Simon Cook & Lucy Jay
Simon Cook has teamed up with scarf designer Lucy Jay to create a series of handkerchiefs bearing kaleidoscopic designs comprised of textures, graphic shapes and 'found' photography digitally printed on them. The results are unique and very abstract. Simon Cook is predominantly self-inspired by things he sees around him these are some of the things he claims to inspire him zoos, triangles , sleeping bags, limes, dinosaurs, beards, Haribo, Otters, condiments and the circus. Simon Cook says that he's not eccentric however just exaggerates his opinions creating very abstract art. Simon Cook has showcased at Concrete hermit since his graduation and has further ambitions for the near future.
Lucy Jay graduated from the Manchester Metropolitan University in 2011 and now is a designer on "Not just a label" she produces digitally printed scarves which can be identified due to their distinct symmetry and loud patterns. Her work has a unique identity through her merging of masculine and feminine styles which ware appealing to both genders and she is described as a "truly talented emerging designer". When she was young she was often inspired by the art deco style which is often reflected and built upon on her current work. Her mother was a Seamstress and it is clear that she wished to continue her mothers work but in a more artistic direction.
Following Cooks recent graduation from the graphic design course at Nottingham Trent University. He has produced a number of new projects since then, and also held an exhibition of his work at Concrete Hermit, but this is first foray into handkerchief design.Cook and Jay have produced six different designs for their handkerchief range, all of which are shown here. The designs are printed onto 100% silk crepe de chine, and are 22×22 cm in size and are currently selling at £22 per handkerchief.