Monday, 28 June 2010

Quiet Press Issue 1 available

Quiet Press Issue 1 available on website now for £1 + p&p. Quiet Press is a self published 12 page newspaper featuring recent work produced by ourselves.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Awesome Movement / Fantastic Motion

Installation shots from Nous Vous exhibition 'Awesome Movement / Fantastic Motion' at Harewood House, Terrace Gallery.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Pick Me Up / Burton Gallery

Bespoke display stands for 'Pick Me Up' at Somerset house, this was essentially our installation. Consisting of 4 boxes and a Print & publication tree. The tree was designed as a free standing display unit, as we weren't able to fix anything to the walls of our given room. Keen eyed folks, with a knowledge of our self-published material will notice lots of new items, which will be appearing & available on our website soon.

Design package for Leeds University 'Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery' show 'Obsession: Contemporary art from the Lodeveans collection'

A single line was used to create multiple different patterns to be applied to various different printed material. All were finished with an archival sticker applied to the front. The catalogue features two A5 litho printed books, one with essay's 'words' and one with images from the collection 'images', the books are wrapped in a fold-out poster, which documents all pieces in the Lodeveans collection.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

After all that

Hello, again it's been too long.

Nous Vous again is going through a transitional stage, an evaluation period after recent activities and changes in circumstances. Every now and then we like to take a short period to reflect upon what's been happening and allow other things, besides work, to happen. Over the past couple of months Nic & Will have moved down, settled and found a studio in London, which overlapped with 'Pick Me Up' at Somerset house, which was great, and myself (Jay) taking an opportunity to vacate England for a while and travel to NY, Toronto & Montreal, which I'll talk about briefly later.

After some consideration, we've decided to take our website down temporarily, but will be updating and developing gradually adding more and more content over the coming weeks/months, making it more exciting and interesting as we go along, we do have additional work and projects that are back dated now that we would like to make available to view in some manner (maybe just here) at some point soon. We simply didn't feel the website & content was representative of where our collective heart is aiming, and with Nic & Wills' the move and some time out (time to think) we've decided to change our tact a little - hoping to concentrate more on pursuits that adhere to our ideals. i.e. doing alot more self-initiated publishing projects as a focus of our practice, while we adjust to our new working method, something that we put on the sidelines, but were gratefully reminded of having produced lots of new things for 'Pick Me Up'. Hopefully that explains that... Any comments always welcome.

My Trip, I didn't take a camera with me so don't have any photo's unfortunately. The highlight of my trip and my main preoccupation was food, especially in Toronto & Montreal.

NY way in: Travelled quite a fair amount of the City in one jet lagged day, excitement prevailed. Highlight of the day was the 'Museum of American Folk Art' which is right next to the Moma, which I totally couldn't be bothered with, MOAFA was defo the best choice. Went to Whitney Biennial, which I personally didn't particularly enjoy and there was too much for my tired face. Had a quick trip to Greenwich & Soho, heard a loud obnoxious London accent in my ear walking through Soho later on, turned around- Jason Stathom.

Toronto: We stayed with my cousin who lives near Bloor St, where there's lots of nice places to hang out eat & drink coffee - as a general rule - book shops open in the evening. 'Mother Dumplings' in China Town - they just serve dumplings - really great & super cheap. Same day we'd gone to have a look at the Ontario College of Art & Design, ace! This image says it all really, great piece of architecture.

Kensington Market on a sunny day - West Queen Street, Magic Pony shop/gallery, Narwhal to see Paul Wackers paintings/drawings - really amazing, bought Paul Wackers book. Really nice friendly people working there. Here's an example of Paul Wackers work:

Went to Skydome to watch a ball game, BJ's vs Oakland. Open roof, streaker fun time - then to Karaoke bar for drinks.
Got a bus from China Town to Niagre Falls, went out on the maid in the mist, absolutely mind blowing natural scenery contrasted with a really horrible fabricated Casino town right next to it. Weird! but good.
Last Day went to 'Aunties & Uncles' for brunch (Banana & Oatmeal pancakes w/ maple syrup), had to wait 30mins to get in on a Sunday, but well worth the wait.

