Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Co:Lab - A Good Shot?/A Real Meal?

Here is a look at my two screenprints set side by side for the second of the two Co:Lab Christmas 2010 projects currently showing at Sprickle an' Peester exhibition (which I also did exhibition design - see previous process blog) at Bonhoga Gallery, Weisdale Mill, Shetland until 23 December. We are showing work alongside makers and artists from Shetland and across the UK.

Each screenprint is Four colour
Size: A3
Edition: 3

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Buy Jono Sandilands screenprints online

You can now buy a selection of my screenprints online - just click to browse Jono Sandilands Etsy shop. Perfect gifts for Christmas, including the 'Socks' cards shown above (especially for Uncles!).

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Sprickle an' Peester

Today I realised I haven't posted any projects done while on my placement @ Shetland Arts for a while - so here is a recent one to share. I have been working on the exhibition design for Bonhoga Gallery's Christmas exhibition which is titled "Sprickle an' Peester" (Yup, another Shetland Dialect project - (see my recent "Ganzie" print) - Sprickle an' Peester translates to 'Wriggle and Squeal'!?)

The gallery team asked me to do a typographic treatment paper cut which would be used on the poster and invites for the exhibition. The first thing I did was a really rough sketch of the layout and style on paper. I wanted the type to be quite crisp so this sketch was scanned and used as a base guide to work on top of in Illustrator with a font which was similar to what I had in mind. I then set about manipulating the type and adding the extra glyphs to make the vector guide marks. This process animated below:

The next step was to cut the design from paper - to get the delicate handmade qualities desired for the final artwork. This was an awesome Friday afternoon project!

The cut out paper was placed on top of red card and scanned before setting out the poster design in InDesign, adding appropriate information and logos.

Now time to go and put finishing touches to my Co:Lab submission for the Exhibition...

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Co:Lab - Ganzie

The Co:Lab trio were recently asked to submit prints to this years "Yule" themed exhibition at North Rock Gallery in Lerwick. We all approached the theme in very different ways and you can see the results at the North Rock Gallery until the 24 December. You can see the other Co:Labbers posts about their work on their blogs - Andrew Morrison & Beto.
Below is a bit of insight into my print - "Ganzie".

It comes to a time of year when your shorts sink down your drawer and huge ganzies (ganzie=sweater/jersey - Shetland Dialect) with amazing patterns, start to emerge from the dark dusty depths of your wardrobe.

I started spotting some of these ganzies with interesting patterns in August and kept my eye peeled for more including lots of reindeers and even one with a giraffe. This became quite addictive and I got quite obsessed. For my print I wanted to combine some of these patterns with 'knitted typography'.

The message in the print comes from some of the research. A trend called Ugly Christmas Sweater Party ( where you can get tips and also buy ugly ganzies to wear at your party.

In September I spent some time working in London where I thought it would be funny to 'Facebook' my finds to share with others - Ganzie Watch.

Co:Lab work to tight deadlines - especially when working towards an exhibition - so during any free time in London I had to complete the artwork for ganzie. I had to make use of the hotel's mini fridge as a makeshift lightbox to make sure my second layer matched the first.

Some more research...


I also produced a christmas card to match ganzie in the form of socks. The idea originates from my Uncle - whom I often receive a lovely pair of socks as a christmas gift - these come in useful in these cold months.

Socks available on etsy -

More prints by Co:Lab on the blog at -