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Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Making up the illustrative corner of Things this week are two wonderful works of colour and narrative from Rob Hunter and Isabelle Greenberg. While design and art direction is exemplified by Useful in their inaugural magazine Used, and in Esopus 16 which includes an excellent spectrum of unique features. Finally, Peckham’s poetic delights in an anthology put together by Sofia Stevi.

The New Ghost Robert Hunter, NoBrow Press

Using NoBrow Press’ springboard short story project, 17X23, Rob Hunter has created a remarkable comic and a great example for the potential for the format. It tells the story of a benign ghost getting to grips with its new purpose in afterlife and the earthly obstacles it meets. It has been beautifully composed, individual frames devised with a quite brilliant colour scheme and pages arranged for the utmost narrative potential. Wonderful stuff.
www.rob-hunter.co.uk
www.nobrow.net

Rain Dance Isabelle Greenberg

Out of a very nice looking package that Isabelle kindly delivered, we selected this great looking screen print poster to gush about. Seems like this Brighton graduate has a fine grasp of story telling even in the simplest of forms. Really lovely characters, colour and line, it went straight up on our wall.
www.isabelnecessary.com

Esopus 16 Tod Lippy, Editor

This is brilliant. A huge level of curation has gone into making Esopus, a biannual arts magazine that prides itself on an impartial perspective, published by the non-profit Esopus Foundation. With individual features being designed specifically for it’s content, different stocks, fold outs, removable inserts etc. It makes it a pretty immersive experience to read as each change in section feels like a completely new magazine. The content is great and a fantastic collection of unseen mail art from Ray Johnson absolutely nails it, I’m certain this couldn’t appear in any other magazine and be done justice.
www.esopusmag.com

Used: Issue One Alex Geoffrey, Brendan Freeman, Brendan Peer editors. Useful, design

Very excited by the quality in the first issue of Used. It’s a large format magazine with a selection of work and features that blends pretty seamlessly from the abstract (the wonderful Winnie Troung) to the logical (Dan Eatock, the impossible conceiver of “answers to questions that haven’t been posed”), with a sleek design that looks like fashion but sounds like art. Well worth checking out.
www.usedmagazine.co.uk
www.weareuseful.com

New Poetry Anthology Sofia Stevi, design

Off the back of a number of poetry readings in South London that included contributors such as Hannah Barry, Louis Eastwood and Octavia Lamb, the designer/collator, Sofia Stevi, decided to have it printed under the name of her own publishing house, Friary Road House Editions. In “aspiring to create a community through collaboration and free creative flow of new information and ideas”, she is up against no mean feat, but creating this really nicely designed, printed and illustrated volume of poems is a good and meaningful way to go about it.
www.cargocollective.com/friaryroadhouse

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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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    We’ve already sung the praises of the V&A’s flagship London Design Festival project – Barber Osgerby’s extraordinary reflective installation in the Raphael Cartoons Gallery – but there are some other gems on offer at the spiritual home of the festival.

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    I have no idea who Mr G.G.Hines is. And yet I am standing surrounded by junk staring at his black leather passport holder. I am transfixed by it; lost in reveries about who he was, where he travelled to and what his handwriting – neat, confident but not fussy – says about him. I am also wondering how his passport came to be here, and the answer to that begins with Dan Tobin Smith.

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    Three years ago at the London Design Festival, the Bouroullec Brothers transformed the Raphael Cartoons gallery at the V&A by installing a huge textile-covered platform down the centre of the vast room. It became a playful, very human space in the heart of one of London’s most august institutions, and remains one of the most talked-about festival projects of recent years.

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    GIFs are usually reserved for that corner of the internet preoccupied with getting a quick laugh out of an easy audience (us included) so it’s surprisingly poignant to see the popular form employed not to show how funny a dog walking on its hind legs can be but to express a more powerful idea. This is exactly what Sofia Niazi has done with her new project Women of WOT. She wanted to utilise the medium to tell the unheard stories of the women forgotten by the War on Terror, but soon found that her project took a unexpected turn.

