Brooklyn Zine Fest grows larger and more diverse in its second year at Public Assembly. Brooklyn, NY (April 21, 2013) — Warmed (but not toasted) by the success of last year’s inaugural event, zine publishers Matt Carman and Kseniya Yarosh are returning to Williamsburg to present the second annual Brooklyn Zine Fest. The BZF is a space for creative, independent voices from Brooklyn and beyond to make their self-published magazines available to fans and attendees of all ages. This event will be held on Sunday, April 21 from 11am to 6pm at Public Assembly in Williamsburg. Admission is free. Feature
I’m not even sure how I discovered the work of illustrator Sarah Andreacchio, but I’m totally glad I did. Currently based in France, she works as a freelance illustrator and uses colour and shape to creates bold images and pattern pieces. I’m really into her ceramic animals – It’s a nice example of how interesting it can be to apply a personal style to other mediums. Feature
Former Graffiti Artist turned Painter Andy Seize was born and raised in London.
After studying Fine Art at St Martins the Artist’s work covers a range of disciplines including drawing painting and print making. City life feeds his imagination as his colourful imagery is inspired by street signs, fashion, the tube system, Marvel/Disney characters, graff, current affairs and the people around him. Andy has also been heavily involved in Community Art projects working with people from a variety of backgrounds such as young offenders, and people who are disadvantaged or vulnerable in order to enhance the visual environment of their communities.
Originally from South Africa, Marlene Steyn is currently undertaking an MA in painting at the Royal College of Art. Arranged in layers, the Artist’s mixed-media pieces depict patchwork faces fantasy worlds and conflicts through the experimental composition and narrative of her grotesque but beautiful characters and environments.
Fashion brand Akomplice’s ‘philosophy is simple; evolution through innovation.’ Akomplice brings fresh concepts to heads across the globe through collaboration and highlighting individual & new talent. Designs reflect the brands inspirations from nature, philosophy, hip hop film and art. Their latest Look book ‘Magic Plant’ see’s the brand collaborate with Kirk Knight (Pro Era) Erick Arc Elliot (Flatbrush Zombies) and Elbee thrie (Phony Ppl) as garments are printed with Flora & Fauna aiming to make you feel euphoric by stimulating your psychedelic senses.
Sophie Alda is an illustrator based in London. I planned to go to her show at Beach, in which she was exhibiting her illustrations for Jamie Stewart’s second book of haikus, Onliest, but a series of annoyingly inconvenient transport issues meant that I arrived in central an hour too late. Since then, I’ve been berating myself for not going, and checking out her blog all the time. Hella good stuff from Sophie. Feature
Klub7 is a 15 year strong Berlin based Art Collective that focuses on the collaborative creation of both murals and illustrations. Renowned for their intricate chalk installations in public places, their style combines the diverse backgrounds of their 6 members focusing on hand-painted symbols type and characters. With handmade ethics being a focal point to both their aesthetic and production, Klub7’s Murals type and 2/3D illustrations are tactile, colourful, and intriguing. Feature
We are more than happy to introduce MayNinth – we have worked very closely with them on numerous projects and we highly recommend them. They are a creatively led multidisciplinary design outfit based in the Northern Quarter, Manchester. Their specialities include; graphic and web design, art direction, typography, image–making, photography and bits and bobs of moving image. They work mainly in the service, art, culture, fashion, editorial and sport domains—with big clients, with small clients and they “wouldn’t change it for the world.” Feature
Toby Evans is Graphic designer based in London, ‘B-Mart’ is his first solo exhibition and will pay homage to the bold packaging of budget brands. Taking inspiration from the likes of Happy Shopper, Machine Mart and Dunkin’ Donuts, Toby transformed the first floor interior of DreamBagsJaguarShoes into his own fully stocked and branded supermarket complete with staff uniforms and pharmacy counter. The show runs from 15th February – 7th April. Feature
Eleanor Lines is an Artist that lives and works in London after graduating from the RCA with an MA in printmaking. I came across Eleanor’s work at the ‘Loop Art’ Group show’s private view last week, where I was really feeling her ‘Material Behaviour’ digital prints. The digital collage in ‘Material Behaviour’ replicates folds of fabric to create the illusion of shadows, which the artist intends to develop by printing on silk. After visiting her website I found loads of beautiful colours, patterns, prints and geometrics with reflection on pattern and texture, definitely worth checking out. Feature
Nobuhiro Nakanishi’s work is very different in terms of combining photography, print, film and installation, mixing them altogether to create something that astounds us all. Nakanish is a visual artist currently working in Japan. The theme of his work is “the physical that permeates into the art piece.” Feature
Jasper Wong is an artist, illustrator, and curator based in Honolulu. He is the founder of a gallery in Hong Kong called ABOVE SECOND and another creative venue in Honolulu called LOFT IN SPACE. Jasper also runs a non-profit organisation of contemporary arts called POW WOW HAWAII which is committed to community enrichment through the creation of art outreach programs, educational programs and engaging the community in the creation and appreciation of art.
