Celebrating 10 Years in Business

My little design business is celebrating its 10th Birthday this week!

It’s been an amazing journey so far and I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of it – for all the commissions, collaborations, referrals, advice, and just generally being awesome and supportive over the years. I wouldn’t be in business without you!

Here’s to the next 10 years and beyond!

#ArtDrop Manchester

Over the past few months I’ve been leaving Free Art packs in various locations in Central Manchester for people to find and keep. Each pack contains a limited edition (1/10) art print, stickers, and a handwritten note to the recipient.

It’s always a fun excursion finding spots for these little art packs. I sometimes leave clues on my Instagram and Twitter for anyone who wants to track one down – but more often than not I leave it up to chance. It’s nice to hear from the folks who randomly come across them!

I have a few more of these packs at the ready to leave out in the run up to the holidays, so keep an eye out if you’re in Manchester. I’ll be following up with a new series in 2017 too.

#ArtDrop Manchester Northern Quarter

#ArtDrop Manchester Oxford Road

Wellington House Art Jam 2016

I’ve grown a real taste for live art events, so when I was invited to participate in this year’s Wellington House Art Jam in my home city of Manchester, the answer was an immediate yes!

The Art Jam is an annual event, organised by Jay Sharples and Mantra Live, which this year invited a diverse group of over 50 artists from across the UK and beyond come together to transform the exterior walls of Wellington House. Add some music, drinks, food, and good vibes into the mix – and you’ve got yourself a paint party!

I was given an 8ft board to add my mark to which I used to create something more colourful than I’d usually attempt at an event. The painting was based on a digital illustration I created a few months ago, with a few tweaks to make it better fit the space. I used a combination of spray paints, POSCA pens, and good old acrylics and brushes for the rainbow.

It was a late finish and the venue had gotten pretty dark by the end of the night, so it was tricky getting a decent photo of my completed board. You can see the final piece for yourself outside the front of the venue where it will be on display until next year’s Art Jam, along with some of the other artist’s boards.

Big thanks to Wellington House, Jay Sharples and Mantra Live for inviting me along! I had a blast!

Cosmic Hearts #ArtDrop

I’ve been messing around with air dry clay again and have crafted a set of cosmic heart trinkets to do another Art Drop with!

The trinkets were hand cut from flattened clay, then painted using a mix of metallic acrylic paints layered with varnish and paint pen. The process was a bit of an experiment but I was happy with what I learned from it.

I’ve hung a handful of the finished trinkets in spots around Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Find one and it’s yours!

Cosmic Heart by Stina Jones

Cosmic Heart Trinket by Stina Jones

Cosmic Hearts #ArtDrop by Stina Jones

Cities of Hope Fundraising Poster

Cities of Hope is a week long festival which has seen 9 internationally renowned street artists, along with a few local legends, create landmark large scale murals across Manchester’s Northern Quarter to raise awareness for a range of social justice issues, with each being linked to a local charity.

I’d been looking forward to the festival so was stoked to be invited to create a fundraising poster for the event. What’s more, the project gave me an opportunity to create some lettering, which I always enjoy! My contribution makes up a part of the Cities of Hope Fundraising Poster Collection, curated by Kladi at Print My Soul, with support from GF Smith Papers, Crooked Cartoon, and Vestige.

Lettering by Stina Jones

Each of the participating poster designers were asked to create their lettering based on a sentence linked to one of the causes. My sentence, ‘The Fearless Stand Alongside Us’ is linked to artist Hyuro’s social justice issue – war children.

My aim was to create something clean and impactful, with a playful and hand drawn feel. I sketched up a few variations to explore style ideas, then cleaned up the selected design in Adobe Illustrator so it was in a sharp and scalable format.

The finished letters were sent on to Kladi at Print My Soul to lay out into the poster design, which then went on to be screen printed by Crooked Cartoon on a lovely blue GF Smith paper stock with lush white ink. They sent me some great shots during the printing process so I was able to watch things come together. I was really pleased with the finished result!

Crooked Cartoon Screenprinting

Cities of Hope Fundraising Poster by Stina Jones

The full collection of posters are currently on display at Takk Coffee House with a limited run up for sale via the Cities of Hope website to raise funds for local charities. The funds from my piece will be going to 42nd Street – a charity supporting young people in Greater Manchester experiencing difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing.

Cities of Hope Fundraising Poster Collection at Takk Manchester