It's that time of year again - the countdown is on to the first day of the AT open house
. Saturday will see the doors of 42 Hendon Street fling open again showing a fantastic selection of art, design, soft furnishings, tea and lets not forget the cake!
This years artists/designers/makers include; Alice Pattullo illustrative prints and makes / Snorkus cards, softies & screen prints / Delicious Industries small press and vintage prints / Natalie Martin painting & drawings / Mr Wingate hand printed textiles for your home / Love Hove cutesy badges and bags / Mark Pavey letterpress, screen prints & books / Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables handprinted critters / Lou Taylor papercut illustration / Rhys Trussler painting and works on paper / Carlos Garde-Martin illustration and badges / Shona Macdonald photography / Winsome & Saucy knitted / accessories & silver / Erin Prior paintings on canvas & paper.
Pop by and say hello, we'd all love to see you!
Open 5/6, 12/13, 19/29 & 26/27 May 2012. 12-6pm.
Today Hotel Street
is opening it's doors for the first time in the UK. The Sailor Jerry gallery, shop and event space in London's Soho is named after the Honolulu district where the infamous tattoo artist Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins worked and made his name.
A merchandise shop and art gallery by day Hotel Street turns into a dive bar/rock club
at night, showcasing the best new rock bands and will also have a fortnightly film club showing classic rock documentaries and films every other Sunday - 'an all-round good place for bad people'
The most exciting part of all this for me is the exhibition of original Norman Collins flash artwork, hand-painted by 'Sailor Jerry' himself, now fully restored and previously unseen in the UK.
"If you really want a true classic tattoo, you'll have to go back in time and cross the Pacific. When your tramp steamer hits the port of Honolulu, jump ashore and head straight to Chinatown. Soon, you'll hit Hotel Street. You'll know you're there by the sudden progression of wide-eyed sailors, foul-mouthed roughnecks, and general mayhem. And there, tucked away on a steamy side street, you'll see the bright red neon glow of "Sailor Jerry's"-the tattoo shop that put ink on the fighting men of the Pacific for nearly 40 years."
"Good work ain't cheap. Cheap work ain't good." Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins.
Find out more about Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins here
and keep up-to-date with Hotel Street gig listings and goings on here
The wonderful Knoxville letterpress print shop we all know and love, Yee-Haw Industries
has announced that they're closing at the end of April so that business partners Julie Belcher and Kevin Bradley can pursue other interests.
How sad and ironic is it that such a great studio/print shop, one that kept the letterpress torch lit for all these years, is closing at a time when (in the UK anyway) letterpress is making a huge come back.
The only good news is that they are selling off all their prints in their Etsy
store and as you would expect, there are some beauties - this is only a tiny selection...
So what are you waiting for? This is your last chance to own a historic print from this renowned letterpress print shop!All images copyright Yee-Haw Industries.
How great is it when you find a fantastic book at a super price and in a totally unexpected place? Well, this weekend I was fortunate enough to discover a copy of Walter Herdeg's, Graphis Annual 73/74
It's crammed full of wonderful design, typography and advertising including some from Milton Glaser and Herb Lubalin - above are only a very small selection of my favourites.
If you want a copy yourself, there are some available on Amazon
.Graphis Annual 73/74Walter Herdeg, The Graphis Press, Zurich.
These dramatically bold paintings are the wonderful work of London based artist and designer, Phil Ashcroft
His graphic landscapes have a dark, mysterious feel, "combining influences from abstract expressionism, British landscape painting, Japanese woodcuts, and graphic street art, Ashcroft integrates varied visual styles to generate a crossover between space, object and environment."
I love the way he plays with scale in his paintings, incorporating the tiny buildings really exaggerates the drama and impact of the full image.
Mr Ashcroft has had many, many exhibitions over the years from solo exhibitions in Liberty London, and (an old favourite for me) Arc-Arts, Manchester to group exhibitions in the Tate Modern and The Barbican. Some of you may have seen his work earlier this month at Pick Me Up 2012
as part of Nelly Duff's
You can see more of Phil Ashcroft's work here
and keep up-to-date with his recent goings on here
.All images copyright Phil Ashcroft.Via But Does it Float.
10 years ago yesterday (yes, on Aprils Fools Day) I started Delicious Industries
with my trusty Imac, a zip drive and a pantone book. 10 years down the line the Imac's changed quite considerably, the zip drive is long gone and the pantone book is looking very bare, but we're still here, busier than ever and still loving it - you can't ask for more than that.
Huge thanks for all those who have helped and supported us along the way (you know who you are), it's very much appreciated.
Here's to another 10 wonderful years!