I recently collaborated with a group of artists and illustrators on an interesting mandala project. The project, organised by the wonderful Steve Dawson of Ink Dot Prints, involved making one large image created by 18 different artists. Each artist would contribute their piece without seeing what the other artists had done.

Working in total secrecy (!), artists from Bristol, Ireland and Sweden submitted their creation for the Ink dot mandala (a vast circle, made up of interconnecting dashes, dots and rings).  My part of the pattern looked like this:

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So what to do with 20 circles? I decided that I would go for a pirate theme and use the circles for the basis of a series of salty sea dogs and their paraphernalia – grog, skull and cross bones and so on. Adding my illustrations to the pattern and it looked like this :

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Up close the pirates look like this:

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Steve took each collaborators work and brought it together to form a fantastic piece of art that looks like this:

 

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Prints are available to purchase from the lovely Ink Dot Prints website and any print sale profits will go to Kids Company, who provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children.

The full list of artists wh0 took part in the project are listed below and it was a real thrill for me to be one of them.

Artists taking part

Beth Kendall
retrojapan8.tumblr.com

Catherine Whyte
popcornsnow.co.uk

Chris Halls
facesofstrangers.com

Dan Chernett
cargocollective.com/danchernett

Donough O’Malley
pencilrobot.net

Fred Swist
fredswist.co.uk

Genevieve Browne
genevievebrowne.com

Hannah McVicar
hannahmcvicar.co.uk

Jane Davies
upstartthunder.co.uk

Jennifer Farley
laughing-lion-design.com

Josie Maskell
www.josiemaskell.co.uk

June Goulding
junegoulding.co.uk

Lee Worton

Maria Raymondsdotter
raymondsdotter.com

Paul Matson
paulmatson.co.uk

Peskimo
peskimo.com

Rob Martinique

Yee Poon
behance.net/yee

Jennifer Farley

Jennifer Farley is an illustrator, designer, author and design teacher based in Ireland. She has been teaching design for over 14 years and helps people learn Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom,Illustrator and graphic design skills to improve their job prospects and their business.

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