Based on the contents of a briefcase once owned by the late Jazz Pirate and trout tickler George Melly, originally created for the much travelled installation ‘The Unknown Room’, this set of drawings captures Melly’s fantastical journey through scenes such as James Ensor’s Brussels, a decadent oriental bath house and an ancient lost civilisation. As one of Melly’s favourite watering holes the French House makes a fitting setting for this celebration of the great bon viveur…
Also check out Le Gun’s installation and drawings at the V & A, in the exhibition Memory Palace and filling the museum shop
“For sheer dynamism and delight, Le Gun takes the cake with an ambulance driven by a winged shaman and a pack of foxes, evoking everything from the 1960s board game Operation to the prophetic visions of Ingmar Bergman’s film The Seventh Seal (1957). The Times
Jessie Ford flew into our office yesterday fresh from a road trip around the USA. We’ve missed Ford’s fabulous approach to food & drink illustration and have been at a loss without her - who else can create a storm in a tea cup quite so beautifully? Thankfully for us the little lady is back at her desk scribbling away and cooking up cocktails, canapes and picnics from her pencil case. Phew! pass the milk and sugar will ya?
Don’t be fooled by the blustery weather, we’re officially knee deep in British Summertime: Glastonbury’s on the horizon, hayfever in the air, Wil Smith on the radio….and yet…without a blast of dazzling sunshine it’s hard to get in the mood ’innit? Fear not kittens, David Holmes has come to rescue, reminding us that the RA’s annual Summer exhibition has started, guaranteed to get your Summer underway come rain or shine. This is the third time that David has been selected by the Academy who only pick 600 artists out of over 13,000 entries. Wowza, well done Holmes - we salute you!
Last seen popping e’s on the pages of NME during it’s 1990’s heyday, this Rab C Nesbit of a Rabbit has returned to launch a new book and put the world to rights. Appalled by the rise of gastro pubs, electronic cigarettes and flat whites ol’ Bastard has taken emergency action with a ranting blog written from his office, the Nags Head.
Luckily for us he was available to dispense advice on training to become a professional drinker, here are his useful friday tips!:
• Start the day the way you mean to go on. With special strength lager. The breakfast of champions.
• Have a day job that is compatible with your life’s calling. This allows you to train while you work. Meaning you can spend a good part of every day in the pub. Postie, aristocrat, drug dealer or student are all good for starters.
• Practice at home. Constantly. And keep your practice space clear. Kids live with their mothers. Whoever they are wherever they are.
• Have many locals. Always within a 5 min walk of each other. If you have a row in one, you can get to another without breaking your stride.
Pearls. Pearls we tell you…read more at www.bastardbunnyblog.com
For more on Dave Anderson see 12foot6
You got mail! And what’s more we’ve read it! At least that’s what happened in 1844, when Giuseppe Mazzini, an Italian revolutionary exiled in London, publicly accused the British government of opening his private correspondence. Mazzini hid poppy seeds and human hairs in his letters- his self addressed envelopes then reached him sealed but empty. Mazzini kicked up a fuss, prompting an official enquiry into the Post Office who admitted they had a ‘Secret Department’. It was closed and the law on privacy revisited. The New Yorker looks back at this important moment in the history of government law on secrecy in Jill Lepore’s article, Jill reflects on how relevant it still is in a world where Google, Facebook and twitter exist….
Nishant Choksi was chosen to illustrate Jill’s musings and we think his sneaky characters are just the ticket, Watch out for those dodgy venetian blinds, they’re security risk just waiting to happen!
Not since Sebastian the Crab sang ‘under the sea’ to that minxy mermaid have we been so excited about an underwater world! Harriet Russell’s new book for Italian publisher Edizioni Corraini takes readers on a magical journey to the bottom of the Ocean, dispensing quirky facts, myth and legend along the way.
Discover glittering starfish constellations, face terrifying deep sea creatures and remember to watch out for those unruly drunken sailors…..out now atwwww.corraini.com
Who’s got new shoes? We’ve got new shoes! Nice flowery ones, designed by Ian Bilbey for Paul Smith and just the ticket for Friday’s disco. Print this out, plaster the picture onto your tiny toes and pirouette into the weekend, go!
