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QUERIES FOLK //

EAST END PRINTS //

Dan Button

We're not just friends with other illustrators and designers, we've also got some lovely friends who stock and champion our work. First in our line of stockist chums is Helen and East End Prints who has kindly answered some of our daft questions...

HoS / What do you do with yourself all day?
EEP / I am responsible for new business leads, its my company -that stuff matters, I want to grow the business and have to make sure everyone is working on our key responsibilities for the week . However today, I decided to tidy the shop - it needed it! 

HoS / What has been your strangest encounter with your shop/space/event?
EEP / The strangest or maybe the most superb was the 100 artists for £100 show - down at the Shoreditch Town Hall basement -way back in 2010 I believe - I couldn't believe how much beer anyone could drink!We sold a lot of art too :O)

HoS / Got any habits?
EEP / No - gosh thats dull! Does checking the temperature on my phone every morning count ? I am probably the most boring person in Shoreditch - don't drink, don't smoke!

HoS / If no one was watching, what would you do?
EEP / A little dance when someone buys something.

HoS / What's your spirit inanimate object?
EEP / A small buddha statue

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Web: www.eastendprints.co.uk
Twitter: @eastendprints Facebook: www.facebook.com/eastendprints EAST END PRINTS SHOP Railway Arch 359, Westgate St, London E8 3RN

ADAM GRAFF //

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We love Adam. His talent, enthusiasm, energy and sense of humour are what makes him inspirational and such a great collaborator, that we're constantly grateful to have crossed paths. Enough gushing from us, here's some words from the man himself...

Born ‘n bred Lunduna, Adam Graff (AKA The Amazing Illustrator boy in glorious Technicolor) is an illustrator and educator, heading the level 5, BA illustration pathway at the University of Hertfordshire. He joined HoS for the Heroes & Villains exhibition back in 2011 and has been an active collaborator ever since.

“Sometimes in life you find yourself ‘home’, that sense of being in the right place amongst the right people, doing the right thing. That’s how it was for me when I was invited to submit for the third Hero show. The fluid space that is HoS, allows me to be creatively adventurous and authentic".

HoS / What do you do with yourself all day?
AG / On a non-teaching day, I generally spend the entire day in my studio with the aim of getting on my drawing board. It is astonishing how much other stuff stalls this intention. 

HoS / My strangest commission?
AG / Must be a tour brochure for a Scottish nuclear power station. As my visual language has always been on the obscure side, all the people I drew had empty eye-balls (picture zombies) and only 3 fingers per hand, which I remember caused the client concern. I'm not sure why they ever chose me to do that job.

HoS / If my work was a film...
AG / It would have to be an obscure, fringe film where the actors would either be toys or humans dressed in home-made character costumes. There would be lavish sets but unconvincing props made from cereal boxes and egg cartons. The genre would be expressionist dark comedy and there would have to be a few big musical numbers in there. 

HoS / 2 facts, 1 lie
AG / I have had tea in the presence of the queen
AG / I worked as a nude cleaner
AG / I was the body double for Rutger Hauer

HoS / Judy Finnigan
AG / Judy Finnigan - didn't her tit flop out at some award ceremony or was that Janet Jackson? 

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DAN BUTTON //

Dan Button

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Well it's weird to introduce myself, but here it goes... I'm Dan Button and I'm the guy behind Hero of Switzerland. I started HoS after being creatively frustrated in a job, and in a bid to relieve that frustration I roped two friends into meeting me in a pub every week to draw together. I then organised and ran our shows, blogs and projects until we became the entity we are today. Below I answer some of my own questions that I wrote for others...

HoS / What do you do with yourself all day?
DB / Well, I'm a Design Director for music and entertainment agency called FRUKT but my day basically consists of looking after a lovely team of designers and art directing on loads of different projects. My evenings consist of Netflix or trying to think of the next funny project or show for HoS.

HoS / What has been your strangest job/commission?
DB / I storyboarded an advert for a takeaway company whereby Anthony Worrell-Thompson was kidnapped by a bunch of disillusioned chefs.

HoS / Tell us 2 facts and 1 lie about you.
DB / I played for Leicester City FC Youth team.
DB / Kasabian supported my band, Homespun back in the day in Leicester.
DB / I won a 'Cute Baby of the Year' in The Leicester Mercury newspaper in 1981.

HoS / If no one was watching, what would you do?
DB / I do loads of stuff when no one is looking so maybe you just need to watch me more closely.

HoS / Inappropriate is...?
DB / Funny, if it's a fart. Never trust anyone who doesn't find flatulence funny.

