London Illustration Fair 2016 — Artist Call-out

London Illustration Fair 2016 — Artist Call-out

The London Illustration Fair team are currently on the look out for this year’s hottest creative talent. Now in their fourth year, they are delighted to announce that their annual call-out is now open for submissions to creatives living in the UK and overseas to take part in this year’s event. If you are an illustrator, graphic designer, printmaker, creative business, animator, street artist, collective, creative agency or a jewellery designer and would like to put your work forward to a great industry judging panel, then apply before 30th September 2016. Feature


Risorama | Print Fair & Art Made on Risograph

Risorama | Print Fair & Art Made on Risograph

Risorama brings together a collection of national and international artists and printers for a one-day adventure in risography. Once marketed to schools as a cheap copier, risograph printing has become a favourite of graphic designers, creatives, zine makers and art institutions. Be sure to attend Protein Studios on 3rd September from 11am to 6pm for a day of original art books, zines and prints. Feature


Great Exhibition of Studio Ghibli

Great Exhibition of Studio Ghibli

The fantastical animated worlds continuously immersing our imaginations, warming our hearts and evoking the child inside us are finally ours to explore. Studio Ghibli have unveiled a huge exhibition in celebration of the company’s best works, inviting guests to experience the creation of the fan favourites, travelling through the bathhouse of Spirited Away and visiting Kiki’s Delivery Service on the way to Howl’s Moving Castle. The Great Exhibition of Studio Ghibli acts as an update to the 2015 exhibit, which celebrated the studio’s 30th anniversary. Feature


Gabriella Marcella | Pehchaan: Art from Another India

Gabriella Marcella | Pehchaan: Art from Another India

The Scottish designer notorious for her joyful prints and lively graphics has once again embedded her playful aesthetic, this time in the form of Monumental Murals which beautifully decorate the landscape at Tramway, Glasgow. Feature


Masse und Klasse | Graphic Design in the GDR

Masse und Klasse | Graphic Design in the GDR

A nuanced gaze into the world of graphic design is showcased within Masse und Klasse: Graphic Design in the GDR, which offers the viewer a look into the array of commercial design regarding books, periodicals, phonograph records, packaging, posters and advertising, all of which shaped the visual environment of East Germany. The examination of typeface, material, colour and image manifests within the exhibition, posing the question of which traits and qualities, or references to international trends, can we discern? Feature


Michael De Feo: Crosstown Traffic

Michael De Feo: Crosstown Traffic

Renowned within the street art world for his ubiquitous flower iconography, Michael De Feo’s playful aesthetic is warmly welcomed, embedding a certain sense of joy and cheer into the concrete landscape of the city streets. For the past 25 years, De Feo has decorated the public landscape with his buoyant floral patterns, gleefully observed within 60 international cities, tucked behind the layered architectural silhouettes, sprouting from the base of telephone poles and in more recent projects, showcased through the transforming of bus stop fashion ads, blurring the boundaries of sponsored partnerships and illegal interventions. Feature


Yayoi Kusama: Sculptures, Paintings & Mirror Rooms

Yayoi Kusama: Sculptures, Paintings & Mirror Rooms

A major exhibition showcasing the new work of the globally celebrated visual artist Yayoi Kusama is currently being held at London’s Victoria Miro Gallery. Unfolding across its three locations, the highly anticipated artworks are an immaculate reflection of Kusama’s preoccupation with the themes of personal obsession and cosmic infinity, referenced predominantly through the confident embedding of pattern and repetition. Feature


Fatherless Exhibition

Fatherless Exhibition

The Fatherless exhibition at Unlimited is a show for anyone who loves dynamic and vibrant hand screen printed works created by five individual artists hailing from the midwestern United States. Working cohesively with each other’s artwork, this exhibition is as much a reflection of the chaotic and detached state of our current consumer-driven social climate. You can expect to see the best of Fatherless’s artworks and we promise that no two are ever the same. Feature


Forward Festival Design by ZWUPP

Forward Festival Design by ZWUPP

For the third edition of Forward Festival, the organisers have worked closely with ZWUUP to oversee the Festival’s graphic identity: posters, website, video and promotional materials. Considered as one of the world’s most eminent design events, the annual Forward Festival – Festival for Creativity, Design and Communication is an interdisciplinary two-day festival held with an aim to provide a platform for designers to explore their journeys and push creativity amongst themselves. Feature


‘Closed Worlds’ Exhibition & Typeface by Pentagram

‘Closed Worlds’ Exhibition & Typeface by Pentagram

What do outer space capsules, submarines and office buildings have in common? ‘Closed Worlds’ is an innovative exhibition at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York that explores closed systems in architecture. Working in close collaboration with curator Lydia Kallipoliti, Pentagram’s Natasha Jen and her team have created a show that sheds light on the ideas of how each closed system is conceived as a self-sustaining physical environment; how it is set apart from its surroundings and uses its own matter and energy to function. 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


