AOI Awards


We’ve drawn on walls all over the world but even we hesitated when we were asked by the Association of Illustrators to scribe directly onto the walls of Somerset House in London. If you don’t know it, Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. It’s also home to the Courtauld Collection, which features on its walls the work of a few moderately well-known pencil squeezers like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, van Gogh and Picasso.

No pressure then. Gulp!

This all came about because we’d entered the Association of Illustrators awards with our work at Davos in January. We ended up being narrowly pipped to the Research and Knowledge Communication category, but did that stop us being part of the exhibition at Somerset House - oh no. The AOI thought it would be a great idea to let us loose on the walls with some POSCA pens to showcase our work. Marvellous!

It was a fantastic opportunity to a) show what we do to a wider audience, b) offer sage advice to up and coming young illustrators and c) strike ‘drawing on the walls of a spectacular London landmark’ off our do-to list. (Buckingham Palace had not been returning our calls).

Amidst the marble fireplaces and crystal chandeliers, Karolin and Rachel did a spectacular job. And even though we didn’t win, we still felt like winners in the end. Aah.