'We Do Nothing' Mural and Residency


I've just returned home from an amazing 6 week holiday to England, Wales and Spain.

Home base for the trip was Newquay, Cornwall, in the beautiful home studio of We Do Nothing founder, Lucy Johnson. I've been working with this ethical clothing brand for 2 years now, providing them with branding design and apparel graphics.

Newquay is a gorgeous little town, swelling in size over summer for surf festivals, music events and markets but in September/October, when I was visiting, it was lovely and quiet and I combed the beaches and had long and interesting chats with the local proprietors. 

This trip saw us looking forward in to the next season of We Do Nothing apparel, with the girls bringing me back on board not only as the creative director but also this year a brand consultant to assist with projected expansion.

Lucy and I spoke in depth about creativity during my stay, with both of us finding the work/life balance often hard to maintain. It's so easy to let things clutter the mind and block creative flow, so to inspire her while at work I painted a mural in Lucy's design studio symbolising freedom of creative flow. 

The concept: A mystical snake slithers past a dried out watering hole; magical gems from its' skin glisten like a beacon, sparking the fall of beautiful, thirst quenching rain.

Here we see our final colour palette and preliminary sketches, and Lucy's baby boy, Forrest who caught the creative bug! We quickly provided him with a floor of blank paper in an efforts to try and deter him from painting straight on to the wet mural!

A lot of the visual inspiration for the mural was taken from earlier visits to the British Museum. This 3000 year old Mycenaean Pottery decoration (pictured) and the Japanese repair-art of Shibori stiching (pictured) featured heavily, translating into the "sky" of the mural. I also found this killer article on an old German artifact "the Nebraska Sky Disk" in the National Geographic while waiting for my coffee that morning. 

The snake is a character I have carried with me throughout the last 2 years of my personal work, symbolising Change and Transition.

Lucy's partner Aaron Carter is making a name for himself creating these stunning industrial renovations in traditional old Cornish homes, as you can see (pictured) !!! These "Do Nothing" Holiday Lets really are food for the soul. 

Source: www.wedonothing.co.uk