Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you developed your style of work?
I went to art college in Newport, South Wales and then to Central Saint Martins. During my degree, I focused mainly on collage image making, then applied myself more to design/typography during my MA. I never really liked the distinction between what was seen as illustration and design at the time. In the old copies of Graphis magazine that I pored over, there was more of a sense of people being commercial artists, in whichever medium they chose for a job. I also didn’t like to see collage as just an illustration ‘style’. I was into William Burroughs, Robert Rauschenberg, Max Ernst…whoever seemed to see cutting things up and rearranging them as a sort of magic.
Many recognise your work from album covers from a range of UK music acts, can you explain a bit about your connection with music?
I was always obsessing over LP covers (and comics, etc) in my room growing up. I knew this was the popular art form I wanted to be involved with. My friends from college went on to form the band Broadcast and I became sort of a hidden member. I did all the sleeves as well as being involved in the ideas behind the music and the world we were creating. Through that, I got to work with Stereolab for a number of years and then, after getting a job at Intro, Primal Scream, Oasis, Can, etc.