A UK based letter press design studio that are passionate about wood type with a tasty looking website with a selection of previous work images that make you feel all warm inside. The studio also offer workshops for beginners and have a shop if you fancy purchasing any of their stuff. Feature
A Vancouver based design studio formed in 2010 by Alex Nelson and Beau House. Specialising in creative projects that include identity & branding, print media, and interactive development. They also have a Journal so you can see their inspiration and processes as they work, well worth having a look at. Feature
London based Artist ROID began painting in the late 90’s gaining a hyped reputation for innovation and technical skill.
After debuting his first (sell out) solo show in the summer of 2012 titled “More then Ever” ROID entered the world of Fine Art and is currently working as an Artist and Creative Director in his South London Studio. Feature
Issue 6 of Wrap Magazine is out and it sure is looking to be a beauty from their online snaps. Nordic Lights takes inspiration from all of Europe’s snowy countries making for a rather festive treat. It also includes five double sided pull-out wrapping paper sheets too so you can customise your gifts this year with a little extra edge. Nice one guys. Feature
Calm & Collected was formed by the collaboration of creative individuals hailing from a variety of Art & Design backgrounds.
Utalising their talents the collective develops their work through a balance of typography and imagery.
With focus being directed towards craftsmanship and hand-finishing, Calm & Collective strive to retain the desired aesthetic of non-digital designed outcomes.
Their cool nautical 64page publication titled “Sea & Sea” features original hand-bound letterpress, risograph & screen prints. Feature
Simon is just one of those guys who exudes style, skill and that-thing-that-makes-you-question-life. He’s got a great portfolio of large, multi-layered screen prints which display the roots of printmaking through their lines and illustration style. There’s not much more to say about this guy other than ‘watch this space.’ Feature
If you havn’t already seen Nasir Mazhar’s first full collection which his London Fashion Week this year for SS13 your missing out! To showcase his debut collection Mazhar created a live installation of a comic book barber shop for models to inhabit (featuring a live performance from MC’s Flirta D, Merky Ace, Kozzie, Nolay, Faze Miyake & Marger) Feature
The Parisian Openspace Gallery has recently launched it’s collaborative exhibition titled “Graffiti Therapy” (open from the 8th Dec – 12th Jan)
“Graffiti Therapy” showcases recent works by Smash 137, Yaze, Pro 176 & TILT defining their 4 styles between abstraction, figuration and explosive lettering (also featuring some nice abstract inspired comics)
I wish I could go to this show, so if you’re in Paris and you can, make sure you check it out! Feature
Did you know Off Life comic Issue 2 is out now? And they’ve only gone and got Mat Pringle to design the cover, its a beaut. Plus theres an interview with the brilliant comic artist Adrian Tomine. You can view the pdf on their website but I’d recommend purchasing it and you can find your local stockist here.
If you are anything like me, shopping for your loved ones often means stumbling across the ideal gifts for yourself. The YCN Shop seems to be one of these examples with an array of prints and gifts from some serious talent, so whether it’s with you or your fam in mind, happy shopping everyone. Feature
Get down to Many Hands pop-up shop at YCN this weekend with some superb illustrators making/drawing one-off Christmas cards. Some very talented people creating lots of fun things for all.
For those of you in London looking for something to do this afternoon, head over to Stour Spaces Christmas designer market. Hand made delights and of course some mulled wine to get you in the festive spirit. Until 5pm today at 7 Roach Road, E3 2PA or hit the title to see the Facebook page for more details.
If you’re Brighton based or over for the weekend why not check out this handmade event by Faulty Studio and get your christmas shopping sorted today from 3pm. “Drink Stuff, Buy Stuff, Chat Stuff”.
Beginning his career in the early 90’s as a Skate Photographer, Alex Fakso lives and works in London.
Fakso’s raw photographs capture European Graffiti documenting the process of Graff writers in action on trains and in subways.
His publications “Heavy Metal” and “Fast or Die” share his amazing collections of urban photography (Click + to see more of Fakso’s photos) Feature
We are proud to be part of the most amazing project ever…MadeByNode. They have recently opened up their Facebook page which you should all go and support. They will be uploading images of the rug designs day-by-day which will be displayed at the Design Museum during fair trade fortnight in March 2013.
Danielle Watt is an illustrator and printmaker who uses shape and movement as a foundation for her mark making. Having a strong foundation of drawing allows this young printmaker to create some exciting images that challenge the processes that are combined to make her work. You can buy her prints or even some new tote bags through her website. Feature
This issue is themed around Nordic design and illustration, and really seasonal with lots of snowy, winter inspired illustrations and wrapping papers by the likes of Janine Rewell, Petra Borner and Lotta Nieminen. We bloody love what these guys have done with their magazine in such a short space of time. Perfect for christmas! Feature
Private Press Printing is based in Toronto, CA and they specialise in edition screen prints, t-shirt printing and art books. Jacob Horwood is the guy in the driving seat of this operation. He also runs Beniffer Editions which actually blows my mind. We also love this rad gif. Feature
Marcel Christ is an acclaimed still life photographer, but there’s nothing still about his work!
Capturing movement and a magic moment in time, Marcel transforms liquids jewels and shoes in his stunning photographs.
His “Cloud” series captures the ethereal force of liquid meeting liquid.
