An evening with:
Jon Burgerman

For the ninth edition of thread Thursdays we’re super excited to welcome purveyor of doodles and all round nice guy Jon Burgerman to the stage.

Jon’s instantly recognisable ‘doodle’ style of illustration, involving quick lines and bold colours, exists across a multitude of forms including canvases, large scale murals, sculpture, apparel, print and people (as tattoos and temporary drawings). He boasts an impressive list of international clients including Samsung, Pepsi, Nike, Sony, Sky, BBC, Puma, MTV and Levis, as well as featuring in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian and Huffington Post.

Jon has also published a number of books, put on large scale exhibitions, co-produced a film, performed at conferences and delivered lectures. Prolific doesn’t quite cut it!

More recently Jon has been sharing his work on his brilliant Instagram account, doodling on photos and using Instagram Stories to bring his characters to life in just a few minutes.

So join us for an evening of fun and frivolities as Jon talks about the early days of his career, his working processes, developing his practice and how experimentation is key to keeping things fresh.

The evening will be held on Thursday 7th September at The Station, Bristol. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets go on sale 10am Wednesday 9th August. Save the date as they’re likely to go fast.

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We caught up with Jon to ask him which artists he’s enjoying, what he’s currently listening to and what we can expect from his upcoming thread talk.

Can you tell us what an average work day looks like?
10am: Enter to the lingering stench of underachievement. Open the windows, turn on the light, and if it’s the summer (which is it now), turn on all the fans. Make a mental note to weigh down all the loose pieces of paper before turning on the fan in the future. Pick up all the loose pieces of paper.

10.30-1.30pm: A heady mix of emails, doodling and staring out of the window longing for more time to do nothing with.

1.30-2pm: Some kind of overpriced, over packaged lunch.

2-2.05pm: Feel guilty about the lunch.

2.05-6pm: Fix things, break things, leave things dangling.

6-7pm: Think about all the projects and plans that have failed to inch forward that day, turn everything off and slink away to catch the G train.

What are you listening to at the moment?
My favourite thing (as off this week) is Beverly Glenn-Copeland ‎– Keyboard Fantasies. Over the last few years I’ve been listening to a lot of old synth stuff. I like digital music that sounds analogue and human.

What kit/tools can you not live without?
Pens and paper bring such joy.
OP-1 by Teenage Engineering is an object of pure pleasure. Computer and phone – wonderful tools and malevolent forces.

What’s your favourite word and why?
‘Haebalagi’ – it’s the Korean word for sunflower. It’s fun to say (Heb-a-wraggie).

If you weren’t an illustrator, what other profession would you like to pursue?
I don’t really consider myself an illustrator (I can’t really remember my last proper illustration job – please someone give me one!). But if I wasn’t an art maker of some description or other, I think I’d either be a traffic cone (I like the bright orange ones) or a slice of pizza (cheese and tomato and basil and garlic).

Which graphic artists (dead or alive) have influenced your work?
None, my work is 100% completely original and pure. When I was a student I liked The Designers Republic, David Carson and Devil Robots, but I don’t know who I like anymore. There’s a lot of talent out there of course but nothing that cuts through in a distinctive way.

What can people expect from your talk at thread?
Mumbling. Self Deprecation. Head scratching. Awkward silences. Full frontal nudity.

*Note: I’m of course joking about one of these things, but which one?!