Friday, 18 December 2009

Monday, 30 November 2009

Thursday, 19 November 2009


A few cans of the Polish stuff and with laurence away from the house me and matt got working on our latest scheme. A hideously life sized plan of that awful singing bag of orange and shit wrapped in a jumble sale of an 80s discarded wardrobe and topped off with awful backing tracks made by a 12 year old that just got garage band. Ladies and Gents. I give you. LE ROOT.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Tuesday, 24 March 2009


and foe's its finally happened.
today it worked.

STG is online. its official.

forget blogspot.
The gash has a new home... AND IT WORKKKKSSSS


thankyou very much.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Haven't updated here in ages. Been doing loads though. Saving you up for something special.
The Gashspot is breaking up. Moving, to bigger and better places. Website still being built. More infomation to follow.

Gash for now.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Saatchi Gallery

Monday was a nice day so me and Joe pedaled our way over towards Sloane Sq. to check out the Saatchi Gallery. It's free so you might as well. Some really funny, and different art work in there at the moment. As well as some quite contemporary stuff. The gallery itself is amazing and can inspire any dull mind.
Printed ESSELLE mix sleeves today. got 100s to sort through. But will post them up later.

Saturday, 28 February 2009

W/M cont'

WHOLEMEAL is going into it's final design stages. With this pretty much decided as the overall feel and identity for the night. Next up, proposal to go with the idea, website. And hopefully venue.Stay tuned as South East gets all 'olemealed up.

'Bird Flew Again'

Who is this man? Is he a man, or is he a bird? What is this music he makes? I don't know But I like it. Does he really have no post-production..... hmmm maybe, maybe he is just THAT GOOD. Possibly. He hails from a town like many other, it's called Berkhamsted (like only that one) It's ok, pretty boring to be honest. But it does seem to give birth to a few musical, genius's? No, no wait not genius's musical People it gives birth to musical people. But that's quite good as well. Anyway that's enough chitchat. Go listen to his music on myspace. 'B F A'.
And if you like it maybe you can buy it on itunes or something I don't know.

I'll keep you secretly updated on this thing.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009


Getting some idea's done for the esselle boys. Wholemeal Identity.

Monday, 23 February 2009



for some reason its not coming out straight but screw it. Its late and I should be doing some actual work. Now just to find a film to watch. Thanks today goes to Gaffen for getting CS3 to work. GASH OUT> AHHHHHAHHH
maybe this will inspire the boys and girls of thirty six to start doing some work together.... so far its just me right? O well. THANK YOU goodnight




for a day. Before and after shots tomorrow though.

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

watch this video though. Simple and informative Jonathan Jarvis.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009


Go on rediscover your childhood.

Monday, 16 February 2009

A night of Canadian Metal

Secret cinema was the occasion (Czech it out)
So we headed off to The shepards bush empire for the night. No idea what we were going to be watching apart from the clue that everyone was dressed as either Metal Heads/Rockers/ or sleazy promoters. Obviously we assumed Spinal Tap was going to be showing. Wrong we were.
We found our way to our seats and were rewarded with popcorn, sensations and vitaminjuice. ACE> The theater filled with rowdy metal fans and there was an old drunk rocker chatting rubbish on stage. Then all the way from Toronto came couldron. A cheesy metal trio of skinny kids blasted out a couple of tunes. Followed then by a short film and then onto the main showing. Still not having been told what it was going to be. And being informed "its not spinal tap you idiots" But actually getting to witness the UK Premiere(ish) of a film that opens friday. called ANVIL the Story of Anvil. Anvil were a metal band from the 80's that toured with Bon Jovi, white snake and the likes but never ever got big or made any more. Now 13 albums later and with a combined age of over 200 they're trying once again to make this album work. With a front man who was the spitting image of my American neighbour and some catchy vocals the film documented their lives and struggles through small tours of pubs and finally a huge gig in tokyo.

