Made in L.A, a new show from Anthony Burrill, opens this evening at Hoxton’s KK Outlet. The graphic artist has raided the Colby archive to curate a vibrant and flurotastic show featuring the very best of their past work, plus specially commissioned ‘behind the scenes’ photographs that document the Colby printing processes.
Colby Poster Printing Co. is a family ran operation based in downtown LA. Founded in 1946, Colby specialise in creating high and low culture prints in eye popping colour ways, by using traditional printing methods to produce intricately laid up posters and signs. Using methods of silkscreen and letterpress, the Colby archive features high art prints for the likes of iconic Parisian store Colette, alongside ‘For Sale’ signs, and posters for local governors to steam fairs. Mirroring the extremes of L.A. culture itself, the collection is a veritable treasure trove for every print enthusiast.
This year, for Handmade 2012, design and interiors magazine Wallpaper* asked all their graphic designer and illustrator friends (pretty much a who’s who of some of the best creative brains in the business) to design a series of covers for the August issue. They also called out to the Twittersphere, inviting readers to give creative direction by asking them to name their preferred cover star and tweet them a brief.
The result is a grand edit of 30 works of art, created by the likes of Alan Kitching, Quentin Jones, Anthony Burrill, Tom Hingston, Rob Ryan and James Joyce, to name just a few. If you’re quick you can still get your hands on a copy..
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Print-maker and artist Mark Hayward is returning to the Interchange Gallery this weekend, where he’ll be running a series of print demonstrations as part of the annual Whitecross Street Party. He’ll be printing ‘Little Tank’ (image above) in the gallery, and talking about the work and how it was created. Everybody is welcome to the interactive event, it’s a great opportunity to take home an affordable print as well as learn about the printing process.
The artist’s function in society is not just that of a decorator, but as a vital participant. The artist and businessman should cultivate every opportunity to teach and supplement one another, to co-operate with one another, just as the nations of the world must do – Walter Paepcke, 1946.
OPEN is a studio space in De Beauvoir Town, East London, dedicated to supporting the work of designers in a shared studio environment with hands-on print facilities. Founded in 2010 by independent practitioners Holly Wales, Hugh Frost, Robert Evens, David Callow and Loren Filis, the idea was to create a space in which to build the practices of illustrators, educators, designers, publisher and printers, in an environment which would provide support to both creative work and independent businesses.
This year has seen the departure of founding members Holly, Bobby and David, and along with it the illustration and education focus. OPEN is now looking to rent desks to creatives from a much wider background as the studio finds it’s new feet. Current members include Damien Weighill, James Dawe, Nancy Straughan, and Rob Hunter.
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Wayne Pate is an artist and freelance illustrator who works and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Taking inspiration from Picasso and Matisse, he works with mixed mediums to create clear and simple designs, as well as screenprints, limited edition block prints and paper collages. He also keeps an interesting visual journal which you can view here. Represented by Art Department, his whimsical style has attracted many well-known clients including Creative Review, Jack Spade and Elle Decor.
High 5 is a brand new project from Ben Dodgson and Chris Lees of Design Supremo, celebrating 5 years of their contemporary online art gallery by showcasing the work of 5 outstanding creatives.
Ian Anderson, Andy Smith, Natsko Seki, Paul Farrell and Stephen Kenny are the 5 artists who have been invited to take part in the project, each given the same brief – to design a one colour, A2 poster based on the theme ‘High 5’. The prints are available for £65 each (edition of 25), numbered and signed by the artist.
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Just opened in Soho’s Marshall street is a new pop-up shop from RareKind London. It’s open for the next two weeks, and prints are avalailable to buy from £10 (you get an additional 10% discount of you follow them on Twitter) – bargain!
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New pattern design by Spanish illustrator Monica Muñoz, created for the SS12 collection at Moniquilla.