Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Illustrator creating works of art from dereliction

The new Garrison in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
The new Garrison in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
The Courthouse in Bushmills.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Having a cuppa in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
M&J Groves in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Lukes of Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Hemphill furniture in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Torrens clothes shop in Bushmills.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
If the hat fits in Bushmills.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Barristers at work in Bushmills.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Shopping at Clarkes in Bushmills.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
The Barbour Shop in Bushmills.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
The Mill in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Window shopping in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
The Mill in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Racing Legends.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Balmer's Motor Repairs in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Racing Legends.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Snapping the music shop in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
A woman walks past a derelict shop, its windows covered in giant posters to make it look like a cafe, in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Thursday, June 6, 2013. Organizers of the G-8 summit of world leaders June 17-18 in Northern Ireland have spent weeks sprucing up the facades of businesses all around the County Fermanagh venue. Their use of window-sized posters to make them appear like thriving businesses with fully stocked shelves, has proved most eye-catching indeed, eye-fooling. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Northern Ireland- 21st June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. False shop fronts on the Lower Newtownards Road in east Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 21st June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. False shop fronts on the Lower Newtownards Road in east Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 21st June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. False shop fronts on the Lower Newtownards Road in east Belfast.
A pedestrian walks pass stickers applied to the windows of a former butcher?s shop in Belcoo, Northern Ireland, outside Enniskillen on June 1, 2013. The stickers give the premises the superficial appearance of a open business. More than 100 properties within range of the Lough Erne resort which hosts the G8 Summit have been tidied up, painted or power-hosed. Britain is hosting this year's summit on June 17-18. AFP PHOTO/ PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland- 21st June 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. False shop fronts on the Lower Newtownards Road in east Belfast.
A man walks past an empty shop, which has been covered with artwork to make it look more appealing, in the village of Bushmills on the Causeway Coast August 19, 2013. One of the homes of Irish whiskey has taken a scheme developed in Northern Ireland of erecting fake shop fronts where derelict buildings lie and has truly run with it in a bid to woo tourists. Bushmills, best known as the village where the whiskey of the same name was distilled for the first time 400 years ago, is now also becoming recognisable for the artwork and graphics that brighten up shop fronts left empty during the economic downturn. Picture taken August 19, 2013. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (NORTHERN IRELAND - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 13 OF 20 FOR PACKAGE 'NORTHERN IRELAND'S TROMPE L'OEIL' SEARCH 'BUSHMILLS ART' FOR ALL IMAGES
Having a cuppa in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
M&J Groves in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Lukes of Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Hemphill furniture in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Torrens clothes shop in Bushmills.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Shopping at Clarkes in Bushmills.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
The Barbour Shop in Bushmills.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Window shopping in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Balmer's Motor Repairs in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Snapping the music shop in Ballymoney.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Press Eye Photography Wednesday 16th April 2014 Photographer Russell Pritchard / Presseye.com Lisburn Square fake shop fronts
Press Eye Photography Wednesday 16th April 2014 Photographer Russell Pritchard / Presseye.com Lisburn Square fake shop fronts
Press Eye Photography Wednesday 16th April 2014 Photographer Russell Pritchard / Presseye.com Lisburn Square fake shop fronts
Press Eye Photography Wednesday 16th April 2014 Photographer Russell Pritchard / Presseye.com Lisburn Square fake shop fronts
Press Eye Photography Wednesday 16th April 2014 Photographer Russell Pritchard / Presseye.com Lisburn Square fake shop fronts
Press Eye Photography Wednesday 16th April 2014 Photographer Russell Pritchard / Presseye.com Lisburn Square fake shop fronts

Northern Ireland's false shop front phenomenon has created a growing business in its own right.

Graphic designer Nathan Jarvis is one of many professionals who have been tackling the derelict eyesores at the request of local councils.

The Portrush-based illustrator has turned boarded-up buildings into virtual thriving retail units by overseeing their design with striking images.

Having completed almost 20 projects for Moyle Council in places like Bushmills, he is currently working on sites for the local authorities in Antrim.

"I try to make the shops fronts look as realistic and inviting as possible... and in some cases people actually try to use the post boxes I've created, which is funny," said Nathan, who owns a company called MrBlinc.com.

"I work in partnership with Studiorogers Architects in Coleraine who advise me on stylistic elements."

The father-of-three said the turnaround time for the completion of some projects was very tight and often required working around the clock.

"I work from nine in the morning until midnight if the job demands it," he said.

"We also have to work alongside different contractors, such as builders, plasterers and painters, so it's all about accommodating each other."

The policy is not a new one, but it does, increasingly, spark debate over whether it's a sticking plaster approach.

But, either way, it provides more than a temporary solution.

"The materials used in this work last up to 20 years so it's durable stuff; it's there to last until the property can be put back into use," said Nathan.

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