In 1994 I was working for a card company called Paperlink. They produced a series of mugs for Greenpeace. The artist was paid £250 a design. The artist's royalties went to Greenpeace. Paperlink did well out of the project as the mugs were very succesful.
I had about 6 but like most things in the house they were used and got broken. So today I was very pleased to be given one of each of the mugs, still in its packaging. I want to try and persaude the Musicians Benevolent Fund to do a couple of mugs for sale in their Christmas catalogue and throughout the year.
I did quite a great deal of work for Paperlink over a period of years. Infact it was the regular work I did with them that allowed me to save the money to put a deposit down on my house, a thing I never expected to be at all possible as an artist. At one time I was doing 7 card designs a week for them, 14 hour days of nothing but painting. Unfortunately our working relationship ended, certainly with very bad feelings on my part, but then there are always two sides to every story.