Just down the road from P&C is a little gallery, Man & Eve and this week sees the opening of , Sarah Bridglands new exhibition. I stumbled across Sarahs work in saturday’s newspaper. I spotted an old box of staples and my foraging instinct kicked in ! Her use of vintage stationery items and cut up books struck a chord so I wrote her an email..on reply I found out that Sarah had bought some books from us, dissected them and used them in her new pieces. That made me smile.
Sarahs 3d collages are intricate, delicate and beautiful. Made from lost and found paper, they nod to constructivism, the Russian Avant Garde as well as the joy of pop up books and paper theatre. I just love how the old boxes seems to be exploding with type and colour, like a miniature celebration of all the things that she has collected. The time, patience and love for her work spills out of each piece, along with all of the strong typefaces and a sense of revolution.
Top of the Class
Vintage textbooks, for kids, are often graphically bold and simple with plenty of geometric primary colours . It might explain why I have inadvertently starting collecting them! Neat diagrams and line drawings are always a pleasure to look at, and if you get bored you can do the maths. Or cut them up and make nice things.
As you can see, the covers are reason enough to pick them off the floor of a junk shop.
These are my current favourites, I found the yellow one at the flea off 6th avenue the other week, and lovely Christine from Yellow Owl (who I met at the NSS) was also a fan. We cooed over it for a while.
Finally this book, with the most apt title, is disappointingly dull inside but the illustration on the cover is worthy of a post. I hope you agree! Someday I would like to have moustache like that. If yours is better then send us a pic.
Our friends at Hyperkit, a London design group I have admired for a long time, have a smashing new print available which sits in two parts. It’s super simple but captures the beauty of a medal perfectly, I wouldn’t mind this on a t shirt, and a bag.
Last week it was P&Cs first birthday and my friend Emma sent me the coolest present. A box of biscuit crayons in the post. They were meticulously iced in 4 different colours, and tasted ace. You can order biscuit ‘cards’ from Biscuiteers They concoct out of South London but the good news is they ship worldwide, so fill your boots.
From my bookmarks
Superfuture has been around for a while but I always check it out if we are going away. Because it is always updated, and by anyone who wants to do so, I know it will throw up some interesting stuff. Also if you do have a bricks and mortar store then you can add it to the map, thus increasing your visitor numbers ! We like that.