Sunday, June 19, 2011
Earlier this month I spent four days decorating a wall in the Shad Thames branch of Zizzi Restaurant near Tower Bridge. Five illustrators were chosen in all for the branch, three of us-myself, Abigail Borg and Saroj Patel were Fresh Talent competition winners, with Luke Fenech and Camille Rosseau having worked with Zizzi on previous restaurants.
The area has a long history of trading and all the imposing brick buildings in the area are named after the spices which were originally housed there. I took four of these spices (Vanilla, Cayenne, Cardamom and Cloves) and personified their flavours and traits on my wall. It was the first time I had worked at something this scale and didn't have the foresight/common sense to use a projector so it's all drawn freehand. It was intimidating and involved a lot of walking backwards and squinting but I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I attribute the quality of these photos to the fact my camera doesn't zoom out, there is a large tree directly in front of said wall aaaand I may have had five glasses of Prosecco on the launch night....ok eight. I'm hardcore.