This year marks 75 years since Blind Veterans UK
(originally St Dunstan's) opened their Brighton rehabilitation, care and training centre to provide lifelong support for ex-servicemen and women blinded in action.
To celebrate, they've opened their 1930's chapel to the public as part of the Artists Open Houses
to showcase the Blind Veterans UK Photography Exhibition.
The exhibition mixes old and new photography with wonderful archive images taken during their 75 years at the Ovingdean site (below) sat alongside recent images taken by our friend & Digital Bungalow
co-founder, Darren Baldwin to capture everyday life at the centre in it's 75th year (above).
I think you'll agree Darren's images are thought-provoking and charming. They, "expertly draw the viewer in and capture the 'feeling' of this unusual, interesting and magical building".
The exhibition is open 10-4pm every weekend in May, but don't worry if you can't get over there, you can view the full set of Darren's pics here
.Recent images copyright Darren Baldwin.Archive images copyright Blind Veterans UK.
The lovely folks at Digital Bungalow
have written a great review of AT Open house with lots of pics for those who can't make it themselves. Read the full article here
.Images copyright Darren Baldwin at Digital Bungalow.
Here's our new range of A5 and A4 hand-lettered linocuts available at AT Open house
from this weekend.
It's almost that time again, in less than a week AT Open house
will fling open it's doors for the first Artists Open house weekend.
We'll be there with a selection of letterpress prints, cards, notebooks, totes, vintage circus prints and some new linocuts, as will AT regulars Dead Methods, Snorkus, Alice Pattullo, Petting Zoo, Mr Wingate, Hello Dodo, James Sawyer, Nathan James, Natalie Martin and Winsome & Saucy.
In addition this year, we have a new artist joining the AT gang - fabulous illustrator Claire Scully
aka. The Quiet Revolution
Claire describes her work as, "a mix of strange utopian worlds and parallel universes with juxtapositions of the unexpected, playing with scale and narrative".
I had a sneaky peek at the Giclee prints she's selling at AT open house and believe me, they look good on screen but when you see them up close and full scale, the detail in astounding.
AT open house will be open 11-6 every weekend throughout May. So be sure to pop down and say hello, there's always a fresh pot of tea/coffee on the go and lots and lots of cake!
Fret not, if you can't make it over, you can keep up-to-date on the AT blog
and once the show starts all the work will be available in their online shop
.Images copyright Claire Scully.
Today would have been legendary fashion photographer Norman Parkinson's 100th birthday, the man many consider to be the 'father of fashion photography' and it's easy to see why.
Born Ronald William Parkinson Smith in London, 1913 he started his photographic career as an apprentice to court photographers Speaight & Sons before opening his own studio in 1934. By 1938 fashion & portrait photography was becoming his main line of work with him regularly contributing to The Bystander and shooting on location for the British edition of Harper's Bazaar.
During the war Parkinson split his time between farming and working as recconnaissance photographer for the RAF. But after the war he returned to the more glamorous world of fashion and joined Condé Nast where he remained until 1960 shooting iconic images for British & American Vogue.
In 1964 he emigrated to Tobago to focus on his passion for farming, but remained a dominant force in fashion photography until his death in 1990 shooting on location for Vogue, Life and Elle.
Parkinson shot his models in real life scenes, in exotic locations and with unusual props. A breath of fresh air to fashion photography. He wanted his models to, "be out there in the fields jumping over the hayocks"
To celebrate the wonderful life & works of this legendary photographer, BBC4 are showing a 60 minute documentary tonight at 9pm and if you want to see his images in all their glory there's a retrospective of his work, 'Lifework: Norman Parkinson's Century of Style
' running at the National Theatre, London until the 12th May.All images copyright Norman Parkinson / Norman Parkinson Archive.
