Abby taylor
Graphic Artist

North Star Housing Association


North Star Housing Association

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 The Challenge

I was really excited when North Star approached me to create some artwork of the Transporter Bridge for their Headquarters in Stockton-on-Tees. As a Teesside based housing association, North Star provide a wealth of support to the local community, and to represent such an admirable group fills me with immense pride.

They wanted artwork that represented their heritage and Teesside roots, they began life in 1974 buying and refurbishing older terraced housing in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool and wanted something to reflect this. 


The Solution

During the drafting stages, I showed them some wonderful photos of the Transporter bridge, taken by Jonathan James Clegg, which formed the base of my design. I then experimented with the composition in the designated space using a mock-up, and played around with a few colour options for North Star to choose from.

The Transporter bridge artwork went down so well, North Star wanted another Teesside illustration for another floor of their headquarters. So I came up with a few options, and we ended up going with my Stockton High Street illustration, which is sold as A5 and A4 prints at DRAKE - The Bookshop. I edited this piece so it would work nicely in the space given.

We were keen to support local talent and we were delighted when Abby agreed to work with us on this.

Abby was fantastic to work with, she is super talented, creative and professional and we are over the moon with the artwork she has provided for our offices.

Abby took the time to understand what our organisation is about and produced designs that really reflect our roots. We loved her work so much we asked her to collaborate on another piece for our office after the first was completed. We would highly recommend Abby and her fantastic design skills.
— Laura Wood, Lead PR & Communications (pictured above)
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North Star’s HQ beautiful interior was taken into account when creating the artwork, to make sure everything was complimentary