift items which feature limited edition prints and a new logo identity. Using collage, drawing and screen printing, the group have explored the use of text, symbolism and positivity within their work.

They have produced a range of quality retail items which will go on sale locally and all money raised from the sale of the items will go directly back to the group, therefore enabling them to become self-sustainable and to continue to fund their own projects and activities.

Bee-ing Well with Blue Pits is the new name for the collaborative activities hub from Newbarn Ltd and Bluepits Housing Action Service. This weekly group is open to clients from all similar services and it offers a range of activities that promote holistic well-being.

Newbarn Ltd is a provider of bespoke social housing and supported living options, within the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale areas. They provide creative support solutions for people with complex mental health conditions and learning disabilities, including those with a dual diagnosis.  Blue Pits Housing Action is a registered charity and registered provider of social housing. Through a preventative and enabling agenda, provide single tenancies, delivering individual support with all aspects of daily living for people with long term mental health conditions.


“Sally and her team of dedicated and engaging staff from One69A delivered a ‘Bee-ing Well’ themed screen printing project over the late Summer to our group of adults, many of whom experience mental illness and learning disabilities.  Some of our group had never drawn or painted in their lives, but Sally and her team’s warm and emphatic way of working, unlocked people’s creative imagination and self-belief, and within a short time, all were happily and confidently discussing and designing their personal affirmations.  The results were amazing, being both inspirational and humbling.”

Lynn Collins, Service Manager of Newbarn Ltd and Blue Pits Housing Action



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Design MCR Exhibition / Jermyn

While I was away on tour I got asked to exhibit at the 10×10 exhibition for DesignMCR.  I was researching Chaos Theory while on the beach and tried to work out how I could put chaos into my design work.  I managed this by creating some patterns then really quickly deleting lines off the patterns to add that element of randomness.  I started reading about the philosophical term Qualia as part of the Chaos Theory and a line jumped out at me:

Qualia – Individual Instances of Subjective, Conscious Experience.

The exhibition was sponsored by GF Smith paper so I ordered in some lovely 270gsm stock.  The weekend after getting back I printed the work then got the line about Qualia laser cut out of acrylic mirror.

Thanks to Jody Hartley Photography for coming down and shooting the work.

School Curriculum / Manchester Maps

Broadheath Primary School have been studying the different cultures and languages spoken in Greater Manchester and how and why different people migrated to the area.

The school wanted us to create pieces of artwork with the children in response to their studies.

We screen printed onto fabric the different districts of greater manchester and included hello or welcome in the different languages spoken in the districts.

We created three versions and each piece is an overall image of the map of Greater Manchester.


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Umbro Promo Boxes

Last week we got asked to print some promo boxes for Umbro.  The boxes were a standard un-coated white corrugated box which has a single colour, water based detailed print on the lid and a couple of Umbro logos on the side.  Were you lucky enough get get one full of Umbro goodies?

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