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Things

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Fascinating update – we’ve moved studios so please send all printed matter, apparel, food stuffs, family members and souls to:

Things for It’s Nice That
11 & 13 Bateman’s Row
London EC2A 3HH

Also, very unintentional but proof of the subiminal power of aesthetics, this week’s Things is many shades of black and red. Ivavoo.

STEAK Lewis Wade Stringer

One cellophane wrapped plush meat toy, zine, screen print, pack of stickers and flocked steak arrived from Lewis Stringer a short while back. Everyone bar me and my fellow “vegetable happy” people love a steak – it’s a brilliantly considered illustrative package, above and beyond the normal self promotion from a second year illustration student, or anyone really. Meat!
www.lewade.blogspot.com

The Everyday Experiment Andrew Slatter, Editor & Creative Director

A very nice looking publication “sampling the design, the queer and the politics in the everyday”. A seriously broad and considered collection of articles that solidify the “consciousness-raising do-it-yourself” mentality pitched in the intro. Equal weight of words and imagery with a theme of “relationships”, there is a genuine proffering of “alternative points of view” within a traditional-yet-not journal format.
www.andrewslatter.com

Super Busy Rowan Tedge

Aside from it’s imperviousness to flash, this zine is ACE. Incredible line work from Rowan’s sketchbook drawings since 2009. Like a mental Where’s Wally? I find myself looking at each spread like it might hold some happy conclusion but there’s quite a lot of dismemberment and bad orthodontics to get through and after a while you forget what you’re looking for and just enjoy the joyful carnage.
www.gripestreet.tumblr.com

Scary & Beauty Christopher Anhalt

This photography book by Christopher Anhalt is simply laid out with an occasional conflict of imagery (but always to great aesthetic effect), it’s a really good format for some of the most pleasing big (of the epic meaning sort) and excellently captured imagery I’ve been so fortunate as to look at for a while. Printed very nicely by the Home Park Press lot in Hamburg.
www.canhalt.com

Values Zoë Barker

“Values” as in moral principals not Morrison’s budget range and that is exact distinction that Zoe Barker has accomplished here. In a series of lovely pencil depictions of good, upstanding folk affixed into the context of Primark (OMG where did you get that polyester mix playsuit?“) or Ikea (”Passionate about melamine"), it’s a witty and beautifully printed book with a stellar quote to start: “The English countryside, it’s growth and its destruction, is a genuine and tragic theme” (E.M Forster).
www.zoebarkerdraws.com

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Posted by Bryony Quinn

Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

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