You know that feeling when you come across something in the cosmos that makes you feel enlightened? Well I just had that feeling. Kenan has made my day and hope it’s the same for you. NO TALKING PLZ is a tumblr full of pure genius – over 900 pages to keep your mind thinking. Please enjoy. Feature
Keegan Gibbs is an acclaimed graffiti photographer that’s traveled alongside various well-known writers from LA. His work often focuses on their process and the writers themselves over the graff. In his other work Keegan documents his love for the ocean and surf, shooting the elements and individuals that make up his life, his great portfolio demonstrates “a culmination of those moments, you could call it diary.” Feature
These wholesome, rich earthy prints and woodcuts by Connecticut based artist Bryan Nash Gill take it back to nature working in layers and textures that leave you dying to run your hands across them. He works mainly with bronze, wood and hundreds of found objects for use in abstract sculpture which are as endearing as his prints and works on paper. A selection of creations that make you want to get off your chair, leave your computer and go outside and get your hands dirty. Stunning. Feature
Norman Ackroyds work consists of large scale prints of landscapes ranging from all over the UK. He is a landscape artist based in London and his prints range from tiny etchings intended to be bound into books to huge etchings showing the scale and detail of the coastal desolate places he has taken the inspiriation from. His works range from minimalist, nearly abstract impressions, to detailed images. I am drawn to the fluid large watercolour paintings he has done, they emphasive the atmosphere of the dark passing Islands and give them a very haunting powerful feel. Feature
In honor of the brand’s 5 year anniversary Huf has collaborated with Black Scale releasing the dope BLVCK SCVLE X HUF Tee. The bold design features Huf’s signature plantlife graphic in a pentagram repeat pattern ontop of a tie-dyed body. Available at both Huf & Black Scale’s online stores. Feature
Artist Kenji Nakayama was born on the Island of Hokkaido, Japan. Kenji was educated as a mechanical engineer before moving to Boston in 2004 where he studied traditional sign painting. Working as a footwear designer by day Kenji’s artwork documents and responds to the environments surrounding him.
I love his signs, each hand-painted in enamel on a found antique saws. Feature
Flamingo #4 :: The Future Craft Issue pays homage to the potential and pleasure of making. Investigating the craftsmanship of the future, it celebrates both the old with the new and the skilled artisans that create this. In this issue Flamingo meet those who are shaping the future of making and expressing the value of the handmade over the machine-made. Feature
Mash Creative designed these gorgeous posters of both Bob Dylan and Kurt Cobain’s quotes. They are halftone images of photos taken by Tom Solo at Wacken Festival. They are limited to a small edition of 25 and are printed by Dan Mather on 175gsm GF Smith Mist Colorplan. Feature
Seetal Solanki is a London based Artist and Designer. With an educational background in Textile Design and working in the Fashion industry over the past 10 years she focuses on traditional and digital mark making techniques. Influences can vary from nature and her surroundings she fuses the lines between the abstract and reality. Capturing a mood and intensity of colour, texture and versatility. Feature
Georgina Teseleanu (aka Anai Greog) is a Romanian Artist. Developing her style whilst studying psychology her imagery often takes inspiration from her work as a psychotherapist aiming to provoke an emotional response. Her exciting work is colourful, bold and geometric demonstrating supernatural worlds inside a circle. Feature
I stumbled upon Neil Krug’s work during some research of artist’s that mix photography with printmaking. Neil Krug is an American artist based in Los Angeles. He works primarily in photography and film. Krug, in a creative collaboration with Joni Harbeck founded PULP ART BOOK where his photography has been used in limited edition prints, films and books. Feature
Paris graffiti legend Horfe has teamed up with Topsafe London for his first ever solo London show. Taking place at 4 Wilkes st London from the 14th – 23rd March. Horfe clarifies that “the show is not graffiti at all, to me an art exhibition can’t be graffiti. Graffiti is not the same as ‘accepted art’ it has to be illegal to fit that bill.” Imaginarium showcases Horfe’s drawings & mark makings on paper canvas wood and sculpture, he explains how he has focused his energy on “describing and organizing my aethetic in a way I can share with everyone graffiti fan or not.” (Theres a dope publication available at topsafe too). Feature
“Psychogeographer whose photorealist urban snapshots in pen, acrylic and spray paint satirise the empty promises of capitalism.” Alumni of Royal College of Art, Laura is mostly famous for her zine called “Savage Messiah”. Her practice incorporates drawing, painting, photography, staging events, writing and self-publishing. Feature
Having received the Just Us Almanac this week, I was having a persue of the site and came across the work of Wizard of the North. Wizard of the North is the pseudonym of Leeds based illustrator, Rob Goodall. Sadly, I suspect that he is probably not really a wizard in a magical sense, but he makes nice work and I’m totally into his F-Ads (Fake Adverts for Stupid Products). Feature
If you don’t already know him, I’m sure you’ll have seen Keith Scharwath’s work about.
