Saturday, 21 December 2013
A big thank you goes out to Matt, Yatin & Luke for print services beyond the call of duty, Jeff A for spiritual guidance and especially to the lovely Sue Thompson for help and support and putting up with my artistic temperament. The final thank you goes out to everyone who has bought items, commissioned work, featured my work on the net, retweeted tweets and shared stuff on Facebook - I really couldn't do it without your help so a big thank you and a Merry Christmas to you all!
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Like Gary Numan at Wembley Stadium in 1981 I will be retiring but not from the world of electro pop but from the world of disc jockeying so this will be the last time to hear the "Piper Gates Design Soundsystem" in its full glory. Saturday 14th December Firebug Leicester 9pm - 3am.
Friday, 29 November 2013
Based on the popular Morrissey Miserable Paper Doll this set of 8 cards comes with 2 designs in each set. The set consists of 4 x Morrissey cards and 4 x Morrissey/ Marr cards with the design influenced by the classic design of Penguin Books. They are A6 in size folded and only available for a limited time.
Based on the popular Small Faces Colouring Book this set of 8 cards comes with 2 designs in each set. The set consists of 4 x Steve Marriott cards and 4 x Steve Marriott/ Ronnie Lane cards. They are A6 in size folded and only available for a limited time.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
The subject of the annual Piper Gates Design colouring book is those Cheeky scamps The Small Faces. It was decided to concentrate of the “soul boys on acid” 67-68 phase as this is musically and visually Piper Gates favourite period of their career and one which lends itself to the medium of the colouring book perfectly. As with previous editions it features a 4 page full cover colour cover plus 16 pages of colouring in fun. The size is A4 and comes in a limited edition of 80 copies. Available here
Monday, 11 November 2013
Saturday, 19 October 2013
Monday, 14 October 2013
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Continuing all things paper doll it was decided to tackle the subject of one Stephen Morrissey. Concentrating on The Smiths era this paper doll set contains (amongst other things) an overcoat, national health spectacles, colourful shirt, hearing aid and of course Johnny Marr to help him write your favorite songs. This strictly limited edition comes in a edition of 87 copies only and is signed by the artist. It is printed on 250 gram high quality silk paper and measure 30cm x 40cm. Available here.
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Friday, 30 August 2013
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
In the summer of 1985 a Friday night would have consisted of watching videos round my good pal Glen's house whilst his mum was out for the night. In the middle of a nights viewing we’d always pause to watch the repeats of Budgie on Channel 4. I only knew of Budgie because I’d watched Charles Endell Esq as a nipper and could do a fair to middling impression of him. I loved Budgie, it had a grim world view which could have existed in the same universe as The Sweeney. Comic book realism would be one to describe it I suppose.
The great thing about Budgie is the acting, Adam Faith was born to play the part of the optimistic loser. Budgie was always on the edge of getting the big score but never quite got there. He also appeared to annoy anyone who came into contact with him especially the people who actually liked him. Then there was Charlie Endell a brilliantly psychotic bear of man who tolerated Budgie for reasons unknown. He was played by the late great Iain Cuthbertson in a role which is so far removed from his character in The Railway Children that is humanly possible.For this piece of “lost novelisation” it was decided to convey Budgie’s optimistic world view whilst the other people in his world look at him in sheer disdain for all the trouble he brings to them. Released in a limited edition of 42 copies which are signed. Available here.