«ECAL Graphic Design» Book and Exhibition

«ECAL Graphic Design» Book and Exhibition

Some of the best exhibitions happening across Europe in March 2016 include the “ECAL Graphic Design” exhibition – a showcase of projects created by the students from the Bachelor Graphic Design and the Master Art Direction courses. To mark the occasion of the release of the ‘ECAL Graphic Design’ book, beautifully published by JRP|Ringier, the exhibition retraces projects conducted during the workshops hosted by graphic design legends including Ludovic Balland, Bibliothèque, Mirko Borsche, Veronica Ditting and a dozen others. Feature


House of Vans | D.I.Y.ourself Art Show

House of Vans | D.I.Y.ourself Art Show

To celebrate the International Women’s Day 2016 on the 8th of March, House of Vans, Lotte Andersen (Maxilla), Claire & Nelly (Babyface), Bertie & Char (Mushpit Magazine) and Studio Calm & Collected have joined forces to present a group exhibition supporting women and creative expression through a series of lo-fi posters, workshops, talks and films. Feature


KALEID 2016

KALEID 2016

Preparations are well underway for KALEID 2016 and after five years in London, the annual KALEID conference & book exhibition will be landing at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) in May. The KALEID editions is an exciting and impressive initiative focusing on distributing the best in European book design and working with leading global institutions to conduct academic research. At the moment, they are seeking to attract both emerging and established visual artists and designers to submit their work with a chance to be showcased amongst the best art books of 2016. Feature


NIGHTED Life 9: Gone

NIGHTED Life 9: Gone

Met with the task of exploring the topic of death through film photos and personal writing, zine publisher NIGHTED presents its ninth group installment titled “NIGHTED Life 9: Gone”. Eight photographers were asked to answer one of three questions: What’s the closest you’ve ever come to dying? What do you want done with your body when you die? Which death has had the biggest impact on your life and why? Feature


Gurley: What Happens In The Print Room

Gurley: What Happens In The Print Room

Last week welcomed the initial unveiling of London based artist Gurley’s latest exhibition. What Happens In The Print Room is set to detail an exploration into the methodology behind her unique approach to screenprinting and the development of her evolution as a printmaker. Feature


Pick Me Up x Studio Hato :: Design Your Own Letter

Pick Me Up x Studio Hato :: Design Your Own Letter

Pick Me Up returns to Somerset House for its seventh year and for this year, London-based design agency Hato is inviting everyone to use their digital tool to create a letter which will be used in Pick Me Up 2016’s visual identity, from publications and signage around Somerset House to giant icons and patterns. This year’s Pick Me Up is part of Utopia 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility and Studio Hato has responded the theme by enlisting the public in a utopian vision of its own: a collaborative alphabet made by and for you. Feature


V-Day B-Day by Imprint Projects | Interview with Ben DuVall

V-Day B-Day by Imprint Projects | Interview with Ben DuVall

To celebrate their fifth anniversary, Imprint Projects have invited ten of their favourite artists and designers to go on a ‘blind date’ and create limited-edition posters without ever meeting before. Brooklyn-based graphic designer Ben DuVall has teamed up with Espen Friberg to design a screen-printed poster, limited-edition of 100, to help spread the love this Valentine’s Day. Now read on to hear more about Ben and the challenges of creating a design with someone he never meets in person. Feature


Art Rotterdam 2016 :: Solo Presentation by Louis Reith x Mini Galerie

Art Rotterdam 2016 :: Solo Presentation by Louis Reith x Mini Galerie

An uncompromising collection of work created by Amsterdam-based graphic artist Louis Reith is brought together by Mini Galerie in this year’s Art Rotterdam. If you remember, we first featured Louis Reith in 2014 and after two years of hard work, it’s no surprise that his portfolio has expanded progressively. Louis Reith has a distinguished career and has also participated in many exhibitions across the globe. We are big fans of Reith and we guarantee he’s one of those talents who will continually inspire you with his beautiful imagery, collages and art zines. Feature


Big Steam Print

Big Steam Print

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is planning an ambitious project that will turn a 12.5 tonne 90 year old steamroller into a giant printing press and take it on tour so that 1000s of people can see this extraordinary spectacle. To make this slightly bonkers idea into a reality, the museum is crowdfunding aiming to raise £12,500 by 23 February through the Art Fund’s Art Happens website. Feature


V-Day B-Day by Imprint Projects

V-Day B-Day by Imprint Projects

Imprint Projects have been working as artists, designers and curators in partnership with non-profits, brands and communities since their inception on Valentine’s day five years ago. And to celebrate their fifth anniversary, they have invited ten of their favourite artists and designers to go on a ‘blind date’ and create limited-edition posters without ever meeting before. Feature


Sophie Layton

Sophie Layton

London-based artist and professional printmaker Sophie Layton has recently announced her second major solo show with Eames Fine Art and this time we will be treated to a wonderful selection of her work spanning Carborundum prints, photo-etched imagery, printed transfers and monotypes. For this upcoming exhibition in spring 2016, You can expect to see Layton’s ventures across diverse mediums. We promise this is a must-see for anyone who wishes to see work that evokes the sense of the uncanny and creatively explores the juxtaposition of light and dark. 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


The Language of Dreams :: Leif Podhajsky and Eva Papamargariti

The Language of Dreams :: Leif Podhajsky and Eva Papamargariti

Last night saw the fantastic opening of ‘The Language of Dreams Exhibition’ in Old Street as part of The Red Bull Studio Collectives series. What’s most impressive about this show is the fact that it serves as a place where fantasy meets reality. Bringing to life thoughts, ideas and dreams through visual manifestations, together Leif Podhajsky and Eva Papamargariti have explored the individualism of interpretation in relation to visual language. So don’t forget to drop by Hoxton Gallery if you get a chance. The exhibition runs from 26th January to 8th February 2016. Feature


ELCAF 2016 :: Exhibitors Apply Now!

