Each year, we look forward to seeing fresh print projects and designs from creative talents across the globe. For 2016, we’ve got so many great projects lined up and many interesting stories we cannot wait to share with you. But before we say goodbye to 2015 completely, it’s worth taking a look back at our favourites articles from last year. We couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who has been helping our community grow and we do hope you enjoy these hand-picked highlights.
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Over the course of a decade, Anymade Studio has evolved into a multifunctional design platform with a stunning portfolio consisting of bright, bold colours and graphics, attention to pattern, texture, shape, form and layout.
Baptiste Virot’s style is typified by flat, lurid colours, dotted textures and unseemly characters. He’s a French illustrator with a trademark surreal aesthetic and a passion for traditional print processes.
World-renowned psych-pop graffiti collective Broken Fingaz were founded in 2001. Since then, Unga, Kip, Tant and Deso’s artwork, which is a combination of enigmatic graphic design, music, film and installation, has been exhibited in major galleries including the Haifa Museum of Art and the Tel Aviv Museum alongside Broken Fingaz solo shows in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, St Petersburg, Tokyo and Vienna.
Calm & Collected S.A.D Tumblr & Publication
South London based creative studio and ones to watch Calm and Collected spent last year working on a number of exciting print based collaborations including ‘the S.A.D publication’ which is a visual response to Seasonal Affective Disorder. The bespoke, large format, Riso publication showcases the work of 33 practitioners and features a screen-printed cover. The content spans illustration, graphics, comics, articles and narrative art. Studio Calm & Collected also worked with Ditto Press and G.F Smith to print the material across a wide range of stock.
London-based independent printmaker, graphic designer, cyclist and poster aficionado Dan Mather is definitely on our favourite list. He’s humble, highly-skilled and always produces top-notch work and also specialises in water-based hand bench editioning for the graphic design industry.
Graduate Print Awards 2015 | 1st Place | Daniel Fletcher
Recent graduate, artist and printmaker Daniel Fletcher has just been crowned as the winner of People of Print’s Graduate Print Awards 2015. The enormous enthusiasm for producing top-quality artwork is evidenced through a series of screen-prints created by London-based artist Daniel Fletcher who has just graduated from London College of Communication last year.
Philip Huntington aka Dogboy is a graduate from Camberwell College of Arts who often incorporates screen print and digital methods together. A series of his detailed and fantastical illustrations is a result of his experiments in anthropomorphic worlds. He is also part of Dark Matter Collective where he produces limited edition screen prints, drawings, self-published zines and numbers of ephemera.
Our very own award-winning People of Print member Emma Fisher has taken the creative world by storm shortly after graduating from LCC. Her portfolio boasts a seriously vast array of work demonstrating her skills in both hand-rendered illustration and digital design spanning various print processes including letterpress, risograph, screen print and digital.
Printmaker and designer Fanny Shorter has a real passion for printing. Since initially studying illustration at Brighton University, she has now carved her way into textile and print design. Her prints are now stocked at Liberty she has also launched fabric by the metre for curtains and upholstery.
Having worked many of high profile clients or a number of years, Geoff McFetridge’s work is mostly based around simple line drawing, studies of people, objects and activities. His work sometimes deals with activity and movement, and also has a stillness to it which conveys the ease at which Mcfetridge can create his scenes.
Heretic Studio | London’s Best Screen Print Trio
People of Print are true fans of the formidable force that is the Heretic trio. These guys stick out at the top of the print game like a sore thumb and that’s why we asked them to design and hand screen-print 500 limited-edition covers for our quarterly publication Print Isn’t Dead Element #002.
Scotland-based artist Johanna Basford’s illustrative style is very distinctive and is widely recognised within the artist world. Having graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone, she now specialises in detailed ink drawings of various subjects, from flowers to hand drawn animals.
Last year, New York-based photographer Jonathan Leder exhibited his solo show titled ’92 Photographs’ at Superchief Gallery in Los Angeles, which had also been catalogued in the form of a beautiful 100-page, square-format, perfect-bound four colour and duotone publication — limited to just 1000. ‘The ultimate book of babes’ also includes the likes of Amy Hood, Britany Nola, Kayslee Collins, Dominique Jane, Marlo Lavonne and even unpublished archive images of the now famous Emily Ratajkowski.