Not long now until the Bob Gill & Print Club exhibition
. Designer, illustrator, teacher and one of the founding partners of Pentagram (then called Fletcher/Forbes/Gill) Bob Gill has had a remarkable career honoured by both the London and New York Art Directors' Associations with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The exhibition will showcase 6 new silk screen prints in editions of 15. Each one has been lovingly hand coloured by Bob with watercolour in the Print Club studio making them all unique.
It opens with a preview on Friday 28th and runs until 11 April at the Print Club Gallery
, 10-28 Millers Avenue, Dalston E8 2DS.Image copyright Bob Gill.
Metropolitan Railway, unknown artist, 1886
To summer sales by Underground, Horace Taylor, 1926 & London Zoo, Abram Games, 1976
Cycle and Motor Cycle Show, Charles Burton, 1930
Brightest London is best reached by Underground, Horace Taylor, 1924 & Avoid the wet - travel Underground, Kathleen Stenning, 1925
London Underground is continuing it's 150 year anniversary celebrations with Poster Art 150: London Underground's Greatest Designs
- an exhibition showcasing 150 of the greatest ever Underground posters selected from their collection of over 3300 posters.
The last major exhibition of these posters was way back in 1963 to celebrate it's centenary so it really will be worth a look. Alongside letterpress posters from the late nineteenth century, there will be designs from Edward McKnight Kauffer, Paul Nash and Man Ray.
The exhibition runs until October 2013 so there's plenty of time to see it. But if you can't get over there don't worry, the exhibition sponsors, Siemens are running an online vote for your favourite poster so you can see them all (and vote for them) here
.All images copyright London Transport Museum.
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.
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.
Maru, courtesy mugumogu
Cooper the Photographer Cat courtesy Michael Cross © The Photographers' Gallery
My Instagram feed is usually a feast of gorgeous cat pics. Most of the designers I follow regularly post up pics of their feline friends, as do I. I even know some lucky cats that have their own blogs, websites and Twitter/ Instagram accounts.
For the LOL of cats runs until 6 January 2013 with individuals and communities being invited to share their own collections of cat photos on The Wall throughout.
Of course we don't think any exhibition of cat photos would be complete without the addition of our very own Tigger (shown here 'helping' me compose a letterpress poster and sleeping)...
Biba, 1973 by Duffy. Copyright Duffy Archive.
Biba and Beyond
is a celebration of Biba and the woman behind this iconic label, Barbara Hulanicki
looking back on her career from fashion illustrator, to Biba co-founder, her design, architecture and interior design achievements and more recently her fashion collaborations.
Barbara and her late husband Stephen Fitz-Simon founded Biba in 1964, a small mail-order fashion label that harnessed the spirit of the swinging sixties and grew to iconic status."With its cutting edge yet affordable fashion, Barbara Hulanicki’s iconic Biba store and label transformed the High Street shopping experience in the 1960s and 70s. Young working women shopped alongside models and celebrities, including Twiggy, Cher and the Rolling Stones. Art Deco, Victorian and Hollywood glamour all combined in striking, romantic and sensual designs."
The best bit about this exhibition is that it's right on my doorstep at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. It runs until 14 April 2013 so there's plenty of time to pop down to the seaside and see it (the cafe does great cake too, as if you need another reason to visit!).
Adore (3 deep), 2012
A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures
is the new Stephen Powers'
exhibition currently showing at the Joshua Liner Gallery, New York - his first solo exhibition in 7 years.
Phily born Powers (aka ESPO) is renowned in NY for his large scale sign painting/ graffiti often seen around the City. This exhibition showcases various scaled enamel on aluminium paintings - from his daily 'Metaltations' (small 10 x 8" pieces) to some 8 x 16ft giants, all in his recognisable style.
Daily Mataltation - 6.26.12
Everything is shit except you love, 2012
Holler back, 2012
Undo my life, 2012
The exhibition is only running until the 29th of this month, so don't hang around or you'll miss it. Only wish I was in NY this month :(
If like me, you can't make the exhibition you can see loads of his gorgeous painted signs and other work here
and follow his day to day adventures here
Images copyright Stephen Powers
Via World Famous Design Junkies