ELCAF 2016 :: Exhibitors Apply Now!

This year’s ELCAF is well underway and they are currently inviting artists to submit new and exciting works for a chance to exhibit amongst an army of artistic talents. The East London Comics and Arts Festival prides itself on creating a platform which gives emerging individuals, publishers and collectives an opportunity to showcase their work in an informal and friendly setting. Due to the significant increase in the number of submissions over recent years, we advise you to hurry up and get your entries in as soon as you can. The application deadline is on Friday 15th January 2016. And for more details, please visit their exhibitors page. Feature


Shadows In Paradise :: Tereza Ruller (The Rodina)

Shadows In Paradise :: Tereza Ruller (The Rodina)

The tiniest museum in the Netherlands, The Small Museum, always puts on admirably diverse displays and for this January special, the museum is adding another must-see exhibition, Shadows In Paradise, which will showcase a broad range of works created by one of the most acclaimed contemporary artists and designers, Tereza Ruller of The Rodina. This time, you can expect to see an impressive design collection that carries themes of changing communications landscape and social and cultural issues. The exhibition kicks off on Friday 8th January and runs until 11th February 2015. Feature


The Amazing World of M.C. Escher

The Amazing World of M.C. Escher

The first major UK show of work created by one of the world’s greatest draughtsmen and printmakers, Maurits Cornelis Escher, is now taking place at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Bringing together prints by the world-renowned artist of the 20th Century, the exhibition display includes woodcuts, lithographs, drawings, watercolours and mezzotints as well as exclusive archive material – a total of nearly 100 works from the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in the Netherlands. Feature


Typomad 2015

Typomad 2015

The one and only two-month long annual typography festival, Typomad, has returned to Madrid with the theme ‘Testimonies: What’s Behind Typeface Design’. Four venues, two days of conferences, three exhibitions, four workshops, three type safaris, Typomad is now back to celebrate contemporary type design and support the design scene as well as to expand creative space for professionals, students, and design enthusiasts. Feature


The Art of Ping Pong

The Art of Ping Pong

London design agency Fivefootsix asked both young talents and established artists and designers including Anthony Burrill and Malika Favre to come up with some special designs for paddles as part of its annual charity event. Before we kick off The Christmas Print Fayre on 1st December 2015, the gallery space at KK Outlet is now dedicated to a series of bespoke table tennis paddles designed by twenty-one of the most exciting, much-loved creatives from around the world. Everybody is now invited to bid for works and help raise money for BBC Children in Need through an app created by Fivefootsix in collaboration with Roll Studio. Feature


Ten Years of Light

Ten Years of Light

Next week, the gallery space at Hoxton Arches will be dedicated to a series of A1 screen-printed artworks that document Accept & Proceed’s ten-year study of light and dark. Accept & Proceed is an award-winning design studio specialising in print, screen and spaces. For the past decade, they have been designing a series of light calendars that represent the fluctuating length of daylight throughout each year. Feature


The Eric Gill Series Exhibition

The Eric Gill Series Exhibition

World-leading font company ‘Monotype’ has announced the new exhibition at the Old Truman Brewery and this time Monotype will present you with a seven-day show on the type designs of Eric Gill. To celebrate the past and future of the most acclaimed typefaces, Monotype has added new weights to make the typeface families more complete. They will also release the Eric Gill Series – a collection of more than 75 fonts to give designers more choice. Feature


Elisabeth Scheder-Bieschin :: Cyanotypes

Elisabeth Scheder-Bieschin :: Cyanotypes

The space at No.43 Inverness Street is now dedicated to the incredible limited-edition hand-printed cyanotypes created by artist and photographer Elisabeth Scheder-Bieschin. The prints on display are a hybrid of both early and modern photographic techniques, celebrating the natural beauty that is often overlooked. Scheder-Bieschin has also produced a series of limited edition prints for independent publishing house Silver Jungle. Her work will be available for purchase on the website after the show ends from the 1st November 2015. 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


Counter Plymouth 2015

Counter Plymouth 2015

It’s only ten days until Counter, an artist-led book fair, returns to KARST Plymouth for the second time to showcase work created by regional and national artists and publishers who experiment with the book/zine formats and styles of narration. This year, Counter continues to draw together both creative individuals and independent collectives to come share, sell and buy books, ask questions, share knowledge, and exchange ideas over a live programme of talks, live publishing and performances. Feature


SPIN: 360° Made North Exhibition

SPIN: 360° Made North Exhibition

From today until 19th December 2015, London-based design consultancy Spin will be relocating to the Made North Gallery in Sheffield for the Spin: 360° exhibition. Spin has a penchant for creating unique visual personalities through elegant identity solutions, publications, marketing campaigns, motion graphics and websites. This is a really good opportunity for you to take a close-up look at Spin’s outputs, inspirations, processes, and self-initiated works as well as a museum-standard collection of posters and printed ephemera. The show also contains the complete library of Unit Editions Books and some classic posters created by twentieth century graphic designers. Feature


