30 June 2008

STORE SNAPS - marks & spencer

today im posting some snapshots of things ive seen in the shops recently. kicking off with marks and spencer who had a beautiful gift bag featuring a 'handbags' print above, and below lovely silhouette print cards featuring foil on brown paper. there will be no print and pattern tomorrow as im off to the paperchase autumn preview. its their big press day when they reveal their new christmas ranges. will obviously let you know how i get on. see you on wednesday.

STORE SNAPS - tiger dk

danish store tiger had gone matryoshka mad, with this cute folk design appearing on boxes, cases, notebooks, cups and bowls. they also had a sweet owl design. see here to find out where tiger stores are located.

STORE SNAPS - wh smith

stationery and notebooks as seen in wh smith - they had a fab new kids collection called zany zoo (below).

27 June 2008

PRINT & PATTERN BOOK - how to submit

as many of you may have read print & pattern is going to be turned into a book by top publisher laurence king. the aim of the book will be to celebrate the creativity in surface design and stationery today. we'll hopefully feature patterns, cards, papergoods, scrapbooking, textiles, ceramics, badges, in fact anything with a great printed surface. in the USA the book will be distributed by chronicle books. if you would like to submit images for the book then here are all the details. there are two main ways to send me your images - on cd in the post or via email. there will be an ftp site too for anyone who has real difficulty with the other two more prefered options. so here goes :
firstly the resolution of your images must be at a quality of 300 dpi and preferably no smaller than A4 (210 mm x 297 mm) to allow maximum page layout flexibility. the colour mode should be saved as CMYK for the book printing process. the printers require the files to be saved as a TIFF (TIF). please do not send jpegs.

please put your name or studio /company name in the title of the email. for cds please write your name/company on the disc.
please give titles to your images - then in the email give the image title, year, client (if any).
please supply the email address and website that you will want to appear in the book.
if sending a cd this information can be supplied on paper (or in a word/text doc).
if you are submitting work that was produced for a client please make sure you have permission to publish it, as if selected you will need to sign a legal form confirming you have the right to do so.
the address to send discs to is :
Print & Pattern, Laurence King Publishing, 361-373 City Road,
London, EC1V 1LR, United Kingdom.
the email address to send to is :
i welcome submissions from design studios, professionals, students, graduates, illustrators, etsy & dawanda designers, companies, crafters, etc, etc. feel free to forward these details to friends or post on blogs.
**update** - many people have emailed today asking for a deadline - i'd say we have a maximum of two months - but ideally i'd like people to submit well before then.

ETSY SHOP - cabin+cub

valerie thai is an artist & designer from vancouver specializing in art and stationary items. she creates fabulous designs using collage, woodburning, and gocco printing. above are two of her gocco prints from notebook covers, and below collages made from vintage book illustrations, paper ephemera and ink illustration all on real paper-backed wood veneer. see them here in valerie's etsy shop cabin+cub.

ONLINE SHOP - custom made

new arrivals at custom made include these cushions made from cute decolello fabrics. also new are bags and purses in a sweet owl print.

26 June 2008

URBAN OUTFITTERS - new arrivals

i really loved this dot village print which is new in on a lampshade at urban outfitters. also catching my eye were the new pillows by alena hennessey based on her own brand of eco wall art here.

BOOK - simply pattern

need something new for your pattern bookshelf ? well heres a great new publication from victionary. 'simply pattern' is 272 pages of pattern designs and their many applications. designers featured include P+P faves julia rothman and bam pop, plus lena corwin, dan funderburgh, sanna annukka, thomas paul, and over 60 other great designers. theres a cover design by petra borner and a special pull out section (shown below). simply pattern is available is on amazon uk for a july 2nd release but has not yet got a date on amazon usa. incidently ive just about finalised the details for the print & pattern book so on friday i'll be posting full submission details.

ETSY SHOP - amy schimler

designer amy schimler has opened a new etsy shop where she will be selling an assortment of giclee prints including some of her surface design patterns as well as some fabric yardage. see the red fish circle shop for all her listings.

25 June 2008

PAPERCHASE - pet chopz

pet chopz, a brand new paperchase design, has just hit the stores. this design is available right across the board on papergoods, picnic, stationery, stickers, gift wrap and bags. i love the fun animal pictures and use of patterned backgrounds. im also really keen on gingham so was pleased to see it being used in a contemporary way. some of the products are already avaialble online here at amazon for uk residents. in the usa look out for paperchase within borders bookstores.