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@grandpabutton
@heroofswitzerland.com

RUSSELL TAYSOM //

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Russell's an old friend of HoS who first exhibited way back with us in 2011. He's an Illustrator and comic artist based in East London who makes drawings inspired by punk rock, 90s wrestling, cartoons and all things cheap, plastic and disposable. His work has been published in Complex Magazine, Artrocker, Kult Magazine, Fun, Shellsuit Zombie, Eyeball Comix and Snuff Comix as well as being used by Riff Raff, Topman, Stickerbomb, YRstore, Fluffer Records, Awesome Merchandise and CRMC Clothing. And if that's not enough he's also contributed illustrations videos for music videos VANT and Love Buzzard which were directed by Youth Hymns. Anyway, here he's politely answered a few of our questions...

HoS / What do you do with yourself all day?
Drink tea and listen to wrestling podcasts

HoS / What has been your strangest job/commission?
RT / I used to work in a balloon shop with a sex section. I Sold quite a few vibrators to the same old bloke. He used to come in on market day.

HoS / Got any habits?
RT / I eat a lot of Tracker bars and I never board a train without a copy of Viz and a good few gins. If it's a long journey I'll get Viz and Retro Gamer. And a sandwich. 

HoS / Tell us 2 facts and 1 lie about you.
RT / I'm from Hereford
RT / I drink a lot of cider
RT / I have a double foreskin (an eight skin)

HoS / If no one was watching, what would you do?
RT / Listen to Skid Row

HoS / If your work was a song, TV show, film or a person, what/who would it be?
RT / Murder She Wrote

HoS / What's your spirit inanimate object?
RT / An egg in an egg 

HoS / What question would you hate to be asked?
RT / Have you seen Superjail

HoS / Inappropriate is...
RT / Fine by me

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http://cargocollective.com/russelltaysom
@russelltaysom

DAN GENDERS //

Dan Button

Dan's a full-time teacher, part-time artist and illustrator working in Brum who creates portraits from electrical tape as well as illustrations. He's exhibited across country and first came to our attention with his work for Secret 7" and has since worked with The Premier League, Sky Sports, BT Sport and BBC Three. But with us you've most likely seen him in Colourful Language and Arty Farty. But anyway, here's what the big guy has to say...

HoS / Got any habits?
DG / Silent tourettes and Nicolas Cage
 
HoS / Tell us 2 facts and 1 lie about you.
DG / I finished 44th in 2015 UK Wife Carrying Finals.
DG / I’ve got a Blue Peter badge.
DG / My first published piece of artwork was of a knob.
 
HoS / If your work was a song, TV show, film or a person, what/who would it be?
DG / A Partridge Amongst The Pigeons.
 
HoS / What's your spirit inanimate object?
DG / Electrical tape.
 
HoS / What question would you hate to be asked?
DG / Deal or no deal?

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www.dangenders.co.uk
@danielgenders

SOPHIE GILMORE //

Dan Button

Sophie is a freelance illustrator, currently found on a boat in London. She works predominantly with watercolour and pen and she first worked with us on our most recent show Arty Farty. But enough pre amble, he she is answering our silly questions...

HoS // Tell us 2 facts and 1 lie about you
SG // Got kicked out of art school for a short while.
SG // Held a cockroach in my mouth once.
SG // Can't stop drawing horses they're so easy and great to draw.

HoS // What do you do with yourself all day?
SG // Draw. Paint. Notice passing dogs. Think of the fun times my dog and I would share if I had a dog. Worry.

HoS // Got any habits?
SG // The colour blue. 

HoS // What's your spirit inanimate object?
SG // Fresh tube of blue paint.

HoS // If your work was...
SG // In my mind it's Calamity Jane Deadwood style, but really it gets a little Belle and Sébastien (TV series not band) at times.

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sophieillustrates.com
@sophieillustrates

DAVE ANDERSON (Blood Sausage) //

Dan Button

Scooped up by his Peruvian wife and transplanted to the wild streets of Lima, the industry and confused locals alike are wondering when Welshman Dave's going to move on from smut and puns and focus on his landscapes. Born with apparently one of the most common name combinations in the United States, he was forced to display his off-piste animations and illustrations under the URL bloodsausage.co.uk. Despite these challenges Dave in the past year has managed to make ad campaigns for Cancer Reseach UK and Jacamo. He's a regular for the Metro and recently illustrated the QI Book of General Ignorance. 

