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Michael Jackson / Xscape
Big Active Creative Director and lifelong MJ fan, Mat Maitland, has created the cover for the new Michael Jackson album ‘Xscape’. Mat explains, “I really wanted to create an image of Michael that felt current, like a brand new album, rather than something that felt retrospective and it was important to me to evoke his magic and otherworldly presence.” The album, containing 8 previously unreleased songs produced by the likes of Timbaland and Stargate, is out on May 13. See more
From spending his art classes at school creating fantasy record covers for Prince, Big Active Design’s Mat Maitland achieved his life long dream of designing the real thing for his new single Fallinlove2nite. The cover features an image created by Mat in his signature collage style. Welcome to the Dream Factory.
Anthony Burrill – Michelle Plays Ping Pong
Anthony Burrill has just released a limited edition nine-colour screenprint with Jealous Gallery. The print is Anthony’s most ambitious to date, using half-tones, colour merges and fluorescent inks. To coincide with the release, Anthony reposted the original 2006 animation that inspired the print, Michelle Plays Ping Pong. It was chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick, and has generated 150,000 views in a week.
Mat Maitland x T Galleria x Karen Elson
Andy Rementer – Juxtapoz Magazine
Mat Maitland for Printemps du Louvre
Mat Maitland has directed a 3D video installation for the window of Parisian department store Printemps du Louvre. Situated next to the Louvre Museum, their first store in 30 years is the new flagship for the luxury French retailer. For such an esteemed location, Printemps needed an evolving long-term solution for the store exterior that competed with (and measured up against) their prestigious neighbours.
Mat’s solution came in the form of a three minute film played on a screen mounted within a mirrored frame. The mirrors create a kaleidoscopic effect, surrounding an interchangeable physical product. The film features architectural detail from the original Printemps store, as well as images of the iconic artworks from the museum next door.
Letman ‘Contours’ for Canali
Dutch artist Letman is the feature of a short film by Italian tailor Canali. Through the creation of eighty original pieces, one for every year of Canali’s existence, Letman demonstrates the skill and craft behind his hand-lettering. The film, titled ‘Contours’, offers a rare close-up on Letman’s brush and ink process, and concludes with a reveal of the entire set of images.
Art Vinyl – Best of 2013
We are pleased to announce that our sleeve for White Lies ‘Big T.V.’ has been voted winner of Art Vinyl’s annual prize showcasing the best album artwork of the year. Big Active Design worked closely with the band and painter Michael Kagan to create the winning sleeve. The nominees and winners are on display at the Malmaison hotel in London, Oxford and Birmingham until the end of January.
Andy Rementer’s People Blocks
Andy Rementer has just released People Blocks, a limited series of wooden characters made and painted by hand. The pieces of the four characters are designed to be completely interchangeable, allowing them to be reassembled to create custom characters, or even abstract sculptures. Produced by Case Studyo, the characters Antoine, Fabienne, Jean and François have been made in an edition of 12.
Anthony Burrill – Hermès in Beverly Hills
Hermès recently commissioned Anthony Burrill to create an animated film for the reopening of their Beverly Hills store. In addition to the film, Anthony’s work was the basis for a fully interactive experience at the opening event, with all guests receiving a bespoke digital coin, used to unlock personalised content. More to come soon.