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D&AD New Blood winners

Last night in London, D&AD revealed the winners of the 2017 New Blood Awards. The winners wowed the judges with their creative talents and received an esteemed accolade: a New Blood Pencil. Whittled down from thousands of entries with entrants from over 40 countries, this year’s awards once again reflect the best in young global creative talent.

Black Pencil Winner Mmmhmmmm

Black Pencil Winner Mm-hmm

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CDW top picks

As if you didn’t know (we bang on about it enough after all), Clerkenwell Design Week takes place this month from the 23-25 May. Register here, it’s free and makes everything a lot easier. Because it’s now so blooming huge, we thought we would choose our top pick from each exhibition, showroom, talk and pop up over the next few days/weeks, to give you some sort of chance of getting round it without having a nervous breakdown. Deep breaths. Let’s begin the exhibitions.

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Sarah Campbell designs

Internationally acclaimed textile designer, Sarah Campbell, who co-founded the renowned design partnership Collier Campbell with her sister Susan Collier, has now opened her workshop for bespoke commission work.

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ByALEX loves you

Telling someone you appreciate them shouldn’t be left down to national holidays, birthdays and Christmas.  When the world is slowly becoming a darker place it’s the little things that matter and small surprises are what continues to drive kindness, joy and that little thing we like to call ‘the butterfly effect’. But maybe you think about it before you tell someone on the bus you love them. Just saying.

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Trading Words

A major public art installation Trading Words and pop-up exhibition is set to be officially unveiled on 22 February at London Dock.

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Masters of Invention

Masters of Invention, taking place from  24 March – 29 May at The Lettering Arts Centre, looks at cave painting to modern day street art and the evolution of graffiti, with new work from some of the most influential graffiti artists of the past 40 years, featuring Aroe, Delta, Bando, Mode2, Shok-1, Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, Part2ism, Zaki Dee.

Shok X-Fly

Shok-1 X-Fly

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50 x 50 II at the Saatchi

From the 5th January to the 9th February, the Saatchi Gallery will host 50 x 50 II; an exhibition presenting 50 new works of art by 50 emerging artists. All the works are prints measuring 50 x 70cm and each print is priced at only £95 to maximise the opportunity for people to buy exciting new contemporary art. We. Want. In.

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The London Illustration Fair returns to Southbank

Having scaled both the UK and the globe to uncover the freshest creative talents, London’s contemporary illustration event is back with an international line-up like never before and we can’t wait to go- it’s a brilliant place for Christmas presents and treats for yourself.

Kristjana S Williams

Kristjana S Williams

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Flock goes the Furniture

We have been mad fans of Flock for a good few years now after we first spotted them in Walthamstow in a local market.

Northmore Major Pattern

Northmore Major Pattern

The brand was established in 2013, driven by the desire to discover and nurture the best of new British design. Lead by creative director Jenny Wingfield, Flock works with an eclectic mix of artists, designers and recent graduates to create a bold and beautiful collection of textiles for interiors.

Toddstool

Toddstool

They have also gone into furniture with a beautiful range of chairs, stools and now tables with Metier for Flock.

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They swapped textiles for timber to see how the Flock patterns could transform a table and the results are brilliant.  Each table is unique and is digitally printed using advance UV ink technology onto renewably sourced birch ply- through the print the intricacies and texture of the wood grain is captured. Beautifully powder coated steel hairpin legs give a dense and highly polished finish. Now over to you to get adventurous and create your bespoke piece…….

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Summer Screen Prints

Each year, Print Club London invites talented artists and illustrators to create alternative, screen-printed posters for the films shown at Film4 Summer Screen. The film showings take place at the stunning Somerset House under a hopefully summer-star-filled sky (probably a bit of rain let’s be honest.)

Bram Stoker's Dracula Cassandra Yap

Bram Stoker’s Dracula Cassandra Yap

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Alan Kitching at Lettering Arts Centre

We’ve featured this exhibition before, but are big fans of Alan Kitching, so don’t mind showing some more images and bigging him up again!

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Alan Kitching A Life in Letterpress

Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress, includes over 400 prints, a photo essay by Philip Sayer and a biographical monograph and will be published by Laurence King Publishers on 7th April, with an exhibition of Alan’s prints on show at Somerset House opening on April 21st as part of the Pick Me Up Graphic Design Festival.

