Markless Design

Markless Design

Founded and run by print and interior textiles designer, Rebecca Markless, Markless Design is a London based studio. After graduating with an MA in Textiles Design at the Chelsea College of Art, she is now working on expanding her quirky homewares collection. Inspired by weird and wonderful natural forms like crustaceans and cacti, all of Rebeccas work starts with a hand-drawn doodle. She then applies a contemporary colour palette and plays with repetition and symmetry to create her bright and distinctive designs. Feature


Beyoncé | Lemonade

Beyoncé | Lemonade

We all know that merch has always been an additional revenue stream for artists. But for many of us the association is still there – of picking up a craply printed, poorly manufactured tee from a stall at an equally as crappy and poorly manufactured gig like Summer XS. However, in more recent years, merchandising has become something else entirely, with artists creating fashionable collections of graphic tees that can actually be worn as something other than pyjamas. Feature


IKEA X Katie Eary | GILTIG Collection

IKEA X Katie Eary | GILTIG Collection

Following from the likes of H&M, who brought designer names, Versace, Alexander Wang and Matthew Williamson to the high street, it seems IKEA are following the trend. Set to be the first of many, this April, IKEA released their first fashion collaboration with print-based menswear designer Katie Eary. Dubbed ‘GILTIG’, the limited edition collection applies her signature loud and innovative designs to a range of homewares from dinnerware to furniture and textiles. Feature


The Quiet Life | Garvanza Collection

The Quiet Life | Garvanza Collection

In the second delivery from their Spring 2016 collection, LA based brand, The Quiet Life, have just dropped their latest range. The ‘Garvanza’ range pays homage to the historic Garvanza neighbourhood, an area generally considered as the birthplace of the Southern Californian Arts and Crafts movement. The extensive collection features button down shirts, a vest jacket, shorts, long and short sleeved graphic tees, soccer jerseys and tank tops alongside 5-panels, snapbacks and polo hats. Feature


Branded Cities | Corrado Grilli

Branded Cities | Corrado Grilli

Combining the design elements of Google Maps and the logos of well-known streetwear brands, Italian graphic designer (and rapper), Corrado Grilli has created a series of screenshots for his latest personal project. Featuring Palace Skateboards, Air Jordan, Supreme, Carhartt, GARÇONS PLAY and A Bathing Ape, the directional blue line has mapped out the iconic logos across various different cities. Feature


PancakeBot

PancakeBot

Designed and created by artist, civil engineer and pioneer of the pancake printing machine, Miguel Valenzuela, PancakeBot™, started off as a ‘whimsical dream to make a “Pancake Machine” out of LEGO’ for his daughters. Feeling inspired after reading an article about a pancake stamping machine in Make Magazine, Miguel developed various LEGO designs, finally printing his first pancake after 6 months of trial and error. Feature


Sergio Larrain

Sergio Larrain

Despite his relatively brief professional career (spanning just over a decade), Sergio Larrain has had a disproportionately large influence on photography and his reputation has only continued to grow since his death in 2012. Born in Santiago, Chile, in 1931, he first took up photography in 1949 while studying forestry at the University of California, Berkeley. After attending the University of Michigan he travelled through Europe and the Middle East where he started his freelance photography career. Feature


Discordia | Moises Saman

Discordia | Moises Saman

Compiled of and representing personal memories of the four years he spent living and working as a photojournalist in the Middle East (Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq), Discordia is a new self-published book by Magnum photographer Moises Saman. In a close-up and visual representation of Saman’s experiences, the photographs often exude a sense of ambiguity, depicting the ‘fleeting moments on the periphery of the more dramatic events’ that were photographed for editorial publications. Presenting the continuation of daily life in amongst violence and uncertainty, the book is a ‘personal comment on the complex nature of this period, and the ever-blurring line between victim and perpetrator’. Feature


Stussy x Tomoo Gokita

Stussy x Tomoo Gokita

For their latest collection and part of their ongoing artist series, Californian streetwear brand Stussy have teamed up with Japanese artist Tomoo Gokita. In conjunction with their recent beach inspired SS16 line, the collection fuses classic surrealism with 80s Neo-Expressionism for their exclusive 5 piece collection. Feature


Water Stories | The Global Water Crisis in Pictures | Mustafah Abdulaziz

Water Stories | The Global Water Crisis in Pictures | Mustafah Abdulaziz

Since 2011, American photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz has travelled to eight different countries and four continents for his on-going project photographic project ‘Water’. Exploring how different cultures perceive water alongside the challenges and limitations humans face to preserve one of our planet’s most precious resources. His striking images contemplate the fragility of life and highlight the often exploitive behaviour of humans towards our most vital resource. Feature


BUILD KINDNESS NOT WALLS

BUILD KINDNESS NOT WALLS

12 Kinds of Kindness is the brainchild of two New York designers, Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman. Describing themselves as ‘self-centred’ and ‘often focused on what’s ahead rather than what’s around them’, they created a series of twelve steps in an attempt to change their behaviour (and become kinder and more empathetic people). Feature


