Michael Loveless

Ink Pen and Silkscreen

Originally from Dorset, Michael Loveless has been living in North London since 2008.

His love for ink and detail is well documented throughout his childhood, with early line drawings remaining in his old school library, however rather than pursuing illustration, a degree in economics and a burning desire to work in music meant that his pen, whilst not being laid to rest entirely, was put aside…for too long.

The move to London and his years being surrounded by musical and design talent has rekindled his love of the pen and keen to claim back the time lost, Michael is now on a mission to catch up on the drawing hours he missed.

In 2012 Michael and his sister, Stefanie, decided to produce a range of home-ware under the name TickTackToe. Inspired by her work as an interior designer and simply wanting to have a go, the two decided to launch for the Stoke Newington Christmas market of that year.

Michael designed the three ranges and screen printed all the product himself at Dalston’s Print Club London.

Allowing for both his fondness of black on white and the opportunity to get up to speed with screen printing, the black print designs of the ‘Clissold’ print (repeating inverted bicycles) and the ‘Abney’ (repeating birds on branches) draw inspiration from his favourite parts of Stoke Newington. Places Michael tends to find himself when a visit to Dorset is overdue.

The third in the range, the ‘Yarn’ is a print more typical of Michael’s drawing style. Detailed and intricate, the image first came to him when drawing a birthday present for his eldest sister (something of a tradition in itself). Created when back in Dorset, surrounded by heaps of fabrics and yarn of his costume making mother, it has since been applied to many gifts and sketches, the TickTackToe cushions, tea towels and prints.

It was this print that has led to this collection of works in Of Cabbages and Kings. With a desire to further explore the effects and limits of hand drawn balls of wool, Michael has produced 6 original pieces, all sharing the same themes of yarn and a playful expression of how they may be. These are not still life drawings, each yarn takes its own path onto the paper.

Each original hand drawn picture explores a different theme, some play with three dimensional bundles of wool, others a more graphic approach and even an experiment into different forms (Apple and Pear), but all of them meticulously laid onto paper in black ink. 

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