What are you guys doing this evening? We will be filming for the amazing Heavy Pencil event which has been kindly supported by Fedrigoni UK. If you like drawing, costumes, music and silly people then this is one is for you with special guests from NYC, Mike Perry and Josh Cochran. All of the fun will be from 6-10pm at Somerset House priced at £8 or £6 for concessions – this also gives you access to the rest of the design fair. Feature
Born and raised in South London Remi Rough has been ‘breaking boundaries with a spraycan and paintbrush” for over 26 years. Moving from the Streets to the Galleries in 1989 Remi’s artwork has been featured across the globe and has seen the artist frequently move to print. Drawing inspiration where he came from Remi “keeps his finger in the street art pie” with elements of his current work embodying hints from spray cans in his dope geometric prints and paper collages.
Joseph Lozano is an Artist/Painter based in the USA. Joseph’s portfolio consists of abstract dream like imagery, beautiful vivid colour tones, reflections of texture and intellectual compositions. Reflecting on his process in his personal statement the Artist explains that throughout his painting and installations he breaks down the narrative structures of elements of reality to create a world of abstract objects.
Le Noir is a series created entertaining the spills and thrills of life, it’s a play on the fast and disposable living, “here today gone tomorrow”. It’s all about the bold baby. Taking things back to the basics with black ink and ideas. Gio says “it’s really refreshing to work this way, and really frustrating at the same time, it helps capture attention fast and quick with no time for mistakes. The series is my interest in those cold winter nights, depressed grey days and that lavish, rich but sleazy lifestyle we think is cool…is it as appealing as it seems?” Exhibition coming this summer 2013. Feature
Human After All is a team of curious and creative minds who make work with heart which was founded by The Church of London directors Paul Willoughby, Rob Longworth, Alex Capes and Danny Miller. Face Stamp! is their first Pick Me Up installation in 2013 which will run at Somerset House from 18th-28th April. Feature
Ulrike Zöllner is a Berlin-based Illustrator/Printmaker currently studying at the University of the Arts Berlin. I came across her wicked website that’s full of tactile colourfull vibrant illustrations, comic strips and print making techniques including a dope hand-made illustrated calendar created through letterpress and etching.
Dorrell Merritt is a London based photographer and writer, who during working as an editorial photographer had worked for the likes of Dazed & Confused, FuckingYoung.es and Sang Bleu Magazine. In now pursuing personal work he continues to create work that communicates both intimacy and solitude; through a range of mediums and approaches. He presents his first publication in the form of a photobook-zine: “The Thames Link”- a collection of documented night journeys on the eponymous Thameslink train line, shot over a period of 6 months. Feature
Carimbo Letterpress is a print shop based in Brazil, which teamed up with graphic designer Andrea Kulpas to create ‘Bolandeira,’ a limited edition collection of letterpress printed postcards. They invited six illustrators to take part in this project, who were asked to elaborate on the food theme and two colours: orange and rubine red. Each one developed a unique artwork to be letterpress printed on a Heidelberg Windmill. The result is a edition of 80 kits and each one comes with 6 different letterpress postcards, signed by each artist, along with a numbered certificate, all packed inside a traditional Brazilian lunch box and wrapped up in a silkscreened dishtowel. Feature
Individually, they are professional working illustrators…collectively as the circus they are working towards being the ‘ringmasters’ of some high-spirited illustration workshops, vibrantly themed exhibitions and some unconventional pop up events centred on illustration. They run a directory of Bedfordshire based illustrators with a wide range of styles and skills available for commissioning. They want events filled with animated lively spaces bustling with creativity within the community. Also, working illustrators usually have solitary lifestyles so they aim to support and help each other professionally whilst forming friendships within the circus. They want the group to grow in members by working with other professionals and new budding illustrators. Feature
You are invited to celebrate our birthday on May 4th at Power Lunches in Dalston from 8pm – 2am. You will be able to print your own t-shirt with an eccentric design by Chris Pell whilst you are greeted by the sound waves of Adam & Cuth and DJ Murlo. Plus there will be helium so get your tickets HERE.