Free Skate Magazine | Interview

Free Skate Magazine | Interview

There will always be something more gratifying about holding a magazine that is aesthetically and conceptually appealing than double tapping your phone screen to let the world know you ‘like it’. The chances are you’ll never look at it again, but a magazine offers a degree of permanence and exclusivity that you just can’t get from the internet. On the 30th march last year, Factory Media announced that they were closing all print operations in the wake of the digital boom, to focus solely on digital media and video production. With this, Kingpin, Sidewalk and Monster Magazine disappeared from print along with a longstanding set of values and traditions. Feature


Fashion Show: 60 Years of Fashion Photography | Atlas Gallery

Fashion Show: 60 Years of Fashion Photography | Atlas Gallery

Fashion Show: 60 Years of Fashion Photography is the latest exhibition by Atlas Gallery. Charting the evolving styles of photography from the 50s to the present-day, the collection celebrates ‘the female form and the making of icons’ alongside uncommissioned work from renowned fashion photographers. Feature


Jenny Lewis | One Day Young | Interview

Jenny Lewis | One Day Young | Interview

Photographer Jenny Lewis grew up in Little Clacton, Essex, but moved to East London 20 years ago. Since then she has made her living as an editorial and portrait photographer and Hackney has become both her home and the basis of her personal projects. Focusing on living and working in East London, Jenny’s project One Day Young documents Hackney-born babies and their mothers in the first 24 hours after birth. Its aim, to tell ‘a story about the strength and resilience of women post-childbirth’, a story that is so common yet goes largely unacknowledged in today’s society. Feature


Juno Calypso

Juno Calypso

Influenced by an old photograph of a pink bathroom suite, London-based photographer and LCC graduate, Juno Calypso, spent her student loan on a one woman honeymoon. Armed with a suitcase of wedding lingerie, wigs and a selection of 1980s beauty devices, she boarded a flight to Pennsylvania and checked into the Penn Hills Honeymoon Resort. Her photographs perfectly capture the hotels sickly-sweet atmosphere combining it with an air of desperation – as a romantic retreat, a place for illicit encounters and a last port of call for hopeless lovers. Feature


Foxhole Magazine | Interview

Foxhole Magazine | Interview

Independently funded arts and culture magazine, Foxhole, showcases a range of new and existing creatives in the ‘fields of writing, design, illustration and photography’. Influenced by Bukowski, a stint as a musician, the spirit of self-publishing and a new found addiction to the printed form, Mark Beechill founded the magazine in 2015. With a by-line of ‘open to ideas’ the magazine’s philosophy is to cover all ‘creative endeavours and areas of alternative culture deserving of a wider audience’. Feature


Joe Webb | CUT IT OUT

Joe Webb | CUT IT OUT

British artist Joe Webb, is drawn to the ‘fuzziness’ of vintage imagery and the comforting warmth of their aesthetic. With a particular fondness of the fifties, he juxtaposes magazine cuttings and printed ephemera that he has collected from charity shops and book shops to make low fi, mixed media collages. Creating surreal, dream-like landscapes, using two or three images as a rule, he takes the original image out of context and reinvents it, delicately layering the hand cut images. Feature


Eloise Dörr | Interview

Eloise Dörr | Interview

London-based artist, skater and all-round cool girl, Eloise Dörr, is making a name for herself in the UK skate scene and art scenes alike. Influenced largely by skate culture and all that surrounds it, it’s not unusual for a deck to become her canvas. As any new skater knows, you spend a lot of time stacking it and to put it simply ‘eating shit’. Eloise’s work relishes and celebrates these rudimentary aspects of the sport, her signature silhouette characters personifying the lack of boundaries and exuding a sense of innocence. Feature


House of Hackney X William Morris

House of Hackney X William Morris

Sharing the same values and non-conformist approach Morris & Co and luxury British lifestyle brand, House of Hackney, were both formed as a rebellion ‘against the prevailing aesthetic of their time’. Both renowned for their iconic, maximalist prints we couldn’t envision a more perfect pairing. Feature


Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us

The female-focused independent magazine, Girls Like Us, was founded in 2005 by Jessica Gysel, after her first endeavor Kutt magazine (a sister, you might say, of the quarterly gay magazine Butt). When Butt was established in 2001, male gay media was entering mainstream popular culture, enabling them to create a niche and to own it entirely. However, Jessica felt that for lesbians, it was a different story. Feature


Kith & Kin

Kith & Kin

Kith & Kin is an ethical homewares brand founded by designer and illustrator Ciara Phelan. With a focus on sustainability and community, the brand works with charities and small manufacturers harnessing the skills and creativity of people in the local community. The brand’s aim is to create a new consumer philosophy advocating quality over quantity and ensuring each product is handmade to the highest quality. Feature


Feathr

Feathr

Created for anyone and ‘everyone who loves art and has a house with walls’, Feathr are an artist made, designer wallpaper brand. Founded on the premise of working  with like-minded creatives who share their passion art, big ideas, design, craft, interiors and originality, the brand was established by Tom, Anne and Oli. Together they source, commission, curate, and make wallpaper ‘that’s anything but wallpaper’, working alongside a community of artists. Feature


