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Illustration

Things

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Here is this week’s crop of the post bags and hand-delivered goodies, complete with cook book, photo zine and some especially talented illustrators’ efforts. Serge Seidlitz, Harriet Cory-Wright, Bruno Zhu & Mengxi Zhang, Jack Hughes, Marin Matsuo, Ellie Tzoni and everyone at Innocent can share this excellent edition of Things with the anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. Which I think we can all agree is very cool.

Serge vs. Spaceship Earth Serge Seidlitz

Really nice screen printed graphic illustration from Serge in advance of his upcoming show. Which, if his super-prolific portfolio is anything to go by, should make for good viewing. It’s an easy-going style that belies such a bold statement as taking on the world. Go for it we say, we’re looking forward to the exhibition/death match. While on the subject, Buckminster Fuller once wrote a book about operating Spaceship Earth which Serge should probably read before jumping into the ring.
www.sergeseidlitz.com

Paper Sound Harriet Cory-Wright

Paper Sound “navigates through the rhythmic and temporal dimensions of a world described by J.G Ballard in The Sound-Sweep.” From this most intriguing opening, this carefully cloth-spined book with risographed, bible thin pages, moves into some of the promised abstract landscapes and textured layers that fit the meta-heavy prose of JGB. Lovely pencil skills and perspective-less composition, all very pleasing to the eye.
www.harrietcorywright.com

the palace explodes the shrimp bail, when the flower want to oxygen and nutrition, i will help too much. Bruno Zhu & Mengxi Zhang

Like a game of consequences, each colour photo by Bruno is answered or questioned by Mengxi’s black & whites. They show us their experiences and their different perspectives, a shared love of the obscure and the unexpected places you can find it. Each image is a random/bleak/bright/astute narrative appendage, that instead of being freakish to look at makes a quite lovely whole, with an excellent sense of humour and healthy irony.
www.mengxiz.com
www.brunozhu.tumblr.com

Marin, Jack, Ellie Jack Hughes, Marin Matsuo, Ellie Tzoni

A refreshingly friendly team effort from three Kingston illustration graduates Jack, Marin and Ellie. Just like a fun picnic, the combination of each person’s work makes each piece even better. With a big emphasis on equality (three colours, three sheets. three websites etc.) you may think that it is a collaborative project; however what this really contains is three very separate and personal projects, linked only by the friendship of the creators and the quality of the prints.
www.jack-hughes.com
www.marin-matsuo.com
www.ellietzoni.co.uk

Hungry? Everyone at Innocent

Best read at lunch! Reading about food is wonderful, eating food is even better – is this the augmented reality all the digital designers are promising us? It’s very good. Branding is as branding does and 99% of the recipes are simple as. Except the foccacia recipe which I don’t trust, from personal experience it has destroyed all self- confidence and desire to bake. Cooking-by-colour aesthetics, easy graphics, playful photography and an excellent recipe for banana ice-cream.
www.innocentdrinks.co.uk

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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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