We recently visited the newly opened The Postal Museum, based in Mount Pleasant in London. With a big love for all things mail ephemera, naturally we knew we would love it. It opened in September 2017. The museum showcases the history of the postal system and how the institution of the Royal Mail came to light.
A thorough and intriguing exhibition of pillar letter boxes paves the way and documents the history of the Royal Mail. And how they first started out as green pillar letter boxes, but soon became the iconic red pillar boxes, after people who lived in the countryside thought the green boxes were too difficult to find among the greenery of the landscape, they were too camouflaged.
Also a favourite was the vintage graphic posters for the post office and the postal time tables were very interesting. We thought it was the perfect place for a kids day out too, as there was plenty of interactive areas, like creating your own stamps and sending mail via the mock up of the telegram system, whereby you can send mail and notes to other visitors on the other side of the room.
There was also a part to the museum whereby you could take a ride on a vintage postal train. We didn't have enough time, however plan to go back to explore more.
In December we travelled to Hong Kong to spend the festive season with our family. We're both born and bred in the UK, however our heritage is from Hong Kong, most of our family is still based there. Hong Kong is the perfect East meets West. From old market streets, massive amounts of greenery and mountains that contrast to the ultra minimal sky scrapers that make up the Hong Kong skyline.
Fast-paced, endless inspiration in architecture, cultures, history, craft, art and food. This time we were particularly focused on the colourful buildings spread over this eclectic city. Heres a small edit of pics from our little adventure - perfect for colour and texture spotting.
Last month we were invited by Arnold House School to take residence in their Art Day with Year 4. The theme for this project was Botanicals. So naturally we were excited to get involved.
We went to the school armed with crafting tools, stickers and riso prints. We held workshops in customising our cacti prints and also a drawing workshop in the afternoon, encouraging the children to draw their family and friends in plant form, like our Scout Plant Family print.
We really enjoyed our time and would like to say a big thank you to Sophie and Kate for inviting us. We're looking forward to going back in January to see more of their botanical artworks in a Botanical Exhibition.
A collaboration, Before Breakfast x Scout Editions.
Nicki Shen is a Graphic Designer based in London. We first met Nicki, Before Breakfast last year at the London Design Fair.
Nicki set up her own Riso printing studio during Summer 2016. She creates and prints her own paper goods range. With a shared love of paper goods and riso printing, we decided to collaborate on some prints.
We developed a series of prints inspired by classic typewriters from 1910 to 1970s. They are available to buy here > Vintage Typewriters. IIlustrated by Pui and riso printed by Nicki.
We collaborated with kids clothing brand, Tobias & The Bear on their new Autumn Collection. Inspired by British garden birds, Autumn feels and colours. The range is 'Park Life' where you can shop from a selection of print patterns we created for the range.
From baby rompers, leggings, sweatshirts, bibs. The range is available here > Park Life.
We wished they came in bigger sizes!
We were back at The London Illustration Fair this year at the Barge House, OXO Tower Wharf on the Southbank 1st-4th December. The event was packed with over 65 international exhibitors this year which included illustrators, designers, printmakers and publishers. It was so much fun meeting and chatting to visitors and fellow illustrators and designers.
We also held our 'Pimp My Pigeon' Workshop on Sunday. Sam Cox AKA The Doodle Man pimped our pigeon print for us with his signature style. He leaves his infamous monchrome doodles everywhere he goes! These prints are exclusive and one-offs and will be giveaways to 2 chosen winners from the 'Pimp My Pigeon' workshop. We felt honoured to have him customise our pigeon prints.
Here is a selection of pigeons customised by visitors who popped by. The two winners are Curtcreationz (Left) and Aurelija Butrimaite (Right) also shown below.
Thank you The Doodle Man and London Illustration Fair :)
We had been invited by one of our stockists, We Built This City Pop-Up Shop, Carnaby Street to take part in this years Soho Creates Festival. 6-10th June. A festival in Soho, London that celebrates the creative industries. After-hours access to WBTC's London inspired artworks by designers, illustrators and makers on Tuesday 7th June 7-9pm.
Founder Alice Mayor shared her experience and journey in how she created this amazing pop-up space and platform for designers and makers to showcase their works.
On the evening we ran our first 'Pimp My Pigeon' workshop, We welcomed guests to pop by and help dress our pigeon up ready for the Summer. Guests dropped in and customised their own pigeon mini print to take home.
Here are some pics from the night of our workshop. We hope to hold more workshops this Summer.