Interview :: Beth Wilson and James Gilchrist of Graphic Design Festival Scotland 2015

Interview :: Beth Wilson and James Gilchrist of Graphic Design Festival Scotland 2015

One of our favourite festivals, ‘Graphic Design Festival Scotland’, is returning for its second year, bringing together creatives and studios from various disciplines to engage in discussion and debate about creativity, innovation, and design thinking. We had a nice chat with the GDFS organisers, Beth Wilson and James Gilchrist, and here’s an inside scoop on what got them interested in running a design festival and how organising an annual design event influences their graphic design career. Feature


Kiosk 03 | Roundup

Kiosk 03 | Roundup

Eye-popping posters, the zingiest of zines and penis doodles aplenty. That was Saturday’s Kiosk Independent Publisher’s Fair, an event that saw the Peckham Pelican taken over by a showcase of up-and-coming editors including People of Print. Kiosk’s founder, Nick Greenbank, is clear about its purpose. ‘Our main goal is to promote the work of young and emerging artists and designers by publishing books and zines,’ he said. ‘The fair is a bigger platform to push that and bring a new audience to the people who are showing their work.’ Feature


Kiosk Independent Publishers Fair 03

Kiosk Independent Publishers Fair 03

The Peckham Pelican and Kiosk are coming together once again to host their third Independent Publishers Fair this Saturday October 3rd as part of the Art Licks Weekend. It has been a year since Kiosk first launched the fair which celebrates independent publishing, giving emerging artists, illustrators, designers and small press publishers a platform to promote their work and inspire others, amongst a selected group of like minded individuals, studios and collectives. Feature


Picasso Suites

Picasso Suites

The upcoming exhibition at Eames Art Gallery, entitled ‘Picasso Suites’, presents Picasso’s most important and sought-after suites including engravings from ‘Carmen’ (1949), lithographs from ‘La Comédie Humaine’ (1954), and etchings from ‘La Célestine’ (1968). This fine selection of Picasso’s works were originally created to accompany the prose and/or poetry of a favourite book often written by one of his peers. This show is truly a celebration of the artist’s most famous and iconic etchings, engravings, and lithographs and it’s a good opportunity for you to take a close-up look at the original prints which were rarely signed individually and were made in slightly larger editions than usual. Feature


Pattern, Shape, Fluidity, Versions :: A Solo Show by Hattie Stewart

Pattern, Shape, Fluidity, Versions :: A Solo Show by Hattie Stewart

No Walls Gallery has announced that it is to open a larger newly renovated space solely dedicated to a series of 100 new illustrations created by one of the most sought-after illustrators, Hattie Stewart. The ‘Pattern, Shape, Fluidity, Versions’ show will be the first major exhibition since Hattie’s debut solo exhibition, entitled ‘Hello Cheeky’, in 2014. This new show is playing with multiple themes found within Hattie’s work and is taking place from 2 October to 15 November 2015. 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


Don’t Just Stare | Red Gallery

Don’t Just Stare | Red Gallery

DON’T JUST STARE, a trailblazing series of events, talks & workshops exploring the connection between Mental Health and the Arts, will launch this Sunday 20th September with an event at the Red Gallery in Hoxton, London. Statistics show that a quarter of us will experience a mental health issue in a given year, yet medication is often considered by mental health professionals before exploring and without conjunction with other avenues. Creative outlets, as offered by arts therapies and artistic exploration can provide us with a greater sense of choice and freedom than medication or conversational therapies. Feature


NY Art Book Fair | Presented by Printed Matter

NY Art Book Fair | Presented by Printed Matter

Today see’s the opening of the tenth annual NY Art Book Fair presented by Printed Matter and is running until 20th September 2015. Located at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens, this premier event is free to visit and browse the collections of stimulating and intoxicating artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines in abundance. Feature


Miniature Ink II

Miniature Ink II

After its huge success last year, Atomica Gallery and Things&Ink magazine have joined forces once again and are presenting their second annual collaborative exhibition of inky delight titled Miniature Ink II. The show will feature miniature original artworks from over 100 of the world’s leading international tattoo artists. With an added twist this year all the tattooers have been asked to use kewpie dolls as their canvas, which are an iconic object within the tattoo community, with each one designed and individually decorated. Feature


Norman Ackroyd :: Skellig Revisited

Norman Ackroyd :: Skellig Revisited

The Eames Fine Art Gallery is devoting the next four weeks to the new etchings and watercolour drawings produced by artist and printmaker ‘Norman Ackroyd’. Widely regarded as one of the most influential printmakers of our time, Norman Ackroyd drew inspiration from his latest journey to one of his favourite destinations over the past 30 years, the Skellig Islands in County Kerry, Ireland, and is now exhibiting his recent work along with a unique ‘work in progress’ wall to demonstrate his working methods, stage proofs, and how he transforms sketches into final art pieces. Feature


