Karl Lagerfeld

Steven Wilson’s capsule collection for Karl Lagerfeld

Steven Wilson’s capsule collection for Karl Lagerfeld

On 1 April 2017, Steven Wilson launched his collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld. The capsule collection takes in ready-to-wear items including t-shirts, tunic shirts, an embroidered silk bomber jacket and a double layer dress, and a range of accessories including bags, phone covers and a USB keychain.

Steven has taken his inspiration from Karl Lagerfeld’s iconic image itself, his sunglasses, Choupette, his pet cat, and his camera artwork. These have been combined with Steven’s signature swirling psychedelic style in primary pop colours.

The designs are silk screen printed, using a technique which Steven describes as follows:

‘The graphics use a very specific process which was one of my earliest discoveries and a technique I still love using. The principle behind the graphics is that they are made using just three layers. Abstract cyan, magenta and yellow shapes are laid on top of one another to create a design that has identifiable form.

The beauty of this process is that where the colours overlay you get secondary colours. For example, where the magenta hits the yellow, you get red, and where the cyan hits the yellow you get green, and so on. From three layers, you get seven colours.’

The range is available now at Karl Lagerfeld Full Price stores, and Karl.com

The full collection and detail images can be seen below.

She Lights Up the Night

Steven Wilson takes part in She Light Up the Night

Steven Wilson takes part in She Light Up the Night

Steven Wilson is one of the artists taking part in a contemporary graphic art auction being organised by creative agency BBH. The auction is raising money for Refuge, the charity which provides support for women and children affected by domestic violence.

The auction itself is on 30 March and is being hosted by art historian and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon, though it is already live online at shelightsupthenight.com

The artworks, all on the theme of female empowerment, were shown at a private view at the Protein gallery in Shoreditch, with limited edition screenprints generating some helpful early sales for Refuge.

We caught up with Steven Wilson to ask him about the initiative:

How did you get involved with She Lights Up the Night?

I was asked by Aine Donovan (founder of the event). We’ve collaborated in the past on both commercial and more personal projects through BBH and They Made This, which is an online visual arts journal and shop that Aine set up.   

Had you heard of it before being contacted?

Yes, I was aware of last year’s event and the excellent work that was produced. And, more importantly, I was very keen to be involved because it is for such a great cause.  

Are you excited that your work might be given the once-over by Andrew Graham-Dixon?

Absolutely, but it’s also just as well I can’t be there as I’m not sure I could cope with the pressure and embarrassment of seeing my piece auctioned.

Have you a favourite among the pieces being auctioned?

I really liked the piece by Hannah Waldron, and also the Letman screen prints.

Will you be attending the auction?

I would have loved to, but it is also Breed’s 10th anniversary party on the same night, so I can’t be there unfortunately.

Any intention of making a bid yourself?

Yes, maybe one of the pieces I mentioned above. The auction is live online even during the live auction event so I may be bidding online whilst at the Breed party.

Were you aware of the work of Refuge before getting involved with She Lights Up the Night?

Yes, but hearing the representative from Refuge speak at the private view about the numbers of vulnerable people they help every day, and the severity of the cases made me even more aware of the importance of the work that they do.

Tell us a bit about the piece you entered into the auction?

The approach Aine and the team take towards the whole event is very upbeat and positive. I felt from the start that I wanted to create something that had a forward thinking and empowering statement but also something that linked to the title of the show ‘She Lights Up the Night’. I brainstormed a few ideas but settled on ‘Shine On’ as the message to base my piece around.

I created it digitally at first, with the intention of painting it afterwards.  As the piece developed it ended up with very graphic clean lines which I wanted to retain in the made piece, and so I had inadvertently created a problem for myself.  I am so used to creating work digitally that I had to think quite differently about how I might effectively recreate the piece as an object in such a clean and crisp way. I decided to have the design routed out of white Corian® which is a technique I have never used before. I then filled the recesses that I had routed out using enamel paint as a way of colouring the piece. The whole thing was a bit of a learning curve but I was happy with the results of the technique, so will be trying it on some other artworks. The piece is 120cm wide and 42cm high, and because it’s made primarily from Corian® is very heavy!

 

Kiehls

Long-established, naturally sourced hair and skin care brand Kiehl’s has been associated with artists in the past, including Warhol and Jeff Koons. And now Steven Wilson joins that esteemed list as he creates a series of images for their Valentine’s Day 2017 gift sets.

Steven Wilson puts his heart into Kiehl’s

Longestablished, naturally sourced hair and skin care brand Kiehl’s has been associated with artists in the past, including Warhol and Jeff Koons. And now Steven Wilson joins that esteemed list as he creates a series of images for their Valentine’s Day 2017 gift sets.

Vintage Classics

Vintage Classics (part of Penguin Random House) have just republished four of H. G. Wells’ greatest and best-known works. And Steven Wilson has designed some rather spectacular covers for them.

