These gorgeous, vintage circus posters
have been tucked away here for quite a few years. They're American and mostly from the 60'/70's with the exception of the black, red and yellow, Royal Hanneford Circus one, which is from 1990.
I absolutely love the off-set print on the graphics, the sometime garish colours and the big type. The circus would have lots of the posters printed with blank space at the top or bottom to have the dates printed as and when required.
All the above posters are printed onto a thick card and are approx. 357 x 560 mm in size. They're currently part of the AT Open House
at 42 Hendon Street, Brighton and have just been added to their new web shop
. Quick, grab yourself a bargain vintage poster!
Alphabet 3. Mark Pavey - £30.
The At Open House
is now live, so those of you who can't make it down to 42 Hendon Street, Brighton over the next couple of weeks, won't miss out on the wonderful work for sale...Staffordshire Figures for the clumsy. Alice Pattullo - £15 each.
A Collection of Pointless Miscellanies #2. Jonny Hannah - £3 each.
Owl softies. Snorkus - £15 each.
Don't Worry be Happy print. Delicious Industries - £15 each.
Starlet Brooch. Amanda Fatherazi - £45.
But for those of you who can make it down, we'll be there next Sunday 12-6 enjoying the live performances by Lonny Pop, Deborah Tyler-Bennett, and Josephine Dimbleby - pop in and say hello!Images copyright AT Open House.
So Saturday afternoon I worked the vintage tearoom at AT Openhouse
(complete with vintage pinny) I sliced cake, poured tea and chatted to visitors about the artists/work on show. It's the first Openhouse I've been involved with and although it was only day one, I really enjoyed it.
The house looks incredible, April and Tim have completely given their lovely home over to the show - every room, corner and shelf is full to bursting with prints, paintings, vintage clothes, jewellery, soft furnishings and cake from 17 different artists, designers, crafters and print makers.AT Openhouse is at 42 Hendon Street, Brighton BN2
Open throughout May 12-6pm, Saturdays & Sundays.
Keep up to date with AT goings on here
finally throws open it's doors tomorrow for a month of fabulousness!
It really is going to be the best Openhouse, with a terrific mix of artists and designers; a vintage Boudoir, vintage tea room, a knitting room, prints/paper ephemera room and live performances in the garden.
We're selling our Howdoo business cards...
Our Don't Worry letter-pressed prints...
And some vintage circus posters we've been hoarding for years...
You'll also find button jewellery by Lorna Davies and fabulous knitted creations from Winsome & Saucy
Some quirky Jonny Hannah
Recent work from illustrator Alice Pattullo
printed textiles and home accessories...
Fun prints and vintage fabric cats & owls from Snorkus
psychedelic paintings and paper cuts...
A selection of elephants and badges from Beatty Hallas
The wonderful Odds and Bobs
Stunning paintings from Natalie Martin
Badges, books and prints from local illustrator, Carlos Garde-Martin
glamorous brooches and dolls...
Screenprints, books and letter-pressed prints from Mark Pavey
And last, but definitely not least paintings by Rhys Trussler
So if you find yourself at a loose end over the weekend (or any weekend in May) pop over to 42 Hendon Street and say "hello"
.Image copyrights with the individual artsists.
Hope you all had a lovely Easter Bank Holiday weekend. We kicked ours off in fine style Good Friday evening at the Castor + Pollux
preview (pics below) of Norwegian graphic artist and muralist, Lasse Skarbovik's paintings and prints
currently works and lives in Stockholm where he's part of the Stockholm Illustration Collective
. His fun, graphic illustrations that have graced the pages of the New Yorker, TIme Magazine and The Economist will be exhibited throughout the Brighton Festival (until 30 May). But don't worry if you can't make it down to Brighton - many of the prints are available to buy in their online store
.Image copyright Lasse Skarbovik.
Gallery images copyright Castor + Pollux.
The Design Museum
, London are currently showing the UK's first retrospective of Dutch designer Wim Crouwel's work, Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey
. An exhibition showcasing posters, print, typography and exhibition design from his 60 year of his career.