East London Printmakers at Embassy Tea Gallery

East London Printmakers at Embassy Tea Gallery

For the second year running East London Printmakers are presenting their annual show of brand new work at the Embassy Tea Gallery. Launching with a reception on the 15th September and exhibiting until 27th September 2015, this diverse display of styles and experimental prints have been produced over the past year by members for your enjoyment. This years submissions and exhibitors utilise most print mediums providing visitors with a vast display of printmaking possibilities. Feature


San Francisco Zine Fest 2015

San Francisco Zine Fest 2015

It’s that time of year again when faithful zine fans and DIY artists celebrate diverse printed goodness at the 14th annual San Francisco Zine Fest on Sunday, September 6. SF Zine Fest seeks to advance the do-it-yourself ethos and celebrate and support independent writers, artists and creators, allowing them to share their work with an ever-growing audience in workshops, exhibitions and public events. Feature


Sliding Adrenaline :: An Exhibition by Cachetejack

Sliding Adrenaline :: An Exhibition by Cachetejack

‘Slow Galerie Paris’ will present the solo exhibition of Spanish illustration duo Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul, aka ‘Cachetejack’, early this autumn. We featured ‘Cachetejack’ last summer and for this year – drum roll – we couldn’t be more excited to announce their upcoming exhibition entitled ‘Sliding Adrenaline’. 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


Sex, Drugs & Helvetica

Sex, Drugs & Helvetica

Stuck in a creative rut? Here’s an opportunity for you to join a host of internationally-renowned design professionals for a day full of creative inspiration! ‘Sex, Drugs & Helvetica’ is a one-day conference that will take place in Brisbane and Sydney and is where six professionals from around the world will discuss contemporary design and creativity. Described as “industry espionage” and “work experience at six studios in one day”, Sex, Drugs & Helvetica will provide you with excellent presentations and this year for the first time, they’ll be also running ‘masterclasses’ across three cities: Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Feature


Darrell Hawkins | IMMACULATE CONFECTION at The Saatchi Gallery

Darrell Hawkins | IMMACULATE CONFECTION at The Saatchi Gallery

On Wednesday evening we made our way to The Saatchi to see the work of Darrell Hawkins in the Prints and Originals Gallery. This rising star is a British born contemporary artist who’s skills span from painting and drawing to screen printing and beyond. By the time the show had opened for the private view, he had already sold 12 of his paintings! We loved the evening and it’s great to see the process of screen printing being used in this manner, mixing painting with layers of screen print and more layers of paint. Each one of the prints have been hand finished, signed and numbered by the man himself. The show is on until 24th August, and is highly recommended. Feature


Druck Berlin Festival 2015

Druck Berlin Festival 2015

We’re not daring to get too excited but ‘Druck Berlin’, an international print biennale, is returning for its third edition and will be celebrating the very best of screen-print this coming August. Organised by one of the top silk screen studios, Mother Drucker, the festival aims to provide you with a comprehensive overview of everything print-focused. They have not yet confirmed a full programme but speculating about the line-up makes it a bit more exciting, don’t you agree? Feature


Ladybird by Design

Ladybird by Design

The summer exhibition at the House of Illustration is now displaying over 120 original illustrations from the world’s classic Ladybird in celebration of its 100th anniversary. Ladybird is well-known for its commitment to fostering a love of books for young children and has served to change the face of art and children’s literature since 1915. Not only does this exhibition bring back the golden days of childhood, visitors will also be able to examine an awe-inspiring range of illustrated artworks that well reflect Britain’s cultural and social history. Feature


Fatherless x Ben Rider | ‘Fighting Words’

Fatherless x Ben Rider | ‘Fighting Words’

This Thursday 9th July from 6pm onwards, we will be celebrating the opening of an awesome collaborative show between USA-based collective, Fatherless and London-based printmaker, Ben Rider at Print Club London. These guys have been exchanging and working on top of each other’s prints for some time now, and you will be able to see the fruits of their labour at this incredible show. Expect raw, punky images bursting with energy and loud graphics, where no two prints must ever be the same. The first 20 people will receive a free mini print, so be sure to get down early and say hello to the artists who have flown over from Chicago especially for the event! Feature


The London Illustration Fair’s Summer Festival :: PSYCHEDELIA

The London Illustration Fair’s Summer Festival :: PSYCHEDELIA

The peak of summer is at hand and The London Illustration Fair’s summer festival is about to hot up as Hoxton Arches is being transformed into a psychedelic inspired cosmic universe showcasing work created by a multitude of world-class illustrators, art collectives, creatives, publishing houses, and print studios. Feature


Indiecon 2015 :: The Independent Magazine Festival

Indiecon 2015 :: The Independent Magazine Festival

Not long to go until the inaugural Indiecon, an annual conference wholly dedicated to independent magazine makers. Now seems like the golden age of magazines. New magazines are embracing new narrative and using new techniques for content delivery. To put simply, this event is organised with an aim to help you push yourself out of your comfort zone and start creating something inventive and original. Feature


Graphic Design Festival Scotland 2015

Graphic Design Festival Scotland 2015

Now in its second edition, Graphic Design Festival Scotland is well underway and will take place at the Lighthouse in Glasgow from 19th to 25th October 2015. This is an excellent opportunity for you to experience a week full of intensive workshops, talks, competitions, urban murals, and exhibitions covering all aspects of graphic design and where it’s headed. Feature