Montreal: Coffee at Olympico, Drawn & Quarterly book shop - brills!, Mile End, St.Viateur Bagels - free bagels for looking like/sounding like I just walked off the set of Coronation street, the owners wifes' favourite show. Patati Patata for Tofu burger, busy but nice atmosphere. Brunch at Aux Vivres, a vegan restaurant that I can highly recommend, most inventive and good value for money food I've eaten, again had to que for a while to get in, but more than worth it, went twice. Casa del Popolo for drinks, Cagibi's. Was supposed to meet up with Julien Vallee - but we missed one another (Sorry) - see you next time! Picnic on Mont Royal. Generally a lively, exciting place to be, recommend a visit.

NY 2nd: Stayed with Jessica Williams (aka paperheart) in Brooklyn - she was a lovely host and great hanging out with her and chatting. It was great seeing all her artwork in her lovely flat and the artwork she's collected off other artists I admire. Went out for food at Columbian restaurant & drinks together, along with Espen Friburg, who it was a pleasure to meet and chat with, sitting in bar with a boules court in it. Jessica & Espen drinking some nice fruit beer - not too sweet. Met up with Dave & Graham from Tokyo Police Club in Williamsburg (wasn't feeling great this day after eating my all American breakfast too fast), hung out there for a while. Bontanical gardens (Free on Tuesdays) really nice.

Miss plane home - got the next one.

I'm going to add some more Nous Vous related updates in my next post which will be happening soon, with some images and things of recent activities / documentations.


Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Don't Miss Today

Don't Miss Today

I realise it has been over 5 months since my last proper post up here. To leave it 6 months may be a more rounded period of time but my lack of regular posting hasn't been so much about a planned event, or indeed as not having things to write about, more that the last 6 months have been tremendously busy ones. This is something we are constantly reminded to be happy and proud about, which I am, although not all the the time. I find I work best under a certain amount of pressure. Deadlines are always a good thing, within reason, as they stimulate action. However, too many deadlines and it can become difficult exactly how to organise specific efforts and maintain them. And deadlines, for me, rarely leave enough room for thoughts.

We seem to have been on a conveyor belt of projects and exhibitions for the last year. It has been a demanding time, I'm not sure when it will let up, I'm not sure I want it to, so we'll see how it goes.

Here is a bit of a whistle stop tour of recent things, in a very general sense.

Mash Up at the ICA

This is soon, we have been working alongside artist Harold Offeh at the ICA on a project that will culminate in a clubnight next Friday, more important though has been the series of workshops that have informed and inspired the event.

We always take a strong collaborative approach in our practice, both within our group and outside, our name 'Nous Vous' / 'We You' is as much a template for working as it is a moniker. Working alongside Harold and the rest of the practitioners on the Mash Up project is really a perfect symbiosis of our dream working method. There is a really exciting network of dialogues between people who we see as doing tremendously positive things in each of their fields. The chance to be working with and forming visuals through workshops also is very rewarding, as rarely do we get the chance to be running so parallel to the planning of an event that we are working on the design for, combining research so closely and consistently with the actual output. It is a perfect assimilation of all our interests, art, design, education and collaboration.


I went to Lisbon to visit friends in the winter. It was lovely to be away, I saw some beautiful things, got some heavy hang out time, seriously vibed off the place and some sun on my face. It was interesting to see how Leeds and Lisbon compared and contrasted, there is definitely a comparison in the fact it is cheap to live, but also that there may not be as much going on for some as may be desired, but the quality of life possible was so much higher, the way of life is so much more relaxed and conducive to creative endeavours but then perhaps there simply is not the level of opportunity in such a place. It would be an amazing place to live in later in life, and it was one of the most beautiful cities I have had the pleasure of visiting.

