Christmas zine social in London



The London Illustration Fair 2013


The first London Illustration Fair is being held in Hoxton Arches this Friday 29th November – Sunday 1st December.

Artists and illustrators are selling their wares over three days with “something for every pocket” with items from under £10 to exclusive original prints. As well as buying and sell there are other activities from the likes of Puck Collective, who will be there with a live revolving drawing installation as well as a exhibiting work made by the collective. JEALOUS are hosting live screenprinting by chosen illustrators. Linocut Boy (also know as Nick Morley) is running an anti-christmas card workshop where you can print his pre-cut lino plates on an Adana press.

You can buy tickets for £5 per day here. More information on opening times and event details visit the website.

Image from Linocut Boy

Books I wish I owned: Karel Martens- Printed Matter/Drukwerk


I love Karel Martens work, and his Printed Matter/Drukwerk was a great source of inspiration when I started teaching Silkscreen printing. I devised workshops using different shapes which students printed in C K M Y, overprinting layers of coloured shapes onto their prints. Combining Silkscreen techniques with colour theory and image making. Unfortunately Printed Matter/Drukwerk is out of print so the only hope of getting my hands on my own copy is either paying £600 via Amazon or waiting patiently for a forth edition. Until then I’ll have to visit it in the library, or this amazing online archive of Martens beautiful letterpress and mono prints.

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Photographs from Grain Edit and P!

Press & Pull 2 exhibition


Press & Pull 2 showcases the continual explorative works of Printmaker James Brown & Silkscreen Artist Kate Gibb. The Prints created are informal, playful and simply an opportunity to be creative, free from commercial constraints. Five years on from Press & Pull 1, this second instalment shows a body of prints that reflects both artist’s current obsessions & intuitive relationships towards their own practice.

Gibb uses screen printing techniques in an experimental way, adding layers of texture, pattern and colour to create imagery in her prints.

Brown uses both screen printing and lino print techniques to create bold, colourful, often typographic images which often resemble design styles of the past.

The exhibition is on show at Stour Space in Hackney Wick, London until 2nd December 2013 (9am-5pm daily.)


Top image from Kate Gibb’s twitter. Bottom image from James Brown’s twitter. More photos of Gibb’s work in the exhibition are posted on her blog.


Film: Photo etching process with Anouk Mercier

Artist Anouk Mercier talks about her printmaking practice and the the process of photopolymer etching whilst demonstrating how she produces her art works using a combination of techniques and technologies. You can see more of Anouk’s work on her website.

Anouk talks about the bursary she received from Exeter’s Double Elephant Print Studio, where part of the filming took place. The film also features Jamaica Street Studios in Bristol.

Filmed and edited by Joshua Gaunt of, you can watch more of his printmaking films on the Workshops n’ Docs Vimeo page.

Hatch Show Print letterpress in London

Jim Sherraden from the excellent Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee will be giving a talk at London College of Communication at Elephant & Castle on Wednesday 13 November, at 6.00 in the Main Lecture Theatre. This accompanies Hatch Show Print’s first UK exhibition which opens the same day at Chelsea Space at Chelsea College of Art in Pimlico and runs until December.

Since 1879 Hatch Show Print have been printing letterpress posters and specialise in colourful, multi-layered posters. For more information about Hatch Show Print you can visit their website or facebook page.

Tickets for the talk are free but places are limited, so booking online is essential.