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Kitching’s distinctive prints and powerful artwork are instantly recognisable and have been commissioned by The Guardian, Tate Modern, Dazed & Confused Magazine, The National Theatre, British Library, Penguin Books and Royal Mail amongst many others. When design turned digital in the 1980s, Kitching changed direction. He bought a printing press, printed by hand and breathed life into the arcane world of letterpress, and became an inspirational teacher for a new generation. In a digital world, his artwork and design is more relevant and recognisable than ever.

alan kitchingThe first edition of the book will be a collector’s edition, featuring a book jacket that has been hand printed by Alan himself and wrapped around the book as a removable dust jacket/print. Only 200 copies of the Collector’s edition have been made and will only be available from Laurence King’s online shop priced £200. A separate special edition will also be available priced £75.

alan kitchingAlan is Honorary Fellow of The Royal College of Art and Visiting Professor, University of the Arts London. Alan has conducted his workshops and given talks to industry, art schools and design conventions in UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa.

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D&AD Festival

The line up for the D&AD Festival in April is looking pretty darn good if you ask us.

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The D&AD Festival, which launches for the first time this April, will welcome world-famous Founder and CEO of WPP Sir Martin Sorrell, Oscar-winning graphic designer Annie Atkins and British artist Ralph Steadman as headline speakers for this exciting inaugural event.  Continue Reading…

Michael Harvey – In His Own Words

From 25 March – 28 May 2016, The Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk will host a retrospective of exceptional graphic artist, the late Michael  Harvey, who began his career as a carver of letters in stone and ended  it designing digital fonts.

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Across his 60 year career, he created over 1500 distinctive book jackets (including titles by James Joyce, Graham Greene and Norman Mailer), designed multiple letterforms, decorated countless memorials (including the headstone for poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis) and carved his eighteen-inch-high frieze capital letters into the stone walls of The National Gallery in London.

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Michael Harvey’s career started in the 1950s when his love of the work of sculptor and letterer Eric Gill led to his finding work with Gill’s own first apprentice, Joseph Cribb. He moved on to serve an apprenticeship with engraver Reynolds Stone, before beginning a period of thirty years of working with a  large assortment of publishers, including Hodder & Stoughton, MacMillan, Chatto & Windus, Hamish Hamilton, Methuen and The Bodley Head.

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As he moved into designing typefaces, Michael Harvey began a partnership with software company Adobe, becoming adept at designing with computers and later forming a company, FineFonts, in partnership with designer Andy Benedek. The fonts he developed were influenced by his deep love of jazz, both in their playful, inventive styles and their names – Ellington, Studz, Strayhorn, Conga Brava, Moonglow, Braff, Jazzbo and Zoot, to name a few.

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VISITOR INFORMATION
Michael Harvey – In His Own Words
Venue: Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, IP17 1SA
Dates: 25 March – 28 May 2016. Admission: Free to all visitors.
Opening Times: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays 11am-5pm. Closed Tues-Thurs.
Further visitor information: www.letteringartstrust.org.uk 01728-688393

Kirath Ghundoo

Wallpaper wasn’t so fashionable, then it was…..then paint was huge but only with grey undertones…..then Victoriana wallpaper with a big emphasis on William Morris and flowers arrived…..and then, thank God, brands like All the Fruits and Kirath Ghundoo finally came to the fore.

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JAZZ TARTAN – KG Basics 2016

Here are just a few shots from Ghundoo’s 2016 range. The pastel colours work and the dramatic geometric shapes, make for a paper that could work in nearly any environment.

 

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MOUNTAIN BLUE – KG Basics 2016

The shade of this blue and the simple repeated pattern make the above a tranquil offering that would work well in a home office space. The range also comes in green.

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THE HAMPTON – KG Basics 2016

Called Hampton for a clear reason, anyone who takes this wallpaper on, needs to be very sure of their interior style- and that there isn’t a history of migraines in the family. We love it at Despoke, but could only use this if we had a very large room dedicated to sailing. And we don’t.

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SPARKLE – KG Basics 2016

We can only assume this one is called Sparkle because it really does. All of these retail at £95 for a 10m role which is just brilliantly affordable- they only need to be used on one feature wall.

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Tropic – Mix ‘n’ Match 15 Collection

Even though this is one season old- it’s perhaps our favourite Ghundoo design. Perfectly mismatched meaning you could put it up yourself and not worry about matching patterns, we remember seeing this at 100% design a few years ago and feeling instantly lifted. if it’s good enough for Susie Bubble…..

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