Big A Band Store was started by me, Anthony Atkinson, in April 2019.
A love of drawing is at the heart of everything I do – I can’t get enough of messing about with pencils, ink and paint. If I’m honest, drawing feels a little bit like magic (there, I said it!). This store is an opportunity for me to turn those doodles into designs, get some awesome products made and spread a little love in the process.
I’m starting small but I’m aiming big! My little range is growing steadily with plans to add apparel and upholstered goods over the next 18 months.
I am open to commissions and collaborations so please do get in touch via the Contact Us section.
Everything is designed and, where possible, manufactured locally. All paper products used are either recyclable, recycled or both.
I have been working as an illustrator and designer for over ten years with previous clients that include: Bellerbys College, Caught By The River, Plan International, Sambrook’s Brewery, Virgin Atlantic and Vodafone. In May 2015, I co-authored a book, Lundy, Rockall, Dogger, Fair Isle: A celebration of the islands around Britain, together with Mathew Clayton and published by Ebury Press (Random House). One day I am going to be a stand-up poet with a pipe and scarf.
Leo is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that I adopted in 2017. He comes from Ireland, yet has no discernible accent but does have a bonky eye. Whilst an invaluable member of team BABS, Leo generally just comes along for the ride, looking pretty and stealing all the snacks. He is the best at both of those.