The London Illustration Fair 2015

The London Illustration Fair 2015

Founded by old school friends Alastair Eland and Sam Bennett in 2013, The London Illustration Fair is a celebration of contemporary illustration, graphic design, printmaking and independent publishing. Encompassing the creativity and enthusiasm of the industry, the interactive event brings together both buyers and artists giving visitors a chance to meet their favourite artists and, of course, discover new favourites. Feature


Speakers’ Corner | Phillip Wolmuth

Speakers’ Corner | Phillip Wolmuth

In a world where editing and censorship are hugely restrictive and unmediated expression has become a rarity, where the media set the limits of public discussion, and where hiding behind the protective wall of a computer screen to express your opinion has become the norm, Speakers Corner presents a powerful contrast to the social media activists we see on our daily news feeds. Feature


Plants and Prejudice

Plants and Prejudice

Routed in her own inability to take care of plants, Katja Alissa Mueller founded the new bi-annual publication Plants and Prejudice with ‘plant and magazine aficionados’ in mind. Based upon the premise that ‘her plants normally die within 7 days of purchase’ she ponders the relationship between plants and humans. Feature


Thornback & Peel

Thornback & Peel

Founded by Juliet and Delia, Thornback & Peel are an eclectic British homewares brand inspired by traditional Victoriana and a hint of modernism. Their signature style draws upon the artistic traditions of the nineteenth century and the iconic visuals of Mrs Beeton’s household management, Beatrix Potter’s children’s stories and microscopic imagery of the 17th century. Printed by hand, their beautifully detailed designs exude British eccentricity in their use of colour and subject matter – my favourite has to be the guinea pig and pineapple design. Feature


Awkward Ladies Club | Amy Burek

Awkward Ladies Club | Amy Burek

Amy Burek is a San Fransciso based scientist, artist and sole member of her own club – Awkward Ladies Club. Her interests ‘include how cells become organisms, how letters become words, and how cat pictures become memes’. Her work reflects her fascination with how humans now communicate in a digital society and how we perceive ourselves. Feature


Independent ceramics market

Independent ceramics market

Brought to us by artist and market curator Mark Farhall, the mind behind the DIY Art Market and the ever popular Hackney Flea Market, The Independent Ceramics Market is the latest in his eclectic line up. As a celebration of London’s independent ceramicists and DIY potters, the market showcases a curated selection of over 50 different artists. Feature


The Positive Press

The Positive Press

The Positive Press is a North London based screen printing service run by Chris Murphy. Starting from humble beginnings in the front room of a Brighton flat in 2010, making band tees with the most basic equipment, The Positive Press is now a full-time venture specialising in eco-friendly water based inks and printing on pretty much anything with a flat surface. Feature


Robin Eisenberg

Robin Eisenberg

Inspired by space, sex, Star Trek, fashion, feminism and the occult, Robin Eisenberg is an illustrator and designer from Los Angeles. Combining elements of everyday life (hands up if you’ve ever eaten pizza in the bath) with otherworldly elements and a neon-clad colour palette, her unique illustrative style is bold, bright, sexy and strange. Her work manifests itself in dream-like visions of the things she loves from wolves to mermaids to fearless alien superbabes – so naturally we just had to find out more! Feature


Mr Gresty | LHR | The Things I Think About, When I Think About Thinking

Mr Gresty | LHR | The Things I Think About, When I Think About Thinking

Creative platform LHR Exhibitions was founded by Hackney based illustrator and designer Mr Gresty in 2013. The name LHR comes from the three venues based in Hackney and Islington: The Lauriston, The Hanbury and The Regent where each of the exhibitions have been in residence. Each venue is a bar, which allows the exhibitions to stay up on display, it also means that the launch party can last longer, anyone can turn up and it’s free of charge! The latest exhibition The Things I Think About, When I Think About Thinking is LHR’s 15th and final exhibition. Feature


Mokuyobi

Mokuyobi

Mokuyobi describe themselves as ‘an out of this world company’ who design accessories, bags and ‘general radness for the super beings of Earth and beyond’. Founded in 2006 and based in LA, all of their products are made in the USA with usability and uniqueness at the heart of their mission. The brand name Mokuyobi or 木曜日 translates as Thursday in Japanese – the best day of the week ‘because there’s always something to look forward to’ according to founder and designer Julie Pinzur. Influenced by her desire to create something new and different, the brand is bold, colourful and focused on individuality. Feature


Spencer Harrison

Spencer Harrison

Spencer Harrison is an Australian graphic artist and illustrator based in Melbourne. With degrees in Nanotechnology and Visual Communication his work blends an analytical approach with playful creativity. His illustrations are vivid and energetic, inspired by his ‘fascination with daydreams, adventures, nature and fun’. Often focused on pattern, repetition and everyday objects he also incorporates a colourful and bright palette fusing pastel colours and neons. Feature


