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Our 2022 Resident's Highlights

Our 2022 round-up showcasing some of our community's top projects of the year. As selected from Eat Work Art sites across London and Plymouth: Hackney Downs Studios, Netil House, Old Paradise Yard, Netil Market and Alma Yard.

01 | Zeena Shah - Marbling Book Release

Hackney Downs Studios' resident Zeena Shah always brings a splash of colour and joy to our day; and this year she's published a book to do the same!

Learn the art of marbling here.

02 | Studio Nari - Nike Passback x Marcus Rashford

It was a huge year for creative design studio Studio Nari (Not Always Right Ideas) as they moved into their new Netil House space, studio Founder Caterina Bianchini got named the Creative Review's #1 UK Creative Leader of 2022, and a whole host of incredible projects to boot.

One such standout project was their branding and design work for Nike's Passback identity in collaboration with Marcus Rashford.

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03 | Noatune - The Blessed Madonna "Serotonin Moonbeams"

DJ sensation The Blessed Madonna produced and recorded brand new hit single "Serotonin Moobeams" in Noatune's Studio A.

Long-standing Netil House residents Noatune Studios are East London's prolific recording studio renowned for high quality audio production.

Listen here.

04 | Willy's Pies x Mangal II

2022 saw everyone's favourite East London pie-boys Willy's Pies join the Netil Market community. And if that wasn't enough of a highlight, they collaborated with the esteemed Mangal II for a special spiced beef, black lentil and smoked olive oil pie. Delicious!

05 | Sam Tozer - Lost Frequencies

Sam Tozer, Founder of Vision Factory, is a mastermind of transcendental production and performance design.

This year he worked with Lost Frequencies to create a show-stopping arena display.

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06 | Right to Left Studio - Porsche

Right to Left is a design and brand studio founded by Samar Maakaroun, based at Hackney Downs Studios. Right to Left are female led, multilingual, interdisciplinary and cross generational - allowing them to bring their varied perspectives to each brief, digging into the nuance of culture and language.

This year, RTL worked on the typography and dreamscape for Porsche's "Ramadan" campaign.

"For us, Ramadan is a time of meditation, but also a time of being with the family. It sort of connects the individual to the wider collective, and we wanted to represent that in a kind of subtle way."

Find out more here.

07 | Loz Thomas - Clarks

Loz Thomas is a tattooist dubbed the "king of clean lines, badass girls and dot work detail". Working from his PRJC-T studio at Netil House, he's inked many a high profile figure, however this year he also worked on some custom Wallabees for Clarks which were a little more left field than his regular ink-on-skin action.

Check it out here.

08 | Wingnut Wines - Netil Market launch

This year saw the exciting development of Netil Market's community offering with the launch of natural wine connoisseur Wingnut Wines.

Since launching their new sit-in or buy-out unit, Wingnut Wines have also hosted a variety of wine-tastings and even a pop-up in conjunction with Hot 4 U.

Watch this space for more to come in 2023!


09 | Brand Biscuit Studio x Tom Carder - Jabulani Coffee

This year, Alma Yard's Brand Biscuit Studio and Photographer/Videographer Tom Carder set-out to develop the brand story strategy for organic coffee company, Jabulani Coffee.

Their efforts took them on an epic journey to the source of the brand story in Rwanda, and Tom even produced and screened a mini-documentary to coincide with the re-brand launch.


10 | Art on a Postcard - Winter Auction

Art on a Postcard are a not-for-profit raising money for charities through sales of incredible artworks handpicked by AOAP. This year, Art on a Postcard reached their record fundraising amount of £96.5k in their exemplary Winter Auction.

11 | Little Big Studios - Clover Moon

Hackney Downs Studios based photography studio Little Big Studios have worked with the BBC, The Guardian, TikTok, Vogue and more.

This February, they took pleasure in shooting a campaign for Clover Moon, a sustainable fashion and interior design brand described as an alchemist of patterns, prints and stories.

12 | Soundwaves Art - Kiss

Another inspiring not-for-profit raising funds through art, Soundwaves Art create artwork based on the soundwaves produced from some of the world's most iconic musicians/songs.