HoS / What do you do with yourself all day?
DA / Fortunately, given the time difference, I usually wake up when the morning enthusiasm for work in the UK has waned. So if there's something in the inbox I'm left to get on with it. Then all I have to worry about are vegetables I've never seen before and trying not to get run over by battered Toyota saloons holding a Peruvian families of fifteen.

HoS / What has been your strangest job/commission?
DA / I once worked as a runner on an ad for a Korean equivalent of Pot Noodle. The star was a very expensive live shrimp and it was my job to keep it breathing until the end of the day's filming. It didn't let me down, carking it mere seconds after the lights went out. I was very proud of myself until it dawned on me I'd spent the whole day as a “Shrimp Fluffer”. 

HoS / Tell us 2 facts and 1 lie about you.
DA / I lived next door to Neil Kinnock
DA / I once played football naked at the Royal Academy
DA / I get my hair done at Marco Aldany. 

HoS / Matthew Kelly?
DA / Given all the muck they tried to throw at him I bet he wishes he was the host of the Peruvian equivalent of Stars in their Eyes “Yo Soy”. He got next to no backlash recently when he suggested the Bob Marley impersonator would have scored more highly if he'd performed in blackface. 

HoS / What question would you hate to be asked?
DA / Any directions in Spanish. If French is the language of love then, even after five years in Peru, my Spanish remains a clumsy assault behind a kebab house. 

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bloodsausage.co.uk
@daveandersonbs

ALEX MOORE //

Dan Button

Alex is a freelance illustrator and comic book artist from London. Whilst working almost exclusively digitally, She keeps a traditional feel to her images through brushes and textures. Alex's illustrations tend to be jam-packed with loud characters and bold colours. She particularly enjoys drawing weird monsters getting their groove on, music-makers and things from questionable points of view. Alex is another newbie to the HoS fold, having just exhibited with us this year with Arty Farty. Anyway, enough yapping from us, here's Alex...

HoS / What has been your strangest job/commission?
AM / Back when I was fresh and green and had yet to lean that there are some things you can (and should) say no to someone asked me to do some storyboards for an independent film about the antics of a pair of male prostitutes. It was a pretty graphic little picture. I don't think I'll ever forget watching the director lying down on a table during a location scout stimulate getting a blow job.

HoS / Got any habits?
AM / I'll let my lack of fingernails attest to that.

HoS / What do you do with yourself all day?
AM / Draw and obsessively try and outrun stress and anxiety on a static bike. as well as that i'm also a teaching assistant on Middlesex's Illustration BA and help wrangle The Drawn Chorus Collective.  

HoS / If your work was a song, TV show, film or a person, what/who would it be?
AM /  'Go Directly to Space' by Terror Pigeon. even if it isn't you should all go listen to that song because the second half of it is the the most amazingly feel good thing ever.

HoS / Tell us 2 facts and 1 lie about you.
AM / I once nearly choked to death in an eating competition
AM / I can play the musical saw
AM / I was born cross eyed

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http://cargocollective.com/alexmooreillustration
https://www.instagram.com/alexmooreillustration/
http://alexmooreillustration.tumblr.com
https://twitter.com/notanotheralex
http://drawnchoruscollective.co.uk

BIFF //

Dan Button

This is Biff, he's an illustrator, designer and art director based in London who first hooked up with us for our Rad science show last year, creating wooden portraits of famous scientists, which went down a scientific storm. Here are some words he's wrote in reply to some words we wrote...

HoS / What do you do with yourself all day?
B / Watch a lot of interesting films/documentaries. Always read on the tube. Try and meet whoever i'm working for. Emails, emails and emails. Hop around London Airbnbs

HoS / What question would you hate to be asked? 
B / What pens do you use?

HoS / Tell us 2 facts and 1 lie about you.
B / I can leapfrog 6 people at once.
B / I think Pokemon Go is really great.
B / I have four nipples.

HoS / If your work was a song, TV show, film or a person, what/who would it be?
B / The Isley Brothers - Work to do. I put it on pretty much every morning when i'm making breakfast/ commuting to work.

HoS / If no one was watching, what would you do?
B / Buy some 70's flares and strut to work listening to "work to do". 

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www.biffstudio.co.uk

LUCY SHERSTON //

Dan Button

Lucy hails from the green hills of the south west and currently live near Brighton. She's an artist and illustrator with a love of hands on processes and exploring different mediums. Lucy's passionate about creating fun and accessible art that she hopes is a celebration of the human spirit. Lucy exhibited with us this year for Arty Farty and with her piece Bathers, anyone who has a cheeky nipple tweak in their work is definitely a friend of ours!

