The Plea | Dreamers Stadium
Edition Size: 50, Paper Size: 24” x 29.5” Image Size: 19.5” x 19.5”
Giclee made by Rockarchive on Hanemühle Paper
Design and photography – Storm Thorgerson and StormStudios
We did these two images for the Plea’s album the Dreamer’s Stadium. As much as I enjoy the orbs of knowledge carried from the depths of the tunnel/ignorance by the schoolboys, I prefer the guitars on trees. This is derived from an image we did of books tied to trees, as an homage to where the books originally came from. This image was in honour of Bob Dylan but of course his manager didn’t like it. This variant had guitars – the icon of rock and roll – strat and les paul’s tied to trees in the sunny pinewood. I personally, without qualm or egocentricity (heh heh), really appreciate this picture. I think it is spiritually appropriate, pretty and an interesting dialectically. Also, it possesses, at least in my mind, a ritualistic quality – this extallation is performed as a real event in a pinewood in Tokai near Cape Town.
Storm’s career spanned 6 decades, beginning in the 60’s when, as a friend of the Pink Floyd (he was at school with Syd and Roger, and Nick and David were part of his circle of friends), he overheard them asking a photographer to shoot their second album. The photographer refused and Storm said “I’ll do it”. The rest is history.
Storm formed a design group (Hipgnosis) in the 60’s with Aubrey (Po) Powell and Peter Christopherson. They worked for pretty much everyone who was anyone in the rock world at the time. Hipgnosis dissolved in the late 70’s.
Storm continued with sleeve design, forming a new company that included Peter Curzon, Dan Abbott (both designers) and Rupert Truman (Photographer), with whom he worked for the best part of 30 years, and who make up StormStudios today.
These are limited edition fine art prints. They are silk screens and giclée’s, printed using archival inks on acid free papers.
Our first foray into prints was with Coriander. It was run by Brad Faine – an artist, and specialist in silk screen printing. Brad and his team made prints for artists such as Damien Hirst, Sir Peter Blake, Bruce McLean etc. etc. Today, they are one of the foremost fine art printers in London. In recent years, they have embraced new technologies, and also make many of our digital prints.
Silk screen printing is a laborious process, whereby the layers of colour are applied by hand, one by one. Some of our prints have 25-30 colour layers applied. It is reliant on highly skilled printers to understand how the layers will build up. The finished images generally have a more ‘painterly’ feel than the digital prints.
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