Pass the sick bag

Not everyone in the UK is looking forward to the upcoming nuptials of Wills and Kate (apart from the days off, of course). For republicans everywhere, illustrator Lydia Leith has an essential Royal Wedding accessory

Not everyone in the UK is looking forward to the upcoming nuptials of Wills and Kate (apart from the days off, of course). For republicans everywhere, illustrator Lydia Leith has an essential Royal Wedding accessory

Leith’s screenprinted souvenir sick bags (under the punning brand name Throne Up) are available from her website at £3 each. As they say on the front, non-Royalists may want to keep them handy on April 29.

 

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If you like the sound of Throne Up, you might also like our post on KK Outlet’s take on Royal Wedding souvenir plates, here or, from Feed, Dhub’s souvenir plates here

 

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  • That will come in handy… wish it was bigger though…

  • The only funny thing, is the fact that she’s selling them for three quid!

  • Anne Önimus

    These are brilliant. Loving your ideas Lydia

  • Fusty

    £3????????????????????????????? Seriously, I just won’t go.

  • Gerard McGuickin

    Brilliant idea! The whole thing hype around this wedding just makes me sick.

  • Gemma Winter

    Absolute genius!

  • Brilliant idea Lydia!

    Keep us posted on how many you sell!

    I wonder if you can extend the campaign and have other ideas such as Will & Kate’s Honeymoon kit?

  • Frankie

    Am I the only person to think this is just childish? I’m no royalist, and I don’t care much about the wedding, but this is a pretty pathetic swipe.

  • G Hale

    Just another bandwaggoner making money from the Royal nuptials

  • Jason

    surely a real ‘non-royalist’ would just ignore the wedding and do/think about something else? not go to great lengths to make money/publicity out if it.

  • Anne

    Hah, lighten up guys. It’s a lovely idea.

  • Philster

    I love it!

  • Ray

    Pathetic, self congratulatory and rubbish. Particularly the execution.

    I’m not fussed either way about the wedding. But this is just pants!

    And the cheek of asking people to buy them . . . . LOL!

  • Rob

    I would buy one only if the money went to charity.

    Seams like some one is trying to make a quick buck. especially with a one colour print.

    ‘Throne up’ is clever though.

  • I’d pay £3 for a pre-filled bag.

  • Hannah

    I don’t like it either… sorry… I know it’s supposed to be a bit of light hearted fun but am I the only one who gets annoyed at jokes made at other peoples expense. I know some people thrust themselves into the public eye so deserve it, but Will did not chose to be a Royal and in all honestly it seems the couple are trying to be as real as possible in the circumstances. I’m not a raving royalist, but would hate cheap digs like this at anyone! Hmmm! Come on CR… I’m sure you can do better than to report on this kinda thing!

  • Bill

    Just another gratuitous insult from the ‘design’ industry. Why is it so many designers can’t tell the difference between constructive criticism and ignorant abuse?

    There is no need to insult people like this just to make a quick buck. It gives the rest of us a bad name.

  • Obvious Conclusion

    It is rubbish isn’t it.

  • Obvious Conclusion

    It is rubbish isn’t it.

  • joan doane

    It is rubbish and a bunch of cods wallup why are you trying to be a downer these are two young people who are in love and want to be married to one another it is besides the point that he happens to be the crown prince give them a breal already.

  • singaporec

    Cheap joke, hypocritical money making scam, £3???

  • Rob

    I would buy one only if the money went to charity.

    Seams like some one is trying to make a quick buck. especially with a one colour print.

    ‘Throne up’ is clever though.

  • Mart

    “Cheap joke, hypocritical money making scam, £3???”

    Chill out. It’s a bit of fun. If you don’t like them, don’t buy one. Even if you like them, you don’t HAVE to buy one. Selling something for a price to someone who is willing to pay that price isn’t hypocritical, or a scam.

  • Helene

    God, you lot need to take a chill pill! It’s a great piece of light hearted fun, and a very clever design. I reckon there are a lot of unemployed creatives who are just plain jealous that you came up with such an original idea! Well done Lydia, I hope you’re impoverished and sell sh.t loads of these!!

  • Marudze

    What’s the point of it? If you’re so disgusted by the wedding that it will make you throw up, then don’t watch it. Perhaps the alternative is to fill them beforehand and launch them instead of confetti.

  • Graphicdesigner

    I think it’s a blooming marvellous idea!

  • “Throne Up” – the worst pun one will ever hear in relation to the wedding.

  • I’ll sign up for one.

  • Marudze

    What’s the point of it? If you’re so disgusted by the wedding that it will make you throw up, then don’t watch it. Perhaps the alternative is to fill them beforehand and launch them instead of confetti.

