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Music Video Friday: Elli et Jacno – Je t’aime tant

Elli et Jacno

Here’s Elli et Jacno, a French electropop duo from the 1980s with their video for the rather melancholy “Je t’aime tant” (I love you so). It might not quite be our favourite song by the pair but the video is the best one we could find down the youtube goldmine and they are wearing amazing outfits! They released a great bunch of songs but our favourites are “Mains dans la main”, “Oh la la” and “Le telephone”.

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Music Video Friday: Real Estate – Darling

Real Estate

Here’s Real Estate – a nice bunch of chaps playing a lovely bit of melodic indie to warm your cockles. Directed by Weird Days, this very tastefully put-together video features a large four-legged animal and a beat that you can’t nod your head to no matter how hard you try. Also, if anyone can explain to us why the drummer keeps changing we’d be very grateful.

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Fair Play Illustration and Zine Fair Brighton

Fair Play Brighton

Last Sunday we were at Fair Play Brighton, a new illustration and zine fair at the North Laine Brewhouse organised by illustrator Jessica Sharville. The North Laine Brewhouse was a great venue for hosting the fair, with a nice selection of food, a huge variety of beers and a brilliant, eclectic mix of music provided by DJs from FIP. It was much smaller scale than some of the recent events we have taken part in, which gave it a really nice friendly, cosy atmosphere. Here are some photos from the day…

Fair Play Brighton

Prints and badges by Billy Mather

Fair Play Brighton

Becky Lu

Fair Play Brighton

Fair Play Brighton

Prints and zines by Jessica Sharville

Fair Play Brighton

Print by Girl Shit (aka Zoe Bailey)

Fair Play Brighton

Pebbles and skulls by Adam Moore

Fair Play Brighton

Print by Marcelina Amelia

Fair Play Brighton

George Ratcliffe

Fair Play Brighton

Prints by Tilly Barker

Fair Play Brighton

Our Patrick looking a bit forlorn at the start of the day

Fair Play Brighton

Saffron Reichenbacker

Fair Play Brighton

Fair Play Brighton

Prints by Ben Gore

Fair Play Brighton

UHM! Zines

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Illustration We Love: Soña Lee

Soña Lee

Ever heard of Soña Lee? Well you should have because her very colourful characters are popping up everywhere – in the usual illustrationy places like magazines but also on the sides of buildings, vans and beer bottles. Soña describes herself as a Seoul-Rotterdam-based artist making illustration, painting, murals, animation and art. She has worked for some very cool clients, collaborated with some other great artists such as Ming Sin Ho and Levi Jacobs and had a solo show (Soñazone – take a look at the photos). We love her amazing cast of characters and her striking choice of colours. She very kindly sent us a load of sketchbook pages (see the bottom of the post) to share and they are super neat and crispy and ooze imagination. Give her a follow on Instagram yeah?

Soña Lee

Winter season risograph print

Soña Lee

Soña Lee

The Beer Pilgrim’s PorterSoña Lee

Painting for “Less Island” group exposition

Soña Lee

“Imaginary Friends from my Sketchbook”

Soña Lee

Soña Lee

Truck Painting with MingsinHo for the flower shop in Rotterdam

Soña Lee

Illustrations for the cover and quiz pages for Uitagenda magazine

We love the wall art that Soña makes, we’re really hoping she’ll come to Brighton soon and paint a massive mural.

Soña Lee

Soña Lee

Mural project – photograph by Montana Spray KR, www.streetart.kr, www.excuzzzz.tumblr.com

Soña Lee

Wall art

Soña Lee

Wall art

Here are the sketchbook pages Soña sent us…

Soña Lee - sketchbook

Soña Lee - sketchbook

Soña Lee - sketchbook

Soña Lee - sketchbook

Soña Lee - sketchbook

Soña Lee - sketchbook

Soña Lee - sketchbook

Soña Lee - sketchbook

 

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Hackney DIY Art Market

Hackney DIY Art Market

On Sunday we travelled up to East London to take part in Hackney DIY Art Market. It was a gloomy, chilly day but loads of people managed to make their way to the event and we had a great day running our stall. Our pal Tom surprised us with a visit and we all had falafel wraps from our favourite kebab shop on Stoke Newington Road, washed down with Supermalts. Here are some of our favourite things from the other stalls at the market.

