UO MARBLE ARCH: SHEET – THE UO ZINE!January 30, 2013
Sheet just got real! With celebrations kicking off for UO Marble Arch, let’s double celebrate with the debut release of Sheet – The UO Zine. With only 2000 issues printed, the Zine is a collective of illustrations, photography and graphic design, made and curated by our very own UO talent. You better get yourself down to the Marble Arch party if you want to bag yourself some inspiring imagery.
We have many a talented person here at UO, from the the people you see in store, to the guys to hide out in head office, each and every one leading creative lifestyles after the working day is done. It was a tough decision deciding who’s work made the final cut, needless to say it was a question of aesthetics over solid image. Check out the team racking their brains trying to piece this sheet together…
Here’s a few words from John Mclean, retail graphic designer and member of the zine curation team.
“At first it was about having a magazine to give away in-store to sit alongside our catalogue, we wanted to give our customers an idea of the personality and the people involved in our brand. It’s rough around the edges, it’s a giveaway – it’s all about personality and spontaneous fun. For the first issue, we thought the best place to start was the really talented people already in the business – find out what they do with the rest of their working week.”
Without further ado, meet the talented individuals featured in the first issue UO Zine.
Richard James Stuart
Display Artist at UO Belfast
I get most my inspiration from the weird and mental things that go on in the world, especially people who are complete headcases. I either use a dip pen and ink, or collage using old books from charity shops. My wife makes me cups of tea while I draw which is really nice of her because I’m a slob. I aspire to be like Mark Wahlberg in that film “Shooter”, where he has no mates but lives in a lovely log cabin in the Forest.
Junior digital designer HO
I am Graphic and Digital Designer, born in Manchester, graduated with a BA (HONS) Communication Design from Huddersfield University. Now based in London, I have been working as a Digital Design for Urban Outfitters for 2 years. My work was inspired from a previous commission and photo shoot, in which I art directed and created artwork for a publication for a Dance Company based in Leeds, Yorkshire.
Display Artist at UO Stockholm
Graduating as an architect in 2005, I moved to Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina to assist in the rebuild of the affected Gulf Coast as a Carpenter. Following further humanitarian rebuild projects and working on many architectural illustrations for small practices around the world, I put together a series of abstract architectural drawings. These drawings span from 2006 to present, using a variation of materials and styles.
The black and white illustrations are related to places I have lived in different cities and are just larger versions of sketchbook notes and drawings.The abstract building forms comes from a love of brutalist architecture, construction and wondering if large buildings could hang from other structures following natural disasters. They contain oversize air vents, exposed construction and abstract architectural forms.
Sales Assistant at Urban Outfitters Covent Garden
Abby is a freelance Illustrator currently living in North London having graduated with a BA in Illustration at Middlesex University. Using ink and nib as well as water colour and occasionally Photoshop, Abby’s vast range of illustrations are unique in their style, communicating an eerie detailed vision that fills us with curiosity. Her main influences include, peculiar aspects of every day life and vintage imagery. When she was younger Tim Burton played a large role in her decision to become an illustrator due to his unusual and unique style. Abby is currently working on illustrations for an exhibition based on Lewis Carroll, where she has taken inspiration from his earlier poetry in the 1800′s.
Display Artist at UO Meadowhall
I am Freelance illustrator and Designer based in Leeds, working with playful hand drawn type illustration. My work is very playful and abstract, playing with shape and colour to explore what can be created using these simple elements. I like to create work that is fun to make and fun to look at. I enjoy my work and hope that comes across when you view it.
Its hard to put my finger on what exactly influences me, I think it’s the desire to just keep making work and progressing. I love to collaborate with people, it’s always influential because they take you work in a direction you never even thought it could go. I Try not to follow to many rules and principles, sometimes the best work is a complete accident, and that’s the best feeling ever, unexpected and natural, I love those moments.
Team player at UO Brighton
I’m 21 years old, living in Brighton. I did my Art Foundation at Kingston University and am currently in my 3rd year of the Brighton University Photography BA. My work verges on documentary and often deals with subjects close to my heart such as personal relationships and fears about growing up. Tracey Emin’s work has always been a big influence on me, as well as photographers such as Lise Sarfati and Doug Dubois.
District Display Manager – HO
Born in 1978, I was raised in deepest of the woods of Småland, Sweden. Being surrounded by nature and beauty I developed a passion for photography and became owner of more than 10 different cameras. My love for the 35mm camera came 5 years ago when I got my first one as a present from my girlfriend at a flea market in Berlin. Since then there is no going back, I like the simplicity with the 35mm camera, and the fact that you don’t always get a perfect quality shot. I get my influence from my daily life living in urban London, my work and travels.
Representing UO Stratford
Jamie Richard Mattocks is a young fresh artist and illustrator based in London. He studied Graphic design from school leading to Harlow College and then carried on education building a strong portfolio at Chelmsford College studying Art and Design. This led him to the Cambridge School of Art where he studied illustration for his first year.
Jamie’s artwork consists of strong bold colours and line work focusing mainly on shapes and how they come together to create something more detailed. Taking in from all of his influences Jamie has come up with a style on the border line of Graphic Design and Fashion Illustration and he cannot label himself either a illustrator or a artist because he is talented at creating work for print and framed work for galleries with the small urban hint from the graffiti and tattoo world. All of this works hand in hand with his street art and how he takes the shapes and colours up onto a wall and derelict buildings.
Since Leaving University Jamie has been working closely with Urban Outfitters as well as featuring in his first exhibition at the Brick Lane Gallery.
Sales Associate at UO Berlin (Weinmister Strasse)
I’m Nora, 21 years old, from Germany, living in Berlin. I’m addicted to energy drinks. I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter. And I believe that there are still treasures in the oceans. After 10th grade I went to a school with focus on design, to graduate there. When I started to use my mothers old analogue camera, I was so happy with all the photos. The quality was amazing, and it was such a different feeling for me that I had to think about what to take a photo of. I think that’s when I got really motivated to keep on taking pictures. I think my art is just about everything I love. I tried to do different things to get into university but it never made me happy so I decided to just create what I like. I get inspired by all kinds of things, mostly it’s my mood or personal situations that made me happy or sad, it’s the music that I’m listening to and beautiful people. I hope that one day in the future I can publish my own magazine. That’s my dream.
Display Artist at UO Bluewater
Teresa creates abstract portraits, implementing interesting textures and design.
A Graphic design and Typography graduate living in East London. I thrive on the environment around me and take inspiration from pixels to 3 dimensional objects. My current job working as a district display manager enables Me to express my creativity through the UO brand.
Harriet Jones Part time at UO Cardiff
I have always had a strong connection to art, and was greatly into comics when I was a kid, spending all my spare cash on them. After school I went on to study Graphic Design at college where I developed a love for life drawing and realism. I then chose to move to Wales to study animation, combining it with my love for comic book art, as well as life drawing. I now work part time at Urban Cardiff, where I can embrace my individual style and new fashions. In my spare time I produce my art work and any commissions.
Team member at UO Bristol
I am a freelance illustrator living in Bristol. I graduated from the university of the west of England’s illustration course back in 2011. A lot of my work is print and pattern based, there is nothing more satisfying than see and illustration turn in to a never ending pattern. I also have a verging unhealthy obsession with coffee. Currently I am working on a project with Kettle Collective.
Well there we have it! Art, illustrations, design, all in one big printed zine. Make sure you get yourself down to the big UO Marble Arch party and grab a copy. They’ll go quick, we’re not sheeting you!