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
Xuan Alyfe is a Spanish Artist, I’m mad hyped about his murals! Xuan’s style can be defined by his vibrant colour palette and abstract surreal imagery, uniting geometric elements and attention to detail in sharp compositions. Xuan’s process is also really interesting – frequently taking elements from other Artists existing pieces and combing them as small details in his more complex works.
Based in East London. Skull & Heart Aims to bring exclusive prints to sell in a limited quantity alongside exhibitions to showcase new talent. Current collections feature artists such as: Tim Mcdonagh, Tom J Newell, Drew Millward, Muxxi, David Bary, Brian Ewing, William Exley and Dan Mumford. Feature
Ditto Press are at the top of the hierarchy when it comes to risograph printing in London. They have a supreme range of clients and always make sure their prints are quality. This new book by The Vinyl Factory is limited to 300 copies and is a perfect example of the work that they do. Feature
I want to give a HUGE big up to my Canadian homeslice, photographer & musician Tess Parks for her first ever solo Exhibition ‘TAKE CARE OF YOUR SOUL’ launching today at Oz Studios, Toronto. Tess is a freelance photographer who’s photos act as a visual diary of her life – documenting moments, relationships, strangers, travels, environments and ‘the things that feel special’ Inspired by the wise words of a stranger ‘TAKE CARE OF YOUR SOUL’ celebrates the Artists’ extensive collection of STUNNING photographs from the past 6 years of her life. The Exhibition runs from April 10th – 18th with an opening party on the 12th – so if your in Toronto it’s definitely worth checking out.
Graham Tait has been working on North for over two years now. Although he knew he wanted to do something with his photography he wasn’t really sure what form it would take. Digital photography now probably makes up 95% of the photography in most skateboard magazines, but he still shoots on film. With so many new photographers coming up and shooting digital, he feels there is room for another publication that is aimed more at traditional film photography. Feature
As everybody knows, Margaret Thatcher passed away yesterday. We don’t want to push any political comments, however it is on topic and we would like you to appreciate these series of printed portraits held at the National Portrait Gallery. We are particularly loving the one with the sunburst 80′s pose which unfortunately didn’t quite make it onto a record sleeve. Feature
You must be trippin’ if these vivid colourful illustrations don’t brighten up your day. Mimi’s work is visual representation of her enthusiasm for life and with so much humour and energy in her pieces I reckon she’d be pretty ace to be around. Check out her portfolio of work and get your sunnies out. Feature
After a weekend of sunshine I’m feeling the summer vibes and there’s nothing that says summer like a Hawaiian shirt!
Berlin concept store SOTO’s in-house brand Le Berlinois has teamed up with Tuscan brand President’s for SS13. The collaboration sees the release of Hawaiian Japanese shirts with an all over print motif available in black and burgundy. Made from cotton through traditional Italian craftsmanship the shirts feature a button down collar & front, single button cuffs and a single chest pocket.
Jeremy Wheeler is a multi-faceted artist, specializing in dynamic graphic art in two and three dimensions. In his 10+ years working in the Southeast Michigan area, he has honed a unique poster style in the gigposter and modern film art world. Through his company Bang! Media, he’s made three appearances at various Flatstock poster conventions — including SXSW 2012/13 as well as last year’s Pitchfork Festival. Feature
Donald Urquhart is an Edinburgh based artist who exhibits regularly both across Scotland and internationally. His concerns with issues of seeing and knowing, with respect to the landscape, can be seen as a continuum stretching back to his childhood in rural Highland Perthshire. Whilst grounded in the disciplines of drawing and painting, his practice has diversified in recent years to encompass the use of printmaking. My favourite works are within his printmaking which are the etchings that are shown in this entry, atmospheric prints of the land, shown in a very dark contrasted and bold way. It is work that can be characterised as being simple and highly formal, what has been referred to as ‘epic simplicity.’ Feature
I got in touch with Brighton-based illustrator Panda Robot Aka Scott Blows who joked about having “the worlds most unfortunate surname” and told me all about his wicked illustration! Films, animations and his imagination inspire panda Robot’s playful imagery, reflecting upon his process (documented through his blog) he explains “it all starts off with rough sketches, then a further polished sketch before I scan it into illustrator” The Artists style can be defined through his characters that wear a selection of hats in an assortment of settings with a slightly grim/dark undertone. “I like the characters I draw to have some sort of story or adventure to them. People ask why I put themed hats on my characters, but the honest answer is.. I just like them”
Introducing Lazy Oaf’s SS13 collectible Magazine titled ‘You’ll Never Get Anywhere.’ A sixty two page magazine that celebrates the underdogs and dreamers whilst following the theme of travel and literally getting somewhere. Includes life chat interviews with LA style girl Hanna Beth and Argentinian film maker Brian Kazez. They’ve given you a sneak preview of their forthcoming summer photo shoots including our men’s look book shot by Bobby Whigham in New York and our women’s collection captured by Viktor Vauthier on a sunny beach in California. Feature
This free traditional print day will be held at the University of Leeds, School of Design, Grass Studio on Wednesday 24th April 2013 from 10.30am – 5pm. They will be “pushing traditional print in a new direction” by educating young designers and running workshops. Feature
It’s been almost two months since our unforgettable journey to Kibera Slums in Kenya where we set up a mini, yet functional screen print space. Teaching the ladies how to screen print onto their own handmade paper means that they can now introduce new designs and have a higher rate of production. The first artist to submit a range of six designs was the extremely talented Chris Haughton who is renowned for this children’s book illustrations. They are all available to buy for a very reasonable £2.99 from the Kipepeo Online Store. Feature
Stone Island comes at SS13 with a technically advanced outwear collection.
With no compromise between style and practicality the collection explores the Bomber, Windbreaker, Field and Waist Coats based on the innovative design and structure of fabric. The fabric used portrays metallic silhouettes that captures and reflects light in the dark (yes glow in the dark!) through employing a blend of nylon yarn and advanced textiles.
Lovenskate have completed their “most ambitious print job yet” with this fan-bloody-tastic 12 layer screen printed deck. The skateboard deck was designed by the very talented James Callahan, who has worked for clients including Thrasher, Municipal Waste and Carhartt. You can buy the deck from the Lovenskate Store. Feature
Chris Dury is a land artist making connections with different phenomena in the world, specifically between Nature and Culture. He colloborates with scientists and technicians from a broad spectrum of disciplines and use whatever visual means, technologies and materials best suit the situation. His prints are outstanding and my favourites are the ones titled ‘Antartica’. I love prints combined with nature and the way he captures the up close textures of natural sources along with descrbing the lines of the land are beautiful. Go check him out, definitely worth a look. Feature
We are overly excited about the Hugo & Marie exhibition this evening at KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, N1 6PB; from 7-10pm. An awesome showcase of around 130 top class prints which will fill the whole gallery space. The show will run until the 27th April so there’s plenty of time to take a look at this colossal show if you cannot make it tonight, but we hope to see you later for a beer. Feature
Nanna Hänninen is a Photographic/Visual Artist that lives and works in Finland. Nanna’s work involves mixed media techniques symbolically blending photography and painting to highlight representations of reality. The Artists interesting process involves initially shooting her subjects in colour which she transforms into black and white images reforming the original colours through expressive brushstrokes and splashes of paint. These pictorial interventions cover and emphasize elements of the original image found in the background and reflect upon the spirit of the subject. Feature