Steven Wilson – H. G. Wells

Vintage Classics (part of Penguin Random House) have just republished four of H. G. Wells’ greatest and best-known works. And Steven Wilson has designed some rather spectacular covers for them. So head to your local book shop (or Amazon), pick up copies of The Island of Dr Moreau, The Time Machine, War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man, and you could own your own set of stunning Steven Wilson artwork. With some good books attached.

Winter Hunterland

The clang of slot machines, the tinkle of coins spilling into trays and the flashing lights – Steven Wilson has brought the energy of the arcade into his new illustrations for Hunter’s Winter Hunterland campaign.

Winter Hunterland

The clang of slot machines, the tinkle of coins spilling into trays and the flashing lights – Steven Wilson has brought the energy of the arcade into his new illustrations for Hunter’s Winter Hunterland campaign.

Steven’s design channels the look and feel of classic arcade games, and is brought to life with a set of claw cranes, where you can imagine trying your hand at winning Hunter prizes.

You can see examples of Steven’s illustrations here, as well as at Hunters’ London and Tokyo flagship stores, or by visiting their website.  Plus you can see the animation here.

Photo credits: Dan Weill

Citroën

Steven Wilson has collaborated with Citroën on their special edition C4 Cactus W

Steven Wilson plants Cactus in the city

Steven Wilson has collaborated with Citroën on their special edition C4 Cactus W. His work centres around the concept of alternative perceptions and perspectives, placing the car in different environments inspired by urban spaces to create a distorted reality. His first route takes shapes and patterns found on the car itself as inspiration. The second is inspired by the kind of wall writing found in urban spaces, using abstract fluid shapes overlaid to create recognisable letterforms. His third route uses simple blocks to represent a city, but arranged in a way that creates an impossible scene.

All of the pieces in the series use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and C4D.

You can also see Steven Wilson creating some of the work in this video, that was produced in conjunction with the project.

See here to view.

Hunter

Steven Wilson works with Hunter

Steven Wilson works with Hunter

The clang of slot machines, the tinkle of coins spilling into trays and the flashing lights – Steven Wilson has brought the energy of the arcade into his new illustrations for Hunter’s Winter Hunterland campaign.

Steven’s design channels the look and feel of classic arcade games, and is brought to life with a set of claw cranes, where you can imagine trying your hand at winning Hunter prizes.

You can see examples of Steven’s illustrations here, as well as at Hunters’ London and Tokyo flagship stores, or by visiting their website.

 

The Guardian

Steven Wilson creates the cover typographic treatment for The Guardian’s special supplement on forthcoming Christmas shows and culture, which was published on the 12th November 2014.

Steven Wilson creates the cover typographic treatment for The Guardian’s special supplement on forthcoming Christmas shows and culture, which was published on the 12th November 2014.

Art Director: Sara Ramsbottom

A type detail is shown below, in addition.

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Lauryn Hill

A new typographic music poster from Steven Wilson, for Lauryn Hill.

A new typographic music poster from Steven Wilson, for Lauryn Hill.

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Bonnie Raitt

A new music poster from Steven Wilson this month for Bonnie Raitt and her performance at The Greek Theatre, Berkeley.

A new music poster from Steven Wilson this month for Bonnie Raitt and her performance at The Greek Theatre, Berkeley.

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Strut and Fibre

Steven Wilson for Strut and Fibre

Designers and Illustrators come together to raise money for London College of Communication and to launch Strut and Fibre.

Steven Wilson alongside Build, Bread Collective, Two Times Elliottt, Delight, Richard Hogg, Monotype, Malika Favre, Supermundane and Hey Studio have been brought together to launch a three day exhibition to celebrate their collaboration with the new high-quality print service Strut and Fibre.

To coincide there will also be a launch of an online auction of the creative’s work to raise money for London College of Communication. Featuring in the exhibition will also be collaborations with their other Ambassadors Build, Bread Collective, Two Times Elliott, Delight, Richard Hogg, Steven Wilson and Monotype.

Samples of Strut and Fibre’s work and free beer featuring the Ambassadors’ artwork will also be available at the private launch event. If you would like to attend the private launch event, please contact Strut and Fibre directly via: info@strutandfibre.com

The Strut and Fibre exhibition privately launches Thursday 8th September. The public exhibition runs until the 11th September. It will be held at Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EY.

Strut and Fibre was born out of the love for print. Where the business card is key to make a lasting impression Strut and Fibre felt there needed to be a printing service that offered a high quality standard of work, alongside beautiful designs and collaboration with experienced printers and creatives.

Michael C. Place from Build said “Its physicality, we live in a physical world. I love being able to touch, hold, tear and interact with. Print for me isn’t just about something to look at, its something that elicits an emotional use from the person holding/touching it.”

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Disney Records

One of Steve Wilson’s recent explorations in creating Disney Records 60th anniversary poster. The poster celebrates Disney’s involvement in music through the ages from vinyl to digital.

One of Steve Wilson’s recent explorations in creating Disney Records 60th anniversary poster.  The poster celebrates Disney’s involvement in music through the ages from vinyl to digital.

