Interviews

THE OLD BANK | In Focus

13th September 2017

Artist - Lana Hughes

“I work with a range of mediums & to a range of scales - as each project I do varies quite a lot from one another... it means that almost every project I work on is designed using a different material”

Q1. How would you describe your artwork and process?

I'm a lettering artist & typographic illustrator, as well as a sign & mural painter.

The work I do ranges from branding & editorial illustration to large scale murals & hand painted signs.

I work with a range of mediums & to a range of scales - as each project I do varies quite a lot from one another... it means that almost every project I work on is designed using a different material. From pencils, marker pens, Procreate App for Ipad, spray paints, traditional hand painted techniques, and occasionally Adobe Creative Suite.

Q2. Where do you create all/most of your work?

I create the majority of my work in my studio in Netil House up in London Fields, although the sign painting works that I do are mostly based in separate locations - due to the fact that most of the works need to be painted on the fascia of the store, rather than a sign, which is to be installed. Meaning that I travel all over London & beyond to paint signage! For example, I painted the Old Banks gold leaf gilded sign using 23ct gold leaf on location, as this was painted directly onto the surface.

Q3. Tell us about the pieces you have on show at The Old Bank Gallery...

The pieces I have on show at The Old Bank Gallery are both a range of hand drawn & digitally edited using the iPad or Adobe Illustrator (which are then printed), to hand painted signage using traditional techniques.

The series of 3 prints on offer (Loyalty, Knowledge is the bread that keeps us well fed & Drunk in Love) are all Giclée printed on Hahnemühle photo rag.

The painted pieces on show are both painted using One Shot Sign painters lettering enamel on exposed wood - the large letter E is a letter study based on its current location in East London & the Cor Blimey painting is based on the very British phrase, where I have played with the interlinking and weaving of letters throughout each character overlapped, playing with illusions & depth in typography.
I like to experiment with creating layers and illusions in typographic works quite a lot these days!

Q4. What do you enjoy most about working with The Old Bank?

I really enjoyed the setup & preparations that took place before the launch of the gallery... I was working with Sim on creating the galleries 23ct gold leaf signage..., which was created on the hottest day of the year...at 34 degrees! Other than that, the launch party was a great night - I got to chat lettering & design, and meet a lot of great people that night.

It's really good knowing you have lots of works available in a gallery near by your workspace you can tell people about.

Q5. Do you have plans for a new project/body of work?

I'm currently working on a new series of gold leaf signs, as well as creating my own range of postcards, stationery & sew-on patches at the moment, which will be available very soon!

Aside from that, I am working on a few re-brands for clients & designing new logos and identities - and painting a new door sign for our studio door, will be covered in leaves & our number is to be layered over the top in gold leaf. Ah yes, and some soon to be announced workshop dates in late August at the Old Bank!