233 Miles Design Festival

233 Miles Design Festival

Do you know that the approximate distance between London and Plymouth is 233 miles? And it’s the same distance as 2,300,000 pints of beer or 88,500,000 pieces of wood type? Interesting, isn’t it! This summer, the students of Design Society Plymouth will be presenting an amazing collection of graphic design artworks. It’s not long until their show but there is still some time for you to get ready for their first-ever graphic design festival in London! Feature


Matt Manson X Stronger Than All

Matt Manson X Stronger Than All

Pattern pioneer Matt Manson is always up to something exciting and we couldn’t wait to hear about his latest collaboration with Cheltenham-based Stronger Than All. This handmade leather goods company was established by established by two brothers. Having learnt the craft from their father, they have continued to produce high quality, ethically sourced organic leather products which compliment Matt’s work perfectly. Feature


ELCAF 2015

ELCAF 2015

Artists and illustrators have been part of London’s story for centuries and here’s another chance for you to enrich our creative community. Returning for its fourth edition, East London Comics and Arts Festival is an annual festival that brings together a showcase of both big and small press publications, illustration, comics and print in a friendly environment. This festival will be joined by a selection of established professionals and will be running a programme of talks and workshops spanning over two days on the 20th and 21st June across two new venues – The Laundry and SPACE in Hackney. Feature


Robert Rubbish | SPIRITUS SOHO

Robert Rubbish | SPIRITUS SOHO

Our good friend Robert Rubbish and fellow Le Gun member will be taking you on an audio-based psychogeographical adventure through Soho with his new radio show / exhibition. SPIRITUS SOHO will be six radio shows that will be themed around the titles of new artwork that Robert is producing. The artwork will hang in Soho Radio from May 21st 2015. The radio shows will be intercut with music, poems, quotes and samples from film and tv documentaries about Soho. They will have a feel of a freewheeling ramble and loose narrative, linked together by songs. His first show will look at Soho as a woman, and the idea of falling in love with a Spirit of Soho. 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


Paolo Morales | These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell

Paolo Morales | These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell

Paolo Morales is a photographer whose images have been published internationally as well as being held in multiple collections and showcased in a selection of exhibitions, including Detroit Center of Contemporary Photography, Kings Highway Library, and Pingyao International Photography Festival, to name just a few. Paolo’s latest exhibit is part of the Rhode Island School of Design 2015 MFA Graduate Show Six Degrees at Clampart in New York City. It is this photographic series titled ‘These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell’ by Paolo which really caught our eye due to its intelligently devised yet relaxed conviction. Feature


Short Lived by Craig Redman

Short Lived by Craig Redman

Australian born artist and illustrator Craig Redman is now exhibiting his latest work in his solo show ‘Short Lived’ at Lamington Drive in his home country. Widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the decade, one half of studio Craig & Carl Redman has produced a collection of artworks with an aim to probe everyday gestures and expressions as well as to examine ordinary moments. 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


Broken Fingaz

Broken Fingaz

Its official, the first ever Broken Fingaz exhibition in the USA has been announced and is set to open on June 20th at Howard Griffin Gallery 410 Spring Street, Los Angeles. This will be their biggest solo show since 2012’s Crazy Eye Hotel in London and consists of a large-scale multimedia temple installation complete with new paintings, light works and of course lots of surprises, its certainly not one to be missed. 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


Elizabeth Corkery: Pictures of Pieces

Elizabeth Corkery: Pictures of Pieces

Hosting the first solo exhibition of Elizabeth Corkery, Beers London will showcase selected works from the artist from the past three years. Taking place between 5th June-25th July, the opening night will be held next week on the evening of 4th June and will feature a range of elegant large scale screen-prints from the artist. Displayed on thin layers of MDF, Elizabeth’s work contains sourced imagery that is cropped and printed directly onto surface, aiming to ‘similarly address architecture, the reproduced image and the potentially fraught task of representing three dimensions in two.’ 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


Erik Kessels :: in almost every picture #14

Erik Kessels :: in almost every picture #14

KK Outlet’s next exhibition will see a selection of photographs from the fourteenth edition of the found photography series ‘in almost every picture’ by their very own Erik Kessels. 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


De Invasie Toont

De Invasie Toont

De Invasie! is a ongoing collaboration between design agency Dift and based museum Gent, in which they hold an annual exhibition. To mark their 5 year partnership they have designed a catalog ‘De Invasie Toont,’ which showcases the emerging talent highlights from the past few years. The book is beautifully designed and presents a general overview of all the designers involved with the project, to accompany the artwork displayed in the gallery. Feature


Offprint London 2015

Offprint London 2015

One of our favourite things to do is to help you plan your next day out and without sounding too excited, this year’s Offprint is going to be utterly inspiring. Offprint Projects is a traveling art publishing fair with a focus on contemporary art and design, photography, experimental music, poetry, and philosophy. From 22 to 25 May, The Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern will be transformed into a platform for an exploration of the alliance between printed strategies and digital cultures within the creative world. Feature