Good things I have seen:

Many things have been said about the Anish Kapoor show at the Royal Academy, it was awe inspiring
The Wellcome Collection got me hot and excited
Felt like I was delving into a treasure trove of work I never thought I would, should, or could see at the Museum of Everything
2 shows at IKON in Birmingham, both funny, fascinating and inspiring; Claire Rojas and João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva
The Grant museum, was truly like nothing I have ever seen, absolutely nuts.


Orson Welles' 'The Trial'
The cook the thief the wife and her lover
The work of Yasujirō Ozu and Satyajit Ray

music I have been really enjoying recently:
court gamelan
Karl Blau
Nikaido Kazumi

Now Owl

I released my first Now Owl CD and the first Hair Piece release a bit ago. Just over 30 minutes of music from the last 6 months of me messing about on my own. Hand screen-printed cover and poster with mini zine featuring new drawings, limited to an edition of 40. I am happy with it.


My band Vest For Tysso finally got round to recording some demos, find, download and listen to them from here.


We opened our show at the Contemporary Art Society back at the end of January. We were real happy with the show and it was so lovely that plenty of our friends could come down and quaff some nice wine.
See more photos here

and here is a free download of the piece of music I made for 'Rotate' at the Contemporary Art Society in London. It consists of two, fifteen minute passages recorded live. In the show it was on tape, in a walkman, with three pairs of headphones, so this is a rip from the tape, and is best listened to on headphones, with eyes closed.

Ball Game Songs (a) / Ball Game Songs (B)
Recorded live in two 15 minute sessions

Written and performed by William Edmonds, 2010
especially for Nous Vous at Contemporary Art Society,
‘Rotate’, January - April 2010


I was in the third Draft exhibition at the artmarket, an event mentioned on here before but worth giving props again. Jay has programmed this series of events, in a space run by his girlfriend Zoe. Both Zoe and Jay in doing this do such an important thing in my opinion, in going a long way to bridge the gap between the very DIY efforts of some and the high end galleries in Leeds, offering a space for students, graduates and emerging creatives of any discipline and providing a well needed social and community space for young creative people in Leeds. Well done to both of them.

See some photos of my work from this on my flickr


I kind of feel like this at the moment, as the opening of our show at Harewood House is closing in. I still have a bit of work to do but I'm looking forward to the show. Will see us again stretching ourselves, exploring similar themes, in new, bigger ways, literally and physically.

We are also working on giving the Courtyard Café at Harewood a new identity and we had a tour round the old walled gardens there, as the café's menu will be based around produce grown here. It was really fascinating to be taken round the garden and glass houses and meet some super passionate, super friendly, super good people. There must be something in the soil there.


We constructed a large installation in our temporary studio (many thanks to the directors of PSL for this) for the artwork for the forthcoming release from Tokyo Police Club. Our first attempt failed, it crumbled, we (I) got a little grumpy, there were long days, late nights, dusty hands and cold bones. We built another one. Through failure, we found success. We photographed it and are super happy with the results. It felt good to be building something again. We hope these photos will surface soon.


A quick mention to say thanks to Steve, and Craig for inviting us to give a talk and workshop at the University of Central Lancashire last week. There was a super nice vibe there and the students were all super into it and positive and productive. It renewed my faith in Universities and teaching. We had a lovely day (and evening, beers and fizzy straws abound), in fact, we enjoyed it so much, we're going back next week. See you soon.

Somerset House

We are so so so stoked about being a part of this

Which kind of leeds me on to say that In April, depending on all things going to plan, I will be moving to London. I have been in Leeds since September 2003, over six years. I intend on writing a more detailed post about this next time, but suffice to say, I am excited, nervous, anxious, but most of all relishing the challenge and opportunity that will come hopefully come my way hand in hand.

Hopefully(?) it won't be so long till my next post,

Take care,