Imagine my delight as walking down Bond Street I was stopped in my tracks by these gorgeous Su Blackwell book sculptures in Nicole Farhi's window. A real treat - and such a sophisticated and tasteful window display.
What a great title for an exhibition celebrating letterpress - and its recent resurgence. Our daughter Polly worked with Graham Bignell in the summer and produced some really delightful hand set pieces.
The New North Press are hosting their, and I quote, "very own typographic extravaganza! Curated by Graham Bignell & Richard Ardagh, Reverting to Type will showcase the work of twenty contemporary letterpress practitioners from around the world, contributions from three leading art colleges and the first eight in an ongoing series of prints with especially invited collaborators."
The exhibition details: 10th–24th Dec 2010 and 4th–22nd Jan 2011
Standpoint Gallery, 45 Coronet Street, London N1 6HD
Well, the Selvedge Christmas Fair was lovely, despite the doubts everyone had had about it actually happening! The stalls were stacked with gorgeous things and there was a steady build of customers through the day.
Our first silk square was highly admired and the partridge looked magnificent on the scarves, posters and bags. We also had three calico proofs across the front of the stall.
Daughter Polly worked on the stall all day with us until she went off to make an Oilskin bag with Merchant & Mills. What a success! The bag is gorgeous and she is so very proud of her achievement.
STARCH GREEN is a small studio in West London, set up by artist-designers Jonathan Mercer and Kate Fishenden.
Our focus is on hand-made design, using craft skills to create artwork and objects that add positively to the pattern of life, balancing home and work and creating a feeling of well-being. Our strong commitment to family, work-life balance and applied art combines to deliver a range of distinctive pattern papers, illustrations, prints and products, and a human approach to design.
Our talents dovetail, both having skills in illustration, design and typography. Whilst Jonathan’s wood engravings are the source and inspiration for repeat patterns, prints and stationery, Kate brings in the art of silkscreen printing to create fine art prints and extend the work on to textiles. We collaborate on the design of products developed to enhance the pattern of life. Production centres around the Albion press in the shed, the kitchen table and the studio.
We also take commissions for repeat patterns, label design, illustration, bespoke social stationery and small print runs.
For more information or to arrange a viewing of the portfolio, please contact Kate Fishenden on 020 8749 6098 or by email.