Crouwel is recognised for his love of grids and typographic systems to create dynamic, experimental work. "Regarded as one of the leading designers of the twentieth century, Crouwel embraced a new modernity to produce typographic designs that captured the essence of the emerging computer and space age of the early 1960s".Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey
runs until 3 July 2011. A set of 5 limited edition 'C' prints (above) designed exclusively for the Design Museum by Spin are available here
throughout the exhibition.Images copyright of the Design Museum.
Big news! We've been kindly invited by April and Tim to join AT Open House
for this years Brighton Festival of Artists Open Houses
Each weekend throughout the Festival artists around the city open their doors to the public creating, "a great opportunity to view unique work in artists’ homes and studios and to buy directly from the artist or maker"
.AT Open House
(April and Tim's lovely 3 storey home and garden) will be open weekends 12-6 showing a feast of textiles, knitted jewellery, prints, paper ephemera, vintage fashion and art from the likes of Jonny Hannah, Winsome & Saucy, Mark Pavey and Alice Pattullo.
There'll be something for everyone, from a vintage tea shop, to a knitting room, outdoor poetry readings, and even a vintage boudoir. It's very exciting and we're thrilled to be involved.
The AT Open House
blog will be up and running very shortly for regular updates, but in the meantime you can see the full list of participants, join the mailing list and find out more here
is illustrator, Jonny Hannah's Valentine's exhibition
currently showing at the fabulous Castor + Pollux
until the 13 March.
Mr Hannah himself curated the exhibition and hung the work which includes lots of lovely screen prints, lino prints, hand drawn type and cut out letters (see pics below). I couldn't make it to the private view, but I'm really looking forward to seeing it this weekend.
I love Jonny Hannah's prints and already have a few myself. They always make me smile with their quirky typography and funny illustrations.
Don't worry if you can't make it down to sunny Brighton to see the show - all the prints above and many more are now available in the Castor + Pollux
.Images copyright Jonny Hannah, taken from Castor + Pollux.
The last Saul Bass exhibition I remember in the UK was back in 2004 at London's Design Museum
. As you would expect from a retrospective of such an influential designer, it was a very inspiring collection of work.
Much of his work was for the film industry and throughout the 60's Bass famously worked with film directors Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock and Otto Preminger producing iconic film posters. Posters we are now going to get the chance to see again thanks to Kemistry Gallery
, London.Bass Notes: The film posters of Saul Bass
is a collection of film posters, title credits and film festival posters from the Lloyd Northover donation to the British Film Institute
. I'm not sure which posters will be in the exhibition and I can't wait to find out, but to get you in the mood here's a selection of the classics...Above posters all available to purchase At The Movies.
I can't wait to see Reverting to Type
at the Standpoint Gallery
, London - a 'typographic extravaganza' showcasing the work of 20 letterpress studios from around the World."Reverting to Type is an exhibition of contemporary letterpress practitioners, showcasing how a centuries-old craft is being reinvented for modern day usage."
The exhibition, curated by Graham Bignell founder of artisan letterpress print studio New North Press
and designer Richard Ardagh
, includes work from some of our favourites; Hatch Show Print
, Occasional Print Club
and the one I'm most excited about - Yee Haw! Industries
Much of the featured work will be available to buy along with a series of collaboration prints from New North Press. Standpoint Gallery will also be running an Adana press so visitors can hand-print personalised Christmas cards!
The exhibition is open 10-6 everyday up to 24 December 2010 and then after a Christmas break, runs from 4 - 22 January 2011.Images copyright Standpoint Gallery.
Print Club's annual Blisters exhibition is almost here. Blackout Blisters
opens Friday 3 December at 6pm - just in time for you to buy all those loved ones a great signed and limited edition print for Christmas!
Prints from 40 artists including Ben Eine, Jamie Reid, Pure Evil and Si Scott will be on sale in editions of 40 for £40!"All work in the exhibition will include a glow-in-the-dark element and the venue (a rather wonderful old warehouse in dalston - MC Motors, Dalston) will be plunged into darkness at various points during the opening night so the assembled can see the posters in all their glory."
The exhibition will be at MC Motors, Dalston from 3 - 5 December and will then move to Print Club's Brick Lane gallery.
