On the launch of the Telegramme Paper Co. we caught up with long time friend of FFF Bobby Evans to find out what the heck is going on… (we also scored an exclusive discount for all our readers – simply enter ‘FFF10‘ at the final checkout after choosing payment method to get a 10% discount, valid until 10th October – yee-haa!) _
You’ve had quite a year – for those who haven’t been following you on social media give us a few highlights?
Oofff – it feels like a pretty packed year. Gig posters have continued to allow us to travel around and meeting some incredible people. This year was my 4th trip out to SXSW in Austin Texas with the UKPA gang, showing our wears, eating too much BBQ and hanging out with poster nerds from around the world. Its so inspiring to see the level of work going on over there and always super fun and so great to catch up with friends we only unfortunately get to see once a year.
We also took our posters to Liverpool sound city’s ‘Screenadelica‘ exhibition, ticking off a bucket list dream of producing a poster for our favourite Minneapolis bar band, The Hold Steady along the way. Then, to finish the summer off, we had an amazing weekend at Green Man festival manning the UKPA stall, slinging posters and seeing some great bands.
I always feel so lucky that we get to travel around and meet so many brilliant friends from doing these posters. 8 years ago they were just a way to get in to gigs for free (they still kind of are!)
Outside of posters we’ve worked with some amazing new clients (working with the incredibly talented Timba Smits over at The Church of London a particular highlight). We’ve tested our new products and hung out at craft fairs around the country and even won our first ever award! thanks to YCN for awarding our illustrated poster campaign for Percival Menswear a ‘Professional Award’ – we are legit now!
The rest of the time, when we haven’t been plotting our future empire with Telegramme Paper Co., we’ve just been escaping the city with as many trips as our ‘two for travel‘ railcard can handle (turns out its unlimited).
So Telegramme is rebranding as Telegramme Paper Co. After 8 years this is obviously a big change! With new talent on board (hi Kate) and a new focus on printed goods – was this always the master plan? and how do you see things progressing?
Telegramme started with a strong emphasis on screenprinting and gig posters, so making and selling our own prints and products has always been a part of what we do, but has always played second fiddle to client led design and illustration work. The idea of focusing on this part of the business has been at the back of my mind for a while, it just had to be the right time, and after chatting to Kate about joining and making it real, it felt like the time had arrived. We will continue to take client work, as we still really enjoy it, we just hope to be able to split our time enough to be able to grow our product and print collections more and more going forward.
Kate, an incredibly talented designer & art-director, is now a part of Telegramme proper, how do you see that impacting the aesthetic? Is it already visible in any of your work?
Although we are always pushing and developing our aesthetic it’s safe to say people know our work due to it’s style – I think this will continue to be case – we don’t know any other way! Kate and I have extremely similar influences and interests in terms of style. We both have a huge love for vintage and mid-century design so the work that comes from both of us sits together really well. However I think the possibilities of what Paper Co. can be has already been blown way open with Kate coming on board. We have so many ideas for projects and products that wouldn’t’ve come from a one man band. Kate has had the benefit of seeing Telegramme from the outside – and can put all the benefit of hindsight in to the new work and products.
Many people will recognise you from your gig poster work, is this something you’ll be continuing with? (& your involvement with the UKPA)
There are still quite a few bands we need to tick off our wish list yet… Gig posters were one of the reasons Telegramme was even started. It is always going to be a part of what we do – Despite not actively chasing a huge amount of gig poster work this year, while we have been plotting Paper Co., we’ve ended up designing more posters this year than ever before.
Although I’ve seen it building over the 8 years I’ve been producing posters, the UK music industry has really got behind silkscreen printed posters in the last 2 years like nothing before. The response at Liverpool Sound City, Green Man festival and a few other smaller festivals from all of the artists, festival organisers and audiences really reenforced the strength of the poster this year – Not to mention the constantly growing roster of artists in the UK. Being part of the UKPA allows me to keep in touch with the scene and enjoy seeing what is getting produced.
What stuff on the horizon are you most excited about?
As always here are a few gigs coming up. Really excited about seeing Greys at the 100 club – Our friend took over booking duties there this year and they have been putting on some great stuff – all promoted by those talented kids at We Three Club with the best looking monthly listings I’ve ever seen.