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"As meteoric rises go, Occupy's (WIWP) ascent of the design community has been truly stellar".

Dom Hall
_Computer Arts

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'Occupy' was founded in 2003 under the name WIWP, and has since cultivated its own place within the art/design scene, earning great acclaim from artists, collectors and the creative press. With 150+ commissions, 6 international exhibitions and 1 book under it's belt, it's focus and international appeal has never been stronger.

What started off as a humble badge design site has now evolved into a global platform, actively pushing artist collaboration through various publications and exhibitions, becoming a great source for original art, high quality limited edition prints and other related wares.

Working outside the traditional gallery format means that Occupy remains flexible as a concept, not confined to a dedicated gallery space or a favored roster of artists. This inherent freedom allows us to approach each brief individually and create continually fresh, challenging and ambitious projects for a global audience.

It's various endeavors have attracted the attention of the Design Council and it's various projects have been featured in numerous printed publications such as The Guardian, Elle, Tatler, Creative Review, Design Week, Computer Arts, IdN and Metro, as-well as online presences such as MTV Switched-on, Yahoo Picks, WGSN, Design Taxi and Candy Collective.

It’s collaborators range from Photographers (Rankin, Thymann, Morten Laursen, Mi-Zo etc) to Artists (Mr Ian Wright, Anthony Burrill, David Foldvari, Insect etc), right through to accomplished Designers and Motion experts (Build, Trevor Jackson, Hillman Curtis, Rinzen etc).

Individually, this group of internationally acclaimed practitioners have worked with a wealth of prestigious clients including BBC, Adidas, Orange, Motorola, Nike, MTV, Cartoon Network, and Puma among many others.

Our ongoing focus is to continually commission and collaborate with some of the the worlds leading creatives; Hand picking both recognised and emerging talent to create exhibitions and products that transcend a definitive style or genre.

Testimonial (1)
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"Without a doubt Darren Firth has to be one of the busiest creatives on the this planet. 9-5 he's a Snr Designer, but by night, and just about any other moment he spends awake, he's up to all sorts of amazing projects under a myriad of other guises and pseudonyms. KeepsMeSane (freelance work), Wearitwithpride (his creative collaboration site), and BrandDead (his tee company) and Sambuki Social all suck his time, yet still he finds more time to collaborate and connect with many of the world's leading creatives through hugely innovative self-sparked projects".

Richard Seabrooke
_Extract from Candy Magazine (Issue 5)

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"Darren Firth is the button badge master himself, as we secretly call him when nobody watches; simply because he and his badge project, Wearitwithpride were one of the first to generate a global new wave of popularity of the humble button badge in this very new century".

Agathe / Tomi
_Extract from Stereohype Website

Collaborators
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IdN Magazine
_International Design Publication

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COSH
_London Gallery & Representation

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Agnes b
_International Fashion Brand / Gallery

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Fact Magazine
_Music & Vinyl Culture Magazine

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Jaguar Shoes
_London Gallery / Bar / Shop

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Tiger
_Asian Beer

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Shark
_Energy Drink

Press
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"Two Faced provides a brilliant insight of modern portraiture by today's most current image makers".

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_Design Taxi (Commenting on Two Faced)

Introduction
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Occupy (was WIWP) has attracted the attention of the Design Council and its various projects have been featured in numerous printed publications such as The Guardian, Elle, Tatler, Creative Review, Design Week, Computer Arts, IdN and Metro as-well as online presences such as MTV Switched-on, Yahoo Picks, WGSN, Design Taxi and Candy Collective.

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"If you haven't yet had a chance to peruse the wares of WIWP, this is the perfect time to acquaint yourself. They've made a name for themselves by taking the works of emerging artists and applying them to the badge format, resulting in some of the coolest wearables around".

Adam Barraclough
_Crowndozen

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"As always, we're thankful for Wear It With Pride for their continued support of pervasive artwork, their tireless efforts to promote quality art and design, and their unique DIY approach to business. Their success is an inspiration, and they've never let it go to their heads. I raise my glass to them. (Actually, it's a slightly warm 40 oz, but it's the thought that counts.)"

Adam Barraclough
_Crowndozen

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"As meteoric rises go, Wear It With Pride's (WIWP) ascent of the design community has been truly stellar. Since its launch in September 2003, the BBC, adidas, Orange, Motorola, Nike, MTV, Puma and, of course, Computer Arts, have all benefited from the talents of WIWP's members. And with the likes of Scarygirl, Jeremyville and Uglydolls, and set-ups such as Insect, Build, Ded Ass Associates among its contributors, WIWP certainly has creative firepower".

Dom Hall
_Computer Arts

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"Long gone are the old days of oil painted portraits on canvas and easel, this art form has envolved into a celebration of modern day portraiture in the 21st century. Two Faced provided a brilliant insight of modern portraiture by today's most current image makers".