  • Callum

    You are brilliant Lydia, I’m struggling to use Illustrator at the moment I’m laughing so much, truly original and classic Leith humour!

    Despite the recession and whining tight arses on here one knows that one would be happy to pay around £5 or possibly £4.98 – £4.99 for such an amusing, light hearted, yet ultimately practical gift!

  • John

    Pointless idea badly executed. I need the bag after looking at it. I take it she’ll be going to work as normal on the wedding day to clearly demonstrate her objections…

  • Jason

    Whatever people think of the idea, the execution looks pretty poor. There’s obvious ink bleeding on the examples shown, and the bags looks like they’ve been disformed from the weight of the ink. “Buy a load of cheap bags, ink them up and hope for the best” technique hasn’t worked.

    Before i get slated for negative comments, it must be appreciated that putting these in the public domain invites the same broad opinions as the Royal Wedding itself.

    To balance things out, there is some nice work on her site – take a look everybody!

  • Jason

    Whatever people think of the idea, the execution looks pretty poor. There’s obvious ink bleeding on the examples shown, and the bags looks like they’ve been disformed from the weight of the ink. “Buy a load of cheap bags, ink them up and hope for the best” technique hasn’t worked.

    Before i get slated for negative comments, it must be appreciated that putting these in the public domain invites the same broad opinions as the Royal Wedding itself.

    To balance things out, there is some nice work on her site – take a look everybody!

  • Mart

    “What’s the point of it? If you’re so disgusted by the wedding that it will make you throw up, then don’t watch it. Perhaps the alternative is to fill them beforehand and launch them instead of confetti.”

    Are you suggesting that someone would actually buy one of these so they can actually throw up whilst watching the Royal Wedding?

    It’s a joke. You know, a funny thing, sometimes a silly thing, sometimes a clever thing. Sometimes all three.

  • Outrageous (and cheeky) stuff Lydia

    You may not be invited to the ball..

    Cheers!
    Paul

  • Ed

    ..You care about the execution of a bag you’d be sick in?! Doesn’t sound like a comment from a well rounded designer really, more like a member of royalty!

    Maybe some people are missing the point here, or being a touch sensitive.

    They’re hilarious!

  • Luce

    Whats the point of calling yourself a creative if you are so narrow minded? Royalist or not you should see these as pure pieces of graphic work. Honestly people, calm down! They are clever, genuine and unique..I guess thats the sting that made you all jump.

  • Jason

    But Ed… you also don’t tend to pay £3 for a bag to be sick in do you?

    (unless you’re royalty perhaps?!)

  • RS

    brilliant idea! People need to see the funny side of it

  • Anne Önimus

    I wouldn’t see these great little items as a personal attack on the Royals. It’s more the furor of media and press attention that leaves many of us feeling a little queazy. I see them just as an alternative and humorous souvenir to the tacky, “collectable” royal wedding plates that will be sold in there droves.

    Spotted these in the Guardian today and believe they’re in the Metro too, great work Lydia

  • Paul

    I’d like to do minature William Wallace violins.

  • Bob

    Any ridicule directed at the royal cabal is OK with me, but I would only buy one of these if some of the money was being donated to Republic http://www.republic.org.uk

  • Callum

    These are unique artworks that give us an opportunity to celebrate or otherwise the event as we deem appropriate.

    Comments on ink bleed etc are entirely missing the point, the fact that they are slightly slightly imperfect surely adds rather than detracts from their cache, I certainly will be framing mine and displaying them proudly on my cabin wall.

    There is no malice here, just clever and well devised humour, the detail of character representation is spot on too.

    If the happy couple have a good sense of humour, which I suspect they very well may, then these items must surely make a refreshing change from the tedious, sycophantic tat that is churned out via dubious design briefs and relentlessly forced down our throats . . . hence a in design terms further reinforcing the poignancy of Lydia’s work (metaphorically at least)!

  • anne casson

    load of hype lol question is will they stay married lets see princess anne divorced,…prince andrew divorced …,prince charles divorced… and even princess margeret divorced… i think maybe live in sin first lmao least we get a bank holiday …………..x

  • Rob

    Excellent – Ive just bought 4

    Some people just dont have any sense of humour, art, culture, etc – probably all Daily Mail Readers the lot of em

  • bristlehound

    Hope she brings out toilet paper as well then she’s got both ends covered.

  • Frankie

    In response to the previous comment, I’ve got a perfectly good sense of humour.

    For example, I laughed out loud when I read that Rob paid £3 each for four paper bags with a poor illustration and a bad joke on the front.

