The wonderful Daphne Padden
collages discovered and reproduced as screen prints by Quad Royal
(read about them here
) are now available as fabulous tea towels over on ToDryFor
. Problem is, they're almost too gorgeous to dry dishes with!
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.
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...
#132 - A 1961 travel guide to Beograd, Yugoslavia. I was drawn to this bright, colourful cover (above) and bought it purely for that - I love the simplistic style and big blocks of colour.
The booklet itself isn't anything to write home about, apart from a spattering of little illustrations (I'm assuming by the same artist) and a wonderful map on the inner back cover.
The cover is signed 'Pešić 61', but unfortunately I can't find anything out about him/her which is a shame as I'm a real fan of their style. If anyone knows more about Pešić and where I can see more of their work please let me know.
The reference box
is quite full these days, so if you want an inspirational break from the grind, make a cuppa and dive in.
Do you remember the Country Fair covers
we posted a while back, with the John Hanna animal illustrations?
Well, tableware designer/ manufacturer Jenny Duff is now producing a range
of table mats and coasters using these gorgeous illustrations, including a couple I haven't seen before (above).
You can see more Country Fair covers here
#131 - P&O's 'Chusan' Tourist Class, General Entertainments, 1958
. A new addition to the reference box, bought purely for it's wonderful Daphne Padden cover.
Daphne Padden (1927 - 2009) was a freelance designer who throughout her career created gorgeously illustrated posters, marketing material, packaging and menus for the British Transport Commission, the Post Office Savings Bank, the British Diabetic Society, P&O and BEA.
See more posts about Daphne Padden here
#130 - "Where to fish in Canada"
an early 1960's fishing travel guide commissioned by the Canadian Government Travel Bureau, Ottawa and published by authority of The Honourable Mitchell Sharp, Minister of Trade and Commerce (dating it 1963-65).
Unfortunately there's no designer or artist credit for this gorgeous cover so if anyone knows who illustrated it, please let me know.
If you want to brighten up this rainy Monday, make a cuppa and have a rummage through the rest of our reference box
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!).
These fabulous vintage menu covers
are from Arkiva Tropika
- the personal tropical/ tropical themed ephemera collection of Mimi Payne; "From Florida to Fiji, from Haiti to Hawaii, from Seattle to Samoa, Arkiva Tropika is about the classic island imagery of tourism".
Her vast collection consists of mainly 50s/ 60s examples. The menus covers above are only the tip of the iceberg and every one is fantastic.
Now go, make a cup of tea and grab the biscuits, you'll be there a while!
All images copyright Mimi Payne/ Arkiva Tropika
#129 - Canadian travel booklet
circa late 50's early 60's, from The Canadian Government Travel Bureau. I bought this at the weekend with loads of other travel information and maps from the 50's and 60's. They had belonged to a very well travelled gentleman who had kept everything from each trip (maps, tickets, travel documents, guides, menus). Unfortunately I was beaten to the stack of plane and cruise ship menus and I fought my urge to snatch them and run!
I'll post them all over the next few weeks, but for starters here are some of the gorgeous illustrations throughout this guide. There's no illustration or design credit which is a shame and an internet search has drawn a blank, so if you do know who the illustrator is, please let me know.
There are lots more vintage goodies in our reference box, have a rifle though them here
Czwarta Pani Anderson, Andrzej Krajewski, 1973
Ryan over at Sell! Sell!
sent me a great link yesterday to the Galeria Plakatu Kraków
(Kraków Poster Gallery). I've always been a fan of Polish circus posters (CYRK) especially the Hubert Hilscher ones and was asking Ryan if he had seen any on his recent visit to Kraków.
The gallery is apparently very small, but stacked to the rafters with film, theatre, political, music and circus posters from the 50's right up to the late 80's - the golden era of the Polish School of Posters, "the Polish Government financially supported and encouraged poster art. Posters became the primary art form of the nation. The art of Polish posters attained international fame, becoming established as the best in contemporary/vintage poster art".
CYRK (koń), Jan Młodożeniec, 1972
CYRK (kot-tygrys), Hubert Hilscher, 1980
Niewinni Czarodzieje, Wojciech Fangor, 1960
Babie Lato, Jacek Neugebauer, 1974
Luckily for those of us not visiting Poland in the near future, they have an equally fully stocked online shop with very reasonable prices. Above are a selection of my favourites.
All images copyright Galeria Plakatu Kraków.Quote from Contemporary Posters.
Remember these beauties we posted
about a while back - 1969 Zodiac posters by Gerry and Joe Simboli?
have Capricorn, Cancer, Scorpio, Libra and Virgo available in their sale with 50% off! Such great posters, I'm very tempted.
#125 - Instructions on how to build a model Armstrong-Whitworth Whitely Bomber. This is a pull-out that came from Hobbies Weekly, No.2360, 11 January 1941.
Each week had a different instruction pull-out, the diagrams are fantastic and for some reason they are mostly printed in green.
Watch out for more of my collection, they're all fantastic. I do wonder if anyone ever built any of the models and furniture suggested. It would make a great exhibition.
See more form the reference box here
Last weekend at AT open house
we had the pleasure of meeting Brighton illustrator, Lou Taylor
and seeing her strikingly bright and insanely intricate paper cuts for the first time.
Lou uses only paper, a scalpel and a steel rule (no laser-cutting here!) to produce her pieces and regularly produces paper cut illustrations for magazines.
The toucans, flamingos and lipstick pieces (above) are all available as framed works at AT open house
throughout May, along with a selection of her greeting cards.
And if paper cutting sounds like you thing? It's lucky for you Lou also runs workshops at Super+Super
on how to (safely) create your own paper cut illustrations (spaces are limited to 10 though, so hurry if you want to be on it).Images copyright Lou Taylor.
It's that time of year again - the countdown is on to the first day of the AT open house
. Saturday will see the doors of 42 Hendon Street fling open again showing a fantastic selection of art, design, soft furnishings, tea and lets not forget the cake!
This years artists/designers/makers include; Alice Pattullo illustrative prints and makes / Snorkus cards, softies & screen prints / Delicious Industries small press and vintage prints / Natalie Martin painting & drawings / Mr Wingate hand printed textiles for your home / Love Hove cutesy badges and bags / Mark Pavey letterpress, screen prints & books / Petting Zoo Prints & Collectables handprinted critters / Lou Taylor papercut illustration / Rhys Trussler painting and works on paper / Carlos Garde-Martin illustration and badges / Shona Macdonald photography / Winsome & Saucy knitted / accessories & silver / Erin Prior paintings on canvas & paper.
Pop by and say hello, we'd all love to see you!
Open 5/6, 12/13, 19/29 & 26/27 May 2012. 12-6pm.