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We are delighted to welcome Scott Gray, aka Chapter, to
Essentialibiza, he will be blogging throughout the summer, keeping us
up to date of his Ibiza antics and sharing some of his amazing art
along the way…

Blimey mid-March already! Seems like it was only a few weeks ago that we
saw the New Year in at DC10. Soon the Island will be full of migrant
workers, tourists, clubbers, hawkers and house beats. I love the
tranquility of the winter In Ibiza but I’m feeling ready for the summer
madness. I know it’s still a few months away, but bring it on! It’s been
a good start to 2014 with some nice little projects to get my teeth
into. The lovely guys at Ducks United gave me one of their precious 2CVs
to decorate. It was an artists dream as they gave me complete freedom to
do what I wanted. I decided to have a go at some stencil art against a
black background. The idea was to give it a traditional gypsy caravan
appearance but with my own twist – eyeballs in the flowers, diamonds and
skulls. I can’t wait to see it driving round the island once the Ducks
United guys have done their finishing touches (and put the seats back!).

In December my first silk scarf designs came to fruition and I was
overwhelmed with the response. I decided to have some spring/ summer
lightweight scarves made, with designs to suit both men and women. I
designed a jumbo paisley pattern. A close mate, Andrea (who I met here
16 years ago in Space) lives in Como, north Italy, which happens to be
the home of the country’s silk processors. He introduced me to
Alessandro who owns a cool silk company there called Stylesilk, who
would have thought it – result! The quality of his work is beautiful and
I’m already working on more designs for this season. I’ve got my first
off-Island retailer selling Chapter scarves – Gypset Rock in Amsterdam
and I’m now looking into suppliers in London and maybe Paris. Any
suggestions welcome.

I recently held another kids art class at Laurelito Cafe in Jesus. I
have to say, I really love doing it and the kids get right into it. The
parents tuck into their lunch (and wine) while I get their kids to
engage in spray can and pen art that’s not really available in the
normal curriculum. I’ve had a few regular attendees, so I need to come
up with some new ideas for the next one! Loads of the parents have been
asking if I’ll do an adult’s class. I think due to demand I’m gonna have
to put one on soon. I think it might turn into a bit of a drink-up
somehow so it’ll be interesting to see what people come up with!

I’ve been working on some designs for both silk screen and digital
prints and these will be available in the next few weeks. This ones
being hand silk screened in London as we speak and should be here in a
couple of weeks. Now I need to sit down with my mate Matt and get my
website ready to display and move this stuff. Next month I’m hoping to
put together a solo exhibition, and my t-shirt collection should arrive.
Watch this space for more info.