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30 May

I have always been complimented on my handwriting – it’s a kind of loopy, ornate script that, in all honestly, looks like I had a rather old fashioned education. Here’s something I did for Boots Health and Beauty Magazine.

My 'script'

Perhaps it’s because I’m known for my writing that I’m continually drawn to a hand-rendered script. However, I believe it’s more than that, there is a soft, obviously personal, quality to it and although the work I’m about to showcase is lovingly and exceptionally well thought out, to me, it evokes a sense of light, spontaneity not overworked or laboured.

I can’t tell you how completely inspired I am by the Rifle Paper Company – I’m often in Liberty simply marveling at Anna and Nathan Bond’s amazing endeavors in stationery. The Florida-based company’s collection has got a retro yet completely contemporary look that I simply adore – take a look at it for yourself.

Rifle Co gorgeousness

Lovely Rifle card

More Rifle joy

Other State-side stationers I love are Brooklyn residents, Linda and Harriett. They recently showed digitally printed watercolor-style hand-written calendars at the US National Stationery Show. I simply adore the loose style and sensitive use of colour – fabulous!

Hand-written calendars from Linda and Harriet

Hand-written calendars from Linda and Harriet

It’s all going on in the US actually, Angelique Phillips lives in Orange County, California. Her distinctive calligraphy is just gorgeous and has a lovely vintage vibe.

Angelique loveliness

Keeping it simple, Angelique style

Over to Europe. Sabrina Tibourtine is based in Germany and does wonderfully child-like prints that I find quite enchanting. I love its simplicity and kind of shabby chiciness.

Sabrina's wonderful script

More from Sabrina


Oh for the love of type

25 Mar

I’ve liked the art of words since I was a kid and I have a fascination for slogans, propaganda posters and advertising campaigns. I’m particularly obsessed with early 20th Century posters that recruit soldiers to war and promote virtues of thriftiness, discretion and national pride. I’m always struck by how such messages are communicated through carefully considered illustration, amazing copy writing and tremendously artful graphic design.

Army recruitment

Carless talk costs lives

Inspired by posters such as these I recently did my own set of propaganda posters – illustrating the contradictory messages we’re often fed in the early 21st Century – it was a lot of fun to explore.

After seeing this work. a friend introduced me to the Keep Calm Gallery website and I’m a regular visitor. The site is a real pleasure to explore and features a range of fantastic print artists. Right now, I’m absolutely loving, loving, loving the work of Lesley & Pea – Sussex-based artist makers who, until recently, ran the Aardvark tearoom in St. Leonards on Sea.

The Boat of Life

A fine example of their work is their Aardvark manifestos. These prints have been letter-pressed by hand in Sussex using wood and metal type.

2010 Manifesto

2011 Manifesto

Every year these guys properly spread the love. – I rate the sentiment (anyone who tells me to ‘keep it wonky’ has got to be okay) and I’m impressed by the playful typography and great selection of archival, vintage imagery. I adore their lightness of touch and am hearted by the genuine warmth and charm of the posters. Lovely.

Enid Marx – designing the fabric of London

22 Mar

Enid Marx was a textile designer who also worked as a painter, printmaker, children’s book author and illustrator. She designed book jackets, trademarks and even postage stamps. In the 1930s she designed seat fabric for London Underground trains – the influence of her designs is still present on the Tube today. The more I find out about Marx the more wide-ranging I realise she was in her craft. Simplicity, balance, a feeling for the natural world, childlike delight in form and play… it’s all there…

There’s more information about Enid Marx here, here, and here.