Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Jade Spranklen

Hi Maureen,
So, here is an update on all the crazy things that are going on in my world at the moment. All I can describe it as is a 'jack of all trades’ journey through creative life.

With illustration, I rebranded myself as Sprankenstein. Mainly because I was finding that the projects I was getting commissioned for just under “Jade Alexandra Spranklen” were corporate, boring and meaningless for the sake of some money. I wanted to do something more me, and focus on my own project ideas more. So Sprankenstein was born!

Under this guise I have been doing Press Packets for Independent films, Album Artwork for musicians in LA (I spent some time there in January and made lots of connections - Including Jay Z haha). I am also working on publishing my first short book called “The Little Book of Nobodies” which should be out for Christmas. (Fingers Crossed)

Most recently as you saw, I was exhibiting with the Art Apart Fair - London Edition at the Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel with the Singapore Art Garrett Gallery (who I exhibited with in Singapore back in 2013). There were some amazing artists there. Basically Art Apart curated the whole first floor of the hotel, and each gallery involved had a room to display several of their artists. In my room there was also two incredible photographers - Barry Cawston and James Sparshatt.
I think I sold three pieces, including the Jimi Hendrix #2 that I did especially for the event.

Aside from illustration, I am also working with Soho House Group again helping them launch bits and bobs in the East London-sphere, so thats an interiors thing.

And aside from that I’m in a band called Felt Tip, and we have 3 singles out and an EP, getting played on BBC Radio 2/BBC 6 Music and signed by Fierce Panda Records and managed by X-Ray Touring for our gigs (they also manage Pulp, Franz Ferdinand, PJ Harvey). So thats super exciting! This is our latest single video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MreHYo51kc and the next is out in November along with a physical EP that I designed limited edition artwork for. We played Victorious Festival this year on the Seaside Stage.
Here are some links to lots of things and stuff of recent:
Buddy - Last Call for the Quiet Life (I did the album artwork) -
Tall Tales - Magna Carta Media (I illustrated the press packet)
Art Apart Fair - London (I was described as the Young Darling of British Illustration……..although I’m not so young anymore hah)

Oh and one more thing, recently got a new studio in the grounds of the William Morris Gallery with Waltham Forest Council. Such a great space. There should be a press release about it soon. THATS IT. Huge email, sorry.