Sunday, 2 August 2015
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Ever worried about what birthday card to get you Fall loving friends? Well, worry no more with the new Mark E Smith Birthday Card from Piper Gates Design. The card is A5 in size and printed on high quality 250 gram paper. Available here.
Monday, 20 July 2015
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Piper Gates Design is now on instagram, originally the intention was to promote all things Piper Gates but it has now become something much more interesting. Warning: features a large amount of superhero lego. You can find Piper Gates Design instagram account here Also available on Twitter here
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
The Marmite Sisters were first described to me as a mixture of The Smiths and The Fall but what was even more interesting was the fact that they were still at school. As someone who was still at school and in a band (description: a mix of The Velvet Underground and The Jesus & Mary Chain but rubbish) it was encouraging to find like minded souls; especially in an environment where most bands in Leicester were unclean goths pretending to be Led Zepplin. For me at the beginning The Marmite Sisters sounded more like a C86 version of the Buzzcocks “Times Up” era and evolved into an entirely different and varied beast by the end of their lifespan. Listen for the evolution from Part Time Goths to Semi Detached and feel what it was like to live in the arse end of the east midlands between 1987 and 1995 - Ian Percival, April 2015.
Friday, 20 March 2015
In the mid/ late 1990s a good friend of mine did me a compilation tape of Serge Gainsbourg. The song which immediately hit home was Bonnie & Clyde which to this day is one of my favourite songs ever. A few years later (in the days before youtube) I saw a bootleg video of Bonnie & Clyde which was everything I wanted to see: French coolness, cigarettes, gun holsters and berets. Serge and Brigitte looked brilliant in it. For this limited edition print I wanted to capture that feeling of seeing that bootleg video for the first time. 35 copies signed and numbered printed on high quality 250 gram silk paper. Available here.
Monday, 23 February 2015
Between 1984 and 1986 The Jesus And Mary Chain were the best band in the world. Their mixture of melody and noise came at a time when music was boxed into categories which the Mary Chain made obsolete. To celebrate 30 years since the release of Psychocandy Piper Gates has released a limited edition print of the Mary Chain in their fab snarling Psychocandy formation. Printed on high quality 250 gram silk paper the print comes in an edition of 45 copies only and is signed and numbered by the artist. Available here.
Monday, 26 January 2015
Eagle eyed readers will have noticed that all posts relating to this project have been removed. This is because having completed pre-production work the film has gone into "production hell". Hopefully one day the stars will align and work can continue on this fabulous project as the world really needs this hybrid of "The Banana Splits" and "Eat The Document".
Sunday, 18 January 2015
Following on from The Jam print last year it was decided to celebrate Paul Weller's 1990s renaissance with The Changingman Print. Combining the look of vintage Penguin books with Peter Blake's graphics for Stanley Road the print comes in an edition of 30 copies only. It is printed on high quality 250 gram silk paper and is 30cm x 40cm in size.
Thursday, 8 January 2015
Before Christmas a friend commissioned me to design a My Bloody Valentine gig poster done in a "swiss" style for them. Being My Bloody Valentine and Swiss Graphic Design are two of my favourite things I jumped at the chance to do this. Above is the result.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Due to popular demand here is a second edition of The Stone Roses Colouring Book. This edition has been "remixed and remastered" and contains new illustrations as well as "remastered" ones. It comes in an edition of 40 copies 16 of which have already gone. As with the previous edition it is signed by the artist and is A4 in size. Available here
Thursday, 30 October 2014
This years Christmas Card designs are available in two different sizes. Above are the A5 (210mm x 148mm folded) versions sold separately. As with all Piper Gates Design cards they feature a unique blurb on the back to add to the visual experience or (as it is that time of year) Christmas spirit.
Following on from last years Christmas Cards it was decided to issue some more this year. Above are the A6 versions, the Morrissey & Marr and Small Faces Cards have been "remixed" with a new slant whilst The Stone Roses and Jam designs have been adapted from previous designs and now have a extra Christmas "feel" to them. The cards sized A6 (148mm x 105mm folded) and are available in a pack of 8 cards featuring two designs per subject.
Thursday, 2 October 2014
The latest subject of Piper Gates Design limited edition birthday cards is The Jam. Set in the "Sound Effects" era (though Bruce and Rick look like they've walked off the sleeve of "News of the World") the card shows Bruce and Rick at their amiable best with Paul brooding in a way that only Paul Weller can. Available here.
Saturday, 12 July 2014
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Of course Bradley isn't partaking in this years Tour De France but here’s the next best thing – a Bradley Wiggins Greetings Card. Based on the popular Bradley Wiggins Paper Doll the greetings card is blank inside making it ideal for any occasion – you can even use it as a get well soon card to Chris Froome! The card is A5 in size and printed on high quality 250 gram card.
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Recently I re-digitized some old cassettes of Primal Scream. The tapes captured their early brilliance as a post punk version of The Byrds or Love where they accidentally created a sound which would later be expanded upon by The Stone Roses. A cover was needed for this project so it was decided to capture the subject and the time which the recordings were made. To do this it was decided to present the contents as a bootleg album from the time complete with badly pasted on covers and wrong song titles.
Friday, 13 June 2014
The Peter Cook and Dudley Moore tour de force Bedazzled has been a favourite of Piper Gates for a long time (see here and here). Deciding to look at the subject with a different approach it was decided to incorporate the pop art visuals of the Stanley Donen film with the design of Dudley's beloved jazz albums. It was then presented in the look of a lost novel and available as a limited edition of thirty 30cm x 40cm prints here.
Friday, 16 May 2014
Based on the very popular Quadrophenia Poster from a couple of years ago this very limited edition A5 greetings card is available for one week only. The inside of the card is blank giving the opportunity to be used for a variety of occasions and also has a unique blurb on the back.
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
The Stone Roses Card is also available as a limited edition 30cm x 40cm print printed on high quality 250 gram silk. The print is signed and numbered and comes in an edition of 45 copies only. Available here
As a follow up the coluring book from a couple of years ago it was decided to create a Stone Roses Birthday Card to add to the growing “Cult Birthday Card” collection. Taking influence from the majestic Fools Gold era it was decided to create a design which represented the different characteristics of each member therefore showcasing the group as a whole. Ian Brown as the confident mystic, John Squire the quiet artist, Reni in mischievous mode and Mani the smiling heart of the band. The limited edition A5 card is available here.