The Vending Machine Art Gallery

The Vending Machine Art Gallery

Last week we saw the Vending Machine Gallery launch in the Fox Pub (372 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DA) and it went off with a bang! With a fantastic concept offering the public the chance to buy affordable giclee prints from up and coming Artists from a vending machine, the concept of the show brings art and the buying of art to a new location, liberating the purchasing of art from the gallery to more accessible locations. With a run of just 50 prints for each work prices will range from £5 to £20, and if you didn’t make the opening don’t worry, the shows on till June 11th, or you can always head over to their online shop to grab a bargain print! 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


Anne Vieux | WITCHES Artist Residency

Anne Vieux | WITCHES Artist Residency

Anne Vieux is part of the WITCHES Artist Residency which began at Mana Contemporary in New Jersey. The three-month collaboration with Eileen Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF) culminated in a month-long rotating exhibition in Brooklyn. Throughout April, the six female artists-in-residence inhabited Stream Gallery, presenting new work they created in Jersey City. Anne Vieux works with light as an effect, process, and image, fluctuating between flat and dimensional. She presents layered prints on plastic and fabric, which pursue a techy minimalist re-enchantment of space. Additionally, her installations become abstract esoteric zones using frames and video to delineate space. Feature


Our Picks from Pick Me Up 2015

Our Picks from Pick Me Up 2015

Pick Me Up has a fantastic line-up of artists, illustrators, and designers from all over the UK. Graphic arts festival Pick Me Up opened last week at London’s Somerset House, along with a series of talks, workshops and film screenings happening over the course of 12 days. Feature


Lazy Oaf | A FUN Project

Lazy Oaf | A FUN Project

People of Print faves Lazy Oaf are currently exhibiting at Pick Me Up with a super exciting project titled “A FUN Project” … Apathetic, Funny, Ugly, but Nice. Teaming up with a selection of influential artists (including Kyle Platts, Jack Sachs, Jiro Bevis, Dominic Kesterton, Alexander Medel Calderon and Yoko Honda) the collaboration sees the artists work applied to a range of iconic Lazy Oaf garms that play with the boundaries of illustration and fashion to form an interactive surreal world – be sure to check it out. 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


Stanley Anderson

Stanley Anderson

The Royal Academy pays homage to the traditional art of engraving. Feature


Ellie Andrews

Ellie Andrews

All-round bae and graphic artist Ellie Andrews has been busy with her paintbrushes! Feature


POPUP PRESS!

POPUP PRESS!

POPUP PRESS! is a unique and inspiring celebration of print culture, showcasing both local graphic artists and international independent publishers bringing the practice of print to a wider audience within Hong Kong. With a custom designed mobile gallery and exhibition space, they transform Hong Kong’s bustling cityscapes into creative areas where the general public can participate in different print workshops and meet the artists. Feature


Le Gun | Tales From The Void

Le Gun | Tales From The Void

Le Gun have teamed up with The Cob Gallery to go into the second phase of their collaboration, whereby they have put on a stunning exhibition at the Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris called ‘Tales from the Void’ which opens Friday March 27th. The bookshop is infamous for having ‘generations of boozy literary’ visitors, of which Le Gun have drawn inspiration from in creating their sculptural and hand drawn works. Here’s yet another example of a top notch exhibition by the Le Gun art collective, who are also responsible for the incredible front cover of our brand new hard cover book for Thames & Hudson. Feature


Print Club London :: Lost and Found

Print Club London :: Lost and Found

Print Club London are excited to present an exclusive exhibition to mark the re-launch of their fantastic Print Club Gallery located in the heart of Dalston. Titled ‘Lost and Found’ the show will bring together a diverse collective of Print Club artists from varying backgrounds showcasing a selection of illustrative and print based maps. That’s not all, if the concept of the show isn’t already exciting enough it gets even better, featured artist Dave Buonaguidi has produced a unique limited edition of 7 screen printed original Bank of England £1 notes exclusive to the show. With the help of 7 influential London landmarks Print Club will be hiding the notes in various locations for you to find for your chance to win 4 workshop tickets worth £200. Feature


Lane Crawford x Cocurata x BÄST NY | Re/Interpret Season Launch Event

Lane Crawford x Cocurata x BÄST NY | Re/Interpret Season Launch Event

Lane Crawford’s collaboration with art-meets-fashion NYC label, Cocurata have created an exclusive art installation in-store featuring original artwork, sculptures and video from renowned street artist, BÄST. Cocurata’s SS15 ‘Extraction’ collection, shows off a blend of street fashion and artist print inspired garment, whilst taking out art from its general gallery setting. With a fun interactive photobooth, guests could recreate their own BÄST video with large 3-D cardboard comic characters. Feature


No Culture Icons Risograph Exhibition

No Culture Icons Risograph Exhibition

Tomorrow sees the launch of No Culture Icons Risograph Exhibition – a show hosted by the infamous Leeds-based web blog. Renowned for their inspiring content and online store featuring the best in contemporary photography, illustration, design, and art, this upcoming exhibition will display the Riso masterpieces created by twelve of their most admired illustrators. Feature


