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Saturday, 30 July 2016

The Film Fans | Summer Screen Prints

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Films & posters. A match made in heaven if you ask me and an inspirational form of visual identity that has sparked new ideas and creative solutions throughout the years. We all know plenty of iconic movie advertisements that have blown up over time and in the EJP household we're a big fan of a good flick along with the visuals and the soundtrack to match. 

As you can imagine, we were thrilled to see the grand return of the Somerset House x Print Club London Summer Screen Prints exhibition this year and with one certain Warriors poster by Joe Vass already framed in our home we were definitely on the lookout for any possible colourful additions to our collection.

The purpose of the exhibition is for artists to reinterpret some of the best films around, all of which have also been chosen for the Film4 Summer Screen line-up at Somerset House. The selected illustrators are unique, diverse and not all are well-known yet, so here's your chance to discover some new talent and stock up on some pretty damn cheap limited-edition screen prints. 

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One of the more exciting changes to the exhibition this year is the additional catalogue of initial sketches and early progressive work on display. As always the details of the process always interest me so it's great to see a little more insight into the preparation work each of the artists has gone through in order to create their piece. And that's not all - you can also catch each creator on film in the screening room, talking to camera about their creative process and watch them actually creating it in the workshops.

Pieces that particularly caught my eye this year included Daisy Emersons 'Bite Me' depiction of 10 Things I Hate About You as well as Paul Wardski's layered take on Things to Come. Although I haven't seen the film yet Concepción Studios' have brought a really nice visual concept through for A.I. thriller Ex Machina and I also really enjoyed Lilly Lou's typographical interpretation of Sunset Boulevard. I've gotta say it was a little busy on our visit though, so you bet I'll be popping back to have another look as there's so much talent around as well as all the posters from previous years including Hattie Stewart's AH-MAZING Mean Girls collage/doodle fest!

With the Stanley Kubrick exhibition proving extremely popular (it's a goodu'un guys) and The World Illustration Awards exhibition also on show until late August, Somerset House is certainly the place to be for anyone with a creative mindset and with just the Kubrick to pay for you may as well take a day trip and have three for the price of one! Don't forget your extra spending money though lovers as these prints really are a great deal and there's plenty of other lovely bits in the shop for you to spend your dollar on!

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INFO: Showing until 17 August, 10am-6pm (with some special late night openings)
East Wing Galleries, Somerset House. Nearest Tube: Charing Cross or Holborn.

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Monday, 25 July 2016

The High Five | July 2016



This month I've been to a fair few Christmas in July press previews and I've gotta say I'm well and truly not ready for the holiday season. There's something just not quite right about looking at stockings and fairy lights when the weather outside truly has been delightful. Regardless of the gingerbread houses and the christmas trees - I'm just so not filled with excitement quite yet - there has been a remarkable amount of homeware making it on to my AW homeware wishlist and I'm prepping to fill my own interior with earthy greys and marble tones. Inspired by the Nina+Co x ATT collaboration as pictured above, I'm dreaming of getting back to nature and supporting independent labels over the colder period, drinking plenty of mulled wine from beautiful ceramics  while of course not forgetting my graphic roots while I'm at it. Below are some of the pieces I've lusted over at shows, some small designers for bigger brands and some newer start ups that are going it alone with their own shops. All have sparked something in me when I've found them and I'm telling ya that I'll be working on being extra nice to ensure that I make Santa's good list come December.


1 // The Kinfolk Home / Southbank Centre Shop
2 // GLÖDANDE cushion cover / IKEA
3 // Personalised Speckled ring Dish by Fox+Lilly / Etsy
4 // Abella Printed Insect Cushion by Alex Pook-Leary / Made.com
5 // Marble Espresso Cups by Meilen Collaborative / Etsy
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Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Everyday Isometric | Article by Steven Wilson at Unlimited



Visiting Brighton is always a pleasure and I promise I've got more on that coming soon. For now though it's pretty important that you all stop everything you're doing and get down to one place and one place only - Unlimited Shop on Brighton's Church Street.

A firm favourite of mine since discovering them mid 2015, Unlimited is a design duo consisting of the lovely Sara and Patrick who both offer their own aesthetic insight into the graphic world. Sara picks the goods and Patrick creates his own designs for the shop, working away in the back studio on special projects like the previously successful 'Four Play' collection. If you like a shop to feel like the owner has painted it with their personality, Unlimited Shop is for you. 

For 2016 the shop has taken on a new format where the focus moves from artist to artist, roughly every month. It's an interesting take and by adding a more gallery like appearance to the shop, Unlimited have made themselves just that little bit different from your average design led store. Until 12th August, Steven Wilson is the man of the moment with his extraordinary everyday objects and massive visuals created especially for the Unlimited walls. While I do have to say the shop is looking a little more minimal than usual (and by minimal I mean the EJP version of minimal*), it's still very much in keeping with the vibrant, pop art feel the store has come to be known for. 


Entitled 'Article', the small exhibition showcases a range of prints all based upon objects offering a sense of nostalgia or just something that has evoked some passion in Steven's life. Think typewriters, polaroid cameras and bicycles through to guns, a vinyl player and an Anglepoise lamp - I've deliberately held back on photos as I think it's important to explore the style on your own and see the beautiful isometric prints in their various colourways.

Wilson is local to Brighton after falling in love with it during his studies on the Brighton illustration course and it's easy to see the popular culture references within his work. I can just imagine him rifling through Snoopers Paradise or the various other vintage stores on a quiet day and coming out with collections of objects and mementos to capture in his own signature style. Also featured within the show are his wonderfully psychedelic letters which are right up my street when it comes to typography and I'll be sharing with you my own little print over on Instagram soon!

Unlimited have a whole host of exhibitions planned for the future so do check out the listings below and on their what's on page to find out a little more. Why not sign up to their newsletter to find out more about opening nights? In the meantime I'll get working on a full post for Brighton life and I'd love to hear your recommendations too!


* EJP definition of minimal | A smaller cluster of very eccentric things than the previous maximal appearance. Still uses colour where possible.
INFO: 10 Church Street, Brighton BN1 1US
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