The whimsical, offbeat, and down-right funny works of Jenni Sparks follow the path less travelled.
We’ve joined up with long-time collaborator Jenni Sparks once again, for our latest Rainbow of Hope artwork series, to create a rainbow-inspired print. You can find the joyful artwork below, available for purchase now - with 100% of the profits going to NHS Charities Together.
Here at Evermade, we’ve been die-hard fans of Jenni’s work ever since her first iconic take on the map of London in 2012 - and we’ve had the pleasure to be home to some of her most eye-catching creations ever since. Single-handedly making travellers ditch tedious tour guides forever (because who really needs to see the London Eye for the fifth time), Jenni Sparks makes impeccably intricate artwork to capture the true soul of any place. Her hand-drawn maps have revealed capital city-quirks and late-night haunts world over (they’ve even covered the floor of London Gatwick Airport!), but Sparks practice extends way beyond even such a vast and varied project.
The East-London based illustrator creates bold, side-splitting prints, pins, clothing, and GIFs featuring anything from fried chicken boxes to Tinder profiles. Offering up tongue-in-cheek joyfulness no matter the project, Jenni Sparks is proving the fun in going off the beaten track.
Who was on your playlist whilst working on your Things Can Only Get Better artwork for us?
D:Ream - Things Can Only Get Better (hahah!). Also, I have some good music in this playlist:
Who are some artists you really admire at the moment?
Braulio Amado, Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives, Foka Wolk, Kate Prior.
What are the positives you have come across during lockdown? How do you think it will change your point of view in the future?
Some of the positives have been that I've actually been more in contact with people than ever before - just not in person. I've been doing regular Zoom/Houseparty calls with old school friends and family which has been really great. There's also a real sense of empathy and camaraderie going around too - and seeing the number of people that have volunteered for mutual aid groups is pretty inspiring.
What are you looking forward to most when the lockdown is over?
A massive English piss-up!
What’s your message to health workers right now?
There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said and it seems a bit redundant that an artist should tell an NHS worker to keep going as I'm sure they're being utterly pushed to their limits - but it's obviously very much appreciated and they are doing an amazing job. I hope everyone remembers this and stops voting Tory.
Jenni’s latest doodled delight is for our Rainbow of Hope series - and it’s a sunny, multi-coloured dive into the spirit of 90s nostalgia. When we chatted with Jenni, she told us the story behind her cartoon creation: “Considering everything going on in the world at the moment, things are pretty terrible!” “The name of this piece and its ethos is inspired by the iconic 90s D:Ream track 'Things Can Only Get Better', which I had stuck in my head one night when I couldn't get to sleep."
To get your hands on Jenni’s rainbow comic creation, while donating money to our NHS, you can purchase Things Can Only Get Better below.
Jenni’s artwork titled Things Can Only Get Better, with 100% profits of art print sales going to NHS Charities Together.