You can see why we found it hard to work it out whether it was a joke or not. But no it couldn't be they were just too genuine to be fake. Just good men who play metal. Anyway after an hour n a half or so and having been promised a star guest after the film, Being teased with the likes of sir bobby charlton or George Michaels mum, we stayed seated. Only to be greeted by spot light at the end of the film soloing on a tier to the right of the stage was 'Lips' Front man of Anvil!!!!! HOLY SHIT. The crowd erupted and he made his way down to the stage where he was joined by Robb Reiner (drums), and Ian Dickson (bass). Dave Allison (guitar) had left the band with his eastern european wife after the documentary was made. So they played a few songs whilst the whole crowd was on their feet clapping, cheering, chanting. This was Anvils biggest moment. But it was about to get even bigger. Joining them on stage for their final song. METAL ON METAL! was none other than Scott Ian from ANTHRAX. What a night they played thier final song and everyone left happy. What a night. Secret cinema goes all out. LIVE THE DREAM.

Thursday, 12 February 2009


Continuing a project that M?STRY/GASH started quite a while ago now. Still needs a slight bit of touching up but is pretty much there. 'The 36 House Proud' Rules for keeping our house nice was something that came straight from the state of our home. Not wanting to just moan about the state of it. M?STRY & GASH set about on a massive clean. After that and in order to prove the seriousness of what we were doing we headed down to letter press where we typesetted 12 rules in 12 typefaces. The outcomes we're nice but the other day I developed the whole project a little further when the house (sure enough) was messy once again. Taking a few of the posters and the mess I found just downstairs I stained, messed up, and dirtied the posters with all the things that had been left around. To prove the point more than anything else. But also giving the posters a bit reason and feel. Tea bag stains, chocolate spread, and alcohol. And to top it off whilst down in the workshop today someone liked the prints so much they asked to have one. So now Gash will be taking up a wall in someones house. Signed and sealed. A very good thursday.


One of my final briefs has been set by ISTD and *Frost. The title is ENVIRONMENT/TYPOGRAPHY/ENVIRONMENT. The basic question around this is 'Does typography shape the environment or vice versa?' My idea was to take the economic environment and the current state it is having on the area's we live in and how we live our lives. I know I can't change much about the state we're in but to get myself visualising abit more and writing a bit less I spent today in letter press. where I cut up the financial times, and tried to give it a subtle but positive feel. So that if you looked a little closer at it would make you smile. And worry slightly less about all the negative stories that cover it overwise.
Semi-transparent ink, positive quotes and san serif typeface. And together once printed on the off pink paper I think give a real nice feel. A Positive outlook that London is currently lacking. Typography shaping the environment. Two ways, One paper!
"Fear Less, Hope more" / " Talk Less, Speak more" / "think, and you will be".

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Press Packin'

So this is what GASH has been spending all his time doing at the moment. Along with a few select class members. We designer this Press pack to send off hoping to attain some sponsorship for our show. Fingers crossed. But I've got some more letterpress to show you as well. Just need to get back down there once more and add on the title. Then I can start my next self project down there.
anyone need an eye test..... I say no more.
Check the Bees n 'oney. It's come out really nice.
Too much written work at the moment. As all my projects seem to be going down a serious path for a change. Lots of reading. Lots of writing.
Hopefully it'll pay off in the end.
O and hyperkit tomorrow. More more more inspiration. The week is going well.
AHhh and how could I forget. Team 'cosmic sausages' scored second in the pub quiz last night. This beats the hell outta 1st apparently as for first place you win a meal which tastes like its been cooked by a troll or something. So we joyfully accepted our cash prize all 30 pound of it and spent it on sweets and chocolate from the shop over the road. (the rest on pints).
Awesome. GASH OUT. experiments follow this week. Z

Thursday, 5 February 2009

A year

The Esselle brothers are back. And nearly a year after posting their last mix up. They've got another. An awesome build up of Tech. Sit down, and listen. You may just learn something you f**ks.


Visuals to follow next week sometime hopefully. when I manage to get down to letterpress.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Name to a face....

