Behind the scenes: Creating Ophelia

We have recently worked with London based illustrator Joshua Obeng-Boateng on our latest limited edition release, Ophelia.

Joshua designing Ophelia Joshua is an illustrator and currently studing BA Art at the University of Reading. His work has been described as unique and refreshing due to the vibrant colours and recognisable style. 

Joshua designing Ophelia Joshua was inspired by the painting ‘Ophelia’ by John Everett Millais and the use of water within the work. Joshua wanted to display the importance of water and the various forms of symbolism it can take. 

We worked closely with Joshua over the past few months to create this unique piece of wearable artwork. 

We loved Joshua’s designs from the beginning, due to a lot of Joshua’s previous work being in the dimension of a circle he was comfortable with the idea of creating a watch face, which showed in the standard of his initial designs.

Ophelia being printed

When we were happy with the final design, we began the printing process. We faced challenges with this design as this was the first time we had attempted to show the depth and texture of the water within a design. 

Printing Ophelia

All the colours were mixed by hand and printed layer by layer in our London workshop. 

Mixing of colours for printing

Our print technician Paul worked extremely hard to ensure an effective finish on the discs of the design, really focusing on the textures and effects of the water. You can see our first samples below. 

First samples of Ophelia

We were really pleased with how the water effect on the disc and the way Ophelia is floating in the water. 

Limited edition watch Ophelia

Our assembly team then worked hard to assemble 100 pieces of Ophelia ready for its release on the 4th of February. 

On its release day we received a great response to this unusual design, with many of our customers enjoying a design like no other we have released before.

Did you manage to get your hands on Ophelia before it sold out? 

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