18 June – 20 October
This Summer CIA’s collective Le Gun and illustrator Mario Wagner are joining forces with 18 international artists to create a ‘walk through story’ for the V&A’s Memory Palace exhibition, jointly commissioned by the V&A and Sky Arts.
Collectively their interpretation of Hari Kunzru’s short story will immerse visitors in a dystopian vision of London hundreds of years from now.
They’ll discover a city struggling in the aftermath of a huge electrical storm; a world in which digital technology has collapsed entirely and with it all knowledge of the past has been lost. With climate change widespread nature is slowly reclaiming a city ruled by a totalitarian regime; all mark making is banned and only a small renegade group of ‘memoralists’ is fighting to keep history alive.
Each contributing artist has been given an extract from the interrogation between a rebel memoralist and the City guard; as the prisoner lies captive in his cell he warns that without memory all civilisation is doomed and it is his words of warning the artists examine through infographics, typography and installation, including Le Gun’s stunning three-dimensional drawn environment and Mario’s mixed media collage.
We’re recovering from a flying visit from Telegramme today, our resident gigster puts us to shame with his o-so-cool jet set lifestyle. Last seen manning his screen print stand at Primavera Sound, Barcelona’s biggest live music event where you can eat, drink, dance and buy lovely posters! Just like this one below! Jealous of his yooful talent grandad? We are….
When it comes to black and white illustration look no further than CIA’sUlla Puggard! Classically trained in typography as well as pen & ink illustration means that Ulla is one of the most sought after graphic artists in commercial illustration today. Being nosey parkers we couldn’t resist firing a few questions about how she manages her monotone palette:
What originally drew you into working in B&W?
It seemed a natural move from graphic design- black and white leaves nothing to hide, its a great challenge!
Who would you say your influences are?
Well I always look to the wonderful late Louise Bourgeois, her work is so strong and powerful! But in general you need just show me images with strong tonal contrast, those that are striking in form..they lead to ideas every time!!!
You’re originally from Denmark has that had impact in your approach?
Yes definitely. I grew up next to a big forest, the atmosphere changes dramatically during the summer when daylight hours stretch out and the winter when there is hardly any sun at all, I still like go there for inspiration. Mind you, now I am based in East London and it’s urban landscape hits me with so much info , I find I am always collecting bits to add to my design pot, it’s never-ending!
Thanking You Ulla!
Click here and discover how our brilliant Alberto Seveso was invited by Sony to celebrate the launch of their revolutionary ‘Xperia Z phone’.
Sony’s latest gizmo proved to be the perfect tool for creating Alberto’s trade mark colour bomb prints.
"The process: starts with the colour, the paint has to have a certain kind of consistency: not to liquid or too solid, You have to find the right balance between water and colour -there is a lot of experimentation in my work, often something new and beautiful can be made out of a mistake.
To create some of these images you need a lot of patience, a client might ask for specific colours, a specific form, consistency and tone: it can get really complicated so you need lot of time! At first it might seem almost trivial, pouring paint into a tank of water - but the result is really beautiful and special- they’re intense, charged with emotion, full of passion.’ Alberto
Julia’s passionate belief that performance can help children enjoy reading and grow in confidence inspired her to publish this anthology which includes classics by Edward Lear, W H Auden and Eleanor Farjeon as well as contemporary work by Michael Rosen, John Agard and Clare Bevan. The perfect gift for teachers, parents, children - anyone who loves great poetry!
No one gets excited about reading an annual report, not even if it’s about kittens or fairies- .so thank goodness we have brave ladies like Jill Calder out there.
Yes, armed with just a pencil case and a mug of hot Ribena our Calder attacked the HFA’s 2012 facts and figures with gusto, producing one glorious colourful masterpiece (that also said clever things about Housing and Finance).
Look, here is the front cover- nice ‘innit?
There’s no rest for the wicked or the slightly bonkers- we’re talking about youStephen Collins…….
Guardian readers will know Stephen from his mad, bad and extremely funny comic strip in their Weekend Magazine and won’t be surprised to learn Stephen’s first novel is entitled ‘The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil’ (out now from Jonathan Cape). The book’s protagonist grows a beard so big, hairy and unruly that it takes over an entire street, swallowing up innocent bystanders and taking on a hirsute little life of it’s own. Read it and them arm yourself with some immac.