Matte Stephens Selected Works

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Through his whimsical gouche paintings, Matte Stephens has created a world filled with friendly characters and warm moments that are flavored with nostalgia. Dapper foxes, chirping birds, pipe smoking penguins, turn of the century explorers all inhabit a space on his canvas. Even Monsieur Hulot stops by for the fun. The entire cast make an appearance in Matte’s new book, Matte Stephens Selected Works (Oeuvres choisies). Published by Editions Alto in Quebec, the stunning cloth-bound book highlights many of his most cherished paintings as well as his lesser known works.

Copies of Matte Stephens Selected Works (Oeuvres choisies) are available at Matte’s Etsy shop and Editions Alto.

Details:
96 pages /  7.5″x10.5″
Text set in Farao with captions in French English.

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matte stephens selected works

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Vitsoe Online Archive

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Vitsoe, a modern furniture company best known for it’s work with Dieter Rams and the production of the 606 Universal Shelving System, recently launched an online archive. With frequent updates, the tumblr site showcases candid photographs, catalogs, invitations and promotional items from its 53 year history.

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vitsoe

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Robin Day Form Unit Sofa for Hille
House Industries Borge Mogensen
Alexander Girard Book

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Stone and Spear

Walking the fine line between design, illustration and collage, is Stone and Spear, aka Simon Cook. His pairing bright colored shapes with simple allusions to photomontage, he creates intricate compositions that are slightly crazy but really entertaining. I am most drawn to the intense color schemes and how he designs each piece with a graphic designer’s eye, which makes his work quite unique.

Simon is also part of the British illustration collective ( friends of Grain Edit!) Many Hands—a community of young artists that work out of a great studio space in London. For more from Simon, check out his shop at Many Hands, be sure to follow him on twitter for his latest news!

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Daniel Frost

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Iluzjon – A Celebration of Polish Cinema and Poster Design

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“Everything starts with the EYE. It must be educated, independent – abstract.” –
Henryk Tomaszewski, Poster Artist

Iluzjon is an exhibition that showcases the very best of Polish film and theatre posters from the 1960s and 1970s, collected by Eye Sea Posters. These posters were commissioned by state controlled film and theatre institutions during the communist era in Poland, in order to create alternative imagery to the foreign originals they deemed inappropriate to use as advertising.

Often they had little visual reference to the film itself when creating the alternatives, resulting in off the wall and seemingly unrelated imagery. It provided an opportunity for some of the most revered national artists of the time to showcase their skills in conceptual design. Polish poster design has since gained international acclaim for its distinctive graphic style – bold, colourful, surreal and often with a satirical sense of humour or subversive theme. This makes them highly collectable and increasingly sought after.

Rare examples will be on display, and for sale, by renowned designers including: Wiktor Gorka, Waldemar Swierzy, Franciszek Starowieyski, Andrzej Krajewski, Jerzy Flisak, Maria Ihnatowicz, Jan Mlodozeniec and more. There will also be an limited edition screen print designed exclusively for the exhibition by Scot from design studio La Boca, who is an enthusiast of the genre.

There will also be a series of events to coincide with the exhibition that highlight Polish culture and contribution to design and film. London based artist and curator, Stanley Schtinter, has organised an impressive array of film related events that often involve the screening of previously unreleased and forgotten cinema gems and soundtrack music nights. He will be curating an evening dedicated to Polish cinema, allowing for a unique opportunity to watch on a big screen carefully selected and incredibly rare films.

Protein will also be hosting a Forum event that explores the history and influence of Polish poster and graphic design. There will also be a pop up vodka bar with crafted cocktails utilising arguably Poland’s most notable export.

The private view for Iluzjon will take place on the 18th October from 7-10pm.
18 Hewett Street
London EC2A 3NN

More details at www.18hewettstreet.co.uk

The Everywhere Project

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The Everywhere Project is a collaborative design project that pays tribute to the classic folk song “I’ve Been Everywhere”.

The song was written in 1959 by Australian songwriter Geoff Mack using Australian place names. It was later adapted to North American (and a few South American) locations by Hank Snow in 1962 and it hit number one on the country music charts. It has since been recorded by many artists including Johnny Cash and Willy Nelson.

In “the Everywhere Project” a select group of designers and illustrators are invited to create luggage labels, each reperesenting one of the 92 locations that appear in the American version of the song. Each artist has the oportunity to share their personal take on a place they’ve been, have connections with, or a place they only recently learned about.

the everywhere project

the everywhere project

the everywhere project

the everywhere project

The Everywhere Project is curated by Adrian Walsh, a designer and illustrator based out of Southern California.

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Mansi Shah

Graphic designer pattern maker Mansi Shah really has a wondeful grasp on what playful design really looks like. She manages to create a sunny outlook throughout her whole body of work—whether by using interesting, undulating lettering, or by creating bright and quirky vector-based compositions. Her latest venture is really inspiring—Shah Editions, where she creates limited edition products, turning them into small-run works of art. Keep up with the latest from Mansi by visiting her site and her amazing ( sort of secret!) illustration portfolio.

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Mogollon
Raymond Biesinger
Maxwell Loren Holyoke Hirsch

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{FROMPAMM} Paper Kitty Project • 2012 • Berlin x NYC

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One city being widely populated with artists, musicians and creatives alike, with a hippie trail of abandoned buildings turned art squats, the other, a fountainhead to the tallest buildings, busiest ports, dramatic financial velocity and everything and more in between – Berlin x NYC are perfect backdrops for the Paper Kitty project 2012.

{THE PAPER KITTY PROJECT}

Collected flyers and old newspapers given a new lease of life as card-holding, money-keeping paper wallets. What drives the project is a pure effort to keep the printed world relevant, forgotten paper left out in the rain – a big amount of the world’s resource in paper is wasted in the wind. Reuse the things that have already been produced to provide a longer life for it’s existence.

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{HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE}

1 – Send a message to onceinahouseonahill@gmail.com or drop a request in my “ask” box on tumblr for a gift in the post.

3 – Reply with your photos, reblog post on tumblr, spread the word.

*kitties and mail stamps are all made possible on my own dime.

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{HISTORY}

2010 – 47 kitties were sent to addresses from Bangkok to Turkey to England, 3 photos were returned for my record. I hope this year will be better as i take this travelling project to Berlin and soon, NYC. If you love mail art, stamp art and creating simple movements as i do, keep in touchx. Even flyers need love x

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