Polly Nor

Polly Nor

Polly Nor is a freelance illustrator based in North West London. Her work is frank, devilish and unabashed in its representation of real girls and their own personal space. Her highly sexualised, bold illustrations are satirical observations of societal issues tackling the themes of gender, equality and sexuality. Her characters are unmistakably styled and what some may call ‘grotesque’, providing an alternative to the unrealistic ideal of femininity that we see on a daily basis, whether it be on the front of a magazine, in art or behind closed doors in front of our laptop screens. Instead, her drawings are manifestations of feeling and thought rather than for the sole purpose of satisfying the ‘male gaze’. Feature


Vancouver Art / Book Fair

Vancouver Art / Book Fair

Fuelling Vancouver’s reputation as a ‘small but feisty mecca for art book publishing’ and an up-and-coming rival of creative centres like New York and Los Angeles, the Vancouver Art/Book Fair is set to return for its fourth year. Returning to the Vancouver Art Gallery from the 16th to the 18th October, the annual Art/Book Fair provides a platform for Vancouver’s arts-based publishing scene. This year the celebration of indie publishing will feature over 100 small scale and independent publishers, showcasing magazines, zines, books, printed ephemera and digital publications. Feature


Felix Green

Felix Green

Working simply with pencils, pens and paper, Felix Green is a traditional illustrator based in London. His distinctive style lends itself to his influences of nature, architecture and the intricacies of other cultures (alongside his love of psychedelic music and its subsequent art scene). His highly symmetrical drawings are bold in their subject matter with their fierce female figures, skulls and lions, yet beautifully delicate in their detail. Felix once read that ‘there is beauty in symmetry’ but this is not necessarily his opinion. He believes that symmetry is easy to take in at a glance but if you look at it closely you can see a deeper meaning. Feature


STOUR SPACE LATES

STOUR SPACE LATES

Devoted to the promotion and production of art, design, performance and innovative business ideas, Stour Space is a ‘socially minded organisation’ residing in an abandoned building turned multi functional art space. Working in collaboration with independent businesses, local residents, artists and committees, they are set to become a prominent platform and a creative hub for ‘the best unknown, unseen and unheard artists to showcase their work’. Feature


SAFOMASI

SAFOMASI

In 2010 Sarah Fotheringham and Maninder Singh both found themselves in Delhi. After living in Melbourne, Maninder had recently moved back to India and Sarah had left London after getting a job as an art director. Brought together and inspired by ‘a love of beautiful things and a desire to work and travel together’, homeware brand Safomasi was born in December 2013. Sarahs background as an artist and illustrator combined with Maninder’s previous experience in fashion and production is evident in their distinct and quirky illustrative designs. Feature


CHHIPA

CHHIPA

Design duo Chhipa craft contemporary shirts, drawing influence from traditional techniques and the communities who continue to practice them. Claudia Borfiga, a screen printer and Lizzie Lock, a milliner by trade, grew up together and both expressed a love of design from an early age. Travelling to India and discovering the ancient craft of woodblock printing, the brand started as they were ‘standing on top of the Nahargarh Fort, reflecting on what [they] had seen and both wearing oversized men’s shirts’. Feature


Sheryl Oppenheim | Interview

Sheryl Oppenheim | Interview

Sheryl Oppenheim is an Orlando born artist, now residing in Brookyln. Escaping the monotony of control, of boundaries and of repetition, her work is inspired by the indirect processes of marbling and the idea of capturing the fluidity of an image in motion –  the result is beautiful, eluding to the notion that time has stopped. Feature


studio smalls.

studio smalls.

It’s all in the name! studio smalls. is a small Letterpress studio in Seoul, South Korea. Run by Letterpress lover and designer Lim Jung-sil, it all started in May this year with a fascination with ‘old school’ analogue print techniques and a vintage Adana machine. (As the name and this very small bio suggest, it is still a new endeavour, so watch this space!). Feature


Better Letters | Sign Painters | Ghost Signs | London Design Festival

Better Letters | Sign Painters | Ghost Signs | London Design Festival

In an industry that’s over saturated with digitally designed, die cut vinyl stickers, The London Design Festival looks back at a time where sign writing meant pencils, precision and painting by hand. Like many skilled trades it has evolved to meet the demands of a time conscious digital society, however, the traditional craft is coming back to the Bankside Design District in the form of Better Letters workshops, film screenings and Ghost Signs tours. Feature


The Good Type Co. | Interview with Becki Sinclair

The Good Type Co. | Interview with Becki Sinclair

Rebecca (Becki) Sinclair has always had a passion for lettering. Now a freelance hand-letterer and illustrator based in Melbourne, she is the founder of the quirky lettering Emporium The Good Type Co. With a love that grew from childhood, amusing herself with reel upon reel of that connected, lined printer paper that you used to get in the 90s and some pencils, she’s pretty much drawn continuously until today. Feature


Florecast

Florecast

Founded by Sam Roberts, Florecast is a limited edition print publication with a focus on skateboarding. The name, a portmanteau between floor and forecast, came from a friend assessing the floors suitability to skate after a night of rain. Documenting the sport through the medium of film photography, the magazine is an appreciation of the time, thought and precision behind each photograph. To a skateboarder, a metal rail or a concrete bank is seen in a different light and the photographs in Florecast encompass this; capturing beauty in the spaces and places seen as mundane urban landscapes in the eyes of others. Feature


