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.
The wonderful Knoxville letterpress print shop we all know and love, Yee-Haw Industries
has announced that they're closing at the end of April so that business partners Julie Belcher and Kevin Bradley can pursue other interests.
How sad and ironic is it that such a great studio/print shop, one that kept the letterpress torch lit for all these years, is closing at a time when (in the UK anyway) letterpress is making a huge come back.
The only good news is that they are selling off all their prints in their Etsy
store and as you would expect, there are some beauties - this is only a tiny selection...
So what are you waiting for? This is your last chance to own a historic print from this renowned letterpress print shop!All images copyright Yee-Haw Industries.
These dramatically bold paintings are the wonderful work of London based artist and designer, Phil Ashcroft
His graphic landscapes have a dark, mysterious feel, "combining influences from abstract expressionism, British landscape painting, Japanese woodcuts, and graphic street art, Ashcroft integrates varied visual styles to generate a crossover between space, object and environment."
I love the way he plays with scale in his paintings, incorporating the tiny buildings really exaggerates the drama and impact of the full image.
Mr Ashcroft has had many, many exhibitions over the years from solo exhibitions in Liberty London, and (an old favourite for me) Arc-Arts, Manchester to group exhibitions in the Tate Modern and The Barbican. Some of you may have seen his work earlier this month at Pick Me Up 2012
as part of Nelly Duff's
You can see more of Phil Ashcroft's work here
and keep up-to-date with his recent goings on here
.All images copyright Phil Ashcroft.Via But Does it Float.
It's not long now until AT Open house
opens it's doors once again every weekend in May for the Brighton Artists Open Houses. So we've been busily printing again this weekend to add to our card range.
Here's a sneak peek at a few of the artists, designers, photographers and makers showing this year. The lovely Snorkus
with her gorgeous screen prints, giclée prints, greetings cards and the adorable stuffed owls and cats...
The first photography in AT Open house - witty, seaside images from Shona McDonald
Ms. Alice Pattullo
with her wonderfully illustrated screen prints, printed softies and small press...
And the beautifully architectural homeware of print maker and textile designer Mr WIngate
The AT Open house web shop
is already live so if you really can't wait until May, some of the work is available now! You can also keep up to date with the preparations at 42 Hendon Street here
These gorgeous vintage prints are from a selection in the newly opened Shop at number 57
, a virtual shop full of wonderful vintage prints and eclectic objects. In their own words it's a shop of, "industrial vintage style & all things British. Our range is a mix of old, new & re-purposed items".
I guarantee there'll be something on there that you cannot live without - be warned! Images copyright Shop at number 57.Via Kickcan & Conkers.
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
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
Entrance to the first floor gallery, sneaking a peek at Camoflage, 1986
Butterfly Day, 1955 Brillo, 1970 and Muhammad Ali by Andy Warhol poster, 1978Andy Warhol designed posters and commercial workDollar sign, 1981 and Cow, 1966
The De La Warr Pavilion
is always a great weekend drive out - it's an amazing building, there's always an interesting exhibition on and the cafe has such delicious cake, what's not to like?! But until 26 February 2012 there's an added bonus to taking a trip out there...
Warhol is Here
, the best collection of Andy Warhol work I've ever seen in one place. I've read a lot about this exhibition over the last month, but I was still amazed by it's size and content. There are some of Warhol's most iconic pieces in little old Bexhill, pieces I've discussed and written about in many art history lectures and essays so to see them in all their enourmity was a real treat.
The ground floor gallery guides you through the main part of his career from early pan & ink illustrations, through his commercial works, self-portraits, photography and on to some of his most famous 60's and 70's pieces; the wonderful Marilyn Diptych
(1962), all ten Mao
(1972) screenprints, the Brillo Boxes
(1968), two prints from the Campbell's Soup series
(Green Pea & Tomato, both 1968) and a selection of the Electric Chair series
The First floor gallery, papered floor to ceiling in the bright pink & yellow cow print, focusses on Warhol's later 80's work including one of my favourite pieces - the giant bold and brash Dollar Sign
And for those with enough energy to make it to the rooftop foyer, there's a sound installation by Dr. Jean Wainwright to accompany the exhibition. Tape recordings of interviews, stories and conversations about Andy Warhol with those that knew him well.
I can't recommend this exhibition enough, it's exhibition of the year for me and to top it all, it's free admission!"The show is assembled from a selection of works from ARTIST ROOMS, (a new collection of modern and contemporary art held by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland for the nation), as well as those sourced from Tate collection, The British Museum, V&A, Cecil Higgins Art Gallery other private collections."All works copyright of The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts, Artists Rights Society (ARS, New York/DACS London
Jessica Hische's, Should I work for Free?
flow chart is a very amusing (and painfully true) read. All those blags people try to get cheap/free work - I've heard them all at some point.
I think every studio and freelance designer should have a copy on the wall by the phone. It's not only a lovely 5-colour letterpress print but very sound advice to boot!
See the full version here
and purchase the print here
.Copyright Jessica Hische.
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.
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.
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.