Working as an illustrator in a variety of fields and greatly inspired by Jazz music, Jonny Hannah’s vibrant designs and witty handmade type have previously been printed in Vogue magazine and on many book covers/jackets in addition to constructing advertisements, linocuts, screen-prints and typography, design work for clients and independent collaborative projects.
Jonzo has proved to be at the forefront of the experimental Risograph industry. It’s the Liverpool’s first Risograph studio and it has played an important role in the UK’s creative scene. We love their experimental method to create strong visual output as well as their unique prints, designs, and illustrations produced for creative freelancers, studios and independent businesses.
Laura Inat creates uplifting, colourful compositions featuring an exciting palette of punchy, popping colours and energetic patterns. Her visual experiments combine pencil and watercolours with digital methods, the result being a playful harmony between print and paper. She now works as a designer for interior design company CuldeSac.
Linda Linko’s work spans from simple drawing, abstract pattern design to vividly coloured collage art and it is her painterly brushstrokes, which are full of character, that really stand out. Having graduated from the University of Art and Design and collaborated with many numbers of agencies, Linda Linko is now working independently from her studio in Helsinki as a graphic artist and illustrator.
Dutch artist Parra has a very unique identity. Having come from a skateboarding background, his imagery often depicts surreal character caught up in scenes of mischievous and scandalous acts. Crossing the boundaries from drawing, painting, animation and sculpture, his visual aesthetic resonates throughout each medium through the graphic style of his characters to his vibrant and restricted colour palette.
London-based illustrator Polly Nor creates highly sexualised, bold illustrations that 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.
Print All Over Me
A project from the founders of BYCO.com. PAOM is where where fashion design meets manufacture. The ‘Print All Over Me’ project stems from the ideas to create a platform for ‘real world collaboration and creation’. It is a place for creatives to upload a design onto one of their items, have it produced, and then sell it online.
Midlands-based designer Rosie Moss hand dyes, prints and makes all of her textile products ranging from cushions to bags. Last spring we had a chat with Rosie to find out more about her experimental printing techniques and daily tools of the trade.
Swedish illustrator Sara Andreasson approaches visual communication with a light hearted yet sophisticated stance. Her interesting set of cleverly created characters are composed of simple shapes and contrasting vector lines. She is also Editor of BBY mag, a digital and printed publication that focuses on the female perspective in text, photography, illustration and art.
After three years of continuous efforts in exploring a new visual language and meaning, The Rodina, an award-winning design studio based in the Hague, have succeeded and now become internationally recognised. Their keen eye for detail pairs perfectly with their cross-media approach, resulting in an impressive portfolio spanning from print, video, interactive, performances and installation.
Toilet Paper Magazine
Toilet Paper is an ambiguous editorial project founded by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari in 2010. This picture-based bi-annual publication explores the possibility of the images being able to live beyond the pages, with no text throughout the magazine other than the list of contributors, the images are left to speak for themselves and create their own surreal narrative from one full page spread to the next.
WYSE + GABRIELY
NO WAY presents: WYSE + GABRIELY was an exhibition hosted at the Neu Gallery in 2014. This female duo from Israel presented their work for the first time in the UK. The culmination of a close collaboration between art label NO WAY (London) and artists Aviya Wyse and Yaeli Gabriely (Haifa), the exhibition showcased the pair’s photographic, installation and video-performance work at one of East London’s best established galleries.
Japanese artist Yoko Honda constructs scenes of resplendent kitsch, made up of palm trees, motels, neon signs and swimming pools, all inter-dispersed with structured lines, tiles or interior architecture. We particularly love her mountainous dreamscapes complete with multiple moons and UFOs, all in her signature colour palette.
We are enamoured with the charming works created by Dutch graphic designer, illustrator and printmaker Eline Van Dam aka Zeloot who now resides in a lovely village named Gruiten in Germany. Whilst enjoying producing most of her work by hand, Zeloot also embraces some digital techniques resulting in an ever-growing range of work that spans everything from beautiful posters, mind-boggling illustrations, album covers to all sorts of printed ephemera.
Zines of the Zone
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’.