Over It & Co is a creative collective of artists, ranging from painters to tattooists, illustrators to sculptors and everything in between.
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Run by Suzannah Pettigrew and Charlotte Hanlon this dynamic and artistic duo have taken it upon themselves to create a platform to nurture fellow creative talents, helping them to get more from an industry which they describe their feelings towards as “over it”. Having just created their first book Over It & Co Volume 1, showcasing the diverse talents of those on their roster (as well as one or two pieces by themselves!), they’ll be celebrating with a group show at the Orange Dot Gallery in Holborn. i-D online caught five minutes with these fun loving females to hear more about the book, the exhibition and themselves.
Hello ladies, can you tell us how you both met?
Charlotte: I met Suz through WAH magazine in 2008. I saw an interview with her and liked what she was saying so I got in touch. Luckily she didn’t think I was a stalker and agreed to meet me for a cuppa in a public place! We got on so well that we decided to combine our creative powers and start Over It & Co.
Give us a bit of history…
Suzannah: The original idea for Over It & Co came about in the summer of 2007, while I was living in New York City after graduating from university. But it wasn’t until I met Charlotte that it took on its current identity and focus. Our first working project together was my debut solo show at WAH Nails in Dalston, and we haven’t looked back since!
Tell us about the new exhibition and book…
Charlotte: The book gives an overview of the artists that we work with, as well as a selection of the shows, events and exhibitions that we’ve produced or been involved with in recent years. Its a celebration (in an A6 sized book!) of what we’ve done so far. The exhibition features some new and unseen work from our artists, including work from Suzannah and I. We’ve got some fun plans up our sleeves for the opening including a village fete style raffle and other ideas we’re keeping under our hats!
What’s been your favourite project to date?
Suzannah: The Gob Shop. We really enjoyed working with rapper DELS and creating a pop-up sweet shop was a dream fulfilled. The only downfall was having to inflate and tie up 400 helium balloons before lunchtime. Our fingers were battered!
You’re both artists, tell us about your own work?
Charlotte: I’m an illustrator first and foremost, occasionally dipping into the wonderful world of print-making. I suppose my work is a show and tell of artefact’s that take my fancy, which can be anything. I do love adding a bit of glitter and fluro to most of my creations, I’m a bit of a magpie.
Suzannah: I work with an array of materials from paint, print, montage and installation media. I use art to explore the seductive and ephemeral nature of modern existence through the themes of love, loss, death and desire. Aiming to provide a modern day social commentary with a satirical disposition.
What’s the last exhibition you saw that blew your mind?
Charlotte: Grayson Perry at the British Museum, The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman.
Suzannah: Mike Nelson’s Coral Reef installation at the Tate Britain was out of control.
Our biggest project this year is a group show and auction with charity Art Against Knives in the summer. We’re also working on various collaborations and potentially producing some solo shows with a few of our artists. Expanding and welcoming new members to Over It & Co and taking over the world Pinky and the Brain stylie!
The Over It & Co show at The Orange Dot Gallery is on until Friday 30th March.
Text: Zainab Jama
Artwork and photographer courtesy Over It & Co