The official Text Santa clothing collection is now exclusively available at The Hut with a minimum of 25% of each order split equally between the six Text Santa charities! The range includes adorable kid’s pyjamas, men’s and women’s t-shirts, onesies and hoodies with unique, festive designs by artist Ben Mosley.
We caught up with Ben just after his live painting session during Phillip Schofield’s 24 hour presenting marathon on ITV to find out more about his inspiration, his partnership with Text Santa and how you can get involved!
Tell us about your Text Santa illustration and where the inspiration came from
I wanted to create something very trendy and unique, that gave the charity something cool representing Christmas and the charity Text Santa in the best possible way. I also wanted to keep my integrity as a serious artist and take a legendary icon in Father Christmas and design it in my style. The theme is very British with a red bowler hat and tie and I wanted to get that theme across as we are supporting six fantastic British charities.
How long does it take you to complete a piece of art?
It can vary depending on what I’m doing. I like to spend as much time on each painting as possible. The live painting is different and is more like performance art and I mainly do this side of my practice to help raise money for charity. I enjoy the pressure of live painting and I thrive from it.
Tell us about your creative process…
I paint straight on to the canvas because I wish to maintain a certain amount of spontaneity in each painting. I believe this makes each painting individual and gives them a unique personality. Because I want to capture the dynamism, excitement and movement of the environment around me, my brushwork is gestural, angular and vigorous, and conveys the explosion of energy that happens within sport and everyday life.
How did your collaboration with Text Santa come about?
My collaboration came through due to the work that I was doing with Marie Curie Cancer Care, and a great guy that I met called Arun Sharma. He put me in touch with Lorraine Varley at ITV Text Santa and we went from there. These two are really tremendous people and have been a pleasure to work with from start to finish and it was a pleasure to come up with a unique design that was young and ambitious.
What do you love about the work that Text Santa is doing?
I think its great that so many charities and all people involved can benefit from the great work that Text Santa does to help so many people at an important time of year. Christmas is about families and people coming together and celebrating friendships and the appreciation of others. I feel very honoured and privileged to be involved with Text Santa and I hope I can work with them again.
What is your favourite Christmas memory?
My favourite Christmas memory… every single last Friday when School finished for the holidays is right up there! I think waking up on Christmas morning with the anticipation of the day ahead is another. Obviously when you are younger its the excitement of Father Christmas and the magic he brings. Now its the fact that I get to spend the day with the family and appreciate what I have. My favourite was when my mum had spent ages creating the perfect cauliflower cheese in terms of the shape, she put it on the table, and two minutes later, dad was mashing it up because he thought it was bread sauce and it was lumpy.
Who would you love to see wearing your Text Santa design?
I think that I am very fortunate that the celebrities already wearing them are excellent and I’m honoured to associated with them. I am really proud that Phillip Schofield, Frank Lampard, Christine Bleakley, and Ant and Dec are wearing them. It’s terrific and I hope that they liked the T-Shirts.
What did you think of Phillip Schofield’s TV marathon?
Phillip Schofield is tremendous, I really admire his energy and his quality. He really showed what a versatile and intelligent presenter he is. Live television is very difficult and he makes it look seamless and easy. I think that he has done a tremendous job and I am honoured to have met him and been on his show.
How can people get involved and donate to Text Santa?
People can get involved by donating at www.textsanta.co.uk, or by buying an official t-shirt, hoodie from The Hut and showing there support that way! It really has been a tremendous experience and one that I feel very privileged and fortunate to be part of.
You can see the full range of official Text Santa hoodies, t-shirts, adult’s onesies, kid’s pyjamas at The Hut here >>