Find out more here
There's not much time left if you want to catch the Richard Hambleton
retrospective at The Old Dairy
For those who don't know, Richard Hambleton is a New York artist (originally from Canada) dubbed 'The Godfather of Street Art' and the source of Banksy's early inspiration. He first made his name in the late 70's with his Mass Murder Concept public art
- fake crime scenes (chalked outlines splashed with red paint) followed by his Shadowman paintings
in the early 80's (life-sized silhouettes painted around NYC). The Shadownman work later developed into the 'Marlboro man' - a mysterious rodeo man riding a bucking horse.
This retrospective is curated by Vladimir Restoin-Roitfield and Andy Valmorbida in association with Giorgio Armani. It includes 25 pieces which are previously unseen including 'Horse & Rider' - a re-visit to the themes of the Marlboro Man era.
The exhibition closes on the 3 December concluding it's world tour, so be sure to take time out from the Christmas shopping and pop in!Images copyright Richard Hambelton.
Antonio, Joanne Landis Carnegie Hall Studio, New York Times Magazine, 1967Aurore de la Morinerie, Couture I, 2010 Antonio, Karl Largerfeld, Vogue France, 1972 François Berthoud, Loves me Loves me Not, Myla UK, 2001 Mats Gustafson, Red Dress, Yohji Yamamoto,1999Drawing Fashion
- wonderful fashion illustrations collected over 30 years by Joelle Chariau
, owner of Galerie Bartsch & Chariau
(Munich), is currently showing for the first time at London's Design Museum
."Drawing Fashion celebrates a unique collection of some of the most remarkable fashion illustrations from the twentieth and twenty first centuries. These original works define the fine art of illustrating fashion, from the collections of Chanel, Dior, Comme des Garçons and Poiret as well as Viktor & Rolf, Lacroix and McQueen."
The exhibition has been curated by fashion historian Colin McDowell
. The showcased illustrations span 100 years and are displayed alongside period photography, music and news to show the social, cultural and style changes throughout the decades.
This is definitely on my December gallery list, but there's no rush it's running until 6 March 2011 and for those who want a little more information - tickets are now available for Stephen Jones in conversation with Colin McDowell
, Wednesday 26 January 2011 at 7.30pm. Get your tickets here
Images copyright of the artists and/or Joelle Chariau.
Well not the actual wall panels we posted about here
, but a half-size photographic reproduction of this a 35 x 8ft typographic masterpiece. Gastrotypographicalassemblage
was created by Lou Dorfsman
for the wall of the CBS cafeteria circa 1966 and included the names of every food item available in the cafeteria at that time."We were allowed to have all the spreads and, a 10x8 black and white negative of the entire wall taken on the day it was unveiled. From this we worked with a company called VGL and printed it up at half scale (we couldn't fit full scale in the gallery) and had it stretched by AP Fitzpatrick. For a 45 year old negative the quality we have got from the blowup without any retouching is fantastic."Gastrotypographicalassemblage: The Designs of Lou Dorfsman
is an exhibition at Kemistry Gallery
, London celebrating the print and advertising work Dorfsman produced during his time at CBS (1946 - 1987) originally as an art director and later as senior vice president and creative director for marketing communications and design.
The exhibition runs until 30 October 2010 and includes more than 60 original pieces as well as a short film about the Gastrotypographicalassemblage narrated by Dorfsman himself.Images copyright Kemistry Gallery, taken by Christian Carlsson.Via CR Blog.
large digital collages of gorgeous typographic ephemera are packed full of giant numbers, letters and graphic elements in bold, bright colours. Her new exhibition at Castor + Pollux
showcases pieces created from her collection of 1920's - 1950's ham radio cards:"These amateur hams could have been the first 'techno geeks', making contact with each other through radio, long before telephone was accessible.
They sent each other signals using a type of morse code called Quebec Sign Language and developed their own shorthand - a kind of early text language. They would send each other these letterpress printed 'QSL' cards via post to confirm receipt of the signals - eventually all over the world."
The exhibition previews on Friday and will be open to the public from 18 September to 17 October 2010.Images copyright Julia Trigg.