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.
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 just received this little die-cut card from Phil at EE Chrisp
letterpress printers. I love the Advertisers! You need good printing
illustration on the back - so true!
#118 - 1961 Karta över Skansen (Map of Skansen).
This beautifully illustrated map is one of my favourites. I bought it purely for the folk style illustrations and had no idea what or where Skansen was.
After some research I was fascinated to discover that Skansen
is a living open-air museum in Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden - the first in the wolrd in fact!
Founded by Artur Hazelius in 1891 as the outdoor annex to his Nordiska Museet (Nordic Museum), Skansen was the culmination of years of collecting and saving ethographical relics. In 1872 he had realised just how quickly life in Sweden was changing and set about " collect clothing, household utensils, furniture and hand-tools from the old farming culture: everything that needed to be preserved for posterity". "At the beginning of the 1870s, three million of Sweden’s population of just over four million people still lived in the countryside. But country life had changed. The number of independent farmers had declined and the ranks of the landless had grown. The increase in population created a growing body of tenant cottagers, servants to the gentry and indentured labourers. Land reforms that destroyed villages and re-allocated the fields transformed the way of life in the countryside as well as its buildings. Agriculture became mechanized, industrial products did away with crafts and new means of communication opened up more efficient ways of distributing goods."
"The landless classes left their homes to seek work on the railways, in the shipyards and the factories and in the sawmills of northern Sweden. Sweden developed into an urban society. Crop failures at the end of the 1860s caused more than 100 000 Swedes to emigrate to America. This wave of emigration reached a peak in the 1880s when 325 000 Swedes left for America and a further 52 000 emigrated to other countries."
It wasn't enough for Hazelius to show static exhibitions, he wanted people to experience complete environments; the everyday life and sounds of the old Swedish culture, "fully furnished houses occupied by people wearing period costume surrounded by their domestic animals in a natural landscape".
Skansen is still a popular tourist attraction today, though I think it will look a bit different to how it did in 1961 - here's the full fold-out map from back then in all it's glory...
Unfortunately I couldn't find out who the illustrator was, there is the word Järk in the map border, but that's the only clue. If you do have any ideas as to who it might have been, please let me know.
launched his lovely new book
, 'A sky full of kindness'
with an exhibition at Castor + Pollux
last week. Once again I missed the preview but I'm really looking forward to seeing it."A Sky Full of Kindness’ which has been written and illustrated by Rob using his intricate and beautiful paper cuts, telling the story of two birds who are preparing for their egg to hatch."
The exhibition runs until the 5 December. It's a collection of new prints and hand-cut illustrations from the book, along with a selection of cards, laser cuts, plates, bunting, books and mugs always available at Castor + Pollux. Great for some early Christmas shopping!
Don't worry if you can't get down to Brighton though, there's a great selection of his work available from their online store
Our favourite seafront gallery, Castor + Pollux
is currently showing (and selling) illustrator Lo Cole's bold and colourful prints until the 18 October.Lo Cole
is a freelance illustrator and print maker based in Gloucestershire with a career already spanning 20 years and a very impressive client list including; Vogue, The Guardian, Greenpeace, The Royal National Theatre, Harper Collins and Royal Mail Stamps.
All his pieces are vibrant and energetic, but some are simple and graphic whilst others are wild and abstract. It's the more graphic prints that do it for me though, especially the bird one above with the lovely little pink and red birds.
I really need to get down there and see it before it finishes!Images copyright Lo Cole.
I picked up this gorgeous children's book at the weekend - Smells I Like
by Gordon Stowell
. The illustrations are fantastic. I think they're paper and line drawing collages which gives them their bold, brightness and wonderful simplicity.
Illustrator and cartoonist Gordon Stowell sadly died in 2003. He sold his first cartoon to a newspaper in 1942 aged only 14. Throughout his very long career he wrote and illustrated many children's books (including the one above published by AR Mowbray & Co Ltd. in 1969) and had his cartoons published regularly in the likes of Private Eye and Punch magazines - he believed, "cartoons could put over serious subjects"
There are 8 more books in this range, so the search is on - not sure how many of them I'll be able to pick up for 20p though!
Who would have guessed that bread packaging could be so great?!
Bread used to be packaged in a waxed paper and sealed at either end with a sticker (in fact in the UK some brands still use the waxed paper, but heat sealed with a glue at the ends instead of with stickers).
These fine examples are waxed, bread wrappers from the 40's & 50's. I think the Victory Vitality Bread is my favourite because if it's simplicity, although the Skylark is giving it a run for it's money (it's that little chef hat on the skylark graphic!).
Se more of the collection here
. Via the How to be a Retronaut.
Remember our post
about Country Fair: The monthly journal of the open air
? Well we've just uploaded lots more of the gorgeously illustrated 50's & 60's covers to Flickr.
As it's July 1st, the covers above are from July issues only, but you can see the full collection here
If you like these it's quite likely you'll like these
Cute, original illustrations and sketches by designer Daphne Padden
in the 1970's, bought from her estate sale (she died in 2009) by the very lucky Quad Royal
They discovered she did quite a lot of packaging design in the 70's, mainly for M&S (or St Michael as it was back then) and kept the original design sketches as well as the finished packaging which is really great to see.
I love seeing the original sketches more than the finished design - they have so much more character. So thanks Quad Royal
for sharing your bounty!Quad Royal
have been researching and championing Daphne Padden's design work for some time, so there's lots more to read see here
.Images copyright Quad Royal.
Andy Smith's new exhibition Sunny Side Up
at Soma Gallery, Bristol promises to be great. It previews on Friday 24th June and then runs until the 20th August.
The exhibition will include 12 new large, hand-screenprints featuring "bold statements, strange visitors, warnings from gurus, the thoughts of CaptainScott and other random themes",
new 3d arrows, moose heads, totes and stickers all in the distinctive Andy Smith illustration and lettering style.
All the artwork in the show will be available online
too, so don't worry if like me you can't make it over to Bristol for the show.
For more info visit Soma
, or see teaser images of Andy's new work here
.Image copyright Andy Smith.
#109 - Fly BEA Map of Copenhagen. I picked up this little gem at the weekend. It was the detailed cover illustration that first caught my eye - it reminded me of the E-boy cityscapes.
The leaflet was a complimentary guide given to passengers of BEA when traveling to Denmark's capital city in 1964. It folds out to a large map on one side and is packed with tourist information on the other.
It opens portrait, to a gorgeously graphic map and suggested places to see from 'Kongens Nytorv (The King's New Market) to Tivoli...
Or opens landscape to reveal a 'Railway Skeleton Map of City, Suburban and Districts Services with Connections'. I love the 'S' graphic with the wings and crown...
and on the back has a handy currency guide...
BEA operated domestic and European flights from airports across the UK from 1946 to 1974 when they merged with their parent company BOAC (British overseas Airways Corporation), Cambrian Airways and Northeast Airlines to become British Airways.
Whilst researching BEA, I found some great old adverts from the late 50's and 60's here
and also a selection of timetables from the same period here
about London based illustrator, Paul Thurlby
a couple of times over the last couple of years, mainly about his gorgeously retro Alphabet Prints
Well, his illustrated Alphabet has taken on a life of it's own since we last posted. The lovely letters are now available as signed/numbered, limited edition Giclee prints
, as greeting cards
and have just been made into a children's ABC book (below)!Paul Thurlby's Alphabet
will be published by Templar
and released on July 1st. I for one can't wait to get my hands on a copy - I think it's going to be as popular with adults as it will with children.
Pre-order your copy here
for only £8.69!Images copyright Paul Thurlby.