This week Things finds it’s form shooting other things from the treetops of it’s Beano-reading youth, loves illustrated haikus about disappointing sex, finds fun in a girls’ mag and likes three lovely, very different, well-printed posters. Go on, have a gander.
Not Another Bill & Chris Jarratt: Not Another… Slingshot
Not Another Bill create special surprises to break up the post mat’s red letters and junk mail. This month it’s a slingshot! Everyone loves a slingshot – especially when it’s been made by a professional slingshot maker Christopher Jarratt. Many a summer have I spent failing to whittle a branch into this sort of shape.
Jamie Stewart and Sophie Alda: Oneliest
Belly Kids, the eclectic publishers we have to thank for last summer’s Bill Murray colouring in book have just made this excellent little book of musician and poet Jamie Stewart’s haiku’s. Tender and witty illustrations by Sophie Alda accompany Jamie’s musings on cats, ennui, porn and grief.
Mushpit: Big Issue
Oh Mushpit, Dalston’s DIY mag dream. Very hard not to be won over by this one. Funny, fun and just getting on with making something they want to make. Scrunchies, horoscopes, belly jewels and how to crawl out of an existential crisis.
Thomas Murphy: prints
The shapes on Thomas Murphy’s screen printed Rocks and risograph Rock Sculptures are strange, elegant things that don’t necessarily resemble rocks at all. Some look like the eroded teeth an ardent Slush Puppy drinker might end up with, others a little like a strawberry meringue. In short, they’re pleasantly ambiguous.
Lovely Jojo: Quiet print
Ironically placed adjective or reverse-pyschology directive? However you read Lovely Jojo’s eye-dizzying print its sure to wake you up and make you squint, seeking shapes in those colourful triangles.
- Activism, raving and vintage cookbooks – highlights from Nicer Tuesdays June
- Patrick Savile’s dreamy designs draw from 70s airbrush art, Roger Dean and Turing patterns
- Illustrator Nathan Cowdry depicts an unusual dialogue between two strangers in his new comic, Shiner
- Our round-up of this year’s UK grad show identities and show designs
- Nathalie du Pasquier opens first solo show in UK for almost 25 years
- Photographer Ian Kenneth Bird shares his top photobooks
- Alex Norris’ hilarious three-panelled webcomics are universally appealing
- Pigalle, Ill-Studio and Nike have redesigned the Paris Duperré basketball court
- Leipzig graphic design studio Lamm & Kirch on their shared ethos
- Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger on how to stand out
- From Lemon Twigs to Laura Marling: Hollie Fernando’s painterly photography folio
- Why materials matter: Seetal Solanki on the Grenfell Tower tragedy