Fanciful Pages

Fanciful Pages

With the aim to ‘revive the lost art of the written word’ and ‘celebrate the beauty and tactility of print and the joy of colour’, Fanciful pages is a London based atelier and stationary shop. Founded by graphic designer Aoife Barron in 2013 and launched the following April, she specializes in letterpress, screen print and bespoke hand bound journals. The collections are colourful, quirky and tactile, influenced by Aoife’s love of anything French, hand written letters and her penchant for a pastel palette. Feature


Andria Morales | AS YOU CHANGE 2010 + 2104

Andria Morales | AS YOU CHANGE 2010 + 2104

Andria Morales is a Brooklyn based multidisciplinary artist, who draws her influences from urban street culture, societal tradition and the politics of identity and otherness. Identity is a topic that resonates with her on a personal level and she’s always been fascinated with it, collecting every piece of personal identification she’s ever received. Her zine AS YOU CHANGE 2010 + 2104 is the first in a series of three, documenting the transition of a childhood friend from female to male. Feature


Marijke Buurlage

Marijke Buurlage

With a signature style thats ‘vibrant, light-hearted and feminine’ Marijke Buurlage’s illustrations are infused with inspiration from the natural world. Focusing predominantly on animals and botanicals, their influence is evident in her recurring uses of pattern, colour and shape.Starting life as ‘doodles’ her work combines hand drawn delicacy with the bolder elements of digital design, often resulting in a playfully haphazard yet confidently drawn jumble of people, objects, plants and animals. Feature


Edges Zine | Anne Vieux

Edges Zine | Anne Vieux

Anne Vieux is a Brooklyn based artist specialising in digital paintings. Experimenting with optics, her work challenges the typical notions of traditional painting; blurring the boundaries of illusion, depth, reflection and perspective in their twisted and distorted imagery. Feature


The Writing On The Wall | Roger Perry

The Writing On The Wall | Roger Perry

Photojournalist Roger Perry had a passion for documenting those on the outskirts of popular culture. Fascinated by the cities developing music scene, he started to take photos for the newly established Time out magazine in 1968. His black and white photographs soon became iconic; capturing the personalities and styles of his subjects and leading to a successful career and regular magazine contributions (Time Out, The Sunday Times, Vogue and Nova ). Now it seems books about street art / graffiti are commonplace on our bookshelves, however it was his book The Writing On The Wall (1976) that led the way, documenting London’s then ‘fledgling graffiti scene’. Feature


Drip For Drip | Bamse Ontwerpt | Wijtze Valkema

Drip For Drip | Bamse Ontwerpt | Wijtze Valkema

Wijtze Valkema is a designer and illustrator from the Netherlands. With an illustrative approach to design, his work is graphically styled, drawing inspiration from mid century printing techniques. Often character based, he also likes to contrast and soften the harsher vector shapes with printed textures. Currently working on his ongoing side project Drip For Drip, the project involves him trading a ‘Drip’ (a paper coffee cup design) for another. We chatted with him to find out a little more: Feature


mous. magazine | Interview | Bonnie Stevens

mous. magazine | Interview | Bonnie Stevens

Founded by Bonnie Stevens and Allie Speers, mous. magazine is an independent design and culture magazine based in Brisbane. Championing creativity and honesty in their content, their aim is to challenge the predictability and monotony of the mainstream media encouraging their readers ‘to think, question and delve deeper’. Feature


D.I.Y Art Market

D.I.Y Art Market

The DIY art market is a bi-monthly market and a celebration of the emerging and established independent artists and makers of London. Each event has over 60 handpicked exhibitors, championing the unique and the original, the D.I.Y. and the self-published. Feature


CITYSCAPES | JEALOUS

CITYSCAPES | JEALOUS

Celebrating the shapes, colours, textures and materials of the metropolis, CITYSCAPES brings together the three different responses to London’s urban environment. Hosted by Jealous, the exhibition features work by Ashes57, Jo Peel and Anka Dabrowska. Feature


Pattern of the city | Elsie Wong | Kathryn Hassan

Pattern of the city | Elsie Wong | Kathryn Hassan

Seeing London from a different perspective through experimenting with angle and scale, Pattern of the city is a joint exhibition in collaboration with Timber Yard. Featuring London based creative’s Elsie Wong and Kathryn Hassan; their work looks at the juxtaposition and synchronicity of metropolitan and natural landscapes. Feature


Elmo Delmo Posters | Ronny Hunger

Elmo Delmo Posters | Ronny Hunger

Ronny Hunger (also known under the alias Comet Substance) is a Swiss graphic designer, screen printer and an active member of the DIY scene. He began designing posters for the small music venue Elmo Delmo in Zurich in 2013. Feature


LET’S BE BRIEF | State of Independence Market

LET’S BE BRIEF | State of Independence Market

Compiled by duo Ansel Neckles and Stephanie McLaren-Neckles, LET’S BE BRIEF (LBB) is a cultural journal targeted at the creative entrepreneur. Their aim — to bridge the gap between creative culture and business. Feature