The Los Angeles based Art Director/Designer/Artist started his career doodling on skateboards in his bedroom eventually getting his first real job designing for MTV. After gaining international recognition working with clients in fashion technology and film, Keiths folio focuses on collaboration, curation and culture with handmade ethics reminding him where he came from. Feature
I saw this badboy whilst perusing around the very packed out Publish and Be Damned event at the ICA t’other week. The layout is as enticing as its contents, every page begs you to turn it over to the next set of delectable, washed-out images. Ride the waves and ride the pages of this scrap-book-esque printed beauty. Click the link to purchase your copy and then book those flights to Australia and get your flip-flops on. Dude. Feature
Born in Maryland, but now residing in Brooklyn, Maya Hayuk is a Ukrainian-American artist. Her work combines intricate patterns and bright colours, and over her diverse career, she’s worked with heaps of different disciplines, from creating installations and murals to photographs, textiles and prints. I’m really into her identifiable kaleidoscopic pattern style of work that she is most renowned for, it’s simple but effective and can be applied to a multitude of mediums. Feature
P.A.M is a Melbourne based label, formed by the collaboration of Perks & Mini.
Their summer collection’s street influence meets cultural richness “channeling street wear at it’s best”
Featuring sick indigo hand-dyed patterns, each garment was constructed using traditional Malian techniques.
Visit their website here. Feature
Lynnie Zulu super vibrant illustrations are an old favourite. I discovered her work by chance back in 2010 when she graduated from Kingston University and have been a fan ever since. Her African influences both in style and colour, have become her signature aesthetic, and she is now working to apply this to fashion and textiles – with an avidly growing fan base already. Feature
Steven Marsden is from London and he is studying Illustration (for Sequence & Interaction) at Camberwell. He has a lovely body of work on his website which is mainly mixed media and collage. We particularly dig his black and white bitmapped series of images that he did for a D&AD Competition. Feature
Sleeperhold Publications is a ephemeral platform for artist publications and functions as a valid excuse to experiment with the creation of content, different media and ways of distributing. So far SHP released a photobook, a silkscreen posterset, a deck of gaming cards, a book of short stories and several vinyl records. There are no fixed methodologies in dealing with creation and, at its best, an entirely different tactic will be applied to every SHP number. Feature
I got mad respect for Rosy One and thought it was about time I gave her a well deserved big up for keeping me inspired me over the years. Rosy One is a female Graffiti Artist based in Switzerland and is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in Swiss Graff. Inspired by hip-hop and trips to Berlin and Paris she started writing in 1989 and plans to paint till she gets her retirement pension. In recent work she’s collaborated with the Cleptomanicx collection releasing some dope garms and bed covers. Feature
Α–Π is an initiative by Karolis Kosas, who has a very impressive portfolio of work. Anonymous Press is a self sufficient publishing platform whereby it searches Google and creates your very own zine within 20 seconds. Each publication is added to the public library and is available to buy for $3. We think it’s genius. Have a go for yourselves. Feature
Stephanie Ginger is an Illustrator based in London. She graduated from University College Falmouth in 2011, her work is predominantly about illustrating everyday objects. She enjoys focusing on the objects that may be overlooked and combines them with her own interpretation, creating original illustrations. Stephanie’s style consists of contemporary hand drawn and painted drawings which primarily have a feminine feel to them. On the whole she draws her inspiration from the things and people that surround her in everyday life, making space for the imaginary. Feature
Hot Bed Press is a thriving microcosm of print goodness based in a large Victorian warehouse in Salford, on the edge of Manchester. From screenprint to typesetting, etching to solar plate there’s a plethora of beautiful old presses mingling with new fandangled machinery. Artists, designers, and print novices rub shoulders in this hub of a print facility that looks more and more like a large art college department. Feature
Currently living in South-East London, Brigid Deacon is a recent graduate from Camberwell College of Art where she studied Illustration. Brigid does mostly black and white illustration, her comic-based work concerns time in some form or another. She draws her inspiration from astronomy, goosebumps and erotic art, deterritorialized narratives & experience of time. Feature
Dean Brierley’s ability to utilise a super nice colour palette and apparent curiousities towards Americana makes for some pretty sweet pieces. He’s exhibiting as part of a group show, ‘Sodastream’, at Bearspace from 08 March 2013 – 06 April 2013. The show looks great and I would definitely recommend checking it out. Feature
Photographer Michael Wolf’s work “Deals with the universal reality of contemporary city life”
Originally born in Germany, Michael was raised in the USA & Canada before returning to Germany to study photography. Starting his career as a Photo Journalist Wolf spent a lot of time in Asia working for German magazine “Stern”
Characteristics of his work include obsessive collecting, using his subjects to document transformations of urban life.