  • Carole Hume

    Some people just cannot bear to see or hear of anyone being happy. We have no choice in where we are born or who we are born to. There’s enough sadness in the world, so let two young people in love have their day – and don’t spoil the dreams of lots of little girls who will be over the moon to watch the wedding – without passing them a sick-bag and then having to explain to them why it’s wrong to have dreams. Sour grapes!
    Carole

  • Haha, great idea. I’m glad it’s not just me that’s sick of it already (excuse the pun..).

  • Will

    A great bit of fun. One that could serve well after the actual day as funny, token memorabilia. Those who see it as anything other than a bit of fun need to step down a level. Get off your high horses I’m sure it was never intended to be anti-royalty collateral… who would actually throw up anyway?

  • Jan Fairey

    Ho no! What poor quality, I want my royal family in hyperreal full colour! Just like a Mc Donald’s menu card, none of this creativity rubbish. How dare you charge £3, you are a young person and should be unemployed and not trying to make a living!
    What next, Danish newspaper illustrators poking fun at our beloved Allah!

  • Jan Fairey

    Ho no! What poor quality, I want my royal family in hyperreal full colour! Just like a Mc Donald’s menu card, none of this creativity rubbish. How dare you charge £3, you are a young person and should be unemployed and not trying to make a living!
    What next, Danish newspaper illustrators poking fun at our beloved Allah!

  • I rather prefer our project from 2003
    Fashion Sickness Bags (against anorexia and bulimia)
    http://www.lagasulla.com/es/work/32

  • Jason

    I love the ‘have an opinion different to mine you must be a Daily Mail reader’ comment – very ‘cultured’ view there Rob

  • A more neutral position on self promotion of the back of the royal wedding!!
    http://www.dhub.com/work/identity/royal-wedding-collection

  • Susan

    Wonderful.
    The two I bought arrived in the post today and they are even better in the flesh.
    Brilliant anti-dote to the usual fuss they put on around Royal weddings.
    Lovely clean design displaying loads of humour.

    S

  • I’ll definitely get a couple of these before Sick Fest 2011

    Throne Up – classic! Nice work guys

  • Rob Stewart

    Ignorant abuse? Really, some of you need to wise up. This is perfect for people who wish to make an anti-monarchist statement. Those of us who are republican get that sorry lot shoved down our throats by the media relentlessly. It’s only fair that people can poke fun back at them and those that, for some misguided reason, love the lazy freeloaders who have grown fat on our tax.

  • The very fact that people wish to even discuss the Royal Wedding makes me sick.

    ‘The Sick Bag’ a little bit juvenile but I do like the ‘THRONE UP’ line. As for selling them for £3.00. if people are daft enough… good on ya!!

  • I’m currently an Englishman in Florida. Even here I hear people talking about the royal wedding. They should elope; that’ll make an interesting change to things.

    I’m getting married within a few months of them. I’m done hearing people harp on about *their* wedding. 😉

  • Andy Kidd

    I think it’s sick-ophantic

  • Fab idea. Love it. Can you ship to Australia? We are in need of them here as this saccharine news travels.
    xxx

  • Steve

    People who don’t see the gentle humour & irony in this have had their funny glands removed. Good on yer Lydia.

  • Thiago

    I think people are missing the whole point here. From my understanding Lydia is sick – as many of us always get – of any fuss that the media causes furor over. I do agree that the Royal Wedding is a special occasion, and this and that, but we can’t help feeling a bit queazy as Anne mentioned above . Saying that, can I order a Credit Crunch/Government Spending Cuts sick bag please?

  • Ed

    Lydia’s hit the BBC news, check it out..

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12551726

  • Al

    Lydia has managed to push civil war,earthquake;and imminent oil price explosion off the BBC “most watched” top spot for at least fifteen minutes. Did Warhol ever do this? Or Banksy? Or Dali? Brilliant BBC film of her at work. Unmissable. See Ed’s link. Al

  • Solidus

    Collective sense of humour bypass ahoy!

  • Tria

    Heh, lot of people in this comment section who have no sense of humour! I am not a republican but I still think they’re funny, because it’s the sheer amount of tat produced for an ‘event’ like this – which is sort of a non-event for anyone outside the family, IMNSHO, because Wills isn’t even the Crown Prince yet, let alone King – that makes me sick. Why worry about someone poking a bit of light-hearted fun at it all?

  • mtnestar

    The sick thing is I spent £5 on a Mother`s Day card.The Fern Cotton prog has tipped the Leith bags as being a souvenier that could be a worthwhile investment .

  • The Royals should put their hands in those deep pockets and pay for their own damn wedding the same as we have to. Plus how much is the after party costing the tax payers? I don’t blame people for making some money out of it – good on you! we should all do it

  • emma

    really bad taste and crapply made and also a bloody cheek asking for money

  • This idea was hilarious. All just a bit of fun too, never did anyone any harm!