Stewarts Law RCA Secret 2015

Stewarts Law RCA Secret 2015

Our attention is now drawn to this exhibition by the Royal College of Art. Once again, this prestigious art and design institute impresses us with their most recent exhibition, Stewarts Law RCA Secret, which is an annual fundraising exhibition comprising a host of original postcard-sized artworks created by internationally acclaimed artists and designers. Feature


Dominic Hawgood

Dominic Hawgood

‘Under The Influence’ is the first solo show from visual artist and photographer Dominic Hawgood. After winning the British Journal of Photography’s International series award with this collection of images, his work was selected by judges for it’s hyper real blurring between fact and fiction. Basing his work on the evangelical churches of London, he focuses on documenting behaviours performed during ceremonial activity. Set against perfectly lit backdrops it is hard to tell if these photos are staged or candid, almost presenting themselves as edited adverts for religion. 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


Pecker | Call for submissions NSFW

Pecker | Call for submissions NSFW

Pecker is a new project that plans to ‘grow the world’s biggest collection of illustrated cocks, schlongs, rods and knobs’ for an exhibition and book. Yes you read the correctly – Pecker is an open submission project that wants everyone to illustrate a penis. The brief is featured below so get drawing and send them into mailsack@pecker.world  Feature


Idols & Icons Exhibition

Idols & Icons Exhibition

Next Friday The Hanbury Arms in Islington plays host to an exciting exhibition of 16 emerging artists work. With the line up including Mr Gresty, VJ Von Art, Shona Read, Jane Laurie-Akten, Marco Bevilacqua, Sara Stode, Zhang Liang, Craig Keenan, Pigghammer, Tim Easley, Oli Fowler, Raiph Vaughan, Willa Gebbie, Claire E Hind, Simon Fitzmaurice and Nathan James Page III there is a varying range of style and subject matter. Responding to an open brief of ‘Idols & Icons,’ it will most certainly be an interesting evening with a large amount of diverse talent on display. Feature


Or Type: Now & Then Or Again

Or Type: Now & Then Or Again

The Unit Editions’ new gallery space is now dedicated to a selection of work by Or Type, an Icelandic type foundry by design aficionados Guðmundur Úlfarsson and Mads Freund Brunse aka Gunmad. They have been publishing experimental typefaces which are full of character and developed through a spontaneous process of drawing and self-initiated projects since 2013. This show also marks the inaugural exhibition at the Unit Gallery. Not only will you be drawn by their expertise in type design but you will also enjoy exploring the different techniques used to create each typeface. There is so much to admire in their design, so don’t forget to swing by the gallery when you get a chance! Feature


S.A.D Publication from Studio Calm & Collected

S.A.D Publication from Studio Calm & Collected

Don’t be sad! It’s official; we’ve made it through the darkest days of January, and the countdown to the S.A.D publication launch is fully underway. Feature


Mr Penfold :: Masquerades and Silhouettes at No Walls Gallery

Mr Penfold :: Masquerades and Silhouettes at No Walls Gallery

The first exhibition of 2015 at No Walls Gallery is devoted to Bristol-based artist and designer Mr Penfold. Inspired by a wide range of different influences, from skateboard graphics to classical and formal abstraction, this latest exhibition, appropriately named ‘Masquerades and Silhouettes’, triumphantly demonstrates Mr Penfold’s quest to emulate the iconic pop culture and to produce clean, crisp graphic paintings – a great opportunity for you to focus more on the abstract side of Mr Penfold’s artistic practice. Feature


Kemistry Gallery | 100 Years of Graphic Design

Kemistry Gallery | 100 Years of Graphic Design

London’s Kemistry Gallery was forced to close the doors on the Charlotte Road gallery space back in December 2014, but that hasn’t held them back. March 2015 sees the legendary, cutting-edge design gallery enter its next phase, having re-invented themselves as a pop-up gallery, Kemistry will present their ‘100 Years of Graphic Design’ exhibition at Protein Studios, Shoreditch. This exhibition is a retrospective of their first 10 years of visionary, inspiring and eclectic graphic design shows. Feature


Alan Kitching on Press

Alan Kitching on Press

January is always a dull month but thanks to The Guardian that they have decided to start off 2015 with a totally inspiring exhibition displaying the charming work created by legendary letterpress practitioner Alan Kitching. Letterpress often gives a sense of energy and enthusiasm, and you will definitely be inspired once you visit the show which is centred around the typographic experiments and type-driven design work – not to mention the chance for you to assess the relationship between the newspaper and printer. Feature


Leeds Print Festival 2015

Leeds Print Festival 2015

Leeds Print Festival has entered its fourth year featuring an exciting programme of workshops, print exhibitions, a talk series, and a print fair. This annual event has also brought together a host of high-profile printmakers, design champions, and internationally-renowned lecturers to discuss and debate the traditional and contemporary printmaking processes. It is truly a celebration of all things printed and is great for fans of printmaking of all types. Feature


Walter Newton :: 20 GOTO 10

Walter Newton :: 20 GOTO 10

Featuring everything so 90’s, colourful, and retro, this exhibition of Walter Newton’s pixel-based console artworks, 20 GOTO 10, is something you should not miss if you were born in the PC era. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, Walter Newton now spends most of his time in his studio in Midlands creating a powerful series of illustrations that combines small squared elements and block colours. Feature