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    Just when you thought the only time you’d get to see some fruit getting jiggy with each other was the last time you ate a Moam bar, here’s Amelie von Wulffen’s paintings. Amelie’s work is a refreshing, sometimes sinister, sometimes sexual series of water-colour paintings depicting a strange mixture of food and tools interacting with each other as if they were humans – eating ice cream and going to music concerts and the like. As well as reducing mankind down to what it really is – a bunch of ridiculous creatures bumbling around the earth – Amelie’s real success here is bringing dark comedy into the largely unfunny art world, and for that she should be praised.

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    We’ve long maintained that to really get to know how a creative’s mind works, it’s best to explore their personal work, which often tells you much more than their professional portfolio. Another good example of this comes from London-based identity designer Iancu Barbarasa, who works under the name Iancul, and his terrific new Drawriting project, which “turns thoughts and their letters into visual puzzles.”

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    Co-founders of Dastoli Digital Robert and James were huge fans of Star Wars in the late 1990s, recreating hundreds of images from comics, books and game graphics on Microsoft Paintbrush using the Windows 3.1 operating system. In the run-up to the release of Star Wars Episode VII which will come out on 18 December 2015 they’re releasing an image a day from this seemingly bottomless archive, giving fellow fans a glimpse of their fantastic attention to detail and brilliantly retro colour palette.

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    Anna Valdez is the kind of artist who makes me want to swathe myself and everything around me in layers of tropical prints and geometric patterns and embrace a new sartorial existence as a wannabe art teacher. Her mastery of textiles is so thorough that some of her pieces almost feel like studies, an effect which makes sense considering her academic interests. With a background in anthropology she paints domestic interiors as though they were portraits, with every detail contributing to the overall effect, whether it be house plants, intricately reproduced book covers, woolly jumpers or oriental rugs.

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    Australian artist Kit Webster is has long been fascinated with the emotional and psychological tricks he can play through the manipulation of sound and light. His new piece Hypercube is a concentric cubic sculpture with a 120-metre LED set-up that can be controlled using specially-created software. The pre-recorded cycles allow Kit to control the viewer’s experience, speeding the cube up to a frenzy and breaking the tension with meditative moments of calm.

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    Apologies if this is a slightly dismayed post, but upon thinking I had stumbled across a gem via Nieves’ announcement of some new zines I was excited to be the first to write about Keegan McHargue on It’s Nice That. Alas I was not, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t shout about his brilliance once more.

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    When I was a teenager I’d have given my right arm for patches emblazoned with the lyrics of my favourite songs. It was the height of cool to be covered in brightly-coloured band paraphernalia (or at least I thought so). German artist Selma Alaçam clearly thought so too as her latest project Heartstrings combines some of her favourite song lyrics from the likes of Fiona Apple and Depeche Mode. The seven woven rugs – based on the traditional kelim, native to Turkey – have been hand-embroidered with bold typographic verses, whose personal importance is known only to the artist. To the rest of us these embroideries are like beautifully ambiguous album covers, enticing you in with their bright, bold colours.

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    It’s plain to see that Lee Marshall’s artwork is a product of the digital age; his smooth gradients, vectorised objects and figures apparently created in an early version of Corel Draw all evoke the atmosphere of an abstract digital landscape. But Lee’s creations all exist in the real world as paintings, drawings and sculptures, bringing a unique physicality to environments we’d expect to experience on a flat screen. The Norwich School of Art graduate has been perfecting this signature style since his student days, but with an ever-increasing list of group and solo shows to his name we’re expecting more great things from Lee over the coming months and years.

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    Let’s all give a big round of applause to the people behind Instagram who, in creating a convenient photo-based social media outlet, also paved the way for Instagram artists. If Instagram is the Impressionist salon of our time, then right at the forefront of this digital gallery is Kalen Hollomon, whose own brand of photo-collage is a tongue-in-cheek giggle at both the fashion industry and at commuters in general, and is hugely popular with it.