HoS / What do you do with yourself all day?
LS / I try to get up early and crack straight on with whatever I'm working on at my desk. I spend a lot of my day thinking of ideas for things I'd like to create, and scheming how to go about doing them. I also work part-time in a shop where I design cards and prints. I try to do as much hands on making as I do sitting in front of the computer.

HoS / If your work was a song, TV show, film or a person, what/who would it be?
LS / If it were a person I think it would be a big bald man in a Hawaiian shirt eating a hot dog.

HoS / What's your spirit inanimate object?
LS / A plank of wood

HoS / Got any habits?
LS / I enjoy clapping a lot at the moment, aiming for the perfect wood-block like clap sound. I find myself doing this a lot while I'm waiting for things to load/kettles to boil.

HoS / If no one was watching, what would you do?
LS / Get real comfy

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www.lucysherston.com
@lucysherston

SAMUEL B. THORNE //

Dan Button

Samuel B. Thorne is an illustrator and designer based in London.  Samuels bold and vibrant style is influenced by 1980s skateboard graphics, vintage comic books, the golden age of animation, 1950s advertising and pop-art. He's another new comer to the HoS bosom, providing the colour and gore to our most recent show Arty Farty. Here are some other words about him...

HoS / What do you do with yourself all day?
SBT / I spend most of my day designing for a social media agency, but by night you will find me drinking beer, consuming pop culture, riding my chicken chaser and when I have the time, drawing something gooey.

HoS / What has been your strangest job/commission?
SBT / My weirdest job was probably spray painting over my own design someone had stolen, but damn, did it feel good.

HoS / If your work was a song, TV show, film or a person, what/who would it be?
SBT / It would be a 23 minute J-pop, psychedelic, death metal jam with the Simpsons and Spongebob theme tunes playing backwards in the background. Steve McFadden on vocals.

HoS / What's your spirit inanimate object?
SBT / It would be a plain black frame with an awesome screen print inside of it, because I like to hang out with people who have more talent than me.

HoS / What question would you hate to be asked?
SBT / What drugs are you on  to draw like that?

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www.samuelbthorne.com
@samuelbthorne

BECCI J ATKINSON //

Dan Button

Becci Atkinson is an Illustrator from the fine city of Norwich. As a child, she was obsessed with video games, Slasher films and Lego and as an adult, her tastes have not changed. Her work is flavoured with her love of celebrities and modern culture and she loves nothing more than to depict images inspired by her favourite TV shows and films. Drawing is Becci’s great love and at the heart of all of her work, as is her enthusiasm for mixing different paper surfaces. She also enjoys printmaking and recently began experimenting with paint.

We've worked with Becci for yonks now and is a firm HoS favourite. So check out what she's got to say right now...

HoS / What do you do with yourself all day?
BA / I draw!! I’m a full time illustrator which I feel really lucky to do. If Im not drawing, I like to go to Norwich Castle or chill out by the riverside.

HoS / Tell us 2 facts and 1 lie about you.
BA / I was table tennis champion of my year at school.
BA / I have a portrait of my dead hamster tattooed on my calf.
BA / I am related to royalty, my official title is Lady.

HoS / If no one was watching, what would you do?
BA / A roundoff, 1.5 twisting layout, roundoff back handspring, tucked double Arabian, front somersault

HoS / If your work was a song, TV show, film or a person, what/who would it be?
BA / Something from the 80s like The Goonies or Last Starfighter. I wasn’t actually alive in the 80s but the breakthrough in special effects led to an explosion of colours and creativity that really inspires me. Right now Im obsessed with Stranger Things. I love the mystery and supernatural elements!

HoS / What's your spirit inanimate object?
BA / Michaela Strachan? 

HoS / Inappropriate is…?
BA / Being asked what my preference on body hair is. I was asked this recently at a BBQ and had no idea how to respond. I don’t even think I have a preference!

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http://beccijatkinson.com
@BecciJAtkinson

RAJ DHUNNA //

Dan Button

This is Raj - an image maker/ illustrator who we first hooked up with last year for Rad Science. He's a bloody good egg so have a read and get to know the guy!

Raj makes work that communicates a narrative within the illustration – but it's the process of the image that he's most interested in – how the sketchbook will appear when he gets his idea, how his block will turn out before exposing the images onto a screen, cutting the lino, and messing up in the process and etc...

He believes it's essential to make work where you can take a step back and see that a human has created it, and not a computer (although the computer might assist it).

But what do we really want to know about him? Let's have a read yeah?!

