Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Dying Art of Hand Painted Advertising


“Shot high above the streets of New York City, UP THERE reveals the dying craft of large-scale hand painted advertising and the untold story of the painters struggling to keep it alive.

Capturing a trade that is equal parts artistic impression and grueling labour, the film presents a painting tradition pre-dating modern advertising.  A craft that today finds itself dangling precariously on the brink of extinction.”

A touching film celebrating a story of art, craftsmanship and tradition.

The Ritual Project for Stella Artois , directed by Malcolm Murray, music by The Album Leaf.


David Pearson – ‘Great Ideas’ Vol.I

Clerkenwell based graphic designer David Pearson’s idea is simple; to make books appealing so that anyone will want to read them, no matter how daunting the content.   Breathing new life in to Penguin Books, he has re-designed or commissioned all 100 volumes of Penguin’s popular Great Ideas series, cleverly bringing classic typography into the competitive field of 21st century publishing.  Using undercoated paper with embossing, he’s turned these books into cherished objects that people pick up, and don’t want to put down again.

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The School of Life


A London-based social enterprise, The School of Life offers a variety of ideas for everyday living.  From philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts – that tickle, exercise and expand your mind, this is a really refreshing approach to adult education.  Offering conversation dinners, Sunday sermons, themed retreats and -my favorite- bibliotherapy sessions, which provide you with ‘a reading prescription’.  Just to mention a few.

A perfect remedy for the modern mind!

ART ETSY – Violet May

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Berlin Anyone?

For anyone who hasn’t come across Matthias Heiderich’s Color Berlin sets …   And available (if you email him) to buy as prints.

Straight8 2011 OPEN FOR ENTRIES!

Founded in 1999, Straight 8 in a independent, short film competition open to filmmakers from around the world.  It’s all about the medium and editing style, and the rules are simple – use Super 8 mm film (commonly referred to as Super 8), shooting and editing in-camera (“straight”) on a single Super 8 cartridge.  Films may be of any topic or theme, and require a soundtrack to accompany the film.

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Vic produces sets of limited edition runs, based on his modern sketches of businesses and local London areas, giving people that live there the option to buy and own a piece of their own history.  Screen printed at The Print Club in Dalston, everything is done by hand; the illustrations, text and final printing.  As it turns out, these have become incredibly popular by word of mouth.

The paper stock Vic uses is always Somerset cotton paper, with a hefty 300gsm weight. Keeping the Somerset mark in the corner and finishing each print with his own artist mark, signed and numbered.  Really lovely local art.. you can see more on his website.

‘Animals Pretending to be Other Animals’

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Coming soon …PICK ME UP 2011

Some of the most innovative and avant-garde graphic artists, collectives and galleries from the UK and across the world will exhibit a mix of artworks at this year’s Pick Me Up.



Following on from the success of it’s 2010 launch, Anothony Burill will be headlining this year’s event, featuring alongside the likes of the Print Club London collective and the It’s Nice That studio.   Watch this space…