The Beauties of the Common Tool

The Beauties of the Common Tool

A series of screenprinted posters to celebrate illustrator and long-time collaborator Mick Marston joining dust collective.

Tools Big
Tools 7
Tools 8

“stop drawing unicorns and embrace the mundane

Tools 5

The series originated from a historical Leeds Beckett University brief led by Mick where students were asked to “stop drawing unicorns and embrace the mundane” in response to the prevailing trends. They were then given a selection of simple objects to explore, primarily made up of tools.

Tools 9
Tools Sketch

Initial research centred around Cubism and early/mid 20th century British artists such as Edward McKnight Kauffer, Paul Nash, Edward Bawden, Eric Ravillious and also the photographer Walker Evans.

Lots of drawing in pencil, fine liners, charcoal and felt tip pens followed. The drawings were then scanned, redrawn and fitted together in Adobe Illustrator. 

Tools Tapemeasure
Tools Moustache


A series of screen printed posters on 160gsm Munken off white paper in three colours: Black, Process Yellow and Silver; Three letters on 120gsm Citrine Colorplan paper; Cardboard postal tubes.

Tools 10
Tools Crop

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