I first met Bear's Den on the Austin to Boston tour in 2012. We’ve remained great friends since continuing to work together regularly. I promoted their first show in Melbourne, filmed a Sideshow Alley episode & photographed their press photos around London in 2013. Then in 2014 ahead of the release of their debut album, the band asked me to art direct & design their album campaign.
The album’s title “Islands” provided much of the initial concept development, while prominent lyrics doted throughout the album provided additional layering. After a series of different ideas presented to the band, we all landed on a direction which emphasized the lyrical longing and tonal characteristics throughout the music.
Each unique EP artwork featured a continuation of the campaign visual identity with a marriage of textural imagery and an illustrative hand drawn personal touch.