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_Design Taxi

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"The overwhelmingly ambitious and ever more engrossing WIWP masterclass in organisation "Two Faced" hit Computer Arts this month with a bang. A much deserved praise is showered upon WIWP and core organiser Darren Firth with exclusive previews of some of the portraits that have resulted from the project".

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_The Little Chimp Society

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"For Darren to have pulled off this project is a massive achievement in itself, but to have done it with such style and finesse only goes to show just how good people should be - an inspiration".

Hellovon
_Interview with Tastemakers Society

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Design
Creative Review / Design Week / Candy Collective / The Royal / Computer Arts / Adv Photoshop / Design Taxi / Stirato / ID Pure / Wallpaper* / AOI / CIA / Etapes / Its Nice That / CreatMake / Swiss Legacy

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Fashion
Tatler / Elle / Marie Claire / WGSN / HK Maxim / GQ

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Lifestyle
MTV / Yahoo Picks / The Guardian / Milk / Metro / RTHK (TV Station) / U Magazine / Apple Daily / Talkies / Headline Daily / Jessica Code / Juice / Todays Living / Pink Work / Oriental Daily / Bazaar / Film London / Little White Lies / SlamXHype

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Occupytm

An Independent Arts Project
© 03-14 Darren Firth

Get In touch!

General Enquiries, Press, Collaborations and Sponsorship.

Darren Firth
_darren@weoccupy.co.uk

Site Design
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Darren Firth
_www.keepsmesane.co.uk

Site Build
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Eric Cheung
_www.sequence01.com

Additional Code
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Dan Bull
_www.atelier6.co.uk

Site Video Installations
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Tim Nolan
_www.spent2000.com

Additional Technology
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Tim McKnight
_www.praxis9.com


Additional Print & Design
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Iain Follett
_www.adapt-or-die.com

General Help & Advice
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Nick Cannons
_www.nickcannons.co.uk

Hellovon
_www.hellovon.com

Joakim Jansson
_www.1-up.com


Printing
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Blam
_www.blanka.co.uk


Publishing / Support
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Chris @ IdN
_www.idnproshop.com

Information
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Darren Firth, the original founder of Occupy (was WIWP) has managed the brand and all its associated activities since its launch in 2003; from collaborative projects and promotions to full scale exhibitions and printed publications.

True to the projects collaborative nature, Occupy continues to achieve its goals with the valuable help of the following people.

Help

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  • Frequently Asked Questions
Can you tell me more about how your prints are produced?
Unless specified all of our archival prints are Giclee fine art inkjet prints and are provided by our partners at Blanka. The inks are 'Ultrachrome' inks, which produce fantastic colour and clarity and have a life span of 75 years. Print sizes may vary, so please check individual products for specific dimensions.
Can I pay using another method?
Yes, payment by cheque can also be arranged. Please send us a description of the item(s) you wish to purchase via emali and we will hold the item(s) in stock for a period of 48 hours. Send all enquiries to darren@weoccupy.co.uk
Do you accept payment in installments?
No!
Do you ship overseas?
Yes, how ever international orders may require an additional shipping fee not included in the automatic CCNow Shipping charge. Shipment is generally sent via Royal Mail's overseas services and insurance is obtained for all overseas goods, however this may differ when purchasing original artwork. In this instance, we will often need to obtain a quote before letting you know the final cost.
Occupy is 'not' responsible for international duties or taxes, All international duties and taxes in relationship to your order are the responsibility of the purchaser.
Why is the amount on my invoice showing up in dollars?
We are a UK based initiative, however all our transactions are processed through our American credit card provider, CCNow. For further information, please visit their website: www.ccnow.com
I have just been notified that the original artwork I just purchase, has already been sold!
Our collection includes various one-off pieces, so we cannot guarantee availability of all our products. During busy periods we may sell out of certain products. If we cannot fulfil your order, we will notify you and refund you via CCNow within 48 hours or, where feasible, offer an alternative.
I made my order over a week ago and I still haven't receive my product yet!
We aim to ship the majority of products within 3 - 7 days, however please allow 28 days for dispatch and delivery especially in the case of purchasing original artwork. If, after this period there is no sign of your product, please notify us ASAP.
If your order is genuinely urgent, please get in touch beforehand and we will endeavor to provide the quickest dispatch solution for you.
My product turned up damaged, what happens now?
If your product is received damaged in the post, please notify us immediately and retain the product and packing and we will contact Royal Mail who will be responsible for addressing and compensating the damage claim. Do not return the damaged product to Occupy or Blanka, notify us immediately and we will advise on the appropriate course of action.
So who is my main point of contact?
darren@weoccupy.co.uk

Latest News

  • New Print We have added a brand new A2 Giclee Print by Kristian Hammerstad to our shop. Check it out.
  • CR Monograph Creative Review dedicate one of their award-winning, subscriber only Monographs to our 'Now Showing' project.
  • Now Showing See all the submissions and exhibition launch images from our London show.
  • Wallpaper* 'Now Showing' is featured in the art section of Wallpaper* website.