Alakazam are pleased to announce the arrival of a new edition of Will Sweeney’s BLACK FEAST IV silkscreen in the Alakazam shop. The new version of the popular print comes with a fluorescent gradient background, hand printed by Snowprint in London. They are offering FREE shipping on all UK orders for the rest of 2012! They still have a limited amount of T-shirts from the Alakazam/Stüssy Operation Radication range, as well as the last few copies of the fantastic Mould Map 2 magazine, The Captain Mindseye riso zine and many other visual delights for your seasonal entertainment! If you happen to be in Paris this week, don’t miss Susumu mukai’s ANIMAS exhibition at 12mail gallery. Feature
Age of Reason is a UK accessories label, which prides itself on making beautiful scarves in England. They offer their customers wearable luxury with a playful punk twist, at an attainable price point. Audacious prints and beautiful fabrics define their work. For inspiration they look to their Brit punk heritage, and the streets of London. Feature
In an attempt to make their brand more accessible to it’s audience whilst departing from being “overly styled and glossy” NYC Street wear brand Moss’ AW2012 look book (featuring Das Racist members) was shot using instagram to mimic methods used by their followers to document their lives. Taking inspiration from 90’s NY culture & Pop Art the brand believes “Street wear is all about the fusion of fashion and lifestyle in urban culture.” Feature
Best known for his bold and geometric prints British based designer David Saunders started his career assisting the likes of Tracy Emin and Mat Colishaw beginning a career in fashion via Fine Art. Saunders’ label “David David” is all about print & enjoying pattern, oh and he’s not just about the garms, his interiors are just as exciting too! Feature
Come join us at the Museum of London on Friday 30th November from 7-9 and get screen printing whether you’re a first timer or a pro, brought to you by University of the Arts London. Meet me and my friends, come hang out, get printing or just observe if you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty.
I went to see this exhibition at Tate Modern with a troublesome friend of mine expecting to see some damn cool experimental photography, and don’t be fooled, I got what I was expecting. What I wasn’t expecting however were these incredible 6ft+ tall heavy type paintings. Layers and layers of bold colour and prominent brush strokes form Klein’s ‘Text Paintings’. The photographs don’t really do them justice, I recommend you go and stand there in front of them in awe, as I did. Feature
The port city of Haifa is home to some of the best street art in the world. A big part of the Haifa scene from day one, Broken Fingaz crew, a collective of artists who do brilliant graffiti works, T-Shirt designs and illustrations, was founded in 2001 by artist Unga, who, along with some friends who shared a love for bizzare and colorful images. Since then they are recognised as one of the premier names to come out of Israel’s scene, and have been touring the globe exhibiting and painting the streets of cities such as London, Paris, Berlin Vienna, Beijing, Phnom Penh, Tokyo, Milan and more. It was during these trips that Unga starting taking pictures, initially as an important part of documenting their often ephemeral practice, but later also a visual blog, a way of experiencing some of the group’s idiosyncratic adventures and travels. Feature
Re:667 (bis & double bis) are two one of a kind hard cover versions of the screen printed 667 zine. Each book is unique and features the 667 zine, some extra pages (split fountain & test prints) and a leather hard cover. Each book is signed, numbered (1/1) and dated (21.12.2012). Feature
“Flight” — the new Collector’s Edition Box Set is the latest and the last release of the year from London artist Von. Now revisiting the Animal Series for the first time in well over a year, this latest box set focuses on a brand new collection of abstracted birds showcasing a fascination with their intricate structures, geometry, grace and inherent beauty. None of this work has ever been released before and is now available for the first time as a collector’s box set handmade in the UK in an edition of 50. Feature
GFSmith has long been recognised for its exceptional collection of uncoated papers. But now, with the addition of Heaven 42 to complement their existing popular coated paper, PhoenixMotion – GFSmith now have a small and exclusive range of coated papers. GFSmith needed a promotion that would showcase the high print performance of these papers to the full. Feature
Street Artist Kid Acne invites you to play with 36 pages of his outlines releasing a limited run of 200 colouring books.
The sick cover is printed in 4 spot colour with pages using a traditional lithograph print on recycled paper. Each copy is individually numbered & embossed with an original hand-drawn illustration on the inside front cover. Get one here Feature
Jealous Gallery and Print Studio are dealers and publishers of limited edition prints. Since 2008 they’ve featured prints by emerging and established artists from varied schools, movements and styles. They also curate installations, exhibitions of original painting and drawing and photography shows.
Jealous also awards an annual Graduate print prize, accompanied by a large scale exhibition of the winners work. Now based in Shoreditch after expansion from their Crouch End studio, hit the ‘screen printing’ link on the site to find out more about their new facilities. Open from Thursdays to Sundays.
