Enfield Council’s LGBTQ+ Staff Network, commissioned me to design a bespoke piece of art for Pride. They were keen to receive something that was distinctly Enfield. It needed to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion, whilst also evoking hope and happiness for viewers.
Vibrant, colourful illustrations were interspersed with hand-drawn typography and local landmarks.
A sense of place
The art features landmarks from different areas of the borough. Namely, Gilpin’s Bell (upper Edmonton), Alfie’s Lock (Ponders End) and Forty Hall (Forty Hill). The Enfield Beast also features prominently wearing colourful custom wear to fit in with the celebrations.
Hope and happiness
The art is dispersed with hand drawn type depicting hope and happiness as the brief stipulated. Phrases such as, be happy, shine, oh so proud and smile have been incorporated.
When awarded the commission, I started to produce the graphics in a vector-based programme, but it started to lose its charm as the lines were too perfect. So I started from scratch using the sketch as my base and expanding on it.
The art was displayed on large posters around the borough for pride month. Tote bags were printed and sold for a nominal fee in the Dugdale Arts Centre. A signed, framed copy resides in the Civic Centre.