Category Archives: Trends

The Brief

How to say the most with the least – a new show by Anthony Burrill in collaboration with Mesa&Cadeira – opened on Thursday at Kemistry Gallery in Shoreditch.

Mesa&Cadeira (Table & Chair in Portuguese) is a company specialising in creative workshops, who believe ‘the only way to learn something is through doing it’.  In March this year, British graphic artist Anthony Burrill was invited to lead a six day workshop in São Paulo, attended by 12 local designers, writers and art directors, and focused on how to say the most with the least, an equation Anthony has mastered during his 20 year career working across a range of media, for clients like Wallpaper*, London Underground and Colette in Paris.  The group worked together on a simple brief: to produce a collection of phrases that best expressed their individual life philosophy.

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Olympic Design

As olympic fever rises to an all time high, many of you (like us!) have probably already had enough of the hype and just want to escape before it’s even started.  However there’s lots more than just sporting events taking place this summer, including the London 2012 Festival, a cultural programme of events and exhibitions to celebrate the very best of British artistic talent.

To celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games, London 2012 has commissioned twelve leading contemporary artists to create a series of limited edition and poster prints.  Showing at Tate Britain until 21st September, the exhibition features specially commissioned prints from Martin Creed, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley, Rachel Whiteread, Fiona Banner, Michael Craig-Martin, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris and Bob and Roberta Smith.

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Print Pattern

New pattern design by Spanish illustrator Monica Muñoz, created for the SS12 collection at Moniquilla.

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Colour Forecast 2012/13

“Color is a critical factor in engaging consumers and motivating purchasing decisions. Knowing that, it is important for designers to continue to innovate and experiment with new approaches to color in their product lines” – Laurie Pressman, vice-president of fashion, home and interiors at Pantone.

The Return of Clerkenwell Design Week

Clerkenwell Design Week begins today, returning for it’s second year as a cultural hub celebrating all disciplines of design.  From the weird and wonderful (a huge pin art installation by Lulu Guinness) to worthy charity events (TOTO’s LOVE JAPAN auction), the festival is covering all bases. With over 150 events, a series of pop up exhibitions, installations, talks, performances, music and workshops, the festival is a showcase of cutting edge design from some of the biggest names in the industry.

You can find out much, much more about the festival on their website, including a map of the area and a list of events.

Bicycle Giveaway!

The Poster Cabaret 3rd annual bicycle-inspired print project is now showing at the Gallery Black Lagoon in Austin, USA.  Wrong side of the pond?  The good news for those of you too far away to see the work is that Poster Cabaret are celebrating the exhibition by giving away twenty of the prints featured in the show (via grain edit).  Artist’s include Blanca Gomez , Jason MunnTy Wilkins to name just a few…  You can enter by either joining the Grain Edit Facebook Page, or by following them on Twitter.  Easy!  Here’s a small selection of what can be found in the exhibtion.

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Ben Eine opens in SF

Ben Eine, a born and bred Londoner and one of the most original street artists around, opened his exhibition Greatest last week to great acclaim.  Utilizing both gallery and public space and doing what he does best, his latest work is a large-scale study of the shape and structure of the 26 letters found in the modern English alphabet in varied typefaces, color configurations and word arrangements.  Painting the walls of the city, as well as displaying his canvases at the White Walls gallery, the now world-famous artist is set to do for typography what Banksy did for graffiti.

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This Is Where The Magic Happens

James Brown, based in London’s east end, spent ten years working as a textile designer before reinventing himself as an illustrator.  Well-known for his screenprints and use of typefaces, his works captures the imagination of the viewer, while each piece is hand printed and therefore unique.  The result?  A striking and very appealing portfolio. Represented by New Division, and available online through various London galleries, I think it’s safe to say you can expect to see a lot more from Mr. Brown.

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Quick reminder.. PICK ME UP starts tomorrow

Just a brief reminder that Somerset House’s contemporary graphic art fair, Pick Me Up begins tomorrow.  A great platform for the graphic art and design communities to show their best talent.  Also a special chance to see Anthony Burrill – designer, illustrator, artist and video director – in his ten day residency at the show, creating, exhibiting and talking about his work.  Somewhere to experience first hand the energy and excitement of the graphic art scene and meet some of the people involved.  Don’t miss it.

Date for your London Diary…

From the people who bring you Selvedge magazine –a publication covering fine textiles in every context: fine art, interiors, fashion, travel and shopping – comes their Spring Fair.  30 designer and makers, tea and cake, and a charming space… a nice way to spend the afternoon if you’re in the area.