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T2 × London Design Festival 2017

A design classic, at this year’s London Design Festival, T2’s iconic orange boxes will receive a new lease on life, lending them as a blank canvas for five days of creative expression.

Over the course of the festival a select edit of London artists from a range of disciplines are taking up a day’s residency in the T2 Shoreditch store, transforming it into an artist’s workshop. Here they’ll use the full sensorial experience of T2 tea blends as the sole inspiration for great, unique T2 box design.

We’ll invite them to discover the tea they love, slurp and sip as the day unfolds, and reimagine our famous packaging by visually expressing the flavour and experience of their tea right onto the box. We might know what French Earl Grey, Lemon Myrtle, Japanese GMC Sencha and Pumping Pomegranate taste like, but what does the experience of enjoying them look like?

Over the course of the week we’ll answer that question to produce an original series of exclusive must-have one-off designs that tea lovers will want to own, collect, and display.

The Artists

Katie Scott

Monday 18 September

Katie Scott graduated from the University of Brighton in 2011, coming to public attention for her illustrations for Bombay Bicycle Club. Since then her hand-drawn fine line work and digital watercolouring have found their way into people’s homes, whether through posters, wine labels, newspapers or wallpaper.

Her preoccupation with the natural world was allowed to run wild with the publication of her first book, Animalium, which in 2014 was awarded the Sunday Times Children’s Book of The Year.

Sarah Tanat-Jones

Tuesday 19 September

After being selected as a D&AD Best of New Blood winner in 2009, Sarah has gone on to carve a name for herself in the world of contemporary illustration. Her work - which is hand drawn using pen, ink and paint before being scanned and digitally edited - is a wonderful combination of portraits, maps, buildings, chicken shops and characters.

The style is fierce, confident and engaging, making it really shine when illustrating pithy, news pieces or posters. “I love getting an editorial brief, as it gives me a chance to think of smart or witty ideas and visual jokes,” says Sarah.

William Grill

Wednesday 20 September

London based Illustrator, William Grill specialises in creating magnificent coloured pencil and relief printmaking artwork. With a passion for narrative illustration and publishing, he pulls most of his inspiration from nature and the world around him. When William isn’t creating beautiful illustrations, you can find him running art workshops and weekly art club at Hanover Primary School.

Recent people William has worked with include: Fairlight Books, Jamie Magazine, Flying Eye Books, Shelter, The Financial Times, Daunt Books, New York Times, Nobrow.

Ben Rider

Thursday 21 September

Ben Rider is a fluorescent ink obsessed print mercenary, commercial illustrator and teacher. Ben specialises in rough, raw, punky image making bursting with energy and loud graphics and has worked for clients such as Film 4, 5SOS, Heineken, and Samsung.

Ben loves the gratifying nature of print and what it can add to an illustration. He believes the sense of physically making something with your hands has an honesty, giving his work a certain soul and character.

Nick Hayes

Friday 22 September

As an author and illustrator, Nick Hayes combines thoughtful concepts with beautiful sequential imagery in the creation of his graphic novels. Utilising a range of media techniques, Nick showcases a knack for developing expressive characters and scenery. From quiet narrative journeys to bold linocut prints, he captivates audiences across both publishing and editorial contexts.

Recent people William has worked with include: Penguin Random House, Radio Times, The Guardian, Literary Review, British Council, Mare Publishing House, Wild Things Publishing.

Visit us in-store at T2 Shoreditch from Monday 18 September to Friday 22 September 2017.

Purchase your exclusive designed box and share a snap using #LDF17 and #T2tea inside the artist workshop for the chance to win a bespoke 5 pack including a designed box from each artist!