Alongside many a jaw-dropping name, Soundwaves recently collaborated with none other than Kiss, taking inspiration from "I Was Made For Loving You".


13 | Jason Bruges Studio - Reaction Diffusion

Jason Bruges Studio are the multi-award winning studio using technology to create artistic and dynamic immersive experiences.

One such award-winning design is "Reaction Diffusion". Reaction Diffusion was inspired by the methodologies scientists use to map neural activity. The artwork was created for gaming app creator Brainium as a means of visualising their data to replicate synapses firing in the brain.

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14 | Brother - Morgan Munroe Live Session

Netil Market cult clothing retailer Brother took a step outside of their usual garm-flipping, taste-making game to host their first in-store live session with the talented Morgan Munroe.

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15 | Studio Agora - Armada Way Regeneration

This year saw the announcement of a mammoth project headed up by Alma Yard's Studio Agora.

The Armada Way Regeneration project will reimagine Plymouth's Armada Way as a new Linear Park, restoring its original design intent as a grand boulevard leading to the city's waterfront, while offering an exciting and engaging space fit for a modern city. ⁠

Find out more here.

16 | Kelly Anna - Nike Pitch

Hackney Downs Studios' based artist Kelly Anna is used to creating incredible large-scale murals, however, this year she took her efforts one step further by transforming an entire football pitch in collaboration with Nike.

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17 | Dirty Films - Harley Davidson Pan America Gonzo Journals

Creators of stand-out commercials, film, content and TV, Dirty Films, took a walk on the wild side with their work for Harley Davidson.

The Pan America Gonzo Journals followed twelve explorers on a breathtaking ride around six countries.

See more.

18 | The Unlimited Dream - Obongjayar

Netil House residents The Unlimited Dream Company are a creative agency using cinematic storytelling for amazing live performances.

Among their highlights of 2022 was their show design for the "Some Nights I Dream of Doors" Obongjayar tour.

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19 | Mats Fat Subs - Netil Market launch

Purveyors of the fattest subs in Hackney, Mats Fat Subs had an epic year of sando slinging as he expanded his business to set up shop at Netil Market.

Make sure to try his adventurous flavour combinations in the New Year!

20 | James Edgar Studio - Plymouth Design Forum "Local Legends"

Plymouth Design Forum describes itself as "a place to discuss, debate and promote design thinking and creativity in Plymouth". PDF is co-founded by Alma Yard's own James Edgar (of James Edgar Studio).

This year PDF have hosted a range of inspiring design events, with one of their more recent series, "Local Legends", aiming to showcase the amazing talent based right in Plymouth.

21 | Spazio Leone - London Design Festival

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of London Design Festival, Spazio Leone reimagined Hackney Downs Studios for a one-off design showcase.

Taking over 2 further Hackney Downs Studios' spaces, Spazio Leone presented a sprawling, exclusive new collection of design-led furniture alongside an audiophile installation provided by collaborators, Friendly Pressure.

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22 | Aimee Croysdill - Olivia Wilde x Variety

Netil House based stylist Aimee Croysdill is no stranger to styling the stars. One of her most recent projects saw her styling "Don't Worry Darling" Director Olivia Wilde for the pages of Variety.

23 | Wild Sea Calligraphy - Summer Calligraphy Festival

Lyndsey Gribble of Wild Sea Calligraphy is a professional calligrapher, modern calligraphy tutor and author of The Calligraphy Ideas Book. This year alone, Lyndsey has hosted 35 workshops online or from her Alma Yard space, as well as over 30 weekly workshops for her Patreon members!

This Summer, Lyndsey collaborated with Master Penman Barbara Calzolari for a special Summer Calligraphy Festival, bringing people from all over the country (and Barbara from Bologna) to her studio space in Plymouth.

24 | Outpost - The Vinery

Outpost is a London-based Architecture & Design studio based at Old Paradise Yard.

This year, they set the ball rolling on a hugely exciting project "The Vinery", creating a curved nissen hut structure using natural building materials such as I-joist timber frame, clay, lime and hemp.

See more here.

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