Abby taylor
Independent award-winning Graphic Designer & Illustrator
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Holly Gallagher

 
 

Holly Gallagher

Holly Gallagher Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your wit's End) design by Abby Taylor
Holly Gallagher Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your wit's End) design by Abby Taylor

The Challenge

Holly Gallagher approached me to create promotional materials including a bespoke illustration for her latest show Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wit’s End), which was commissioned by ARC Stockton. Holly Gallagher is a theatre maker, director and facilitator who was keen to create a recognisable brand for herself and have promotional materials for her shows that will stand out from the crowd. The goal was to create bold promotional items, but also set a colour palette, fonts etc. so Holly’s future shows can follow suit.

The Solution

Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wit’s End) tells the story of three different characters all experiencing stress and starting to feel like everything is a Bit Too Much. The stage is full of buckets which act as a metaphor for stress, at one point in the show, the audience is asked: Imagine you have a bucket; and all the things you have to cope with in life as water going into that bucket. Raise your hand if your bucket is A) Empty B) Half full C) Overflowing. After discussing the show with Holly we decided an illustration involving a bucket would be the perfect for the promotional materials.

Testimonial

“I have been a fan of Abby's work for some time now, and have always particularly loved the boldness, detail, and colours used in her work. So when I needed a designer to work on my new show's poster it was a no-brainer for me to approach Abby.

The process of working with Abby has been a real pleasure! This was my first time using a graphic designer to create content for a show, as well as the largest tour for a piece of work I had put together. So my timeframes, deadlines, and expectations were continually changing. Abby was understanding and flexible with every change that happened, and has been more than generous with her time and dedication to the project.

The final design Abby created is a beautiful piece of artwork and has really done an effective job in advertising the show with countless people complimenting its posters, flyers, and social media images! I'm beyond happy with the professional finish Abby has gifted my show with and am so pleased to have a proper brand design for my future work now too.

I would recommend anyone to Abby for graphic design work if they want a high quality, fast, flexible, and personable experience!”
-Holly Gallagher

 Holly Gallagher’s stage set up for Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at your Wit’s End).  These photos are by Davey Poremba

Holly Gallagher’s stage set up for Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at your Wit’s End).
These photos are by Davey Poremba