Violin Maker

Photobook: J. Batey | Violin Maker

There’s a workshop on Shrewsbury Town Walls unchanged for decades, a fascinating place, like stepping back in time.

I was invited to take photographs of the stacks of cases, racks of instruments, traditional tools and spare strings, so long as I didn’t interrupt Julian whilst he was working.

This book captures the atmosphere of the workshop.

Julian served his apprenticeship in Washington with Barry Oliver, a graduate of the Cremona School of Violinmaking.

After working with Rafael Carrabba in Seattle, he returned to work with his father in North Shropshire, an internationally renowned expert & dealer.

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TEN YRS LTR: Studio Book

Concrete Centre – Futurebuild 2019

Concrete Futures focuses on innovation and digitisation. A play on words to infer a safe, secure future.

We designed an abstract and contemporary backdrop for the exhibition.
Multicoloured lines represent different sectors, professions and cultures. They come together as a single band pointing to the Concrete Futures.
The cut through logo shows movement and progression.

Stand design © The Opcyon Design Company

Glouglou Wine Bar

A venture on to the high-street for Severn with the brand identity, promotional literature and website for a new wine bar with a difference.

Everything they serve is sourced directly from the growers, farmers and fishermen, and wines from producers with strong environmental and ethical policies using as little intervention as possible.

We decided that the idea of low intervention would be our starting point and so the logo just had to be hand-drawn and uncomplicated to follow this same principal.

Traditional skills where used as much as possible, sign-writer Josh Monk was commissioned to dress the shopfront and the interior contains hand-made furniture and a large scale hand-painted mural by Matt Sewell.

Glouglou is the most successful French linguistic export since ooh-la-la…

So it’s a splash, it’s a spill, it’s a flower (some wines smell like that), it’s the top of a tap on a barrel. It fits the words and it fits the sound of glouglou.

“It’s so fresh, so invigorating, so glouglou.”

Structural Concrete Student Design Competition

Motion graphics to show the winners of the 2018 competition to kickstart awards night and introduce the brief for next year.

Supporting the curriculum of civil and structural engineering departments in UK universities, the competition operates on two levels: first by the university, then their chosen submission is entered to the national level.

The competition requires students to submit:

  • A conceptual design report
  • Calculations for the selected scheme superstructure
  • Drawings of the selected scheme superstructure
  • A sustainability appraisal

“The competition is a good opportunity to prepare elements of interest to prospective employers, some of whom are involved in setting and judging the competition”

The Singh Twins: Slaves of Fashion

Slaves of Fashion, an exhibition by internationally-renowned artists; the Singh Twins.

Severn were invited to join the team at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery to help with the staging of the exhibition of almost 20 new artworks.

The exhibition consisted of 11 printed fabric lightboxes, each one highlighting a different theme relating to India’s textile industry.

“These new works by The Singh Twins show the history of Indian textiles, the British Empire, enslavement and luxury consumerism, and their relevance today”

Further artworks on display explored the relationship between trade, conflict and consumerism in an age of Empire and the modern day.

Slaves of Fashion Series ©The Singh Twins

Posters for vintner Iron & Rose

With its fashionable status the market hall in Shrewsbury, filled with a plethora of hipsterish cafés, food stalls and artists, is the ideal home for vintner Iron & Rose. But the venue’s popularity does cause a problem when it comes to being seen above the others.

Our aim is to catch the viewer. Letters have a lot of detail which can merge into what surrounds them, this large area of flat colour makes a space in those surroundings and keeps you for a few seconds longer than the rest.

You see it again but it’s a different colour which stops you again and you think back to the first one, and again with the next colour and the next…

“Their bright colour and simplicity stands out from the background noise of the busy market hall”

A T L A S

The second album from Joe Seager, singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist

The concept came from a vintage map (c1860) found during a search for a starting point. The map showed much more than just the countries of the world, it showed details of mountain ranges, rivers, native fruits and other crops, even information on snowfall.
It fitted perfectly with the concept of Atlas which was about being open, more revealing, looking deeper, ‘mapping moments and journeys in life…’, and not just a collection of songs.

“The World in hemispheres: with comparative views of the heights of the principal mountains and basins of the principal rivers on the globe / by G.H. Swanston”

We made use of the age of the map, showing its wear, its damage, its authenticity.

“Keep Music Live” is a mantra of Joe’s and an all acoustic, laid down in a single take, warts and all live release of Atlas was also happening.

Our answer for this version followed the sound and we took away the textures, the images and the sleeve notes leaving only the songs.

Backed up by our material and two appearances on BBC Introducing, the album was launched with a live performance at one of Shrewsbury’s fashionable venues.

Concert photos © Verity Gray

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Wolverhampton Arts & Heritage

Events & Exhibitions Guide

We were approached by the Museum to re-design their events guide.

It had to be clearer for visitors to follow and easier for them to find the information they needed.

We wanted to simplify the guide as much as possible and, working through all the things we found visitors wanted to know, we narrowed it down:

What is it?
Where is it?
When is it?
How much is it?

Another question was ‘will I like it?’ – you’d have to go there to find out…

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Parallel Lives – Joe Seager

Parallel Lives, Debut album by Joe Seager, singer/songwriter.

Location photography: the wine cellars of Caves Louis de Grenelle in Saumur, France by Joel-Noelle Sirop.

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