I’m all about his heavy architectural focus and patterns found in his photos. Feature
After having a browse on hurtyoubad I came across the NY Prisoner 63906054 blog and spent most of last Sunday distracted from my work reading posts.
Timothy Guvercin, the man behind it is a Britt currently locked up in America, after being on remand for 2 years he’s selling T-shirts to help fund his legal fees.
Tonight we are going to be at the AMAZING photography exhibition by the very talented and inspirational Giles Duley. You will be able to buy his signed and editioned books which document his return to Afghanistan; the very place where he almost lost his life by stepping on an IED. He will also be present in person tonight so come on down, say hello, look at his incredible photography and have a beer. See you there.
Private View: Thursday 7 March 7 – 9pm
Artist Talk: Thursday 14 March 7 – 9pm (doors 6.30pm)
Exhibition Runs: 5th until 30th March Feature
Enkeling (aka Symen Veenstra) is an Illustrator/Typographer based in Amsterdam.
After graduating in Graphic Design Enkeling worked as a designer for 6 years before becoming an illustrator.
Forming a love for type from his backgrounds in graphics & graff he works in a variety of styles keen to experiment and try something new, I can’t get enough of his energizing playful type.
See more of Enkeling’s work here. Feature
Welcome is an inherently subjective and creative skateboard company. It’s about skateboards, sorcery, fun and dreams made real. They create skateboards that make you feel like you are a sorcerer! “While others take themselves seriously and not their product…we take our product seriously and not ourselves.” They are not only of the highest quality, but they are unique, with artwork that is hand-drawn and shapes that are fun to ride. Feature
Justin Mezzell is an Illustrator/Designer based in Orlando, Florida.
Specialising in Illustration, Digital Art & UI UX Design Justin’s futuristic portfolio demonstrates amazing colours, landscapes, buildings and narratives as he plays with light and texture to form his incredible imagery.
Check Justin’s website here Feature
I have fallen in love with Lydia White’s stunning photographs. Lydia works as a Photographer/Designer based in New York, her website is full of extraordinary imagery that take us to dramatic natural and fantasy landscapes. My favourite bits of her work include her “Earth Vents” and “Environs” projects; “Earth Vents” demonstrates a beautiful collection of images studying volcanoes and geothermal features (like hot springs ect) “Environs” shares an “experiment in manufacturing surreal environments exploring ideas of Geology and deep time” using found objects, architectural model supplies and natural materials to create miniature imagined landscapes of Earth, Science Fiction and dreams. Feature
We were at the Design Museum this evening where we experienced a delightful series of talks, PechaKucha style hosted by Chris Haughton (Node). During PechaKucha, each speaker is limited to 20 slides and is only able to talk for 20 seconds per slide, which made it very entertaining and engaging for the audience. Feature
Chicago-born illustrator and printmaker. He has been screenprinting since the mid-nineties, doing mainly in gig posters. His idiosyncratic style is achieved using pencil and scratchboard drawing techniques which are then transferred to screens for multi-layered printing. Dan spends a lot of time thinking about the screenprinting process in both a painterly and stripped down way, attempting to achieve aesthetic freedom by limiting choices in the composition process. Feature
Last summer saw the launch of Brainchild Festival, a celebration of communal creativity just outside of London. Curated by Marina Blake, this eclectic mash up of music, art, film and spoken word aims to recreate the originality behind today’s sometimes generic festival scene. February 21st saw the launch night for the second Brainchild festival, at the Bussey Building. With music, live art and inevitably, the same exciting atmosphere, this year’s festival is sure to be even more exciting. Plus, this year they’re on the lookout for some super sweet ideas to be added to the already bustling list of activity. Hit ’em up if you want to get involved, it’s going to be sweet. Feature