Through a new side project “The Island Continent” Eamo Donnelly created “Studies in Broadcast Colour.” Through the study of colour, moving image and SLR Digital Photography (capturing a static colour broadcast) this project explores the way colour is rendered and translated through red, blue and green channels of obsolete Cathode Ray Tubes from inside TV sets. Feature
An LCC Surface Design graduate with an eye-catching and diverse portfolio of pattern design for wallpaper, furniture, ceramics, clothing, you name it he’s done it. I adore the ceramic collection ‘Beautiful Decay’ based on Kew Gardens and The Hunterian Museum, click on the ‘plus’ to see images of this and other work. Feature
Currently a target of Political war against Graffiti, LA based Revok discovered Art through his Dad’s collections of 60’s & 70’s album covers, comic books and skateboarding, beginning to start writing in 1990. His work emphasizes the beauty in decay with pieces created by cutting and reassembling found objects scavenged from abandoned homes and buildings in Detroit & Michigan. Feature
A fun and hard not to love screen printing couple from Brighton, they specialise in hand screen printing playful designs from home. They add, they have a good sense of humour and a love of spicy food. If you don’t live in Brighton but want to see what these guys do, they’ll be at Designers/Makers in Spitalfields on Dec 15th. Feature
Israeli based designer Noga Berman uses her design skills to try and solve problems occurring in her environment. Her stunning collection of rings titled “Construction Waste” is created from a large collection of ceramic stones she found in construction sites. The stones appear to “hover above the finger” elegantly mounted on silver using the vanishing wax technique. Feature
A gallery that is “untying the old perspective… [they] don’t like the art world. [They] don’t like the schisms, the categories, the feuds, the fried air that’s being presented in galleries and museums like some tasty amuse gueule.” A rad gallery based in the Netherlands. Enjoy.
Represented worldwide by Handome Frank Illustration agency, Maricor & Maricar Manalo’s work ranges from embroidery and illustration to design and animation. I love their “Tactiles” work, particuarly their embroidered illustration and type. Their diverse skill set gives a wide range of exciting visuals to look at, I’d definitely say their sites worth a visit. Feature
Ever wondered who was responsible for some of those incredible Penguin book covers? David Pearson, that is who. Please take your time to peruse his website and soak up all of the delicious pattern work and superb typography and sensitivity to detail. All I have to say is that his work is bloody fabulous and that you can read a bit more about him here. Feature
Brighton based creative screen printing studio make hand made prints, specialising in short-runs, limited editions and experimental one-offs since 2009. They’ve got a lavly portfolio and like using interesting inks and unusual substrates, including fluorescent and metallic inks, click the plus button and have a look. Feature
Represented by Heart Illustration Agency, Roderick Mills is a London based Illustrator with work ranging from illustration and drawing to photography and film.
His blog documents both his work in progress and his on going personal projects where I found his beautiful series of illustrations depicting an “Idealised notion of a perfect home.” Feature
Jewellery Designer Katy Hackney and Costume Designer Jane Petrie are the brains behind Shelf which is a super cool web shop with lots of cool things to buy including various collaborations with other artists. Have a gander.
The first solo exhibition from one half of Puck Studio; Robbie’s Brown Shoes opens this Friday at The Old Shoreditch Station hosted by JaguarShoes. The exhibition is a chronicle of the four potential lifestyle choices Robbie’s Brown Shoes gave himself as a 14 year old boy.
“Around the space you will come into contact with images and items linked to these different routes, produced as an exclusive series of screen prints and laser cut cut mobiles. Surfer, Biker, Punk, Pimp is an exploration of freedom, anarchy, sex, money and violence.” Lets all head over and explore which route we’d choose. I’m inclined towards Pimp.
Valuing unconventional free thinking internationally renowned designer Issey Miyake founded Miyake Design Studio in 1970. With design concepts challenging conventional ideas of garment making “Bao Bao Issey Miyake” created a line of bags and pouches with the theme “shapes made by chance.” A Glen Plaid pattern embossed on the surface of these bags & pouches with the same pattern printed over the top adds a new twist shape and dimension to the items. Feature
Photographer Iain McKells book titled “The New Gypsies” captures life as he followed a small group of Travelers for over 10 years in the 80’s/90’s. Stunning visuals chart changes in their lifestyle as the publication documents a personal journey both with traditional and New Age Gypsies. Feature
The Photographers Gallery has showcased some of the worlds most extraordinary images and are forerunners in exhibiting relevant work real people want to see. Once again they’ve hit the nail on the head with ‘For the LOL of Cats’ exploring the phenomenon of cat photography on the internet and social media. “For the duration of this exhibition, we will invite various individuals and communities to respond to this phenomenon and share their own collections of cat photographs on The Wall.” Sound like something you might enjoy by any chance? From now til Jan 6th 2013.
Skateboarding and photography seem to have become a lifestyle, if you are passionate about either of these have a look at this Blog, quite frankly it’s full of some of the best photos I have seen in a long time by the one and only Rich West… He’s going to hate me for this!