Let’s Tessellate | LHR | Mr Gresty

Let’s Tessellate | LHR | Mr Gresty

Centered on symmetrical patterns and bending the rules, LHR Exhibitions are back with their latest exhibition Let’s Tessellate. Curated by Hackney based illustrator and designer Mr Gresty; the exhibition showcases the work of 15 unique talents. Feature


THIS IS THE SAME OCEAN | ISSUE 5

THIS IS THE SAME OCEAN | ISSUE 5

This is the Same Ocean is an annual journal centered on risograph and contemporary photography. Somewhat a hybrid, based between Berlin and Melbourne, they still like to think of themselves as an Australian publication. A stylistic exploration of self-publishing and print; they describe the journal as ‘an ongoing experiment in print and production methods, and an exercise in money haemorrhaging’. Feature


Comedy Carpet Off-Cuts | Jealous

Comedy Carpet Off-Cuts | Jealous

The Comedy Carpet – for those who don’t know, is one of Europe’s largest pieces of public artwork. Set in front of the iconic Blackpool Tower and stretching along the Golden Mile, the 2200m2 artwork contains over 160,000 30mm granite letters embedded in concrete. Giving a physical form to jokes, songs and catchphrases from the early days of comedy to the present, the piece pays homage to over 1000 comedians and writers. Feature


Pushing the Envelope | House of Illustration

Pushing the Envelope | House of Illustration

As convenient and efficient as email is, nothing beats the pleasure of post. This Saturday (May 16th) House of Illustration at Kings Cross are hosting an exhibition and collaborative project aptly titled Pushing the Envelope. Feature


LGC Billboard | 44Flavours | Wall of Wisdom

LGC Billboard | 44Flavours | Wall of Wisdom

London Graphic Centre has teamed up with Berlin based design duo 44Flavours (Sebastian Bagge and Julio Rölle) on a project to encourage new talent. Currently on display at their flagship store in Covent Garden, Wall of Wisdom is the latest addition to their billboard. Feature


The Pop-Up Poll Booth

The Pop-Up Poll Booth

Allowing you to vote for the most hated politician, The Pop-Up Poll Booth is a far cry from your conventional village hall polling station. With a more unconventional take on the traditional voting method, the pop-up is a quirky and clever illustration project – and the brainchild of Third year Brighton student Holly Macdonald. Feature


Ladies of Letters

Ladies of Letters

Ladies of Letters came to life when two letterpress fanatics (and cat lovers) met on a picnic blanket back in 2013. The collaborative project between Meburnian artists Amy Constable and Carla Hackett aims to bring a more human element to a digitally dominated world through beautifully tactile typefaces and traditional techniques. Feature


STiLLLiFE

STiLLLiFE

STiLLLiFE is an Atlanta based small press boutique run by husband and wife team Jason Murphy and Katie Ridley Murphy. Specialising in books, art prints and independent publishing. We spoke to them to find out a little more: Feature


House of Vans | Heated Words | Initial Research

House of Vans | Heated Words | Initial Research

This whole hunt began with a curiosity that quickly snowballed into an obsession, the occasional appearance within a streetwear collection or on a B-Boy event flyer let us know we weren’t the only ones preoccupied with ‘that fucking font’. Heated Words Initial Research at House of Vans documented the uses of an iconic yet anonymous typeface, illustrating the rich history and identity of a font with no name, and no known designer. Feature


2 Colour Exhibiton | LHR | Mr Gresty

2 Colour Exhibiton | LHR | Mr Gresty

LHR Exhibitions is a creative platform founded by Hackney based illustrator and designer Mr Gresty. Starting back in October 2013, they are now holding their 11th exhibition – the most recent centered on a simple two colour brief. For 2 Colour the artists were “invited to create a piece within their unique style to a 50×70 format with the limited colour palette of red and black (plus the white of the page)”. We caught up with Gresty to find out a little more. Feature


Mel Elliot | I love Mel

Mel Elliot | I love Mel

The brand started life ‘as a few badges that were made and handed out to make Mel Elliott feel better after her boyfriend dumped her’. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, Mel started her design career and her little I love Mel badges became more of a brand than a badge. Feature


TANK BOOKS | Tales to Take Your Breath Away

TANK BOOKS | Tales to Take Your Breath Away

Launched in September 1998 as a thick, square, small-scale pocket book with the slogan ‘Small tank, big fish’, TANK is a quarterly magazine based in London. The magazine is preoccupied with the very concept of contemporary culture, covering art, fashion, music, news, and architecture. Their editorial platform is non-conventional. As a relatively non-commercial outlet, they are driven by aesthetic and ideas rather than advertising – their aim to disrupt the homogeneity and over commercialization in the magazine industry. Feature


North Skate Mag | Interview with Graham Tait

North Skate Mag | Interview with Graham Tait

Founded in 2011 by Graham Tait, North is a bi annual magazine centered around a passion for skateboarding and traditional film photography. We first spoke to Graham back in 2013, but I first picked up a copy of North a few weeks ago, drawn in by its beautifully raw aesthetic. I was lucky enough to catch up with him and discuss the background, inspiration and future of the mag. Feature


