Vinyl Sleeve Design for music album.

Secret 7” was an exciting project combining music and art in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust held by Talenthouse. There were seven bands and recording artists that you could choose from and design an artwork for a seven inch vinyl sleeve for any one of the songs that inspired you. I chose Ben Howard’s “Black Flies” and Florence and the Machine’s “Only if for a night”.

Vinyl Sleeve Design: Black Flies

“Yin & Yang”
I could feel the angst of a breakup in this song, the cold winterchills in the beautiful lyrics. The design was inspired by the line “Maybe you were the ocean when I was just a stone.” I explored the concept of the Yin & Yang. It describes how polar opposites or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn.

At East London in the Idea Generation Gallery:

I am happy that my design for Ben Howard’s “Black Flies” was selected and exhibited in the Idea Generation Gallery in East London in the week leading up to Record Store day 2012. But I am more happy cause on that day, each of the selected vinyls at the gallery were on sale and all the profits went in the aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Each winner received a printed copy of the vinyl sleeve signed by the artist himself.

Vinyl Sleeve Design: Only if for the night

This song has an amazing wholeness of sound that vibrates into your soul. I wanted to represent its surreal and ethereal quality. It inspired me to explore the concept of Mantra(sound) and Yantra (visual instrument to depict sound). According to Indian tradition, every ‘thing’ manifest comes from Primordial Vibration of sound. At the centre of the design is the 43-triangle complex, geometrical, Shri Yantra. It is formed by nine interlocking triangles that surround and radiate out from the central (bindu) point, representing the meeting point between the un-manifest world and the manifest. The Yantras are pieces of sacred art in India, used as centering and meditation devicesI wanted to visually capture the vibration of the sound that has a dark and heavy tone yet very soulful.