From 19th November to 23rd December, JaguarShoes Collective will bring together a selection of exciting food, fashion and design craftsmen to create a unique Christmas shopping emporium. To cater to all your christmas needs we will be curating a series of retail pop-ups. Eight exciting brands will have three or four day slots to ‘take over’ the recently refurbished retail gallery and café-bar, ‘The Old Shoreditch Station’.
We were very happy to receive some lovely mail today from the very talented Barbara Dziadosz who is based in Hamburg. Included in the mail was an impressive calendar for 2013 alongside a screen printed postcard with human anatomy dangling freely. Very fun and quirky stuff. We simply love her style. Feature
Paul Windle works in Brooklyn, as an Artist and Illustrator for clients like Adidas, Bloomberg view Converse and The New York Times. I love his project “Mid 70’s Baseball Dudes” a series of illustrations he made in 2011, which forms a Zine bursting with brightly coloured illustrated portraits. Feature
Joshua Ogden is the creator and Editor of Justified magazine, a publication providing insight into the design industry and showcasing creative submissions from students and graduates. No. 1 out now. Follow @justifiedmag
Katie Eary’s SS13 collection is the epitome of couture-led street wear. Smart prints and luxury fabrics all combine to create clothes which jump out at you. She has changed the perspective of fashion as we know it. She has a pretty cool website and pop-up shop too. Find out for yourself.
Two Times Elliot are holding one of their enticing nights of Riso Printing and beer on December 7th at the ‘Atrium’ at Great Western Studios. They offer 25 one colour A3 riso prints and a free beer for £25+VAT in a choice of seven colours. It’s simple, you take your artwork and they print it for you. Or just head over for beers at £2.50 all night. You can get your tickets and more info here. See you there!
I have a tendency to rave on about gig posters but this time it’s movie posters. The Flood Gallery in Greenwich market (although stocks both and many more varieties) has a kick ass collection of movie and TV prints for all you film geeks out there to drool over and take home too. Also may I have their gallery tote bag for Christmas please?
Quirky meets tipsy at this one of a kind design shop/cafe/bar selling products from emerging designers alongside vintage furniture and home wares. Founders Kirtstie and Coralie wanted a place where everything was pretty and also for sale, a non-stuffy shop where customers are welcomed to interact with products. If that wasn’t enough they hold an eclectic array of events including tonights ‘Colour in Sneakers’ evening. Did I mention they serve cocktails too? Sold.
We are very excited to be working on this incredible project alongside Chris Haughton and Akshay Sthapit of Node. We have selected 18 designers from across the globe to create a 2m sq carpet design which have been hand crafted in Nepal. It is a non-profit social business that supports a school and an orphanage. The rugs will be for sale via the Design Museum Shop. Ever heard of a better project!?
Florence is “an illustrator and writer, born in South East London and studied illustration at Camberwell College of Art and then at the Royal College of Art. For the past six months or so her work’s been about London in particular; taste, violence, relationships, things you can do for free (simple pleasures), mental illness, all things modern.” Those are her own words. She definitely has a unique style and has something to say about the world.
Iwona Przbyla is an emerging Polish Graphic Designer, after stumbling upon her work online I found her project “Embroidery Fonts.” The Project consists of 3 typographic designs inspired by traditional Polish Embroidery each used to create a Makatka (a decorative piece of cloth in which proverbs are embroidered.) Feature
Walking the fine line between Fashion and Fine Art, MaryMe Jimmy Paul was formed with the collaboration of Designers Jimmy Paul Rinsum and Marie Burlot. Taking inspiration from stories, pop culture, the world and people the eccentric brand aims to invoke a feeling through the sculptural works in their garments. Feature
If you havn’t already seen French Illustrator Ugo Gattoni’s book “Bicycle” your missing out. Gattoni’s Leporello book is inspired by bicycles in London and the 2012 Olympics. The 5 meter long drawing took him 723 hours to make and was published this summer by Nobrow Press. Prints are now available to buy at sergeantpaper. Feature
Dennis de Vries has a very clean style of graphic design for print. Lots of his work focuses on packaging and typography. Keep an eye on this guy based in the Netherlands.
Albert Foolmoon has recently announced his new creative structure based near water in the Port of Lille (France) named Sabordage which means ‘Scuttling’ in English. A group of printers and publishers with a long experience in the printing of posters, Ar-deco and Albert Foolmoon want continue to popularize this art. They create silkscreen posters, graphzines (silkscreened books of drawings), t-shirts, and other multiples.
Erica has a new print for sale in her shop “Winner’s Bag”. Are you winning? Then you know you need this.
Elena’s website impressed me right off the bat. She has a wonderful selection of great things to look at, a keen eye for layout and some very special content. Love love love.
Recent Brighton University graduate and screen printing obsessive Angus has a ruddy good portfolio of desirable prints and publications that translate beautifully into products like CD covers and T-shirts. I’m particularly drawn to the clean cut and contemporary layout of this project but I urge you to browse his website and find your own favourite.