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London Art Book Fair 2015

Events, Exhibitions Mina 3 min read
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I have always looked at September with excitement not because it marks the end of the summer but because everything begins with it. And the first big event of the month is, of course, the London Art Book Fair (I blogged about the 2011 edition here). As expected, the Whitechapel Gallery was absolutely packed. People happily browsing and chatting to the makers and publishers manning the…

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Books will make us free! celebrating public domain for The Poundshop on the BBC

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I have been lucky to have been involved with The Poundshop since my student days so when Sara Melin and George Wu, funders of The Poundshop, contacted me to be part of their latest shop linked to their BBC appearance, I couldn’t have been happier. The Poundshop is a pop up shopping project based on the idea of selling quality designer products at affordable prices….

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Libri Illeggibili, the amazing illegible books by Bruno Munari

Book reviews, Books Mina 3 min read
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Bruno Munari’s work is as vast as it is extraordinary. A multidisciplinary creative, he was a designer, illustrator, educator, inventor and researcher who profoundly contributed to the arts with his radical approach to the creative process. I am most fascinated by his work with books and in particular his series of ‘Libri Illeggibili’, unreadable books that he first produced himself as handmade single copies in 1949 and…

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Riviera Style at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Exhibitions Mina 2 min read
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I had been looking forward to the Riviera Style: Resort & Swimwear since 1900 at the Fashion and Textile Museum for quite a while and I finally had the chance to attend before it closed on September 13th. Based on the buzzing Bermondsey Street and directly opposite the new White Cube gallery, the Fashion Museum building (painted in shades of bright orange and pink) is impossible to…

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Comedy Carpet Cut-Offs at Jealous Gallery

Exhibitions Mina 1 min read
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I’ve been planning a trip to Blackpool to see The Comedy Carpet for years, a typographic homage to over 1000 comedians and also Europe’s largest pieces of public artwork. Artist Gordon Young and Why Not Associates produced all the letters (some ranging up to 1m long!) in a dedicated factory, creating literally tonnes of beautiful typographic off-cuts. Some of these have been lovingly selected by the curators at…

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Designing The Rise & Rise of Tabitha Baird by Arabella Weir

Book Covers, Process Mina 2 min read
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Very excited to be able to show a bit of the process for ‘The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird’ by the amazing Arabella Weir and my first book jacket for Piccadilly Press (first of many, hopefully!). I love Emmanuelle Walker‘s work and shortly after receiving the cover brief from the publisher I went to see her solo exhibition ‘Passers-by’ at The Book Club, I knew she…

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Supernew Supergraphics

Book reviews, Books, Events, Reviews, Talks Mina 2 min read
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I attended Unit Editions studio event last week, celebrating the launch of Supernew Supergraphics, a collection of the best architectural, environmental and interior graphic design. A follow-up to their well known Supergraphics the first book on the subject that I’m lucky enough to own and treasure (it’s long since sold out and not going to re-print so I recommend you go buy Supernew Supergraphics now that you still can). At the…