Friday, August 10, 2012

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Memorial Garden, Bemerton Estate Islington

Esther and Carl Stevenson co-led this project for All Change. We worked with young residents on the estate to turn a corner of their open space into a memorial garden. The garden was designed as an outdoor interpretation of Jessie's bedroom full of her favourite things, including Ugg Boots, her mobile phone, make-up, perfume, and hair straighteners...

Hand Hygiene Week at Dorset County Hospital

Last month Esther completed her fourth project for Dorset County Hospital, creating work for an exhibition at the hospital for Hand Hygiene Week. Esther spent two days on Kingfisher Ward working with children in the ward's Education Centre, or at their bedsides. We created 'bugs' through drawing, modeling and origami, and filled petri dishes with them. We also created some animations and co-designed a sticker and poster to encourage people to use hospital hand gels... Find out more about Arts in Hospital here.

Celebrating Multiculturalism at The Wey Valley School and Sports College

Back in June we were invited to lead two days of drop-in workshops at The Wey Valley School and Sports College in Weymouth, as part of an event devised and managed by their Head of Art Dan Emery, celebrating multiculturalism in Weymouth and Portland. We've worked with Wey Valley on numerous occasions, and the students there always come up with amazingly creative work, but this time we were working with groups visiting from other schools and organisations, so we had to devise a workshop that could offer instant rewards, as well as a more in-depth experience, across a broad range of ages. The event embraced the seven Olympic values of Respect, Excellence, Friendship, Courage, Determination, Inspiration and Equality.

During the two days we created origami Olympic sailing boats, which became part of a 'Beach Hut' installation and 'starred' in our animations, complete with wishes for our futures...

Working with Trinity School as part of Tideline

Tideline is a big project that Sarah Butler has been writer in residence for. She invited Esther to facilitate some design and book making workshops at Trinity School. With one group a guide to the local Erith Marshes was co-designed...

and with the other, 3D cube-based books for exhibition were created...

Read the stories Sarah wrote here and find about the project here.

Memorial marks over 400 lives lost to AIDS in Dorset

Ben worked with pupils from five schools in Bournemouth to create artwork for over 400 digitally printed tiles, representing the lives lost to AIDS in Dorset. The public art commission is located on Bournemouth's Pier Approach and was designed to raise awareness and address prejudice, as well as act as a memorial for friends and relatives.

The work was commissioned by DAMSET

French Bedroom Company brochure (no2)

This Friday I'm off to Haywards Heath to meet with the FBCo team to discuss the design of our third brochure for them, and that made me realise that we never posted about the 2nd one!! So here it is...

They sell so many lovely things, so in case you're tempted here is their web siteYou can also sign up to receive the brochure in the post.

Home Making gets an outing!

We've worked with writer Sarah Butler on a number of projects now, so you've probably heard us sing her praises before. She recently used our simple Home Making activity for a project that she is working on in Walworth, South London. You can see the results here.

Home Making was originally created by Esther for Camberwell Arts Festival 2009.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


We are really pleased to say that work is well under way on the DAMSET HIV/AIDS Memorial Public Art Memorial.  Here are a few images from the build.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pheasant Christmas Shopping Flyer

We've just put this little Christmassy flyer together for Pheasant (it really wasn't hard as Pheasant already have a fantastic brand)! If you can't make it to the shopping evening, then keep an eye on the web site as they have some gorgeous new handmade goodies arriving on the site in time for your Christmas shopping!

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Animation workshop as part of Poole Literary Festival 2010

Here are the two animations created by young people in The Image Lab today - both fantastic little films!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

French Bedroom Company Brochure Re-design

Esther has just completed a total brochure re-design for sexy furniture enterprise The French Bedroom Company. The brief was to create a feminine and sensuous brochure to showcase their gorgeous furniture, as well as developing the design to become more complimentary to their web site. It also gave Esther the chance to visit their stunning home, which you can visit to view their furniture ranges, or book as a location for photographic or film shoots! Really, really gorgeous stuff!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Thank you wewow!!

We couldn't believe it when we entered a competition with wewow a couple of weeks back now, and won 50 CD/DVD eco card wallets with our printed design. We've used wewow for a few projects now, and they always turn our work into gorgeous and innovative end products!! Have a look at what they do on their web site:


Monday, August 02, 2010

Short Breaks Book Making Workshop

On Monday we ran a little Book Making workshop for Short Breaks - a programme of workshops for children and young people with disabilities. We think they did a grand job...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Stop-frame animation at the Lighthouse

A series of animations that we worked on with young people from St Walburga's School is being shown at Lighthouse Poole's Centre for the Arts.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Secret Garden posters in situ

Sarah has just sent me some pics from Cremorne Gardens :)

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Secret Garden poster design for writer Sarah Butler

Find our more about the project on the project blog and answer the questions to join in.

Monday, June 28, 2010

iPhone organisation - work in progress ;)

Esther is loving the new folders feature that came with the recent iPhone software upgrade!!

The iPhone wallpaper is one of our own, available for download at

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Pigs of Today are the Hams of Tomorrow

Ben and I worked together to design this newspaper for The Pigs of Today are the Hams of Tomorrow in Plymouth. This job had a really quick turnaround and we were invited to do the design as the event producers wanted something really creative. This was the first project that Ben and I have worked closely together on for a while, and we must try and do it more often because we had such a great time creating it together (especially the endless checking of typos!!! he he!)

Dorset & East Devon Coast World Heritage Site Management Plan document design

Ben designed this hefty document recently - fab job!

Texitura (again)

Ben has had his lovely pattern designs published in Texitura... This is the third time interim has been featured in this gorgeous publication.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

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piCOt [pee-koh] network piCOt is a loosely joined collective of artists, writers, curators and researchers whose work inhabits the intersections of art, technology and critical theory. Our contributers are based in the South West & London (UK) and across Europe. The piCOt collective also produces the geekFEST biennale. picot [pee-koh] noun an edging of many small loops, as on lace or ribbon, forming an ornamental border.