Happy Easter

Thought Claes Oldenburg's Fried Egg (1966-71) would make a suitable Easter post, but I hope your super-sized egg is made from something tastier than canvas, dyed cotton and expanded polystyrene this Sunday!

Image found here


We spent the best part of last week eating our way around the London streets like Pacman. Moments before I booked an hotel, a friend offered us her garden studio flat. In the light of these beautiful spring mornings, it felt more like a summer house.

I'd intended to visit more galleries but so many were between shows. I did check out the Serpentine's additional new Sackler Space though. Martino Gamper: Design is a State of Mind is well-paired to the concurrent Haim Steinbach show, Once Again the World is Flat; both explore notions of display and place the shelf centre stage. The show flows seamlessly into a shop that's curated by Momosan.

The boy stayed with his grandparents and had an exhibition of his own... in crayon on their wallpaper! We all came back a little bit fatter.


Two wavy meters of this appeared from the stuff-nobody-wants box in a fabric sale recently. Nobody except me, that is! Better make it into something quick before I change my mind.


Hanging Out

So pleased to receive a big box of risographs from the printers a couple of weeks back (that's how long it's taken to frame them up and take some pics). By popular demand, Crocodile and Lion are joined by these four guys.

The stock colours for riso machines are pretty limited but it beats thumbing through Pantone swatches 'til you can't tell red from blue anymore. Tones are easily achieved too, the percentile black of the elephant's grey has a cool granite fleck like an old Tissot Rock Watch!


colourful hand-decorated Sicilian ceramics
I wanted to post something joyful to match this glorious weather we've been having, so here's a Sicilian DeSimone plate (1964) I picked up recently.

Originally I mistook the abstracted motif for flowers but, what with all the fish those Christians will get through during Lent, it's still loosely topical, no?



Alongside a few of our creatures, I managed to get my goofy face on a tiny corner of April's Elle Decoration (p78). I bought a copy for posterity and instantly remembered why I avoid these magazines… unadulterated lifestyle envy! Already, like a vaporising laser-beam, this freshly critical eye has reduced my home to a dusty, dowdy hotchpotch of junk.


Alain Resnais (1922—2014), Hiroshima mon amour, 1959 [Photo: here]



Two sick days this week meant that production was down. Sad face. On the upside we were sedentary long enough to watch Claudia Weill’s 1978 debut, Girlfriends. Yay!


It was difficult to miss Elisabeth Frink's book of etchings (Tales from Chaucer, 1972, Waddingtons) in the window of my local high street bookseller this week, it's the size, shape and heft of a tombstone.

More familiar with her sculptures (fascistic figures in atomic shades), these overtly raunchy etchings made me curious enough to ask after the price. Four-Thousand-Five-Hundred-Pounds!

I come home and look at some more on the internet, it's almost free. Turns out she illustrated Rilke, Aesop, Homer and a great selection of ornithological studies too.


Well Prepared

I knew Busy Signal through listening to Major Lazer's LP last summer (Feel Free was on quite heavy rotation), but nothing could prepare us for hearing Green Gartside play this on the radio last night.

Sorry neighbours.


3 of 5

I thought of the Tom the cartoon cat, drinking coffee by the barrel and propping up sleep-heavy eyelids with buckling matchsticks, as I rushed to complete a short-notice commission this week.

Loosely billed as valentines from abandoned pets to prospective owners, I'm not really 100% sure who the final client is… but I'm hoping the US agency don't mind me reproducing these here (their copy, clearly).

Hope everyone gets good lovin' today. And if you're single... cherish it.



Cat phoographed as though reading magazine
Yay, we got some press! Pocket, the press officer, keeps taking a pause from work to paw over page 137 of this month's Living Etc.



illustration of reading dog with real illusration book
A friend got Julia Schonlau's 1000 Illustrations for Children (Quarry Books, 2013) as a gift this Christmas and complemented us on our contribution. I didn't know how we'd ended up in any book until I checked the emails and found all the correspondence from Sept 2012.

While I admit my memory does give me cause for concern, it makes our inclusion an especially nice surprise. To be featured among so many fantastic real illustrators is properly humbling… thanks Julia!


Geodesic Doom

architectural curiousity, Shoreham

Unless they're world famous, say, The Golden Gate or, more latterly, Øresund, bridges tend to connect destinations rather than form destinations in themselves. This being said, I was curious to see the new Adur Ferry Bridge on a recent visit to the Shoreham. Replacing the charming-but-reedy walkway, cast from concrete in the 1920s, this glass and steel hybrid for pedestrians and cyclists has transformed the way people use the town.

cast concrete footbridge 
On the way home we take the coastal road, flanked with warehouses and processing plants, more like massive machines than buildings proper. Kingston Baci lighthouse is still there, topped inexplicably with a bronze sphere, but something else is missing; the dark geodesic dome that glowered like an HQ for sci-fi baddies.

One day planning and conservation officers will get their knickers all twisted over odd, outmoded structures like these but, for now at least, they're preserved for posterity on Google Street View.


Tasche & Tapete

Google translates this as 'Bags & Wallpaper', it's the title of a 2014 calendar that utilises some of the old geometric patterns we made for gift wrap way back in 2006. I didn't even need to search through old artwork, Dumont grabbed the files from a CD accompanying the book, Cutting Edge Patterns and Textures, Estel Vilaseca, 2008.

Each of the initial three designs were named after some of the heraldic bears that lived in Ludwig Hoffmann's Bärenzwinger at Köllnischen Park, Berlin: Tilo, Maxi and Shnute. We caught sight of them once in the depth of winter when the sensible bears are catching serious shut-eye.

• b/w bear pics, 1950 and 1983, via the German Federal Archives