We Built This City, 56- 57 Carnaby Street, London W1F 9QF
Look Mate are a specialist sock brand based in London. Started up by brothers who have a mutual love of socks! They work with independent designers and illustrators to create exclusive sock designs. Their socks are also available as subscriptions too, so you are can receive a new design each month through the post.
We had the pleasure in collaborating with cool sock brand, Look Mate, London on a exclusive pair of socks, "Blooming', see below. We had started work creating designs earlier this year and it has been fun! We chatted to Look Mate brand creator Vahan on how he started Look Mate and also his inspirations.
What do you do and whats your background? My background is accounting in Luxury Hotel industry and last year I co-founded Look Mate with my brother. Look mate makes exquisite socks in collaboration bases.
How did you come about starting Look Mate? Look Mate began life as two lists made by my brother Vahagn and I in one of the coffee shops of London Town. One was a list of people we wanted to work with, the other was a list of things we felt passionately about. After this we shortlisted two products that could accommodate the list, a tea subscription and socks. We grow up in a family of makers, my dad is a tailor and my uncle was a shoemaker back in 90s so socks beautifully fit in-between hence the reason why we decided to start a lifestyle sock brand.
We wanted people to experience not only our product but also the story of people behind it. One of a time collaboration is not the end product but the beginning, you can explore about our artists, their story and the inspiration behind each design.
Can you give a brief summary of the sock makers you work with? We work with a small factory in my hometown Yerevan. It is run by father and daughter with a killer team behind them. Some key people we work with have more tan 20 years of experience in textile. This relationship helps us to build the quality in our DNA.
How many pairs of socks do you own? Due to my job I get to “test drive” many samples and competitors socks to make sure only the best and final version goes to Look Mate community to enjoy. I have 30 pairs, each new pair coming in one pair goes out otherwise I will end up having too many pairs.
Who and what inspires you? When I see someone in this sort of "creative zone" making what they are passionate about being it art, piece of furniture or music. Imagine being in the same room with Picasso when he was painting Guernica, Imagine the energy in this room when he was creating it which later become the most moving and powerful anti-war paintings in history. So the process of making what makes me going.
Other than this, awesome friends, long walks while listening audio books, cycling and working with some top designers like yourself.
If you designed a pair of socks what theme would they have? I believe style is a combination of many elements of our outfit, sometimes the most discreet detail, like the pattern of your socks, can be the most important. I think it will be very minimalist combination of black and white objects.
Who would be your dream collaboration? Such a great question. To give you an idea here are few examples from our futuristic collaborations list.
- With someone who was in space, a NASA astronaut perhaps. There will be some planets and rockets involved.
- Architect Bjarke Bundgaard and designer Thomas Heatherwick.
- A robot that can make patterns using data and a specific algorithm.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? When we started Look Mate with my brother Vahagn we wanted the company to connect two of our favourite cities, vibrant London and our hometown Yerevan. Apart from the above two cities I would love to spent some time and work from Tokyo. Who knows, maybe a Look Mate shop in one of the neon streets of Tokyo in near future.
Do you have any exciting plans or ideas in the pipeline for Lookmate? Good design is something that makes life easer and brings joy both to the user and creator, it should also add value to your life. We will be focusing on our subscription model to make sure your socks are seamlessly delivered to your door each month anywhere in the world. Apart from that, some exiting collaborations lined up and stories to tell.
How did you come up with the name Look Mate? Our name is for our customers so they can say ("Look Mate" I am wearing this cool pair of socks). Our logo is for our designers. It is dynamic and every month we change it according to their sock design. Here is the one for Scout Editions… you can buy a pair of the Blooming Socks here > click. also to find out more about Look Mate here >
On 9th and 10th April we held our first Customise Cacti Card Workshop at the Crafty Fox Spring Market at The Geffryre Musuem in Hoxton. The workshop involved stacks of our cacti illustrated risoprinted postcards and you could come along, pick your cacti print and customise it anyway you liked. Lots of kids and also adults came along to get their craft on! Here are some pics from the weekend of workshops.
We're sure we will be holding more in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled either here or on Instagram. Or if you have a shop or an event you would like us to get involved in, drop us an email.
We're excited to be holding our very first Crafty Fox Market
Customise Mini Cacti Print Workshop at The Geffryre Museum, Hoxton 10am - 5pm
this coming weekend. Perfect for kids or big kids alike! Drop in an customise as many prints as you like and also take home a little cactus pin too. More info here >