Pick Me Up 2015 is currently in full swing at Somerset House, London showcasing a huge selection of illustration, design and print for the sixth year running and proving to be a successful platform for both emerging and established artists to promote their work.
London’s biggest graphic arts is not only a chance to engage with artists and designers about their work. Throughout the 12 days there’s a comprehensive programme of talks, debates, interactive workshops, demonstrations, the chance to create your own piece of print (with help) and the opportunity to purchase some wonderfully affordable art.
As we’re about half way through the festival I thought I’d share with you the very talented motley crew I’m showing alongside with BEST this year.
First up, our Brighton buddies hello DODO - ‘husband and wife team of playful printmakers’ brightening up the world with their colourful animal and pun-tastic screenprints.
Tattoo artist and printmaker, Alex Binnie. Normally found in his Brighton tattoo shop, Alex creates beautifully intricate wood and lino cuts inspired by his tattoo work and his past as a medical illustrator.
Another pal of ours, illustrator and 80s toy collector Carlos Garde-Martin whose wonderfully detailed illustrations were seen all over Brighton last year as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival branding.
The lovely designer and illustrator Matt Jeffs (aka Nimbws - think ‘Nimbus’ but in Wesh) popping his exhibiting cherry at Pick Me Up with his quirky ‘cartoon Picasso’ style prints.
Dupenny, the brainchild of Brighton gal, Emily Dupenny brings a little cheekiness and vintage glamour to the party with her wonderful burlesque patterns and designs.
London based graffiti artists and designer Josh Stika (aka Stika) inspiring us with his great lettering and filling out our space with a giant (and I do mean giant) 3D ‘S’ - it lights up and everything!
Vinyl guru and king of perspex Curly Mark is back for a second year with more skulls, pop art style loveliness and laser-cut wooden jewellery.
Sam Egarr, designer, photographer and lover of all things typographic has joined us this year with her old shop signage inspired range of letter and number prints.
And last but not least, the lovely lady who had the vision and herded us all together Niki Best, former owner of BEST - the best shop in the world selling graffiti art, screenprints and limited edition art back when no-one even knew the name Banksy. Niki is selling off some of her very own collection at the show so grab the chance to own a classic Kozik smoking bunny, an Obey ‘André the Giant’ or an authentic Faile screenprint.
Pick Me Up runs until Monday 4 May. It’s open everyday 10am - 6pm and until 10pm tonight and tomorrow so come by and say hello.
Wed 29 Apr 2015
Today we'll be mostly hanging work at Somerset House - yep, we're showing with BEST at Pick Me Up again this year. Lots to do before the private view tonight so I won't hang about, but pop on down and have a look at the first two posters in our new 'Roadside Distractions' series of A2 lino prints.
The show runs from 23 April - 4 May 2015 and from what I've seen of the work being hung so far it looks like it's going to be a cracker.
Wed 22 Apr 2015
Today Delicious Industries became a teenager.
Yep, it's thirteen years since I opened the doors and switched on my shiny new Mac for the first time. The Mac has been updated a few times, but I'm still going strong and loving every minute.
Huge thanks to everyone who's been involved along the way as a client, an advisor or a supporter, I'm truly grateful to you all.
Here's to creating some good old teenage mischief (and lots of lovely design work of course)!
I’m very excited to announce that the series of six letterpress posters I designed and hand-printed for Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft are now on display in the museum’s converted, 18th Century cart lodge - home of their shop and café.
The posters highlight key messages to museum visitors. Using a conscious mix of traditional techniques and modern design they reflect the attitude and direction of the museum – with bold, dynamic compositions, whilst remaining sympathetic to the museum’s identity.
The Print Room is my favourite part of the museum, so it was an honor not only to be commissioned to create these posters, but also to print them using the museum’s collection of beautiful wood block letters.
Renowned for its collection of work by artists and craftspeople once based in the village (including type-designers Eric Gill and Edward Johnston), Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft has a rich heritage of print and typography and for a few months Delicious Industries is a little part of that too!
2015 looks set to be full of adventure and excitment at Delicious, with lots of fun new projects and challenges on the horizon.
My New Years resolutions are to, a. blog more and b. visit more exhibitions.
Why not start your 2015 with some style and culture down at Somerset House? No, not ice skating but visiting two fantastic exhibitions they have on at the minute:
Guy Bourdin: Image Maker
"The UK's largest ever exhibition of the influential and enigmatic fashion photographer".
Man Ray protégé and inspiration to many contemporary fashion photographers, Guy Bourdin's work is intriguing and beautiful, "From his professional debut for Paris Vogue in the 1950s, Bourdin developed a distinctive style of visual storytelling which continues to serve as a source of inspiration to contemporary fashion photographers from Tim Walker to Nick Knight.". The exhibition runs until 15 march and features over 100 pieces from his four-decade career, some of which are previously unseen.
Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and The Advent of Punk
To conicide with Blondie's 40th Annversary, the exhibition showcases a collection of previously unseen, behind-the-scenes images of the iconic group, their punk friends and venues from underground dives to sold-out stadiums all taken on the road by Chris Stein. "A snapshot of the punk scene that Blondie pioneered and shows how their influence on music and fashion is just as relevant today as it was four decades ago". There's only three weeks left to catch this one, so don't delay it closes it's doors on the 25 January.
Thank you to everyone who has shown support and encouragement, visited our blog, worked with us and for us. It's been a crazy year, but a good one.
With lots of exciting plans and projects in the pipline, here's to a fabulous 2015!
Eat, drink and be very merry.
Signed, limited edition Quentin Blake prints and sold-out rareties at Castor + Pollux, Brighton.
Our favourite seafront gallery is showing a wonderful selection of Quentin Blake limited edtion and previously sold-out rarely available prints all signed by the man himself. Recognised and loved by all ages from the pages of Roald Dahl' s equally wonderful books, these illustrations bring back happy childhood memories and I can't wait to see them.
The exhibiton runs until 4 January 2015 at Castor + Pollux, seafront gallery and bookstore, 165 King's Road Arches, Lower Promenade, Brighton BN1 1NB
Fri 21 Nov 2014
It's been a while since we've had some Auto Type on the blog, so here's a mighty fine selection to brighten your day.
From Italian stallions to European racers and American muscle, we have it all in our Auto type archives, check it out here.
I know, I'm sorry for using the 'C' word in October!
But our lovely, hand letter-pressed Christmas cards are now back and gracing the virtual shelves of Art-O-Mart.
#145 - more beautiful Parisian vintage ephemera.
I love the quality of this little card. It's quite a thick, textured stock which, gives the print a lovely texture too and as you can see it is very agedaround the edges but that just adds to it's charm.
With my bad French and the help of Google translate, I think it's some sort of sponsored competitor's card which reads, 'Because liquorice gives muscles. Rider No.9. Chambrelent, Paris', but i could be very, very wrong!
Have a look at some of out other ephemera gems here.
Woo Hoo exactly.
We're taking over the world with our greetings cards, one fabulous gallery at a time.
Remember it's FREE entry 11am - 10pm, there's local beer, produce and cake. Workshops and fun activities are running throughout the day and then of course there's the pop-up shops from me and Niki Best, Brighton's Unlimited and the guys from SORT.
We would love to see you, come down be sure to say hello.
Fri 19 Sep 2014
‘Fashion is an expression of the times. Elegance is something else again.’ Horst, 1984
Fashion and portrait photographer Horst P Horst (1906 - 1999) had a career spanning 6 decades. His beautiful images regularly graced the pages and covers of French, British and American Vogue ranking him up there with the likes of Richard Avedon and Irving Penn as one of the great photographers of the 20th Century.
He joined Vogue in 1931 under his mentor George Hoyningen-Huene, who he eventually superseded as Paris Vogue’s primary photographer. Over the years he shot fashion models, royalty, movie stars, nature and ancient ruins all with the same elegance, timeless poise and striking composition.
The V&A are currently showing a retrospective of Horst’s wonderful work, Horst: Photographer of Style until 4 January 2015 and I for one cannot wait to see it!
It's official, we're doing a pop-up shop at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft as part of their 1st birthday celebrations!
Ditchling museum is a gorgeously designed museum nestled in the heart of Ditchling village on the South Downs. This unlikely village has a strong history in the art and craft world, having had many world renowned artists and crafts people living and working in it's community over the years. For example typographers Eric Gill and Edward Johnston both lived in the village and Eric Gill is buried there. The museum celebrates these arts and craft ties with an amazing collection of work and objects created and used by these people right there in the village.
To celebrate their 1st birthday the museum is opening up it's doors for free 11am - 10pm on Saturday 20 September. We'll be there selling our wares as part of the Best pop-up shop, along with pop-ups from Brighton gallery & shop Unlimited and the lovely guys from SORT Design. The pop-ups will be open from 11am - 5pm after which there'll be a paper-cutting workshop and a DJ so you can dance the night away.
There are loads of events on throughout the day plus there's delicious cake, locally sourced foods and real ales so be sure to put it in the diary. Come on down have a look around and say hello, there's a free shuttle bus to and from Hassocks Station too so there's really no excuse!
For more information check the museum website.
Our fairground inspired lino prints are now adorning the walls of two delightful rooms in FAB Guest, Brighton's coolest, most contemporary bed and breakfast.
Every room in the recently renovated Georgian townhouse is decorated with artwork and bespoke furniture created by local artists, designers and makers, so we're in good company.
Welcome to the Delicious Industries blog. We're an independent design studio based in Brighton, UK and this is our scrapbook packed full of design, illustration, photography & typography inspiration. Check out our work here.