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Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft Letterpress poster series

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!

Merry Christmas

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.

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.

From the reference box #145

#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.

Wed 15 Oct 2014

Posted under: Design , Typography , Ephemera , lettering

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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.

Fun & Thrills in FAB Guest, Brighton

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. 

Images copyright FAB Guest.

Dead Slow Brazil 2014

The Printiprinter's hand-printed World Cup results service, Dead Slow Brazil 2014 is the only thing making this month of football bearable.

The results are compiled using his hand-printed lino cut numbers and mono printed country names straight after each game and posted here. For me the imperfections and textures in the print and the bright, constrasty colours are the perfect combo. 

Loving the big lino cut numbers? Check out The Printiprinter's collection of lino prints documenting his beloved Liverpool's last season scores here.

Wed 02 Jul 2014

Posted under: Design , Typography , Prints

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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

Posted under: Design , Typography , Things to buy

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David Shrigley at Sketch

British artist David Shrigley has transformed the Gallery restaurant in London's iconic Sketch to house the largest collection of his original illustrations ever to be exhibited.

Since 2002 Sketch has hosted over fifty exhibits and installations from internationally renowned artists. It's always a wonderfully quirky place to eat and now there's a new reason to pop in for lunch or afternoon tea.

The new David Shrigley works - 239 of them are based on, "the grand themes of life, death and beyond" are intended as talking points for diners. But the exhibition isn't restricted to the walls, "the meal itself becomes a site-specific sculptural work that references sketch’s location in the heart of London’s West End" with a unique collection of Shrigley-illustrated, ceramic tableware manufactured by Caverswall.

Sketch is at 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG, I promise you won't be diappointed and be sure to visit the loos!

Thu 12 Jun 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!

From the reference box #144

#144 - Shell promotional card, circa 1950s. Another gem from Paris.

It's advertising Shell's portfolio of products; so as well as the obvious petrol and oil, they supplied fuel oil, chemicals, insecticides and bitumen (asphalt).

I love everything about this little card; the colours, the pulpy uncoated stock that the ink has sunk into, the illustrations, the way the shading has been illustrated and the way they left the 'S' of Shell under the black layer of print to make it slightly darker too. The type and illustrations remind me of the instructional and educational charts from the same era. Shame I don't know who the illustrator/designer was.

Have a dig around in our reference box for more delicious ephemera...

AT Openhouse

We've been pedaling our wares again this month at the wonderful AT Open House as part of the Artists Open Houses alongside a fantastic line-up of artists, designers and makers.

As you can see there's work from a few AT regulars; Mark Pavey (Dead Methods), illustrator Alice Pattulo, screen-printing duo hellododo, Pinch of Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables, glitter-loving James Sawyer, realist painter Rhys Trusseler and illustrator/rude word purveyor Nathan James Page. Along with some great work from some new additions to the AT family; perspex jewellery extraordinaires Designosaur, kitsch toy lover Toy Pincher, whimsical painter Becky Blair, contemparary jewellery designer An Alleweireldt (Oxx Jewellery), illustrator Ceri Amphlett, abstrat painter Sophie Abbott and Teresa Stewart Goodman with her quirky animal character cut-outs.

This weekend is the last weekend to see all this work in one place and of course treat yourselves to the delicious cake, so get yourselves down to AT Open House before the doors close for another year.

AT Open House is open 11-6pm, Saturday & Sunday at 42 Hendon Street, Brighton BN2 0EG.

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