Hackney DIY Art Market - Lucy Kirk

Hackney DIY Art Market - Lucy Kirk

Menacing monochrome ceramic figures by ceramist and illustrator Lucy Kirk

 

Hackney DIY Art Market - Jess Warby

Hackney DIY Art Market - Jess Warby

Hackney DIY Art Market - Jess Warby

Fun patches by Londoner and embroiderer Jess Warby

 

Hackney DIY Art Market - Good Day Club

Cool screenprinted T-shirts by fellow Brightonians Good Day Club

 

Hackney DIY Art Market - Stephen Glove

Super cute Pigeon toy by Stephen Glove

Hackney DIY Art Market - Gotvitaminc

Nihilistic tote bags and prints by Gotvitaminc (Jamie Morrison)

Hackney DIY Art Market - Stella Salumaa

Beautifully illustrated and highly amusing books by Stella Salumaa

 

Hackney DIY Art Market - It's Alright

Hackney DIY Art Market - It's Alright

Fun and colourful ceramics by London-based duo Leah and Andy, aka It’s Alright

A little film of Patrick’s drawings during the day, mostly based on people spotted at the market.

Thanks very much to everyone who bought stuff, people who made nice comments and to the organisers. We will be selling our wares again at Brighton DIY Art Market on 30th April 2017, 11:00-18:00 at The Old Market.

Hackney DIY Art Market

And finally, the award for the most chic dog at the market goes to this little chap.

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Music Video Friday: Cowtown – Emojicore

Cowtown - Emojicore

Woo it’s Friday! Here’s a new music video by Cowtown, an excellent band from Leeds who make “dynamic over-stimulated indie rock”. We saw them perform last year at the West Hill Hall, one of our favourite venues in Brighton (it’s tiny and you can bring your own booze!). Our Patrick remembers watching them play in Leeds back in 2004!

In the video animated by Pstl cstl the band travel through landscapes inspired by old computer games, recognisable to people who will have played on Ataris, Sega Megadrives and N64s. We spotted Streets of Rage, Sonic the Hedgehog, Echo the Dolphin and Mariokart. We love the animation and we love the music – watch it now!

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Illustration We Love: Andrea Chronopoulos

Andrea Chronopoulos

Hello everybody, here’s Andrea Chronopoulos! Andrea is a Greek/Italian illustrator and is currently based in Rome. He is a member of Studio Pilar collective and has worked for an impressive list of clients including The Guardian, The New York Times and Fred Perry. We have picked some of our favourite work from his website to show you as well as some great sketchbook pages (at the bottom of the post) that Andrea kindly sent us. We love the way Andrea uses clean lines and warm colours to create images that are often humorous and also seem to hint that something else (something mysterious?) is happening behind the scenes.

Andrea Chronopoulos

Poster for Gelati Fanzine Festival exhibition “Latte+Ghiaccio”

 

Andrea Chronopoulos

“Think You’re Ready for Kids? Get a Dog First” illustration for GQ.COM

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Andrea Chronopoulos

Cover and some illustrations for the book “Brutti Sporchi e Gentili” by Guillaume Guèraud, published by Biancoenero Edizioni

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Two of a four page story for “Me ne stavo seduto forse fumavo” by Perropanda edizioni

Andrea Chronopoulos

“Scratch, then sniff, then sip…” illustration for the June 2016 issue of EasyJet Traveller magazine.

 

Andrea Chronopoulos

“The blind community has high hopes for self-driving cars”. Illustration for January/February 2017 issue of MIT Technology Review

Andrea Chronopoulos

Living Room

Andrea Chronopoulos

Illustration for the September/October 2016 issue of Planadviser.

 

Andrea Chronopoulos

Illustration for The New York Times Op-Ed

Andrea Chronopoulos

Illustration for the September 2016 issue of Plansponsor

Andrea Chronopoulos

Alone in Memphis

 

Andrea Chronopoulos

Illustration for RadioLuiss program I Gettoni

Here are the sketchbook images that Andrea sent us. It’s interesting to see his work pared down to just black ink on paper, we especially love the fashion man with his “What is Fashion” book. If you want to see more of Andrea’s work (and some cool gifs), have a look at his website. He also has a Tumblr and an Instagram account.