VERITIES

VERITIES

Dubbed “The Anthropology of Modern Culture”, Verities is a bi annual, self-published magazine based in London. Focused on provoking thought and reflection through observation, each issue is centred around a theme. The self-proclaimed “magazine for the ultra observant”, aims to provide new ways of looking at the mundane and the ordinary, the overlooked and the understated. Feature


Grahame Baker–Smith | 150 Years of Alice

Grahame Baker–Smith | 150 Years of Alice

Perhaps one of the most iconic and surreal children’s books ever written, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has left a lasting imprint on the imaginations of many a child (and adult). This year Marks the 150th anniversary of the novels publication and a landmark in literary history.

The Royal Mail has a colourful history of illustrated stamps, commemorating a vast array of occasions. This year, to mark the anniversary they have commissioned a set of ten, featuring the most well-known scenes from the book. Feature


Tom Sewell

Tom Sewell

Tom Sewell, not to be confused with another artist of the same name, is a multi disciplinary artist based in London. Working in design, digital media, Illustration, photography, video, animation and collage (the list is endless) – his signature style features luminous colours and repetition with an intergalactic edge. Feature


Zines of the Zone

Zines of the Zone

The zine phenomenon has become an ever-expanding trend of the last decade, with more and more people embracing the DIY culture of self-publishing. Zines of the zone is a mobile library and travelling exhibition dedicated to self published zines, photo books, and fanzines – pretty much ‘any DIY printed matter related to photography’. Feature


Nick Barrett

Nick Barrett

Londoner, Nick Barrett is a visual artist based in Hackney. Multitalented, with a degree in Biological science and six years behind him as a recording artist – he is now focusing on a different artistic venture. His work is rooted in organic forms, exploring the often-overlooked and beautiful details in what could be considered a mundane subject matter. Feature


Creative Mess

Creative Mess

With an ethos to change the face of the tech world and banish the generic and monotonous styles that saturate it, Creative Mess is a UK based brand specialising in digitally printed mobile accessories. Working with creative’s from across the globe such as street artist Mr Penfold, Archie Mac London and cartoonist Wolf Mask – they’re forever seeking designers and illustrative talent to collaborate with. We spoke to founder and creative director Ant Fu. Feature


Aurélien Heilbronn

Aurélien Heilbronn

Young Parisian photographer and director Aurélien Heilbronn relocated to New York in 2012, and now resides in Los Angeles. As someone with a lifelong passion for photography (never without his digital camera in his teens) and self admittedly obsessed with photographing pigeons in monochrome – his decision to go analogue was sparked two years by the Big Apple. After borrowing a film camera from a friend in New York, he loved how “the raw aspect of the film matched the raw aspect of the city.” Feature


Paul X Johnson

Paul X Johnson

Originally from the northeast, Paul X Johnson is an illustrator now based in London. Depicting unsettling, strange settings and featuring vacant, stone faced characters; his illustrations are moody, atmospheric and somewhat cinematic – each carrying a narrative. Feature


Timba Smits

Timba Smits

With an obsession with art that started with fingers, paint, blank walls and presumably angry parents – at the age of 3, Timba Smits, is an Australian, East London based creative. The artist, illustrator and independent publisher claims to survive “on a diet of art + design + illustration + type + movies + burgers + hard work + more burgers!.” Feature


50 years of Illustration

50 years of Illustration

50 years of Illustration, there’s a clue in the name, visually charts the history of contemporary illustration. From the idealistic reforms of the 60s, to the gritty realism of the 70s, through the boom and bust of 80s consumerism, and into the digital revolution of the 90s (and beyond). The book looks at the relationship between illustration and popular culture, and its influences on the world of design through the decades. Feature


Mat Maitland

Mat Maitland

With the likes of Michael Jackson, Prince and Muse to name a few, Mat Maitland is an award-winning illustrator and designer boasting an impressive list of clientele. As creative director of London based agency Big Active, he was no longer content with sitting back, overseeing and letting freelance photographers and illustrators do the work for him. His playful neon colleges work ‘in different, yet complimentary ways’ creating an entirely new perspective, through abstracting images and fitting them back together within a different context. It is these collages that have led him to become a world-renowned artist, designer and image-maker in his own right. Feature


Eddie O’Keefe

Eddie O’Keefe

Currently living and working in Los Angeles, Eddie O’Keefe is a 21-year-old photographer, filmmaker and founder of art collective Teenage Head. After a near fatal accident that left him blind in one eye, he picked up his dad’s camera to escape the inevitable boredom of recovery. Shot on film, his photographs exude nostalgia from a bygone era in a gritty cinematic style inspired from 1950s rockabilly and cult classics of the 80s and 90s. Feature