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New Scientist

Steve Wilson creates this single page illustration for the New Scientist on the theme of dark energy.

Steve Wilson creates this single page illustration for the New Scientist, on the theme of dark energy.

Dark energy is considered by some to be a mysterious substance that fills in all the cracks of the universe and keeps things glued together.

Here is Steve’s visual interpretation.

Article

The end of May 2016 saw the opening of Steven Wilson’s exhibition ‘Article’ at The Book Club, EC1. The exhibition runs until the 14th August 2016.

The end of May 2016 saw the opening night of Steven Wilson’s exhibition ‘Article’ at The Book Club, EC1.  The exhibition runs until the 14th August 2016.

Curated by Liat Chen.

A few shots from the opening evening are shown here, with some art detail shots included in addition.

To see more of Steven’s Isometric series, go to Isometric.

Computer Arts

Steven Wilson creates the typographic cover artwork for the Spring 2016 issue of Computer Arts.

Steven Wilson creates the typographic cover artwork for the Spring 2016 issue of Computer Arts.

The cover is shown here and a selection of type details.

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The Book Club

Steven Wilson’s first solo show ‘Article’ opens next month at The Book Club in Shoreditch

Steven Wilson’s first solo show ‘Article’ opens next month at The Book Club in Shoreditch.  He has illustrated objects that people build a relationship with and are obsessive about.  More than merely an object, the chosen items that Steven has illustrated are things that people develop a particular affection and love for.

The articles on display are each illustrated using isometric angles and are created using various methods including screen printing and painting including a large wall mural. On the opening night The Private Press will be live screen printing an edition of 100 A3 screen prints which will be free for those attending the private view.

The show will run from the 26th May until the 14th August 2016.

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Wired

Steve Wilson creates the opener for May’s issue of Wired magazine. The date 05/16 is created from pattern and shapes in Illustrator and Photoshop.

Steve Wilson creates the opener for May’s issue of Wired magazine.  The date 05/16 is created from pattern and shapes in Illustrator and Photoshop.

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Tatler

Steven Wilson creates a visual for the April issue of Tatler

Steve Wilson creates a visual for the April issue of Tatler to accompany their drug relate feature: ‘You feel sober, focused and intolerant of others… It makes you feel selfish and single minded’

The feature was investigated and written by Charlotte Edwardes.

Art Direction: Timothy Rennie

House magazine

Steven Wilson creates a series of simple thumbnail illustrations for House magazine, based on advice by leading professionals in their field.

Steven Wilson creates a series of simple thumbnail illustrations for House magazine, based on advice by leading professionals in their field.

‘What are the secrets to holding court? Four experts in their respective fields share their tips for the top…’

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Steven Wilson speaking at OFFF Festival Barcelona

OFFF Festival Barcelona

A shot of Steven Wilson in action back in May 2015, talking at OFFF Barcelona.

Next year the OFFF Festival takes place on the 26, 27 and 28th May 2016 and as part of the line up, Danny Sangra will be speaking.

For early bird tickets see www.offf.ws

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The Hexagon

Steve Wilson has created this personal series based on a hexagon shape. By colouring the hexagon template in different ways it challenges the viewer to interpret the same shape in different ways.

Piece by Steven Wilson for KK Outlet

KK Outlet

Steven Wilson creates a piece for Commute Nice London the summer show from KK Outlet

When most of us take to our bikes, and pop the windows or roof on our cars, if we have one – is inspired by our desire to turn hate-filled roads into happy roads. A mutual respect for all road users in every vehicle, even if that vehicle is your own two legs.

Steve chose to illustrate a version of the well known road safety term ‘stop, look and listen’ which was adapted to ‘stop, look and smile’. He chose to illustrate it around the three circles and colours from a traffic light, each of which was given a twist to communicate the new phrase.

Featuring a stellar line up illustrators, artists and designers, this exhibition tackles the problem with positive and beautifully design-led messages.

Contributors include Alex May Hughes / Annu Kilpeläinen / Anthony Burrill
 / Biff / Bolt / Chrissie Abbott / Craig and Karl / Crispin Finn / Dorothy / Fred Butler / Hattie Stewart
 / Jordy van den Nieuwendijk / Laura Callaghan / Luke Miller / Martin Nicolausson / Matt H Booth / Ornamental Conifer / Pam et Jenny / Pat Bradbury / Pâté / Peter Judson / Sam Dunn / Saskia Pomeroy / Satta / Steven Wilson / Supermundane / Suzi Kemp / Ute Geisler / We Three Club / Yoko Honda.

Spread from OFFF's 15th Anniversary Book

OFFF

​Following on from Steven Wilson’s recent talk in Barcelona at OFFF, here is one of the spreads he created for their 15th anniversary book. The publication was given to everyone who attended the event as well as all the speakers and contributors. The book is a limited edition of 3000 and was designed by Vasava Studio, Barcelona.