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Pass the sick bag

Graphic Design, Illustration

Posted by Creative Review, 14 February 2011, 11:48    Permalink    Comments (72)

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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72 Comments

That will come in handy... wish it was bigger though...
GEORGE VRANJKOVIC
2011-02-14 12:03:11


The only funny thing, is the fact that she's selling them for three quid!
Curator
2011-02-14 15:20:38


These are brilliant. Loving your ideas Lydia
Anne Önimus
2011-02-14 20:19:02


£3????????????????????????????? Seriously, I just won't go.
Fusty
2011-02-14 23:35:28


Brilliant idea! The whole thing hype around this wedding just makes me sick.
Gerard McGuickin
2011-02-14 23:56:40


Absolute genius!
Gemma Winter
2011-02-15 02:00:53


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?
GraphicDesignBoss
2011-02-15 04:01:17


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.
Frankie
2011-02-15 09:55:14


Just another bandwaggoner making money from the Royal nuptials
G Hale
2011-02-15 10:09:35


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.
Jason
2011-02-15 11:15:10


Hah, lighten up guys. It's a lovely idea.
Anne
2011-02-15 12:14:44


I love it!
Philster
2011-02-15 12:56:34


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!
Ray
2011-02-15 12:58:00


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.
Rob
2011-02-15 13:03:41


I'd pay £3 for a pre-filled bag.
Javier Garcia
2011-02-15 13:03:51


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!
Hannah
2011-02-15 13:05:41


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.
Bill
2011-02-15 13:09:00


It is rubbish isn't it.
Obvious Conclusion
2011-02-15 13:30:13


It is rubbish isn't it.
Obvious Conclusion
2011-02-15 13:48:49


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.
joan doane
2011-02-15 13:59:00


Cheap joke, hypocritical money making scam, £3???
singaporec
2011-02-15 14:00:43


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.
Rob
2011-02-15 14:16:49


"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.
Mart
2011-02-15 14:36:18


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!!
Helene
2011-02-15 14:37:46


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.
Marudze
2011-02-15 14:38:37


I think it's a blooming marvellous idea!
Graphicdesigner
2011-02-15 14:42:37


"Throne Up" - the worst pun one will ever hear in relation to the wedding.
James Warfield
2011-02-15 14:45:27


I'll sign up for one.
Donald Swarbrick
2011-02-15 14:47:15


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.
Marudze
2011-02-15 14:53:10


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!
Callum
2011-02-15 14:57:41


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...
John
2011-02-15 15:08:25


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
2011-02-15 15:08:52


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
2011-02-15 15:11:05


"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.
Mart
2011-02-15 15:27:02


Outrageous (and cheeky) stuff Lydia

You may not be invited to the ball..

Cheers!
Paul
PaulMG
2011-02-15 15:45:38


..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!
Ed
2011-02-15 17:30:45


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.
Luce
2011-02-15 20:02:17


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

(unless you're royalty perhaps?!)
Jason
2011-02-16 10:13:46


brilliant idea! People need to see the funny side of it
RS
2011-02-16 13:01:20


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
Anne Önimus
2011-02-16 14:11:37


I'd like to do minature William Wallace violins.
Paul
2011-02-16 16:19:52


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
Bob
2011-02-16 20:21:13


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)!
Callum
2011-02-17 08:52:01


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
anne casson
2011-02-17 09:37:30


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
Rob
2011-02-17 10:14:17


Hope she brings out toilet paper as well then she's got both ends covered.
bristlehound
2011-02-17 13:25:48


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.
Frankie
2011-02-17 13:32:23


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
Carole Hume
2011-02-17 15:01:34


Haha, great idea. I'm glad it's not just me that's sick of it already (excuse the pun..).
Tom Walsh
2011-02-17 17:36:06


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?
Will
2011-02-17 17:37:02


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
2011-02-17 18:15:06


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
2011-02-17 18:24:04


I rather prefer our project from 2003
Fashion Sickness Bags (against anorexia and bulimia)
http://www.lagasulla.com/es/work/32
eduard xandri
2011-02-17 19:51:21


I love the 'have an opinion different to mine you must be a Daily Mail reader' comment - very 'cultured' view there Rob
Jason
2011-02-18 09:22:04


A more neutral position on self promotion of the back of the royal wedding!!
http://www.dhub.com/work/identity/royal-wedding-collection
Josh
2011-02-18 09:58:23


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
Susan
2011-02-20 19:41:00


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

Throne Up - classic! Nice work guys
Rory
2011-02-21 11:21:31


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.
Rob Stewart
2011-02-22 10:06:44


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!!
Phil Young
2011-02-22 16:51:34


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. ;)
Fairhead Creative
2011-02-22 17:55:29


I think it's sick-ophantic
Andy Kidd
2011-02-23 18:30:48


Fab idea. Love it. Can you ship to Australia? We are in need of them here as this saccharine news travels.
xxx
betty sargeant
2011-02-24 00:09:49


People who don't see the gentle humour & irony in this have had their funny glands removed. Good on yer Lydia.
Steve
2011-02-24 06:22:00


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?
Thiago
2011-02-24 12:02:29


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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12551726
Ed
2011-02-24 17:33:56


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
Al
2011-02-25 12:24:07


Collective sense of humour bypass ahoy!
Solidus
2011-02-25 23:28:12


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?
Tria
2011-04-11 16:02:51


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 .
mtnestar
2011-04-13 17:47:39


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
Jason
2011-04-28 02:48:43


really bad taste and crapply made and also a bloody cheek asking for money
emma
2011-05-01 20:50:00


This idea was hilarious. All just a bit of fun too, never did anyone any harm!
Web Design Newcastle
2011-10-31 13:15:07


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