Under The Skin Of Endangered Animals
Project Prints That Protect.
Location Gower Peninsula, Glasgow, Brighton.
Growing up in South West Wales, brothers Ed & James Harrison were always fascinated by nature.
Being raised by parents with scientific backgrounds and a hoard of Nat Geo magazines, it was only natural they’d be attracted to the worlds splendours.
After travelling the world Ed & James reunited and agreed they wanted to work together in order to protect both the animals and the environments they’d experienced.
Using James’ meticulously detailed, screen printing process along side Ed’s colourful, geometric graphic design, the brothers set out to create prints of endangered species to create awareness and promote survival.
Thus, Under The Skin Of Endangered Animals was born.
James is responsible for creating all of the screens used in the printing process.
Before any printing can begin, every colour palette is rigorously tested and refined.
Once a colour blend is chosen they are tested on paper scraps. From here, these blends can be used on T-shirts and tote bags which are used to fund bigger print projects.
Slowly But Surely
Every step of the printing process is meticulously studied. From the low impact, water based ink choices, the recycled fabrics, even down to the carbon balanced papers.
It is a slow process, yielding beautiful results.
The finishing touch for every print, is an Under The Skin Of Endangered Animals logo, hand embossed into the paper stock.
Large prints such as “Remembering Sudan” are then exhibited in galleries or sold. Each print is linked to a carefully chosen charity that aids in habitat preservation and conservation efforts over seas.
Under The Skin
Layers of ultraviolet ink are used to showcase the skeletons of endangered species. Ed & James believe, in order to share their message, artwork should be interactive, adopting an “inspire through play” ethos.
Despite the subject of endangered species being misinterpreted as “all doom and gloom”, Under The Skin’ hold pop up print workshops.
Through these workshops, they are able to inspire younger generations whilst teaching them to print on up-cycled garments.
When packaging T-shirt sales, Ed & James use a vintage hole punch for their labels left to them by their late grandparents.
Beneath the Wrapping
All prints are delivered with a screen printed paper wrapper, unique to the print itself.
These are just as beautiful as the prints themselves.
When receiving your print, you will also receive an additional package which is filled to the brim with extras.
Care guides, an ultraviolet torch and a detailed booklets sharing information on both; the efforts being made to protect the species featured in your print and the story of Under The Skin so far.
Brother By Nature, brothers by design
It’s all good waxing lyrical about the work Under The Skin produces, but it’d be wasted if you didn’t get an insight to how these two brothers live their lives.
In order to connect with their audience, we needed to show that they practice what they preach, admiring & enjoying the outdoors at any given chance.
Inspired By Nature
Ed & James will often take time out of their schedules to climb or surf together, for it is these trips together that provide valuable time to hash out new ideas and be inspired for their next endeavour.
Despite being a talented screen printer, James will often disappear only to return with mushrooms ready for lunch.
On this occasion he had found a Bolete and demonstrated how it stained blue when cut.