Thursday, 25 April 2013

Wednesday, 24 April 2013


Had a chance over the last week to get to several exhibitions I had been planning to for a while.
'Souzou, Outsider Art from Japan' at the Wellcome Collection, Marcel Dzama 'Puppets, pawns and prophets' at the David Zwirner Gallery, Eric Fraser (1902 - 1983) at the Chris Beetles Gallery and 'Pick Me Up' at Somerset House. All interesting and inspiring in different ways - A few favourites included fellow Brighton graduate Tom Edward's stand of cat related pictures at Pick Me Up, Eric Frasers work for the Radio Times in the 50s/60s, Marcel Dzama's film 'A game of chess', and Norimitsu Kokubo's awe-inspiring imagined landscape at the Wellcome Collection. If you get a chance to pop into any or all of the above - I would recommend it!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Design for Today

I thought I would follow up my post about my Bantam Picture Book with a bit more information about 'Design for Today' and the book 'Noel Carrington, Nothing need be Ugly'.
This book will be the first major study (and celebration) of Carrington's life in publishing and design, written by Joe Pearson. Joe has set up 'Design for Today' as a vehicle to publish the book, the name providing a welcome nod to a magazine edited by Carrington in the 1930s/40s. If like me, you have an interest in mid-century design and illustration you will have come across Carrington's work whether you are aware of it or not. (I have much of the work he commissioned sitting on my walls and bookshelves and hadn't really been aware till now!) An incredibly influential commissioner, editor and publisher, he was the man responsible for bringing us Eric Ravillious' 'High Street', Kathleen Hale's 'Orlando' series as well as the Puffin Picture book series. Across his career he spent time at Oxford University Press, Country Life, Kynoch and Puffin aswell as founding Royle publications which became a hugely successful greetings card and calendar manufacturers. During WW2 Carrington continued publishing children's books, but under his own imprint 'Transatlantic Arts' which included the production of the pocket sized, ephemeral Bantam Picture Books. He often would use the illustrators and artists he was commissioning for Puffin for his Bantams. Joe has chosen to pay homage to these 1940s books by commissioning current illustrators/ printmakers to produce modern Bantams. Aswell as myself there are going to be books produced by Emily Sutton, Liz Loveless and Jonny Hannah.
'Noel Carrington, Nothing need be Ugly' will be printed at Northend Press, 224 pages and cloth bound, in a limited edition of 275 copies. 125 will be available as a special edition, provided in a solander box along with a folder of the 4 modern day Bantams Picture Books. It is to be published in October.
I direct you to DESIGN FOR TODAY for more information and to reserve your copy of the book.
*images from Design for Today and English Modernism*

Monday, 15 April 2013

Sunday, 14 April 2013

A Bantam Picture Book

I am delighted to finally show you my finished Bantam Picture Book. Hand screen printed (by the wonderfully patient Suki) at The Print Block for 'Design for Today' - set up by Joe Pearson as a vehicle for publishing his new book which will discuss the often overlooked work within publishing and design of Noel Carrington. 'Noel Carrington, Nothing need be Ugly' is set for publication in October 2013. Expect a beautifully printed and hand bound book (it is being printed at Northend Press) containing an inspiring and thoroughly researched read inside. It is to be a limited edition of 275. 125 of these will be special edition box sets containing a set of 4 Bantam Picture books produced by current day illustrators/printmakers including books by Emily Sutton, Liz Loveless, Jonny Hannah and myself.
I direct you to DESIGN FOR TODAY for more historical context of the Bantam Picture books and more information about what to expect in 'Noel Carrington, Nothing need be Ugly'. 
Lastly I would like to say a quick thankyou to Joe for inviting me on board with this project - it has been great fun being able to pay tribute to the illustrators and designers I love and to continue the legacy of Noel Carrington's influence within the design and publishing world.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

The Home Corner

A treat in the post: my book cover design for 'The Home Corner' published by Faber. Lovely to finally see it in print...will be in the shops shortly.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Curwen Studio

I had a very exciting day yesterday proofing a lithographic print with the wonderful Curwen Studio in are a few little snippets of the way it looks like it's going.
I was delighted to be invited to work for a day with the presses that produced much of the work of the mid-century designers that provide so much inspiration to me. Will post the finished edition once it is hot off the press.

Helmshore Mills

Another of the museums that I produced work for with Metaphor is Helmshore Mills. This installation introduces you to the old owners (at life size!) of the mill and a history of the development of the mill from spinning wool to cotton. Someone snapped these quickly whilst it was going up - some better shots to come soon! 


New issue of Coast magazine is out now...looking at Southend and battle of different fishing methods.


Today I have been signing these ready to send up North to The Shop Floor Project...

Queen Street Mills

For the past few months I have been working for Metaphor on various illustrations for use across a selection of museums in Lancashire. Metaphor were designing installation displays for seven museums of Burnley Council, for which I was providing illustrations for 3. To introduce people to the history of Queen Street Mills we designed dioramas of significant events....they have finally been cut and installed in the museum and look great! My dad snapped these while on a work visit to the area and I am hoping I will get a chance to go and look at them in the flesh soon...

Cecil Sharp House - MAY

Next Season's design for Cecil Sharp House...only for May this year as the house is having a revamp! You can download the flier/programme HERE!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Hexham Vintage Fair

My mum and Jayne are expanding! They are going to be running their successful vintage fair in Hexham in September. (alongside the fairs in Newcastle in May and November) This one will have a slightly different slant, introducing more homeware and kitchenalia etc alongside the fashion and textiles. Booking has begun for stalls which are £40 so if you are interested contact Mandy and Jayne through their website HERE. They sell out fast so make sure to do it soon!