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Amos was set up in 2002 by James Jarvis, Sofia Prantera and Russell Waterman. James had previously been designing toys for fashion brand Silas, beginning with the now legendary Martin figure, released back in 1998. Along with Bounty Hunter in Japan, Silas unwittingly became one of the pioneers of the soft vinyl designer toy revolution. With help from Bounty Hunter, who had already released two figures, Martin was unleashed on an unsuspecting world and the work of James Jarvis reached a whole new audience. For the following 5 years, Silas continued to pander to popular demand and release James' designs under both the Silas banner and as part of his World of Pain project. The Silas figures were Martin, Evil Martin and Bubba, Tattoo Me Keith and The Bearded Prophet. The WoP figures were the Policeman and Lars. All of these figures have become very collectable and some trade hands for exorbitant sums on eBay.
Because of the success of these figures, and to stop Mr. Jarvis selling his soul to The Man (he also produced the set of Juvenille Delinquents for the Sony Capsule Toy project), James and the two directors of Silas decided to create a new company. Amos was set up to independently produce and disribute James' figures; to take his work out of a "fashion" context and open up his designs to a wider audience; and to develop new projects and offer new oppurtunities to other artists whom they had worked with.
So far Amos has released the successful In-Crowd series and King Ken, all designed by James. Future plans include a new James Jarvis project, begining with the release of part one of a comic adventure titled 'Vortigern's Machine'. Also there are plans to release a comic and vinyl figures designed by Will Sweeney, another Silas collaborator. 'Tales from Green Fuzz' and Helmut the Hot Dog Man are due in the Spring of 2005. Hopefully Amos will be able to add one or two other suprises into their programme for 2005.
JAMES JARVISJames was born in Dulwich, South London, in 1970. He studied Illustration at Brighton and the Royal College of Art. graduating in 1995. Since then he has worked as a freelance illustrator. In 1998 he started collborating with the clothing label Silas. Since 2003 he has been designing toys exclusively for Amos.
WILL SWEENEYBorn in 1973, in London to arty parents. Grew up in Oxford on a diet of Dr Who, 2000AD and The Cramps. Played guitar, gave up and went to art school in Liverpool. Graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1998. Started playing guitar again. Started working for Silas producing t-shirt designs around 2001, Quit job as waiter. Went to Tokyo with 'Where is Silas?' show, 2003. Started drawing Hot Dog Man due to lack of food/ hangover... Russell expressed interest. Toured most of France and bits of Japan playing guitar with The Zongamin band in 2003-4. Hot Dog Man, now named 'Helmut' becomes a reality in 2005.
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