Tove Jansson-inspired “Archipelagogo” exhibition first salvo in countdown to this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Commissioned by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival to celebrate the work of Tove Jansson, "Archipelagogo " is a spellbinding multimedia exhibition by artists Jonathan Edwards and Louise Evans (Felt Mistress) creating a group of fantasy islands and creatures.
Commissioned by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival to celebrate the work of Tove Jansson, “Archipelagogo ” is a spellbinding multimedia exhibition by artists Jonathan Edwards and Louise Evans (Felt Mistress) creating a group of fantasy islands and creatures.

Archipelagogo is an amazing-looking exhibition by Felt Mistress and Jonathan Edwards with an Andy Votel soundtrack.

There’s a preview evening this Saturday (30th September) at the Wildman Gallery in Kendal in the run up to this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival and we gather the town is already being taken over by comics as local businesses hand their shop windows over to comic creators and local groups for the annual “Windows Trail”.

Watch out, for example, for a special window display created by artist Bryan Talbot in the window of the St John’s Hospice charity shop, which will be complete by the weekend.

Commissioned by LICAF and supported by the Finnish InstituteArchipelagogo celebrates the work of Tove Jansson, this spellbinding multimedia exhibition by super-talented artists Jonathan Edwards and Louise Evans (Felt Mistress) creates a group of fantasy islands (archipelago) and creatures.

Each island and its inhabitants depends on the others – for example, the music created by the inhabitants of one island inspires the work created by the inhabitants on another.

Scenes from each island are depicted in a series of paintings and drawings while the islanders themselves are fully realised as 3D soft sculptures.

The soundtrack is a bespoke soundscape design created by world-renowned DJ, producer and record label owner Andy Votel.

Archipelagogo

Jonathan Edwards is an illustrator and comic artist with a long and diverse career. His work originally appeared in Deadline magazine in 1993 and since then has worked for the NME, MAD Magazine, Tank Girl, Mojo, Q and Radio Times, produced record sleeves for artists such as The Black Eyed Peas and The Jungle Brothers and created concept artwork for films and animation. He’s been a regular contributor to The Guardian since 1999 and illustrated the Hard Sell column in the Guardian Guide for 10 years.

Felt Mistress is a UK based stitcher and prolific tea drinker who creates a range of one-off bespoke creatures with her partner, illustrator Jonathan Edwards.

Louise originally trained in fashion design and millinery and has brought many of the skills learnt through years of work as a couture dress maker to the world of character design. As well as original Felt Mistress characters, Louise has also collaborated with a variety of other artists including Jon Burgerman, Ben Newman, Pete Fowler and Gruff Rhys (Louise created “John Evans” for the “American Interior” film).

Their work has been exhibited all over the world including shows in Tokyo. Osaka, Los Angeles, Mexico, Paris, Berlin and London and used in Fashion shoots, ad campaigns, music videos and films.

• Archipelagogo is at the Wildman Gallery, Wildman Street, Kendal from 1st October 2017 – 4th November 2017. The gallery is open Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday and Saturdays from 9.30am – 5.00pm and admission is free

• During the Festival weekend the exhibition is open on Saturday, 14th October, 9.00am – 5.00pm and on Sunday, 15th October,  from 10.00am – 4.00pm. Admission is free for Festival passholders but at the weekend admission will be £2 for non passholders

Book Your Festival Tickets Now!

• Book your tickets for this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival here. This year’s events programme includes live draws, masterclasses, interactive talks and a chance to get up close to the best comic creators in the world! 

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JONATHAN EDWARDS ONLINE

FELT MISTRESS ONLINE

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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