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 >
We're excited to announce that we're taking residence in the Craft Central, The Corner Shop based in Clerkenwell Green, Farringdon this coming week. Starting 29th Feb - 6th March. The Corner shop is a small shop supported by The Craft Central, London for independent designers and makers to have a chance to showcase their collections in a real bricks and mortar retail space.
We're hoping to inject some of the outside, in! Bringing nature indoors with an eclectic mix of paper goods, prints, accessories and home wares inspired by folklore and story telling.
Also showcasing exclusive collaborative ranges alongside the launch of some new Spring items, first to been shown here. Pop along and see the new range and also say hello!
Date: 29 February 2016 to 06 March 2016
Opening Times: Mon-Fri 10:30am-7pm; Sat & Sun 10:30am-5pm
Location: The Corner Shop, Craft Central, 21 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DX
We've been real busy lately with all the festivities and doing various markets, pop up events. Next up is The Poundshop's very unique Garage Sale. Happening this week, launch night on Thursday 13th through till 13th December. This Garage Sale is like no other, its packed with artwork gems never been seen before by an eclectic mix of illustrators, designers and makers. Lots of test samples, seconds, prototypes that may not have seen the light of day, all at great bargain prices. Perfect if you like collecting limited editions like us! Below is our offering… 1 x Supersize Pigeon with no eye, 4 x Teepee riso prints with minor riso print marks, 2 x Golden Hour prints with gradient tests and 25 x Owl riso prints that were printed in black by accident, as original artwork is brown. All proceeds sold from Owl prints will go to the childrenwithcancer.org.uk
Thursday 10th December Launch 6pm - 10pm Somerset House, New Wing. £3 entry. Friday 11th
December 10am - 10pm
Saturday 12th December 10am - 6pm
Sunday 13th December 10am - 4pm
Other designers involved are: Tom Pigeon, Lollipop Designs, Kangan Arora, Malika Favre, Lisa Jones Studio + more! Items are priced from £1 - £100.
More info: The Poundshop Garage Sale.
It's that time of year again…. the "C" word… Christmas! Is it too early to be thinking about? Well we've made a start in thinking what to buy for our loved ones… and we decided to curate our own little gift guides to share and give you some ideas too. All from underone roof too.
See what you think, you can also add something from another category, mix and match. We think there are plenty of stocking filler ideas and larger gifts that make special gifts as they're part of a limited edition.
The Minimalist: Limited edition Handmade 'Dusk To Dawn' Notebook £18, Snail by Day Treat Tray £18, Waves Origami Shirt Card £4, Limited Edition Wood 'Penthouse' £32, Little Shadow Mini Card £3.
The King Pin: Little Shadow Brolly Pin & Golden Hour Pin Set £16, New Cactus Pin £15, Penny Pigeon Pin £8, Pigeon Pin £15, Sailboat Pin £15.
The Nature Lover: Cactus Riso Print, A3 £25, Supersize Yellow Songbird Screenprint £75, Cactus Treat Tray £18, Cactus Card £5, Lullatone, The Sounds of Spring Soundtrack CD £10.
The Homemaker: Limited edition Mew Wood house £26, Christmas Party Snail Mini Card £3, Kokeshi Pocket Mirror Kyla £8, Cityscape Tea Towel £12, Typewriter Mini Card £3.
The Wanderluster: Teepee Riso A5 Print £15, Log Cabin Mini Card £4, Treehouse Riso A5 Print £15, Limited edition gold letterpressed 'Hottie' postcard £5, Flamingo Mini Card £3, Limited edition Sailboat Enamel Pin £15, Sailboat Mini Card £3, Golden Hour A3 Print £24, Landscape Houseboat Riso Print £34.
The Night Owl: Limited edition handmade 'Twilight To Starlight' Notebook £18, Owl Riso Print A3 £22, Snail By Night Treat Tray £18, Limited edition Old Growth Pine Imprint £45.
We had the pleasure in collaborating with designer and maker, Anna Wiscombe this Autumn on a new range. This involved making 150 limited edition wooden houses. She lives and works in London but draws most of her inspirations from where she grew up in Dorset. Anna is known for her beautifully crafted wooden birds and flowers.
We first met anna through taking part in many art fairs around London. Here is our blog chat with her about her inspirations, our collaboration and her plans ahead.
What do you do? I'm a designer maker working in wood creating lovely wooden home wares and jewellery inspired by my childhood in the beautiful Dorset countryside.
Whats your creative background? I studied Fine Art at University and after graduating spent quite a few years finding my way making different work and working part time to support myself. When I started making with wood though something about it just felt right and my first product ranges developed very quickly and easily. I left my job about a year later and haven't looked back!
Who and what inspires you? I'm hugely inspired by nature and my childhood in the countryside. I love going back to Dorset to draw and get ideas for new products.
Whats the 'House Series' collaboration about and how did you meet Scout Editions? I'd known Scout Editions through the London market circuit for a year or so and had always loved and admired their work. When Pui approached me to see if we could make something in wood that would compliment the new range of homewares they'd recently launched I jumped at the chance!
The House Series collaboration is a set of little wooden houses we've created full of cute details from each of our work and delicately painted to give them a beautiful illustrative finish.
What materials do you use in your work and why? Pretty much just wood at the moment! It's a beautiful material to work with, always different with little quirks and changes in colour and texture and it compliments the nature focus that my products have perfectly.
Out of all the houses in the House Series collection, which house or houses are your favourite?
My favourite is the Mews, I love the little details on the cactus and the beautiful shapes on the roof. It was lovely to paint too!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? It would be great to live in Portugal at some point - Lisbon and Porto are beautiful cities that I love. I'd definitely like to return to Dorset in the future too - it always feels like home.
What are your plans or ideas for 2016? So many plans and ideas and always so little time! I'm going to be launching some new things in 2016 that I've been working on for ages so watch this space!
To see more of Anna's work, please visit www.annawiscombe.com
You can also see the collection of House Series Limited Edition Wood Houses here >