I first saw Anne’s work when I was at an exhibition in Reykjavik two weeks ago. It was an exhibition combining the work of Anne and Thora Sigurdardottir entitled ‘My Place/Your Place’ inspired by the dramatic wide-openness of the Icelandic landscape. Anne’s work is a combintation of prints, drawings and sculptures. They are tremendous in atmosphere and mark making. My favourites are the ones titled, ’2013 GRAT’, beautfiul black and white images of the domintant presence of the landscapes of Iceland. Seeing them in person and as large prints, gives them such an atmosphere and presence. Feature
We have been keeping our eye on the supremely talented Hattie Stewart for a long time now, I have no idea why we didn’t bring her to you attention earlier. Please take your time to have a peruse of her insanely amazing website of work. Her illustrations are so much fun and she has worked with several impressive clients on some fantastic projects. Who doesn’t like “doodle bombing”? Feature
Sometimes you look at someones design work and you wish they could design all your surroundings for you. Thats the feeling I got looking through Woody Harrington’s portfolio. Some really delicate, clean layout against other more rustic and wholesome pieces. Quality stuff all round. Feature
3 Years in the making, street wear labels Black Scale and Surr have joined forces to create a collaborative collection for SS13 > BLVCK SSUR +
Inspired by both coasts (LA & NY) the capsule collection features a dominance of black and gold including skulls & nautical graphics. The nicely shot Look Book features photography by Brian Nieves with garms modeled by John Boone & Akeem King. Feature
Danilio Silveira lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Danilio’s work focuses on illustration, Art Direction and Design for a variety of medias. The Artist’s website demonstrates an exciting variety of projects including interesting reflections of texture in his collaged imagery, bold colour pallets and beautiful type it’s well worth a visit, plus to make it even better there is a fun free font ‘Picnic’ available for download.
Willow is the creative showcase of Will Connor, a Designer / Art Director based in Belfast, UK. Recognised for his ‘typography-focused and crafted approach’ disciplines of Willow’s work include graphic design, illustration and custom typography. I can’t get enough of his slick letterforms and editorial pieces.
He quotes “I am Thomas Raimondi aka Thomas Ray aka El Ray, a 31 year old man from a small city near Milan, Italy. I create images from the underground. Like a Wolf Eyes song I wanna burn your house down. No Mercy. No Regrets. No Hope. No Future. No God. No Church. No Fathers. Life’s a bitch, whom I have no money to give.” Feature
Alexa recently completed her masters in illustration at Central Saint Martins, where she often got into trouble with print technicians due to her slightly wild and unorthodox approach to screen printing. She now works as an illustrator in London running regular workshops with a particular emphasis on rethinking the context of drawing, most recently a Drawing Séance at the National Trust’s Ham House in August. Nature, horror, folk art and combining overhead projectors and screen printing with digital technologies interests her and she will be speaking and exhibiting at The Third International Illustration Symposium in Krakow in November. Feature
At the end of 2011, Jack Burston and Murray Somerville decided to produce six monochrome zines with screen printed covers by Daisy Whitewolff and typography by Eurico sa Fernandes. The aim was to complete all six within a year. After 13 months, they’ve made it: Macro Shrub #6, the last in the series, is out now. Feature
Barbara Rae is an established printmaker currently based in Scotland. Her work ranges from screenprints to etchings to large scale prints painted over for more texture. Rae uses washes of bold colour; merging form, line and hue into each other with dynamic composition, breaking up the picture surface with thrusting lines. The works draw the viewer into the artist’s vision, emitting energy and warmth. Rae rejects the term “landscape painter” because the patterns and items left behind as traces of human presence are her prime interest. Feature
“From the gritty streets, Smoke & Mirrors London was born.” S&ML is the brainchild of self-taught Fashion Designer Shauna Tranter. Whilst studying Illustration at Camberwell Shauna found her fascination with both fashion and youth culture was a central focus point in all her work, and since graduating has been translating her creative background into garments to ‘tell the story of youths past and present.” Smoke & Mirrors’ first ever Look book demonstrates the designer’s hand-made clothing applying appliqué and embroidery techniques to carry the essence of youthful street-style. Feature
For SS13 Huf has offered their most diverse collection to date. The second drop of their Spring 13 Look Book is shot by Photographer Brian Kelley on Polaroid featuring the Bay Area Skate Crew in New York expressing the brands ‘Rugged, street-indulged aesthetics’ Alongside crewnecks, graphic tees & woven shirts new styles for the collection include varsity jackets, M51 jackets and button down hoodies.
No Fly Posters is based in Manchester and involves an abandoned building with seven boarded up windows each displaying a poster stating “No Fly Posters.” So, seven creatives are asked to re-imagine the concept of NO FLY POSTERS to replace the original seven. Each round has seven new designs, they are currently on round 3 so there are 21 lovely posters for you all to look at. Great idea and I look forward to seeing how this develops – maybe a book? We’ll see. Feature
Tyler Spangler’s work focuses on the formalist relationship between images removed from their original context. He explores the connotations of colour, form, and photography through the medium of digital collage. His designs are colorful and unabashedly chaotic. Over the last two years, Tyler has created five 440 paged books filled with his own designs and worked on countless collaborations internationally. He has a BA in Psychology and is an Art Center College of Design dropout. He ran an illegal punk venue until it got shut down by police. Tyler currently freelances and works with clients in the music, surf, and textile industry be sure to check out Hunt+Gather Studio. Feature