Illustrate Now

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    Penguin Random House launched Write Now in 2016 to support under-represented writers. This year they've broadened the initiative to include budding illustrators from diverse backgrounds offering a free workshop, portfolio reviews and mentoring from an in-house designer. Entries are open to 23 July, with ten talented artists winning a year-long mentorship. Illustrations by Nadia Shireen.
    #goodcause . 15.06.18

    Pulp Fiction

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    Gloria Stoll Karn's career as a successful 1940s pulp fiction may never have been if it weren't for a keen eyed janitor saving her sketches from an incinerator. Check out her beautiful images in Hyperallergic's article about her life in a male-dominated world or head to the Norman Rockwell Museum for her full profile. It's a great story.
    #girlpower #publish . 14.06.18

    Afrofuturism

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    It's all out Africa for us with this fashion forward collection of inspiring creativity currently lighting up our world. We kick off with Remember the Rude Boy, a vibrant tribute by friends and colleagues of Kevo Abbra's father, featuring rethought designs with charity store vintage finds in Nairobi. So brilliant is it that Ghana are also paying homage with Remember the Rude Boy II. We love them, images courtesy K63.studio. We highly recommend checking out dezeen's article for more champions of Afrofuturism including Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru who transforms junk into treasure. We're agog ...
    #africacalling . 29.05.18

    Style in Spades

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    This magazine round-up is not the common garden variety. First up, The Plant brings an array of creatives together who share a love for all things botanical, while Rakes Progress follows a wild plot all about people and their sometimes quirky connections to the cultivated landscape. And lastly fantasy rules in Pleasure Garden, a wonderfully rich publication taking inspiration from the pleasure gardens of 18th century London where spaces were given over to the earthly delights of art, music, fashion, society and sex. Expect no how-to's with these percipient periodicals.
    #publish . 22.05.18

    The Diner

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    What better way to celebrate 25 years than to reinterpret the iconic American diner. Expertly executed, The Diner is a cool collaboration between Surface magazine and David Rockwell who create four distinct variations (the Roadside Diner, the East Coast Luncheonette, the Midwest Diner, and the West Coast Diner) for Salone del Mobile in Milan. What's more they're on fleek with their colour blocked promo material. Take a seat at Rockwell for background information. Images by Kelsey McClellan with styling by Michelle Maguire.
    #publish . 08.05.18

    Pretty Cocky

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    The humble chook is out of the roasting pan and on the page thanks to Italian photographers Moreno Monti and Matteo Tranchellini. Their upcoming crowd-funded book Chicken was stunningly successful meaning we should see it on the shelves before the year is out. Features oodles of splendid portraits of delicious show birds, it's a different take on our feathered friends. Head to Colossal for more images and details.
    #publish . 24.04.18

    We Love Clay

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    New tome New Wave Clay published by Frame has us waiting with bated breath. Featuring 55 contemporary ceramicists not just embracing clay, but taking it to exciting new heights. Think new techniques, contributions from Grayson Perry and four chapters designed to evoke feelings in viewers: Joy, Simplicity, Structure and Nostalgia.
    #publish . 10.04.18

    Paper Play

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    We love cool collaborations, and this Swedish one is no exception. Photographer Kristoffer Marchi has teamed up with and artist Malin Pierre to produce a series of fantastic images featuring Malin's magnificent paper sculptures. Here are a couple of our favourites. See more on Trendland.
    29.03.18

    Falling Fronds

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    Two wondrous attempts to recreate the beauty of Babylon's Hanging Gardens are afoot in Europe. First up is The Heron's Tree by Les Machines de L’ile, a super ambitious mechanical construction set to sprout, or should that be soar, 114 feet high in France's Brittany. Don't hold your breath though, it's not set for completion until 2022 so head to Colossal to see plans. Come July Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto will have installed his GaiaMotherTree in Zurich's main train station promising a fragrant forest of hanging branches laced with aromatic spices. Artnet has the news.  
    22.03.18

    Flying High

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    What better way to celebrate than with an ethereal Janet Echelman woven sculpture. This beautiful colour cloud floated above Madrid's Plaza Mayor in February to celebrate 400 years. Check our dezeen for more information. Image: Joao Ferrand.
    #wishwewerehere . 16.03.18

    Colour Coded

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    We're all for interactive cool collaborations, and that's just what Zeeuws Museum X Das Leben am Haverkamp is. Four Dutch fashion designers (Anouk van Klaveren, Christa van der Meer, Dewi Bekker and Gino Anthonisse) reinterpreted objects from the Zeeuws Museum collection via visitors' verbal descriptions of said objects. Each designer used these recordings to create their own colour-coded modern interpretation of old era objects. What's more there's a small room where the original objects can be viewed and compared. The transformations are both surprising and spot on. Check out Das Leben ...
    #archivefever . 15.03.18

    Aptly Analogue

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    We're sure analogue aficionados will be in raptures over a stunning new book celebrating the joy of shooting film. The aptly titled Analogue Photography is sure to appeal to graphic fans too with its of the era design and specially designed font. Click over to Creative Review for full details including images to make you drool.
    #publish . 28.02.18