Thursday, 23 December 2010

Merry Christmas

Saw these shady characters in Hyde Park not so long ago.
Merry Christmas!

Off to Venice!

Well I'm off to Venice for Christmas. Had enough of Christmas mania. Have fun.

British Library

I saw an awesome exhibition at the British Library the other day about the English Language. It was so interesting I ended up staying for about 3 hours and reading everything. But it also looked pretty good, I liked these awesome flag posters (apologies for the rubbish images, I was trying to be covert). It's meant to read "Don't lag, follow your flag".

Paris type


Vivian Maier

This has been doing the rounds on the web recently, but it is truly worthy of all the hype. A chap called John Maloof bought a box of negatives and undeveloped film at an auction. After showing it to a few photographers who all said he'd stumbled upon something important, he decided to google her. It turned out that she'd died recently so unfortunately no one knows much about her. She was a French nanny in Chicago and would roam the streets on her days off taking photos. She was an amateur photographer and never showed her work to anyone in her lifetime. But her work shows something really special, on a parr with any internationally renowned street photographer. Her story and that of how her work came to be found is pretty epic (almost sounds like the plot to a movie), but her work is really something else. Maloof is slowly working his way through over 10,000 negatives and documenting them all on this blog:

diesel windows

Spied these beauties in covent garden the other day.
I had a dream about knitting with broom stick handles once.
I think it would be very satisfying. The knitted window looks lush, I want to sleep in it!

all i want for christmas...

reverting to type

I went to this most excellent exhibition at standpoint gallery in shoreditch the other day.
I was all a fluster! I guess I am a true letterpress geek because I was nearly jumping up and down with excitement! Anyway it was curated by Graham Bignell of New North Press and Mr. Richard Ardagh of Elephants graveyard, who I will hopefully be working with next year. Good Stuff!

Sunday, 5 December 2010


I'm off to Paris tomorrow! I'm so excited, I've never been before! I will hopefully get lots of photos and things to post here for when I get back. Although I doubt any of my photos will be half as lovely as this. Click on the link to see the rest of Emilie's gorgeous photostream.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

more Wolfgang

I'm at home in good old surrey at the moment ( I had a breakfast cereal related accident and broke a tooth, meaning a trip back to the dreaded NHS dentist). Anyway, I was going through the shoe box of postcards on my desk and realised I had all of these by Wolfgang Tillmans but I never realised. Some of these I bought years and years ago without even looking at the name on the back. 

Jens Jørgen Hansen

If you're at all interested in Letterpress then you should check out this Flickr page. For serious addicts!

Monday, 29 November 2010

Isabel In Nobrow

My lovely friend Isabel Greenberg is getting some of her illustrations published in Nobrow
It's very exciting to see one of our own Brighton lot doing well. Gives me hope that one day we might all get jobs and perhaps even have enough money to find somewhere decent to live with hot water and everything. Recession? What recession?

Mr. Kit Mason

Mr Kit Mason is a terribly talented chap who was on the Illustration course at Brighton while I was doing Graphic Design. His film posters are literally beautiful (so much so that I have collected all that I could get my hands on). And I am sickeningly jealous of his collage skills. See his blog here.

Retarded Scanner

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My scanner is retarded. It occasionally likes to scan things at a rakish angle when they are infact perfectly straight. It brings me close to violence. But occasionally it can make dull things more interesting.


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This made me smile. 


So... the student demos have been pretty mental. I don't want to make a big social or political comment about it, but I will say that what started out as a good thing is beginning to go a bit pear shaped. But there is a silver lining. Many a laugh was had at Camilla getting poked (I loved the fact that someone apparently shouted "Off with their heads" while doing the deed), the stupidity of Charlie Gilmore and a rather cool Vice photo shoot.

In the good old days, a member of parliament had to read out the riot act (was an act that authorized local authorities to declare any group of twelve or more people to be unlawfully assembled, and thus have to disperse or face punitive action.) before police could take action against rabble rousing yoofs.

National Geographic Nautical

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Yummy old National Geographic photos. Toby & I have almost every copy since about 1930 between us (you might think that's sad, but I'm not ashamed when they're full of gems like these!) and I wish I had the time to go through them all. Anyway, I thought these were particularly nice. Makes me want to go sailing.


I'm loving the design at Topshop at the moment. I loved their logo bags (where the logo was made into a pattern) and I was secretly collecting them, now I'm collecting everything. This was just a flier they have by the till but I love it. Old random type, analogue photocopying, what's not to love? It's making me wish I worked there rather a lot. Or at least wish it was my work. And I bet they get staff discount as well. Damn them. 


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Some trendy shoreditch type drunkenly thrust this at me a while ago on a night out and it's been sitting in my coat pocket ever since. I think it's rather simple but lovely. 

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Garish Flowers. Lush.

Christmas came early

I got myself a few Christmas presents for my self from the lovely P&C.

stamps again

Couldn't help myself. I would now call my stamp collection excessive.


Figgins Fat face is quite possibly the nicest font to draw.

National Geographic

I have always loved the old photographs in National Geographic. I used to have hundreds when I was little but they got lost somehow when we moved house. Luckily Toby and I came across a huge stash in Brighton, and I have been buying them whenever I see them in charity shops and the like. These photos are from a 1938 edition and they're from Tibet. Literally how awesome. I love the fake colours! I wish I was a dandy traveling photographer.