Let's meet... Mr Gresty
Posted: Aug 26 2015
Mr Gresty has used 800m of our Baker's Twine to create a 3m x 2m window installation for our Stoke Newington shop, his largest piece of StringFold work to date! We chat to the man himself about setting up solo and how variety is the spice of life.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background:
I am originally from the North West of England, I moved down to London when I graduated a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration, in Oxfordshire. I worked for a number branding and design agencies before setting up on my own. Alongside my work I run an open submission and themed series of exhibitions, that take place in Islington and Hackney, called LHR Exhibitions. The 14th exhibition, Love Me / Love Me Not, opening 11th September.
What's the 'philosophy behind the product?
Making simplicity complicated.
Where do you find inspiration?
I scroll up and down the pages of Instagram and Pinterest countless times a day. Plus my studio and home are both in Hackney, just walking between the two I am bombarded by visual stimulation.
Where are your products made?
All of my StringFold pieces are made by hand, at home or in my studio, near London Fields.
What is your studio/office like?
I share my studio with a great mix of creatives: graphic designers, illustrators, fashion designers, home wares designer, a gallerist and photographer. My own area of the studio is brimming with colour, collections, stationery and tools. It’s a seven storey building at the end of Broadway Market, with great views across London.
Describe a typical day in the life of you…
Working on my own I find I need to be strict with myself, so I am here 9 to 6 most week days (and some weekends). I can be working on branding a company, then an art piece for a client or one of my own exhibitions. Then later that same week an illustration commission and then a corporate brochure. Variety and variation keeps me interested and infused.