“Driven by the same personal strength and energy that bore hip hop, skate, punk and graffiti subcultures” 10.Deep was founded in 1995 and is one of New York’s original street-wear brands. Recently presenting a preview of their new garms for AW13 at Agenda, prints played a big role in the collection, I can’t get enough of the detail on their snakeskin shirt. Feature
Adam Friedman is an Artist currently based in Portland, Oregon. His paintings display interesting compositions addressing “symbols and tropes that we comprehend as landscapes mountains etc.” In his Artist’s statement Friedman explains he Relishes “the mystery of the natural world” and is curious about what can happen when we “view nature through a lens that breaks the rules of our understanding.” Feature
Last month the world lost a very talented individual and not to mention an incredible friend. At the age of 23, Joe Hayes accomplished what most of us could only dream of and he’d only just begun. A graphic designer, art director, photographer, film maker and typography buff, Joe was one of the most determined and driven people I knew and inspired everyone that met him. This is a celebration of his work and his ethos. Please take a moment to look through the work he created and some of his achievements. Feature
I’m quite the fan of what these guys do and regularly peek at their blog to see what they’ve been up to. This blog post about their business card boxes had me at bee. A flea, a bee, hands whittling wood and shells feature on these beautiful little boxes printed onto all 50 shades of the GFSmith colourplan range. Just lovely. Feature
Markus Kaesler is a freelance Photographer based in Heidelberg.
Markus demonstrates selections of unusual perspectives in his photography with his focus being directed between panoramic lens-free photography and also the documentation of stage productions.
His “City Projects” are my favourite body of his work, his approach to creating the visuals concerned his belief that “each city has it’s own face, their own atmosphere and it’s own expression” and consequently “each city that you photographically confront deserves different concepts” Feature
I basically adore everything that Herb Lester flawlessly churn out, this most recent Pub guide is no exception. “There are pub guides for real ale drinkers, for amateur historians and for walkers, but this is a guide for all reasons.” And it’s only £4, madness.
Hannah Waldron is an Artist/Designer currently based between Stockholm and London.
With her work exploring texture pattern and the structure of her surroundings her original approach to illustration displays exciting colour palates and a good eye for detail.
I love her “Maze Furoshiki” (a traditional Japanese multifunctional wrapping cloth) and her weaved textiles (commissioned by Landfill Editions) Feature
Typeholics is an independent design studio working in the fields of design, illustration and creative direction based in St Pauli, Hamburg.
After growing up in the late 80’s Graffiti Scene Felix Schlueter founded Typeholics in 1997 joined by Henning Weskamp and Benjamin Kakrow.
From humble beginnings the group has grown to become a professional Design Studio working on briefs with clients from the music industry to publishing and advertising. Feature
COGO = collect, assemble, gather together, urge encourage. Cogo house and it’s collective was born through the idea of bringing together talented emerging artists and designers through social medias. Their aim is to support these artists by offering regular commissions and providing a space to showcase and sell their unique and captivating works. The Cogo team is made up of a group of friends and family with a shared passion for art and design, who work in creative industries, based between Oslo and London. The creative diversity of each of the Cogo house team is reflected in the collective, resulting in an expressive body of inspiring works which they will exhibit and promote at a series of events across the UK and Norway. Feature
Them Thangs Editions presents Iconograph #2, curated and published by Justin Blyth, with contributing editors Hassan Rahim, Justin Van Hoy & Andrew Pogany. Iconograph #2 is the second print offering in an ongoing series that gathers an eccentric collection of visual media and literature exploring the contemporary use of Ritualistic Iconography—the systems of symbols, mythic representations, and religious imagery from which we seek meaning. Feature
Dutchman, art director, cross-disciplinary designer, printmaker and design educator Paul Wolterink works across a range of media. Wolterink believes that “Anything can function as a carrier for information”. His design vision is based on rapid, instinctive ‘design intuition’, resulting in strong communication and simple visual language, that quickly burns on the retina. Feature
ODD VOLUME :: January 26 – March 3
The Booklyn Art Gallery is pleased to present ODD VOLUME, an exhibition of artworks and the books they are inspired by. Featuring art and personal libraries of:
Alex Kujawski, Andrew Bernero, Bill Abdale, Casey Farnum, Casey Tang, Chris Zirbes, Cosbe, Luke Allen, Lynnette Miranda, Megan Plunkett, Nick Wallin, Ryan Syrell, Sean Keenan & Jeff Eaton, Susan Belle, Zebadiah Keneally. Feature
Last week I was lucky enough to get a print in the post from one of my favourite illustrators Adam Hayes.
Adam currently works in his studio in the Peake District for clients like Nike Nokia Apple and C4.
I love his playfull illustrated type, but his brand new website is full of great illustrations and is definitely worth checking out to pick your own favourite
(See it here) Feature
16 Years from the first “World Wide Bape Heads” show in 1997, Toshimi Watnabe (an OG from Japanese Hip Hop ensemble Tokyo No.1 Soulset) features in Mr. Bathing Ape’s recently released editorial for their SS13 collection, combining both camo prints and more traditional pieces. Feature
Based in San Francisco Julia Kostreva is a Designer/Art Director.
Working on a variety of projects including branding, packaging illustration and web design her website is full of exciting products and pictures.
