St Jude’s has many strings to its bow, all seeming to emanate from a love of print-making… could you sum up what St Jude’s is about and how Random Spectacular relates to the rest of your output?
At its simplest, we like putting ink on things. My background is in design and commercial print and Angie trained as a printmaker at Central St Martins and Camberwell School of Art. We take an interest in fine art and commercial design, but we’re particularly inspired by work produced where the two overlap – and this prompted us to found St Jude’s in 2005, initially to produce a range of fabrics Angie had designed.
Before long, we’d opened a gallery in Norfolk, giving us the opportunity to exhibit the work of the artists we now collaborate with on our fabric and wallpaper designs. Angie and I relocated to Edinburgh in 2012 but still host exhibitions at venues across the UK. Next year we’ll be presenting St Jude’s exhibitions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Bankside Gallery (next to Tate Modern).
Random Spectacular really just feels like a very natural extension to our activities – but at the same time I hope that we surprise and inspire both those who are already aware of our activities but also those who discover us through projects like Concrete Antenna.
We have lots planned for 2016 including a book about the work of printmaker Peter Green and a special edition dedicated to Random Spectacular co–founder Mark Hearld’s exhibition at York Art Gallery, ‘The Lumber Room – Unimagined Treasures’.