Documentation of the ‘Together’ mural and banners at We Built This City on Carnaby Street in London, completed January 2018.
I really wanted to design something inclusive, vibrant and fun; just like the capital. With January a time for traditional resolutions and looking ahead, I wanted to create something with a positive message we can all carry through the year, and beyond.
I’m a staunch believer in the power to overcome when we work together on the issues that matter. And when we do, we don’t just work side by side, we achieve more, we create power and hold power to account. I am proud to have London as my home and love how diverse, crazy and fantastic this city is.
There are so many things that we aren’t divided on as Londoners – look at what happens when there’s a huge event (or a snow day!) that makes people come together, help each other and their communities. I wanted to celebrate that.
The message that forms the centrepiece of the mural is a 3D banner, intricately cut out of wood and featuring the words: “If We Can Work Together, We’ll Work Together”. Accompanying this are two embroideries hanging in the shop’s windows, stating “Everyone” and “Everything”.
I worked with textile artist Annalisa Middleton to collaborate on the banners – I wanted someone with an exquisite knowledge of fabrics and techniques to help create the part adornment, part protest banners. Annalisa’s work is incredible, and her artistry made all the fabric work even better than I could have dreamed of.