Name-chains are themed collections of names, created and designed by Alison Bell. Following careful research, the names are joined together and woven into a square crossword/scrabble-style format.
Every name-chains design is unique and crafted over time with care and precision. Each image is executed into a striking colourful picture of names, using Alison’s distinctive font. Once they are complete, the name-chains designs are digitised and transferred into prints, t-shirts and other merchandise.
Drawing inspiration from magnetic fridge letters, the first name-chains theme was Manchester bands ~ all linked together in a scrabble/crossword style. After such a great response to the initial concept, more designs and commissions were created with different themes.
Each name-chains print design is signed and numbered in a limited edition of 500. Prints, t-shirts and mugs are all available here on the name-chains shop.
Some of the t-shirts can be seen on the name-chains gallery worn by:
actors Chris Gascoyne, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Dean Fagan; musicians Rowetta, Kermit and Henry Priestman; broadcasters Geoff Lloyd, Clint Boon and Mike Sweeney, TV presenter Simon Rimmer; YouTube & podcast presenter Jay Motty; and the Manchester Major, Andy Burnham.