Tobatron Totes sneak into the V&A!
We’ve just heard that Tobatron’s 2012 bags are going into V&A’s permanent collection! Whoop!
Toby’s totes (made in collaboration with accessories designer Elaine Burke) were issued alongside a viral you tube campaign during last years Olympics and sold out instantly. Folk went crazy for the cheeky screenprints and unlike the majority of Olympic souvenirage all profits went to Khama, a working women’s charity based in Malawi.
Bowie’s Back so put some clothes on!
Today we thought we’d pay homage to our spiritual leader, glam rock legend, lord of Lycra and star of eighties thriller ‘Labryinth’ - Sir David Bowie.
The musical genius has always been our favourite fashion icon which is why we’re thrilled ‘Bowie T Shirts’ are available at Rose Blake’s online shop! Imagine listening to his new single whilst wearing it, wouldn’t that be a scream?! Here is the garment itself modelled beautifully by two young pranksters, go on, treat yourself and join in the larksrose-blake.co.uk/shop
Kai & Sunny- Southbank Centre’s dynamic designers
How many of you have resolved to vist more exhibitions this year? If you’re looking for a way in which to commit to culture why not invest in a Southbank membership? You’ll receive discounts on events, restaurants and bookshops as well free entry to the Hayward Galley! And the best bit? Your membership card comes dressed up in a beautifully limited edtion box thanks to CIA’s gifted designers Kai and Sunny. Surely this is the ultimate guilt free purchase?
Find out more at www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Bah humbug, it’s January. But wait! Don’t be Blue (unless you are Papa Smurf - in which case, enjoy!) , you needn’t be sad - the CIA Shop Sale runs until the end of January!
So why not brighten up your walls with a perky little print and experience the warm rosy glow of a spending spree filling you from Melon Head to Tiny Froggy Toe, yeah!
A Rum Old Time
Rumtiddlyrumpumpum, it’s Friday!!! And what is one to do earl-eye in the morning to celebrate the end of the working week? Why, drink a bottle of rum of course, just like a naughty drunken sailor, a naughty Columbian drunken sailor. And we should know because we’ve tried it! Look, here is a yummy bottle of the toffee coloured liquid beautifully decorated by Tatiana Arocha and commissioned by Casa Santana Ron Y Licores. It was one of our tastiest Christmas presents, expertly blended on the Caribbean coast, aged in American oak barrels and guzzled on the Kingsland Road. By us. You snooze, you WILL lose.
We’re off to sail the high seas now, see ya later…
Kristian Donaldson- New To CIA!
New year means NEW work and NEW recruits at CIA. First up: Kristian Donaldson, fresh from Dallas Texas!
Kristian brought his portfolio to our Shoreditch studio just before Christmas and we were blown away by his incredible draftsmanship, jaw dropping artwork and sheer talent. After wiping resulting drool from Kristian’s cult comic books we shook hands and now you lucky, LUCKY people can sneak a peek at his work on our website. Not sure you deserve such a treat…..go on then, spoil yourself: www.centralillustration.com
Wendy Plovmand’s Dreamy Landscape
Too much port & stilton will mess with your melon man so it’s no wonder sleep patterns turn haywire over Christmas - but what do all these nocturnal nightmares mean? Can we fathom financial dilemas, cure love sickness and seek out solutions as we slumber? According to Alt for Damnerne Magazine Denmark our dreams are our subconcious realised and worth investigating! CIA’s Wendy Plovmand created this swirling dreamscape for their sleep analysis article - stunning work Wendy!
Brian Grimwood in Elle Decoration’s Hot List!
We hate to day I told you so, but er…WE TOLD YOU SO!
Yes! Brian Grimwood’s book is so HIP, HOT and HAPPENING it’s made it into Elle Decorations Top 20 Hot list. Quick, treat that coffee table to a bit of sizzling style before your friends leave you for groovier company. You’ve been warned.
Brian Grimwood: ‘The Man Who Changed The Look of British Illustration.’ Published by Blackdog, wwww.centralillustration/shop.com
Mick Marston at Harvey Nicholas Leeds
Take a break from the January sales this week at Harvey Nichol’s Forth Floor restaurant and indulge in a spot of culture during your fine dining experience. CIA’s Mick Marstonis currently exhibiting a new collection of screen prints until the end of the month inspired by pop songs, other people’s pictures, fragmented memories, thoughts and his own fragmented memories. Blimey.
Go : Shop, Eat and Get Clevererer, wwww.harveynichols.com
Children avert your eyes….
Last day of School before Christmas, EEEK! We’re itching with excitement! Maybe we’ll streak down the streets of Shoreditch and share some Peace, Joy & Happiness just like this cheerful lady! Fortunately MH Jeeves has provided our lass with some pine needle modesty, prickly but perfectly proportioned. It’s an x-rated CHRISTMAS!!!!
Twist with Telegramme!
Disco alert! We’ve got the party tunes pumping here at CIA towers, we’re dancing around handbags, we’re twistin’, we’re shoutin’, it’s MAYHEM! Why not join in our festive frenzy? For inspiration look no further than Telegramme’s rock n’rollers, no time to get chilly for these catz, there are snowflakes to swing around, yeah!
Wendy Plovmand’s Sultry Snowqueen
Wendy Plovmand has whipped up this this deerlightful watercolour minx for Christmas, a slinky snowqueen all dressed up in fox furs and this season’s antlers. Cheer up beautiful lady, there’s a turkey in the oven and mum’s gone to Iceland!
Merry Christmas Planet Earth!
Imagine if you could wish all your friends and ‘Very Merry Christmas’ in just about ANY language. Wouldn’t that be just dreamy? Wouldn’t they be very impressed? Well thanks to those pranksters at Ernst & Young now you can! Sarah J Coleman was asked to make them up a lovely Christmas card in German, English, French, Elvish, Smurf and *Klingon. Look, here is the making of it!:
A cosy Calder Christmas!
We only need to sniff a pine needle at CIA to get in the festive spirit, indeed each & everyone of our illustrators have been busy left, right and shopping centre designing and decorating delightful Christmas cards!
Look, here’s a lovely moody blue one from Jill Calder. Innit gorgeous?!
They’ve got a really nice personality…
If you can’t remember life before Christmas shopping don’t despair! The Sunnewspaper is here to remind us that 2012 is the year of SPORT and NOT hangovers. Hooray!
CIA’s Jackie Parsons was chosen to design the cover for The Sun’s ’Best of British’ magazine. The patriotic newspaper asked readers to vote for their favourite Sports personality of the year. From the safety of the sofa. Which they did. Without breaking into a sweat. Or leaving the Quality Street all by itself.
Well done Voters!