HoS / What do you do with yourself all day?
RD / I try to be proactive with my days and do a number of things, but mainly I do the illustration stuff, teach part time and study a post-grad course at the moment.

HoS / Got any habits?
RD / Rolling my ankle in football.

HoS / Tell us 2 facts and 1 lie about you.
RD / I enjoy painting. 
RD / I despise painting. 
RD / I cannot float.

HoS / If your work was a song, TV show, film or a person, what/who would it be?
RD / Drive. Okay probably not but Drive is mad cool and would love if somebody found my work as cool.

HoS / Inappropriate is...?
RD / Bare foot on the train/tube/bus.

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www.rajdhunna.co.uk
@rajdraws instagram 

AMY HIGGINS //

Dan Button

Amy Recently moved to London, but grew up just outside the Lake District in a town called Barrow in Furness. Having always had a passion for making physical things, she likes to have a hands on approach whenever she's working. Everything Amy does is handmade from painting textures, to intricate paper cutting as she finds that paper is really versatile for creating both 2D and 3D pieces – which is why Amy loves to use it – though she's recently been exploring the use of wood!

Amy first hooked up with us for our Arty Farty show this year where she produced that little clock over her right shoulder. It looks sad because you haven't read her questions yet. So read!

HoS / What do you do with yourself all day? 
AH / I'm normally at my desk creating new illustrations, which would mean I'm covered in paint or have miniature paper off cuts in my hair.

HoS / What has been your strangest job/commission? 
AH / I used to handwrite responses to kids fan mail at a popular cereal company. I have now become an expert in cracking unreadable handwritten postal addresses.

HoS / What's your spirit inanimate object? 
AH / Zigzag scissors.

HoS / What question would you hate to be asked? 
AH / What will you be doing in 10 years time? (If I could predict the future every day life would be dull. I'd also be a wizard).

HoS / If no one was watching, what would you do? 
I have a tendency to narrate what I'm doing in song, when I know no one is around......and I'm not known for my amazing singing voice.

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http://www.amyhiggins.co.uk/
@amyhiggins_illustration

GUY JARRETT //

Dan Button

This lad needs no introduction, it's HoS stalwart Guy Jarrett! The big lad has been exhibiting with us for 5 years now where his work involves a strong fascination with American vernacular culture and the people who inhabit it. His particular obsession and skill lies within hand painted signs –where he finds beauty in their imperfection – and character studies, which he applies to all manner of surfaces such as bullets and found wood. If you wanna Catch Guy in the flesh (and beard) he'll be looking after the HoS stand at this year's On Paper Festival in Norwich...

HoS / What do you do with yourself all day?
GJ / I am a barber during the day and try to mix drawing, painting and skateboarding in the evenings and my days off. 

HoS / What has been your strangest job/commission?
GJ / I met a man from Germany at a Hero of Switzerland exhibition. He emailed me a few days after wanting to buy ALL my drawings I have ever done. What has he done with them all?! 

HoS / What question would you hate to be asked?
GJ / Do you do ladies hair …….. No!

HoS / What's your spirit inanimate object?
GJ / Eeerm …. doorstop 

HoS / If no one was watching, what would you do?
GJ / Sneak biscuits, ice-cream and sweets!

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@Guy.Jarrett
www.guyjarrett.com

DANIEL JAMIE WILLIAMS //

Dan Button

Our first ever Queries Folk interview is with recent HoS regular and all round lovely guy Daniel Jamie Williams - an illustrator based in London, who mixes traditional and digital techniques; mostly pencil and digital software. He enjoys making narrative pieces which sometimes take the form of short books or zines as well as editorial and poster illustration.

Daniel first joined us for our Rad Science Show back in 2015 and has been a main stay ever since. We love him. You should too. But we'll let you decide for yourself...

HoS / What do you do with yourself all day?
DJW / I do drawing - that's probably the most exciting part.
Some enjoyable but less exciting things would be sleeping and eating – they’re my honourable mentions.
 
HoS / What has been your strangest job/commission?
DJW / Years ago I did a drawing for some rapper. He didn't pay me - or use it.
 
HoS / Tell us 2 facts and 1 lie about you.
DJW / Daniel isn't my real name.
DJW / I got an E in A level art.
DJW / I have a secret blog dedicated to goat photos.
 
HoS / If no one was watching, what would you do?
DJW / Wait, what? People are watching?
 
HoS / If your work was a song, TV show, film or a person, what/who would it be?
DJW / I'd like to think it's something by Modest Mouse. They probably wouldn't.

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@WishWelliams
www.danieljamiewilliams.com