Went to Covent Garden today. Just to get some art supply's etc. and as I picked up this months issue of CR. This passport photo caught my eye.
I like finding photo's especially passport ones. I can almost imagine a whole history behind it.
Like this for instance is,
Thelma she had to flee China. Becuase her parents didn't approve of the sex change HE had undergone. Now in England, he she tried to realise herself as a solicitor. She/he stole alot of money from all the wrong people. Now she's been kidnapped and is being held somewhere in west london above some sketchy club, until she/he pays it all back with interest. This is the last photo she/he had taken. She got it done to try and make another passport to escape these shores but got caught first. No one has seen or heard from her since.

"NO NO" she said as the unforgiving men told her/ him his/hers new career would now be to please sad cringey businessmen for no wage, but that to keep her alive.

A slight dark story. But there could be other possiblities. Feel free to add+
I want to find more and compile files for each of them.
Gash out.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

The house that talfourd Built.

A soft kind of quiet.
An eerie kind of warmth,
swept over the capital

tucking almost everyone into bed for probably a few days.
It's dazzling blanket providing cover from the stress'
that loom just a few hours away on the other side of the pillow.
But maybe they won't come quite so early.
Maybe just maybe you'll stay nestled under the blanket,
as the city struggles to wake up from this comfort.

Saturday, 31 January 2009

St. Brides

Outside in the courtyard churchbells resonate erillee every half hour providing a traditional backdrop for today's talks that are focusing on the design heritage of a dying format.

There was a little exhibition taking place in a small room downstairs as well. It focused on small presses around UK that produced very small runs and one offs of books or zines using pretty much nothing but traditional crafts. It's amazing to look at some of this 50 year old work and see how stylized it is that it wouldn't be out of place in show today.

Friday a few of us were lucky enough to get tickets to St. Brides to see the form of the book. Commenting, on the Past, present and future of the book with some guest speakers from around the world it was a long day which did see me nodding off a few times but it wasn't my fault, the room was really hot and the way they'd set up the mic's made the speakers sound like they were coming from another planet or something. Like seriously everytime I closed my eyes I just slipped into this dream world where I was picking up surround sound the voice of a german man who was telling me about an amazing book he made that managed to have more than one centre fold or something. But no, overall it was a good day. A variety of speakers some having only just graduated from the RCA. some needing a walking stick to aid their standing for the half hour. But they were definately the best. Richard Hollis gave an amazing insight into the design world that he grew up in, laying up books.
Just some other stuff I noticed whilst my mind wondered....

A Strange little man, with horn rimmed glasses.
Dressed in a 70's esc suit, pink shirt, BAD tie.
But look at that watch, it looks like he skinned a cow to make it's strap.

"Can you hear" he asks "Because if anyone at the back can't hear,
please raise your hand and tell us...
I can't hear, Yes ok lets begin"
LAUGHTER. *awkward smile*
He drinks more water . Do you think he does alot of coke?
Something making him anxious?
A rool full of people....
why are you sweating,

A good day. An amazing place. Will deffinately have to visit again... O and I almost forgot. Free tea, biscuits, OJ, and our own name badges. Nice touch.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

where's the motivation.

"daddy your squashing me!"

It wasn't particulary in the pub last night playing jenga. Although that kept my brain occupied for the night and it was quite funny to see what people had written over all the jenga blocks. Obviously happening at various stages through-out the night, showing the levels of alcohol people had consumed.
Was it in soho today? Had an awesome sandwhich at the breakfast club. chatted about a little wholemeal over some BBQ granary. Good day. Nice ride.... Now in the mood to work/
lets hope.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

100th post.

Went home for the weekend. Celebrated Jon Boys 21st by running around the woods shooting each other then 'chilled out' in the evening @ ricardo's house. I think everyone will agree it was a proper good weekend. Just what we all needed. So happy birthday Jon Boy. And I'll see you cats soon. Was nice to chill at home for a bit. watch some TV. have unlimited access to food and drink.
Oh also recieved my first record of the year. More to come soon.
Thanks 'L YEAH.