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!
It's not long now until AT Open house
opens it's doors once again every weekend in May for the Brighton Artists Open Houses. So we've been busily printing again this weekend to add to our card range.
Here's a sneak peek at a few of the artists, designers, photographers and makers showing this year. The lovely Snorkus
with her gorgeous screen prints, giclée prints, greetings cards and the adorable stuffed owls and cats...
The first photography in AT Open house - witty, seaside images from Shona McDonald
Ms. Alice Pattullo
with her wonderfully illustrated screen prints, printed softies and small press...
And the beautifully architectural homeware of print maker and textile designer Mr WIngate
The AT Open house web shop
is already live so if you really can't wait until May, some of the work is available now! You can also keep up to date with the preparations at 42 Hendon Street here
These gorgeous vintage prints are from a selection in the newly opened Shop at number 57
, a virtual shop full of wonderful vintage prints and eclectic objects. In their own words it's a shop of, "industrial vintage style & all things British. Our range is a mix of old, new & re-purposed items".
I guarantee there'll be something on there that you cannot live without - be warned! Images copyright Shop at number 57.Via Kickcan & Conkers.
#123 - Two new Carte-de-visite.
Two additions to my Carte-de-visite collection; a large Scottish one from Marshall Wane, Edinburgh that has lovely gold edges and a much smaller example (bottom) from G Willis, Scarborough which isn't as elaborate as others in my collection but lovely all the same.
See the rest of my collection here
and for more information about Carte-de-visite read this post
The Delicious blog is 4 today
and this is just some of the fabulous design, ephemera, photography and packaging we've posted about over the last year.
Huge thanks to all of you for dropping by and showing your support - it's very much appreciated
Here's to another design packed year!
We're going to be part of the AT Open House
again in May this year, so every spare minute is being spent designing and printing, cards and notebook covers. Such great fun!
They'll soon be available on our Etsy store
too, so keep checking!
The lovely people at Print Club
are now accepting submissions for Blisters - The Directors Cut
, their 'big end of Summer hand pulled screenprinted poster show'
As usual the 40 pieces selected from 40 artists will be from a range of 'established and emerging illustrators, designers and street artists', in editions of 40 and sold for £40! Anyone can enter and the deadline for entries is Sunday 10 June 2012.
For those interested, here's the brief:
Submit an alternative movie poster in your own style inspired by your favorite film! The catch is, you cannot use the title of the film at all. Use of other text is allowed of course but it should stand alone as an image, scene or typographic piece, it doesn’t have to be an advertisement for the film!Poster size B2 (700x500mm) and to be screenprinted!
More information here
I've had this image as inspiration for a few years now and I have no idea were it came from nor did I have any idea what is was. I just liked the bold graphics and quirky type.
Well, how could I not have recognised the work of Saul Bass
(don't worry I am truly ashamed!). It turns out that this is a pic of the cover of an original copy of the only children's book he ever designed - 'Henri's walk to Paris
'. A book that he designed with Leonore Klein in 1962 and that has been out of print for many years until now."Henri’s Walk to Paris is the story of a young boy who lives in Reboul, France, who dreams of going to Paris. One day, after reading a book about Paris, he decides to pack a lunch and head for the city."
As of last week this gorgeous little book is back on the shelves and available here
.Via Brain Pickings. Images (apart from the top one) from Brain Pickings.
Auto type XX
- Lots more gorgeous marques including some English, Italian and American classics. I think these were taken at Goodwood Revival
last year, which is always an amazing gathering of classic cars.
It's been a long, long Winter of no car shows, so I'm already looking forward to the new season!
See our previous Auto Type posts here
or check out our full collection on Flickr
#122 - Vintage slide rules and dials from the 40's, 50's and 60's.
I realised after finding the Nuclear dials and slide collection the other day, that I had only ever posted a few of my own dials and slides.
So here are a few more, from Dial-o-metric to Trigonomotry ratios, there's almost a dial for every occassion!
You can see the rest of my collection here
or have a rummage for the others in our reference box
I love slide rules and dial calculators, there are so many you rarely see the same one twice. These complex beauties are from a collection of Nuclear slide rules and dials gathered together by ORAU
(Oak Ridge Associated Universities).
They've got dials to calculate radiation dosage, Nuclear bomb effects, Nuclear weapon effects, x-ray exposure, decay rates, treatment times and Radium exposure. A much more useful collection than mine, which mainly consists of vintage promotional pieces!
See the full collection of Nuclear slide rules here
and see some of mine here
. Images copyright ORAU.VIa Notcot.
and Quentin Blake
fans alike will be lapping up these 'Wonkalicious. Whizzpopping. Swizzfiggling'
new Royal Mail stamps launched, 'in tribute to one of the world’s greatest storytellers, this unique collection celebrates his most famous works, his best-loved characters and tales of his extraordinary life'
The set of 6 stamps feature original illustrations of some of Dahl's best-loved characters; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Twits and The Witches. Buy yours here
I've always been a fan of Graphis magazine
and Walter Herdeg
, so it was great to stumble upon these Graphis covers on Designers books
, many of which I hadn't seen before. They're all fantastic, but it's the really bold, bright ones (above) that I'm most drawn to.
These beauties are from the personal collection of designer and art director, Sébastien Hayez who has 83 issues of Graphis and 15 Graphis annuals! You can see his full collection here
along with lots and lots of other coveted design books - thanks for sharing Sébastien.All images copyright Sébastien Hayez.
Our Etsy store
is fully stocked with Howdoos again - so what are you waiting for? Hop over here
and get yours now!