Assa Ariyoshi

Assa Ariyoshi

Currently working in London, Assa Ariyoshi is a half Japanese, half Dutch illustrator with a passion for food, nature and bight vibrant colours. After graduating from Kingston University with a degree in Illustration, she has since worked for clients such as the International New York Times, Stylist Magazine, Random house and Elle. Her most recent work can be seen in issue 6 of Mood Magazine – a magazine all about food and music, and a collaboration that’s just right given her self confessed foodie label. Her illustrations are weird and wonderful, bold and busy, yet somehow capable of being both surreal and simplistic. Feature


Illuminati Girl Gang

Illuminati Girl Gang

In an all-girl takeover and a recent online wave of female only collectives – the Brooklyn-based zine, Illuminati Girl Gang is at the vanguard of feminism’s new movement. Founded and created by poet and multi-media artist Gabby Bess (Gabby Gabby) and working within the context of the female digital revolution and Internet culture, it all started with a girl, a laptop and a Tumblr blog. Gabby directly addresses the ongoing debates and biases surrounding women in the art world.“…personally, I cannot control who owns the major publications and galleries … I can only start my own magazine” – and through engaging the DIY ethos of independent publishing and zine culture she made Illuminati Girl Gang into a quarterly zine. Feature


Finn Beales

Finn Beales

Based in the black mountains – Wales, Finn Beales is an award-winning photographer. Primarily known for his landscape and travel photography he has also worked for an impressive array of clients such as Red Bull, Adidas, Barbour and O2. Despite having a father and grandfather that were keen amateur photographers, Finn didn’t get into photography from an early age, only picking up a camera when the early digital models started to appear in shops. Unlike many professional photographers he’s not averse to using his iphone and is equally as famous for his Instagram account. Feature


Lovenskate Winter Lookbook 2014

Lovenskate Winter Lookbook 2014

Our favourite screen printing, zine making, tea loving, skateboard fanatics have released their Winter lookbook. Featuring artwork by Jay Croft, French, Sparklord and Lovenskate artist Graham Mitchell. So there’s no excuse not to ‘drink tea, get rad’ and check them out. Feature


Miss Take

Miss Take

With the only photo of her on the Internet being a scanned in Polaroid, her hair in front of her face, wearing sunglasses over the top and raising two middle fingers at the camera. All we know about the elusive 22-year-old Copenhagen based painter, illustrator and street artist, is that she dropped out of school at the age of 18 and has since been making a living from doing what she loves. Her work is beautifully delicate, specialising in watercolours and ink, and her screen prints are individually hand finished, by painting on top of them. Noticeably absent, from the press and the Internet, going by the pseudo name Miss Take – the fact that you cannot put a face to the name or her work makes it even more ethereal. Feature


Valorisation Lab

Valorisation Lab

In a vision inspired by Robert Verdi’s custom project, combining Vans slip-ons and Hermes Scarves, Valorisation Lab are an up and coming independent headwear and accessories brand based in Kyiv. Founded last year and based in Ukraine, the street wear brand up-cycle useable remains and cut offs from genuine vintage and reclaimed fabrics giving them a new lease of life. Specialising in 5 panel caps, each is hat handmade, individually designed and only made as many times as the piece of fabric will allow. Feature


Joanna Ham

Joanna Ham

London based artist, Joanna Ham is more renowned in the art world as the creative mind behind home wares label HAM. Launched in 2011 her brand is bold and blocky, black and white, playfully incorporating the anthropomorphic characters of a pig and a rabbit in a fascination with the banal and the nostalgia of growing up. Feature


Blast Skates

Blast Skates

With the inspiration behind the brand put plain and simply as – ‘seeing boring crap on boards and people still buying it’, Blast Skates, founded by freelance illustrator and keen skater Matthew Bromley launched earlier this year. Based in Brixton, South London the Independent Skate brand has commissioned deck doodlers – James Jarvis, Jon Boam and Marcus Oakley for the first theme in their ‘Chronological Board Series’. Harking back to the prehistoric ages, they really do start at the beginning of time with their first collection of board visuals revolving around the theme ‘Dinosaurs’. Feature


MIRRORCITY

MIRRORCITY

Author J. G Ballard’s speculative futures illustrate a dystopic world, psychologically and philosophically bleak, urbane and mechanised by technological development – a world that is scarily encroaching. Running from 14th October to 4th Jan 2015 at the Hayward Gallery, MIRRORCITY showcases recent artwork from 23 established and up and coming London based illustrators, painters, sculptors, and performance artists. The collection as a whole addresses the liminal space in-between the physical and the digital and between fiction and reality – exploring the effects of the digital revolution on our contemporary society and alluding to modern city life. Feature


Hattie Stewart

Hattie Stewart

Self proclaimed ‘professional doodler’ and inventor of the ‘Doodle Bomb’, Hattie Stewart is a young London based illustrator. Her signature ‘Doodle Bombs’ came to life in front of the television, armed with a pen and a copy of Dazed and Confused. Influenced from early childhood by The Dandy and The Beano, her stock characters are comic and cheeky and her work is energetic and playful, bold and colourful. However her tongue in cheek style and cartoon-esque motifs are cleverly infused with a dark humour and sarcasm, stopping them from becoming cutesy hearts and smiley faces – and instead characterising her drawings with a British humour synonymous with London. Feature