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Alphabets, Letters & Numbers

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Appropriated Alphabet no.7 (2013) © Peter Blake. Courtesy CCA Gallery, London

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Appropriated Alphabets No.4 (2013) © Peter Blake.

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The Letter F (2007) © Peter Blake.

Peter Blake at the De La Warr Pavilion.

Blake has personally curated Alphabets, Letters and Numbers to showcase three series of editions: Alphabet (1991) a 26 piece series of silk screen prints with a print for each letter of the alphabet - I is for Idols ("a collage of screen legends, artists and musicians"), An Alphabet (2007) a series of found ephemera, illustration and handwritting collages - one for each letter of the alphabet. , and Appropriated Alphabets (2013) a series consisting of 12 individually collated alphabets.

"Throughout his long and prestigious career Blake has created several series of works based around the alphabet related to his enduring interest in childhood innocence and nostalgia, and Victorian and Edwardian graphic illustration. Using vintage cards, magazines, books and other found ephemera, he assembles collages that are at once whimsical, humorous and fascinating. He began using found letters and commercial lettering in the 1950s and, as a young artist, allied himself with decorators, sign painters and commercial artists."

The exhibition is free and runs until Sunday 27 November 2016. You know it's also the rule when you visit the De La Warr that you have to have a cream tea sat out on the terrace!

How to Make Better Advertising and Advertising Better

How To Make Better Advertising and Advertising Better –  is the new book from our friends, creative agency Sell! Sell!.

Written by Vic Polkinghorne and Andy Palmer after two decades in the business and ten years running their agency 'The Manifesto for a New Creative Revolution’ outlines their no-nonsense approach to the industry:


Advertising and marketing people need to lose the jargon. A culture of business bullshit has slowly polluted the commercial world. Engagement, low-hanging fruit, synergy, media-neutral, content-led, always-on, ideation, adcepts, holistic approach, storytelling, user-generated content, leverage, realtime 24/7, cultural currency, the list goes on (and on). This language is symptomatic of a move towards the unnecessary complication of the world of advertising and marketing.

These terms allow people to hide behind them, and mask flimsy thinking. They confuse and conceal, where the aim of the advertising process should always be to simplify and clarify. And they make the rest of the business world even more sceptical about advertising and marketing. Let’s drive the bullshit and the bullshitters out of the process, use plain speaking, and always simplify.

Their beautifully produced book is available exclusively at the Design Museum, get your copy here.

A Cycling Lexicon

Beautiful lettering, beautiful graphics and beautifully aged - what's not to like about this collection of bicycle headbadges?

I've had a slight obsession recently with vintage beach cruiser bikes and I particularly love the graphics, so imagine my delight when I heard about 'A Cycling Lexicon' - a book filled with an A-Z of glorious bicycle headbadges. The badges are a selection from the collection of cycling enthusiast Jeff Conner, Professor of Biology at Michigan State University curated by Carter Wong design who also designed the book.

You can buy the book here.

Images copyright A Cyclling Lexicon via Boneshaker.

David Wolske: Abstract Letterpress

Letterpress on a whole new level! Drop into Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft to see the “stunning, and purely abstract” letterpress compositions of American artist, David Wolske - 14 to be exact. His bold and mostly colourful, relief letterpress prints use woodblock letters overprinted to create beautifully graphic patterns and shapes.

The exhibition runs until 3 January 2016, so there’s plenty of time to plan a trip to this fantastic museum in the beautiful village of Ditchling. And if that's not a good enough reason to take a trip out there, they also have delicious cake, a shop packed with design books and products from local and international artists.

Summer Screen Prints

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True Romance Cassandra Yap

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American Werewolf in London Steve Wilson

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Do the Right Thing Rose Stallard

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The Last of the Mohicans Claudia Borfiga

Print Club London's Summers Screen Prints opens at Somerset House today. We were lucky enough to grab tickets for the preview last night and can definitely recommend it. 

This years show consists of fifteen film-themed screen prints by selected Print Club artists, including two of our personal favourites Cassandra Yap and Steve Wilson. Each print is an edition of 200, signed and numbered by the artist and available exclusively through Print Club London.

The show runs until 23 August in the West Wing Galleries, so there's plenty of time to pop in and see it.

Four Play at Unlimited, Brighton

As part of Brighton's Fringe Festival and off the back of it's Box Park success, our friends at Unlimited have given over their shop and gallery to their Four Play exhibition - a collaboration between the Unlimited design studio and 40 of their artists, illustrators and designers.

"All 40 participants have been given a FOUR letter word to illustrate in their own distinctive visual style using a fixed palette of FOUR spot colours. Unlimited design studio are then incorporating their word into each artwork, creating a unique typographic response for each and an exciting collaborative final piece."

So, 40 playful and typographic prints by 40 artists in editions of 100 - what are you waiting for, get on over there before 31 May and check them out.

Pick Me Up 2015

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.

Roadside Distractions

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.

Quentin Blake Rareties at Castor + Pollux

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

All images copyright Quentin Blake.

Christmas Cards are back in stock

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.

Woo Hoo!

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Delicious Greetings Cards Photo by Sara Morrissey

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On the shelves of Unlimited Photo by Sara Morrissey

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On the shelves of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

Woo Hoo exactly. 

Our cards are now gracing the shelves of Unlimited design shop & gallery, Brighton and Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

We're taking over the world with our greetings cards, one fabulous gallery at a time.

Pop-up shop at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

So, today Niki Best and I had a lovely morning at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft setting up our pop-up shop ready for their 1st birthday party tomorrow.

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.

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft’s 1st Birthday!

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.

To Dry For

Online boutique To Dry For are adding a bit of glamour to washing the dishes with literally hundreds of artist-commissioned and designer tea towels.

With designs from Rob Ryan, Have a Gandar, Pintuck, Bold and Noble, Mr PS and Lisa Jones, as well as some fabulous vintage designs by Daphne Padden there really is something for everyone and every kitchen.

Check out their full range here and keep up to date with new designs on their blog.

Wed 02 Jul 2014

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Greetings Cards & Prints now in Studio 73

A selection of our greetings cards and prints will soon be available from Brixton's Studio 73. In fact, they are winging their way over there as we speak.

Studio 73 is a gallery and framing studio in Brixton Village run by Adrian Flower. They have a great selection of print for sale and we're happy to be in the company of our Brighton buddies, Hello Dodo and fellow Pick Me Up 2014 designers, Sort letterpress studio and Catherine McGinniss!

Lots more new stockist news to come, so watch this space!


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