 

Andrea Chronopoulos

Andrea Chronopoulos

Andrea Chronopoulos

Andrea Chronopoulos

 

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Best Valentine’s Cards from Etsy

I like to look at you valentines card by Laura George

I like to look at you card by Laura Berger

Oooh it’s nearly Valentine’s Day!

Here’s our top favourite Valentine’s cards from some awesome illustrators available on Etsy. We’ve picked cards that are cute, sweet and a little bit weird. Feel free to send YUK FUN a card!

You're sweet valentines card by Asking for Trouble

You’re sweet card by Asking for Trouble

You're HOT like a curry Valentines card by Hello DODO

You’re HOT like a curry by Hello DODO

I could eat you valentines card by thenosuchdisco

I could eat you by The Nosuch Disco

i love you this much valentines card by Studio Boketto

I love you this much by Studio Boketto

I will share my nuts with you valentines card by LIKKS

I will share my nuts with you by Vicky Ramsey

Love you to death valentines card by Triangletrees AKA Gillian Wilson

LOVE YOU TO DEATH by Gillian Wilson

Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Chubby Chinese New Year Babies

Space baby on the phone Nian hua

Found via Zontar

Happy Chinese New Year everybody!

Babies aren’t fat enough these days,  I mean who doesn’t love a chubby baby? Spreading joy and luck in poster form are these beautiful Chinese babies…for more information read this article on New Year Prints from chineseposters.net.

Two fishes are auspicious Shuang yu jiqing (双鱼吉庆) by Yang Wende (杨文德) 1985

Two fishes are auspicious Shuang yu jiqing (双鱼吉庆) by Yang Wende (杨文德) 1985 

All over the mother country, glad tidings are spreading Zuguo chuchu chuan xixun (祖国处处传喜讯)

All over the mother country, glad tidings are spreading Zuguo chuchu chuan xixun (祖国处处传喜讯) by Liu Shumao (刘树茂) 1989

Happiness and abundance Xingfu youyu (幸福有余)

Happiness and abundance Xingfu youyu (幸福有余) by Wang Dawei (王大为) 1983

A blessing descends upon the house Xilin men (喜临门)

A blessing descends upon the house Xilin men (喜临门) by Huang Miaofa (黄妙发) early 1970s

Chubby Baby Nian Hua

Found via Pinterest

Ok these last two are less chubby more space-y but still awesome!

Space Baby Nian Hua

Found via Zontar

Space Babies Nian Hua poster

Via Flickr

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Rubber Stamping by Stephen Fowler

Rubber Stamping by Stephen Fowler

In December 2016 we ran a stall at the very wonderful and inspiring Hastings Illustration Festival. The best thing about taking part in an event like HiFest is that you get to see brilliant artwork and illustration by the other exhibitors. In amongst the stalls we found artist and illustrator Stephen Fowler and his wondrous book about the art of rubber stamping.  The book is worth having just to look at and enjoy, even if you don’t actually want to do any of the practical stuff inside – there are examples of work by some amazing artists, such as Jeremy DellerRob Ryan, Natsuko Oshima and Zeel. However, if you’re after exciting new ways of making images then there are lots of easy to follow instructions on printmaking. The techniques demonstrated in the book cover everything from printing edible images on to cake icing to faking Bigfoot’s tracks. The book has clearly been very carefully put together over two years, with most of the illustrations and diagrams made by the author with his own stamps.

Rubber Stamping is published by Laurence King and there are lots more pictures of the book, plus some interesting thoughts on the content by the author on his blog.

Stephen will be running a rubber stamp passport project at Bristol Artists Book Event (BABE) at Arnolfini, Bristol, 1st-2nd April 2017. He is also making a limited edition rubber stamp book for Craig Atkinson at Café Royal Books, which will also be launched at BABE. He will be running workshops with The Idler on the 22nd April.

Rubber Stamping by Stephen Fowler

Lucy bought the book for me as a Christmas present and Stephen very kindly stamped the book with some of his stamps as well as writing a personal message.

Rubber Stamping by Stephen Fowler

Repeating designs to create texture

Rubber Stamping by Stephen Fowler

Rainbow printing is definitely something we could get in to!

Rubber Stamping by Stephen Fowler

I love the alphabet by Zeel on this page

Rubber Stamping by Stephen Fowler

Spooky vegetable prints