Andy is one of our local Graphic Designers; showcasing his varied work in Heart Gallery for over a year now. He is now also taking commissions for illustration, editorial and brand identity.
His work always starts with a sketch. Doodles and drawings are then enhanced, using new technology, to create compositions that illustrate the world around us: landscapes, botany, architecture, fashion.
Andy loves to create playful work, incorporating lots of colour and some humour: an antidote to the serious world in which we live.
There is a nod to the historic in his work but he likes to marry this with the new, encouraging the viewer to see things from a fresh perspective.
Hebden Bridge has been Andy’s home for seven years. What drew him to live here is its rich history, its beauty and its thriving culture today. Three manmade structures dominate the hills surrounding the town and look down on it like Tolkienesque protectors: The Parish Church of Heptonstall, the Old Town mill and Stoodley Pike, each with its own symbolic meaning.
The trees that surround Hebden soften the steep sided valleys and on one side, in mediaeval times, were part of the Erringden deer park. The landscape remains a leisure attraction today, drawing walkers, cyclists and canal users. Hebden has a pretty hectic social calendar, two highlights being the Vintage Car Fair and the Duck Race. And of course, whatever the weather, the fantastic choice of independent shops, are a daytripper’s dream.
Andy uses all the things Hebden Bridge inspires him with in his work and this new tea towel is exclusive to Heart Gallery along with a canvas shopper printed in a choice of four colourways.