Matthew Hancock
Workers' Song


Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
I was commissioned by the food and history magazine Fare to create a series of collages for their "Glasgow" edition. The editors wanted to discuss the colourful social history of the city's working classes, and opted to do so through the lyrics of an old folk song by Ed Pickford. The collages were designed to accompany these lyrics.

How was the illustration used:
The collages were published alongside the song's lyrics in the "Glasgow" edition of Fare Magazine, released in July 2019.

How did you make this work:
I spent a significant period of time gathering research materials; handbills, newspapers and photography from the early-mid 20th Century. Everything included in the collages is from actual material created in Glasgow during the period discussed in the article. Stylistically, I called upon the rich, socialist history of Constructivism to create an appropriate visual world.

Commissioner Name :
Ric Bell
Commissioner Company :
Fare Magazine

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United Kingdom

Matthew Hancock is an award-winning designer and illustrator from London. His work is thoughtful, nuanced and concise. Over ten years he’s worked with clients ranging from tech giants to charities, scientific research bodies to fashion houses; and on products ranging from fine china crockery to legal marijuana.