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Progressive Retail Store concept & Swedish brand “Weekday” uses abundant graphics to go hard on “Thug Life” logos in their S/S2013 collection.
Recently celebrating the brands 10th anniversary their new collection is a “perfect mix of progressive, yet basic and minimal” Feature
This weekend The Crafty Fox Market held a great Christmas event at The Dogstar in Brixton. In my opinion one of the best craft markets i’ve been to recently with stalls from the brilliant Sandra Dieckmann, Jamie Mills, House Of Ismay, Emily The Pemily, Jim Bob Art and many more. The screen print your own tote bag for just a fiver was the highlight of the event. Feature
I love the surreal, playful brightly coloured (& pointy-nosed) characters found in Berlin based illustrator Jeong Hwa Min’s prints and books.
His collaborative publication with Joe Villon demonstrates his interesting eye for composition featuring 44 pages of risograph prints complete with a 2 colour silk screen poster.
Jeong’s recent work involves a limited edition run of 110 silk screen comics titled “Cyan” – well worth checking out Feature
A night of risograph printing hosted by design studio Two Times Elliot at the Great Western Studios on the night of the private view proved to be a busy and aesthetically pleasing. There were illustration, print, textiles, jewellery, you name it on display and for sale and not to mention alcohol too. Feature
Nothing like a bit of twee British design, Ink and Thread are a Derby based independent shop with an array of lovely gifts, cards, prints and the like. Go have a gander if you haven’t got all your Christmas presents yet, this shop is worth browsing through!
Bard Sandemose is a Norwegian Illustrator/Artist currently based in London.
Considering collecting pieces of visual imagery an important part of his practice, Bard creates his work from hand-drawn sketches which he then scans and optimizes with a drawing pad using photoshop and illustrator.
Using collage as a method of creating juxtapositions and visual stories, his bold colourful posters and animated gifs are worth checking out
Love & Work is a new collection of prints by James Brown, on from 5th-16th Dec at Town House, Spitalfields from 11-6pm. James came across the William Morris quote: ‘Give me love and work these two only’ and was inspired to create a new collection of ‘love’ themed sayings and phrases using aspects of ‘work’ and trade to create images in his own unique style. I love this guys stuff and expect it’s going to be a good’en.
London based Textile Designer and acting consultant colour analyst, Kitty Joseph’s print-based day wear is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Recently launched, her SS2013 collection explores colour and the way it interacts with the body through print and textile applications.
Kitty feels her time spent making collages and drawing as a child helped form her “almost logical progression” to fashion and print, harnessing digital and practical techniques she abstracts everyday recordings from sketchbooks to create her printed designs.
Said to have “Revolutionized the visual vocabulary of contemporary art” Jean-Pierre Raynaud is an Artist living and working in Paris.
Launching his artistic career filling a flower pot with cement, Raynaud’s work consists of both free standing & wall objects, installations and architecture.
I’m a sucker for pattern and first came across Raynaud’s amazing work when I saw beautiful images of his installations involving white tiles.
After a bit of research I found his fascination with uniform and serial visual language culminated in his use of the white tile, which represents industrial perfection, hygiene & banality in the geometric design of his pieces. Feature
This beautiful imagery created by MA Photography graduate Bianca Salvo had me standing and admiring for what felt like eternities at the LCC exhibition. Her work is mesmerising, gritty and not to be missed. See more projects on her website and keep an eye out for any upcoming exhibitions. Feature
Last week I received my copy of Hurtyoubads’ “Concealed Intentions” and oh my days it was worth the wait!
The graff blog of all graff blogs converted to print for the first time, showcasing years of work visually exploring graffiti culture in collaboration with topsafe.
“A Graffiti magazine with little to no graffiti in it” – you need to see it!
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Sanna has ventured in a new direction with her colourful totem prints titled Tonttu and Papatti. A celebration of her love of pattern, they are a pure expression of colour and form, creating joyful, totemic ‘essences’. Tonttu (the Finnish word for Elf) is a quirky, playful design in blues, greens, and purples; an odd quixotic character! Papatti (Finnish for firecracker) as its name suggests, is a hot, vibrant and fizzing entity in reds, yellows, and purples. In addition Sanna has also revisited her love of northern landscapes with a beautifully simple forest scene; a stand of fir and pine inhabited by woodland birds. Feature
Private View: 13th December 6-9pm
Runs from: 14.12.12 – 13.01.13
Everybody knows about the iconic work of the gentleman that is Mr. A.B. His shows are not to be missed and this is no exception. Hosted by Beach London on Cheshire Street. Get down, speak to Chaz, buy some prints and have a coffee. Feature
I spent last Thursday drinking rum looking at cool artwork at the Beach X Fivefootsix’s “What’s Next” Exhibition launch.
The idea behind the show and publication involved asking 10 Graduate Artists (mostly from Camberwell & Kingston) to create a visual response, and ask a question, to form an illustrated chain of questions & answers, appropriately starting with “What Next?”
Both the show and publication demonstrate a variety of illustrative styles and narratives by the contributing grads click to see my favourite artwork
It was a nippy evening on Friday night at the Museum of London late event, but inside Josie Molloy was breaking a sweat teaching people how to pull a print. These 10 layer prints are an amalgamation of rubbings from various buildings, walls and architecture around London. The final layer being printed on the night added the type references of all the layers geographical whereabouts. Feature