It's true that most creative studios run on coffee and ours is no exception. The first thing we do in the morning is put the kettle on and grind the coffee beans for the first brew of the day whilst the computers are booting up. So when Sean from Rising Ground asked us if we'd be interested in collaborating on a label design and to create a 'house blend' for the studio, it was really a no-brainer.
After a visit to the Rising Ground HQ in Wadebridge that involved some serious taste testing ("I like this one"), a brew was born. It was fun to work on this project with Sean, to whom the idea of having the Kraken rising from the deep whilst grasping a cup with its tentacle on a bag of coffee wasn't met with utter horror. Each bag is hand-printed on an old letterpress machine which lends a pleasing texture to the line drawing. Most importantly it tastes delicious, a great all-rounder for everyday drinking and fuelling long days in the studio.
You can purchase here if you fancy it: www.risingground.coffee/shop/krakenaf
Above: Illustration in situ on the kraft paper coffee bags.
Above: Original illustration done with a dip pen and ink on watercolour paper.
I’ve worked with the team at the Hidden Hut for the last few years, photographing their feast nights. In that time, through all winds, weathers and seasons, I’ve gathered a library of photos of life at the Hut. It’s been a real privilege to be able to work on a photography project over such a long period of time. The opportunity to capture the way the light and the atmosphere changes according to the time of year down there is a real luxury, it deserves the hype, it is truly a special place. Over this time friendships have been formed and a lot of good food has been eaten.
So, taking all this into account, it’s been very exciting to see the Hidden Hut’s cookbook come to life when it was published by Harper Collins on 3rd May. It’s a beautifully produced book with some lovely Scandi inspired layouts and sumptuous food photography from Susan Bell. It’s lovely to see that a bundle of feast night photography has made it into the book as well, forming the introduction to the book and are dotted throughout the subsequent pages, helping to set the (often smokey) scene. Congratulations to Si & Jem for producing such a beautiful book, it's been a real joy to work with you both over these last few years. My Nikon has been well and truly permeated by the smell of smoke from the Hut fires!
Enjoy a few snaps below of the book and of the lovely launch that took place in Borough Market:
Above: Introduction page accompanied by a moody shot taken at one of the rather inclement feast nights. Can't beat the great British summer time.
Above: One of my favourite feasts, a long table along the shoreline of Porthcurnick beach, beautiful lobsters over the grill. Just gorgeous.
Above: Along the path that leads down to Porthcurnick, taken on Boxing Day 2016.
Above: Hidden Hut cookbook launch at Borough Market Hall, London.
Above: Piles of beautiful books for sale at the launch