These lovely Daphne Padden collages; Gardener (above left) and London (above right) are now available as screen prints on Ebay
courtesy of Quad Royal
When Daphne died in 2009 these unused collages were discovered in her studio and with the permission of her estate have been turned into screen prints by Quad Royal."Daphne Padden was one of the best designers of her generation. Working from the late 1950s until the 1970s, at the same time as artists such as Tom Eckersley and Abram Games, her work is only now being recognised. She created not only posters - for British Railways, Tillings Coaches and commercial companies - but also packaging for companies like Lux and Marks & Spencers. Her trademark style combines simplicity with a touch of humour typical of the mid-century."
Images copyright Quad Royal.
Auto Type XXVIII
- some fine additions to the auto type collection from a glorious New Year's Day meet at the historic Brooklands Museum
. From buses, to Messerschmitt this show had it all!
You can see our full Auto Type collection here
or take a look through other auto related posts here
Girlynomics: The Downturn Alley Edition
by Kate Battrick (Make Do Style
) is now available on Kindle for a bargain price of £1.02.
"Harness the power of Girlynomics to set your budget, balance your personal income and live within your means. In these hard times this book is the perfect answer to help you live your life without having to keep left over bits of lemon in the freezer! Girlynomics will give you new insight in how to make your student loan, weekly wage or salary last for year, month or week".
We're biased as we did the cover & chapter titles (above) for Kate, but it's a great book, a real wealth of information, resources and ideas to help make a girl's finances stretch that bit further. The
perfect read for those cold, dark February evenings!
We were lucky enough to get these lovely vintage embossing stamps off santa, and this week the excitement continued when they arrived back from City Company Seals Ltd.
with their new shiny blocks.
One is a circular 'notary' style stamp and the other is a rectangular address stamp. Both are fantastic, they not only look gorgeous, but they'll add a lovely bit of finesse to all our stationery and prints.
Strongly resisting the temptation to stamp everything in sight!
#134 - Russian (?) Concert/Circus Programme, 1971.
I love the illustrations on this cover with the lovely contrast between the intricate black lettering and the simple colourful figures, but I have no idea what any of this says!
I think it's Russian and it is definitely a programme of events for a show of some kind, I'm guessing a circus or music concert purely from the illustrations so please correct me if I'm way off!
On the 9 January 1863 London Underground, the World's first underground transport system, opened and the first underground train took passengers on a 3.5 mile ride from Paddington to Farringdon.
To celebrate this 150 year milestone Royal Mail
have released a set of 6 commemorative stamps (above) that illustrate the tube's timeline with lithographs, illustrations and photographs. They also give a nod to the design of the iconic tube map.
However, it's these miniature stamps each showing 3 classic London Underground advertising posters that I found the most interesting/inspiring...
Images copyright Royal Mail.Stamps designed by Hat-Trick.Miniature stamp sheets designed by NB Studio.
December passed by in such a whirl this year we barely had time to catch a breath, but after a week relaxing, listening to our newly purchased vinyl and eating a lot of Quality Streets we're back to work today, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ready for what is shaping up to be a very busy January.
2013 is set to be an exciting year for Delicious what with a new website, blog & shop launching very soon and some fun print commissions, so Happy New Year - lets hope it's a cracker!
Auto Type XXVII
- a small selection of auto type from a very cold, sunny breakfast meet at the classic car & historic racing specialists, CCK Historic
. Our favourite is the 'Boara' type from a Russian Gaz Volga.
Take a look at the rest of our auto type here
and if classic cars and historic racing do it for you, check out our sister blog Super Ninety
Right, we're back in the zone, our poor blog has been the victim of our super busy December!#133 - Monotype Newsletter 90, November 1971.
I completely forgot buying a few 70's copies of the Monotype Newsletter last Summer, so it was a pleasant surprise to find them hidden away in the reference box
Here's No. 90, the first of the new format newsletters which includes a selection of pangrams on the inside covers, a list of London Monotype machine typesetters, an article on Michelin Guides, some metric conversions and a little history of Times Condensed...
So, as promised here's a sneak preview of the AT
Christmas artists and their wonderful work. First up and new to the AT fold are the Hello DODO
, the playful printmaking duo Jam & Ali who design all their cards, prints and totes to make people smile. Here are a few of our favourites...
Second, Bernard Lodge
a designer at the BBC for 14 years with the original Doctor Who credits to his name, children's book author & designer and now print maker. He prints all his linocuts and woodcuts on a beautiful large format Victorian press. Here are some of his fabulous prints...
Third up, James Sawyer
with his beautifully kitsch Mexican Day of the Dead, folk art, religious & tattoo inspired sparkly shrines and icons...
Curly Mark "X" limited edition screen print, 2009Frank Kozik Smorkin Labbit limited edition, Flouro Pink, 2009
And lastly, a selection of limited edition prints from the Best
. collection of artists including these bad boys...
Well it's (almost) that time of year again and this year it's even busier than usual - we've been in a printing frenzy getting ready for the AT Christmas open house
AT will be throwing open their doors for the first three weekends in December. With paintings, prints, cards, paper cuts, soft furnishings, knit wear, photography and jewellery from Dead Methods
, Hello Dodo
, Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables
, Lou Taylor
, Erin Prior, Natalie Martin
, Bernard Lodge
, James Sawyer, Winsome & Saucy
, Nathan James Page
, Mr Wingate
, Shona Macdonald, Carlos Garde-Martin
and Best, it's set to be a cracker (sorry!).
We'll be posting up a selection of work from our favourite contributors throughout the week in a build up to the opening weekend, but for starters, here's some of our new letterpress prints...
Vintage 1920's and 30's adverts printed from the original letterpress blocks...
Letterpress Christmas cards...
Hand-cut Christmas banners...
Make sure you pop by for some delicious cake, mulled wine, to enjoy the roaring open fire and of course, to buy gifts for all your wonderful family and friends! For more information and up-to-date news check out the AT open house blog
AT open house, 42 Hendon St, Brighton BN2 0EG. Open 1/2, 8/9, 15/16 December 2021. 12-6pm.
I'm very excited to be going to the preview of Pencil to Pixel
tomorrow with our friends at Sell! Sell!
The exhibition of Monotype archives showcases the development of type from drawing board to finished metal type and, "brings together the past, present and future of a unique typographic institution."Pencil to Pixel runs from the 16 - 23 November 2012 (closed 17 & 18th) at the Metropolitan Wharf, London E1 and admission is free!
Images copyright Monotype.
Some new additions to our own collection of Auto Type
- the last batch from this years shows, although I'm hoping to find some rare lettering delights at the NEC Classic Car Show next weekend!
We love a bit of Auto Type
so we're very excited to have some of our images in the Chromeography
exhibition in Berlin's Mota Italic Gallery
- a celebration of, "the metallic emblems that gave names and life to vintage automobiles, domestic appliances, and other consumer objects".
Curated by Stephen Coles, who runs the Chromeography Flickr group
, the exhibition opens on 12 November and runs until 22 December 2012.
Goodluck Stephen, we hope it all goes well. Such a shame we can't make it over!
Our friend Darren at DIGITAL Bungalow
has some of his wonderful street photography gracing the walls of the new Café Coho
on Queens Road, Brighton.
His poignant images have depth and are gorgeously contrasty - definitely worth a look while enjoying a coffee and some delicious cake!
For those of you not in Brighton, you can see all of Darren's images in the comfort of your own home here
.All images copyright Darren Baldwin.