HIFEST Hastings illustration festival

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Even before I visited Hastings for the first time last month I had heard about the flourishing illustration community living and working in the town. The Hastings illustration festival- HIFEST promises to showcase the local talent as well as exhibiting internationally renown illustrators from further afield and with plenty to see, watch, hear and buy it looks to be a super day by the sea. And if you are visiting Hastings for the festival I highly recommend a trip on one of the two funicular railways.

What: Stalls, talks, workshops, live drawing, screenings, and students GIF projects celebrating illustration. There are a huge variety of briliant guest illustrators from across the UK taking part in the live drawing. Workshop highlights include ‘Let’s make a collage booklet’ with collage extraordinaires Martin O’Neill & Paul Burgess and Christmas card making with the witty wonder Gemma Correll. Talks include Lawrence Zeegan discussing his brilliant new book ’50 years of illustration’ and panel discussion ‘Illustration online’ where “top illustrators will discuss how they have used social media platforms to develop personal projects, build audiences, gain the attention of clients and create highly successful careers in the world of illustration.”

When: Saturday 6th December 2014. 11am-6pm

Where: The Atrium, Station Plaza, Station Approach, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1BA

More information: on the blog, website, facebook & twitter.

Credits: Quote and image from the HIFEST website (although I’m not sure who created the illustration)


CMYK animation by Marv Newland

Marv Newland created this simple and beautiful animation for the National Film Board of Canada using found bits of CMYK information and registration marks.

This quote taken from the NFB website describes it beautifully “This short animation is a dizzying celebration of sound, colour and movement. Here, multitudes of CMYK symbols, pulled off flaps of cereal boxes and other common printed materials, have been isolated and assembled. Freed from their workaday origins, these objects become moving artwork. Coloured dots pulsate, crosshairs roll and primary shapes dance. The result: an unrestrained riot of colour and energy.”

Small publishers fair 15th & 16th November 2014


The next Small Publishers Fair is on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th November. It is a great place to buy zines, artists books, prints and to meet the authors, designers and artists behind them. It’s also perfectly timed for those early Christmas presents. There will be free readings, book launches and talks on the Saturday as well as an exhibition of Herman De Vries curated by designer and publisher Peter Foolen.

Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL

When: Friday & Saturday November 14th-15th, 11am to 7pm.

More information:  smallpublishersfair.co.uk, facebook.com/smallpublishersfair and on twitter @smallpublishers.