Latest news - New offices, new clients, new personal projects
Posted on: 18-09-2013
It has been an extraordinarily busy time here lately. Lots of changes are afoot and it feels like life is entering a new phase. After two years renting we have finally moved house. The new house is pretty unusual. It is built into the banks of an 11th century Norman castle for a start. So it will be a really unusual place to live and work. I am hoping the castle in the back garden improves my Blackletter calligraphy. I am also in the middle of moving into a new office space while the house is being renovated so please bear with me if you're waiting for a reply to an email or message. I will get back to you as soon as possible. I also want to say a big thank you to everyone who has bought a print, an original artwork or one of my typefaces recently. It is sincerely appreciated. More freedom to pursue personal art and design projects is not something I have ever taken for granted. That said there are some very exciting client projects in progress at the moment as well, some of the biggest I have ever undertaken in fact. I hope to be able to tell you about them soon.
Please & Thank You - New limited edition print
Posted on: 03-09-2013
'Please & Thank You' is a new print based on one of the most popular and rude pieces of calligraphy I have ever put online. A playful exploration of the relationship between 'the message' and the 'visual expression of the message'. The idea was to try to make the piece as beautiful as it was rude. I tried to achieve that by taking a rude sentiment and designing it like it was an invitation to a wedding reception at Buckingham Palace. The print is now available from Phone Booth Gallery. Phone Booth Gallery also has a small selection of original works in both gold leaf and black ink available here.
Speaking at OFFF Barcelona in 2014
Posted on: 15-08-2013
I'm extremely pleased to announce I'll be speaking at OFFF in Barcelona in 2014. There is a teaser of featured artists here. Mega Early Bird tickets available here.
Speaking at Semi-Permanent Melbourne & Brisbane
Posted on: 18-07-2013
I feel honoured to have been invited to speak at the Semi-Permanent Melbourne and Semi-Permanent Brisbane creative conferences this coming October, 2013. I'll be charting my career from early student projects to the present day. If you're in Australia in October do consider buying a ticket to either event. Semi-Permanent always manage to assemble a great roster of speakers. More details on their website.
Playdesk presents Seb Lester
Posted on: 26-06-2013
I'm doing a talk in London on 25th July for Playdesk at The Museum of Brands. I'll be charting my career to date from student days to the present. This is the same sold out talk I did at St Bride earlier this year, more or less, with a few changes and additions. I'm doing a new limited edition print which will be launched at the event and all proceeds go to a charity close to my heart, St Peter & St James Hospice in East Sussex. Limited tickets available here.
St Bride Talk & new edition of 'Voice of all the Gods'
Posted on: 22-03-2013
My talk at St Bride in London on 26th March is fast approaching. Being an introvert I have some trepidation but I'm also looking forward to it. A new edition of 'The Voice of all the Gods' print will be available on the night. This colourway is hand finished with 23.5 carat gold leaf. I'm really pleased with how it has turned out. You can catch a glimpse of it here. For the St Bride event only this edition will be available at a £20 discount. Any remaining prints will then become available online via the usual channels after the event.
Pick Me Up 2013
Posted on: 04-03-2013
I feel honoured to have been invited to spend a day at 'Pick Me Up' Graphic Arts Festival in London this year doing a 'Daily Special'. The idea is I set up shop for the day writing out peoples names in my best fancy handwriting for hard cash. I will also be selling prints and originals which will be available for the duration of the event in the Pick Me Up shop. Event details here, more to follow in due course.
Posted on: 24-02-2013
I posted a short clip on Vimeo of me practising calligraphy. In one week it has had just under 600,000 views, such is the power of the internet. You can see it here.
Posted on: 23-01-2013
I’ve been interviewed by Salon. It’s great to get some mainstream publicity for type design, lettering and calligraphy. You can read the article here.
'Peace, Hellfire & Tits' - A talk at St. Bride
Posted on: 11-01-2013
Some guy called Seb Lester is talking about his work at St. Bride in London on 26th March. The talk is entitled 'Peace, Hellfire & Tits'. The blurb reads "Seb Lester charts his life in letters from early student work to corporate type design for some of the world's biggest companies to recent art, design and illustration projects." Full details here.