I love her “Dirty projectors” 7 colour screen print and limited edition 2013 Prisms calendar printed using gold leaf & letter press. Feature
Jonathan is a printmaker currently based in Guildford. Using a variety of print techniques, predominantly reduction woodcut, he explores the processes and methods of printmaking with the intention of creating hand-crafted, authentic imagery. He uses photographs as a basis for his work, and he looks to replicate these ‘perfect’ images and reproduce them using traditional printmaking methods – attempting to create a handmade, original piece from digital beginnings. “The printing processes and methods used are of high importance to the works and are of equal value to the final image produced. The image falls, changes and forms organically throughout the printing processes as the layers of the reduction woodcut build and build, growing into a unique piece by its own right, separating itself from the photograph it was once based on.” Feature
PASTEAK is a creative duo made of Julien Den Doncker & Antoine Jaunard that mainly works around the beautiful process of screen printing. They are currently studying visual communication at ERG (Ecole de Recherche Graphique), in Brussels. You can buy some of their t-shirts on Check This. Feature
Marisa Morea is an illustrator from Spain. She’s been working as an illustrator for a few years and her lastest clientes are: Cosmopolitan Magazine (Australia), Ascot Living (Singapore), Georges for Kids (France) and Lipton tea. She’s represented by Anna Goodson Managament in Canada and United States. Feature
Based in Sao Paulo, Henrique Lima & Julio Zuckerman (aka The Bearded Ladies) have collaborating since 2007.
Their illustrations range in formats from murals to digital pieces and drawings on walls, paper and objects.
Taking it in turns to draw their aim is to “fill empty spaces with monochromatic doodles (with) too much information and too little colours” Feature
Mark your calendars! The Brooklyn Zine Fest returns to Public Assembly in Williamsburg on Sunday, April 21st 2013 from 11am to 6pm. Showcasing more than 80 writers, artists, and publishers from Brooklyn and beyond running the gamut from self-publishing stalwarts Ayun Halliday (The East Village Inky and Bust’s “Mother Superior” column) and Alex Wrekk (Brainscan and the zine guidebook Stolen Sharpie Revolution) to fresh faced first-time zine makers. Once again organized by the turdish-cinema celebrants behind I Love Bad Movies, BZF 2013 aims to bring the entertaining, informative, and esoteric best in self-published works to a strange & brilliant audience. In a city of a million pursuits, there’s a zine for every one. Feature
Showcased internationally over the past 15 years, Argentinean Painter Diego Gravinese’s hyperrealist paintings are so good at first glance they look like photographs. The Artist creates his jaw-dropping work by using oil on canvas & acrylics. His website is definitely worth a nosey. Feature
Started in January 2012, PRNT Studio was founded by two young designers from Toronto who were determined to do what they love each day; creating original surface designs for the fashion, home and paper goods industries. With a strong belief in promoting local talent, they have grown to feature seasoned and aspiring Canadian artists with a focus on illustration talent. In addition to ready-made collections PRNT Studio is happy to offer custom artwork and collaborations, trend direction, CADS/Technical Drawings, Market Research and branding. Feature
It is admittedly my favourite pub on many counts but the fact that its walls are adorned with the screen printed beauties of very good bands tour posters is the leading factor. The Black Heart in Camden, North London have recently changed all their posters around, even the most regular of visitors should go in and check out what’s up. Alternatively you can browse the website shop and purchase your own collection for your home, although you will have to pour your own pints.
A friend sent me in the direction of this delightfully refreshing series of Alphabet Flashcards and I had to share it with you. Designed by various people, the collection is gritty, interesting and yet still true to its nostalgic and childlike nature. Click on the title link to see them all.
A Toronto based surface design studio a real swell collection of patterns and prints in their portfolio, from high contrast geometric line work to feminine but distinct florals and a clear love of colour. A great place for inspiration and they also have a submissions page for all you pattern and surface designers out there.
Currently studying Graphic Design in Baltimore, Designer Anne Lee’s interests include illustration, motion graphics and type.
I love her “Floral Alphabet” project, which demonstrates her attention to detail and flare for typography, handcrafting and photographing each individual letter in the piece. Feature
Rut Mackel is a freelance London based photographer specializing in commercial and editorial photography.
Considering the “face is a symbol of personal identity” her project “The Ugly Truth” practices the classic “push your face against some glass” technique to observe how perceptions can change when the face is distorted and the emotional response it may trigger. Feature
London College of Communication’s Illustration 3rd Years invite you all to our interim exhibition; Medium Rare at The Basement at The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch on January 17th. So if you fancy a beer and viewing some of the most eclectic Illustration around then head over for our private view from 6-10pm.
Ranging from traditional hand drawn illustration, animation, graphics, collage and installation, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone. For details on where and when to party with us check out the Facebook page, website or flyer shown. Looking forward to seeing you next Thursday!
Breaking out in the early 00’s MISHKA NYC is a Brooklyn based menswear brand.
MISHKA is one of the many brands giving support to young people involved in combat sport including boxer Zachary Ochoa.
Their new look book shot by photographer Jason Schaltz features Ochoa moving through his day-to-day preparation looking fresh in MISHKA garms, click for more images or check the look book here. Feature
My first post of the new year had to be about someone’s work I’m really hyped about, when I first saw Lydia Shirreff’s work I was so excited by her refreshing approach to illustration.
The London based illustrator and paper engineer’s work encompasses her love for colour, pattern and detail.
The paper sculptor works by hand using a ruler and protractor to create her amazing 2D / 3D illustrations and geometric patterns.
Definitely one to watch. Feature
Calling all pattern lovers, Mini Moderns have put some incredible patterns on hard-to-not-want homeward, wallpapers, ceramics and textiles. Launched in 2006 by London based designers, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire and everything is made in the UK too with much of their inspiration from their childhood memories and travels. Feature
Today I fell in love with this superstitious wrapping paper on Etsy by Printed Wonders. The wishbone is the best bit.
Lets start the New Year with a sexy bit of type from the new online magazine, typetoken. A well organised and inspiring hub of fresh, experimental, mainstream typography and visual language. Head over to the website and introduce your foggy hungover heads to some of the best design around. Feature