It’s time for Things – the July edition! We’ve got a fantastic collection of publications, zines, posters and mags to add to your stack this month, from books full of doodles, alphabetical graphic illustrations, fine art photography posters, watercolour paintings documenting London’s neighbourhood shopfronts and Risograph cartoons, to skateboarding interviews, chromatic meditations, stories of black womanhood told through the topic of hair, and conversations with women of colour working in the creative industry. Get stuck in!
We’re big fans of BFR Mag, which describes itself as “an excuse to bring together work by friends and print the things we talk about”. This technicolour edition takes us through a veritable rainbow of drawings, writing and photography, all meditating on the theme of colour and its ability to evoke moods and communicate concepts.
Bilde Paper is, by its own definition “skateboarding culture in conversation”. Created by Australian photographer and sponsored skateboarder James Whineray, the first issue of Bilde Paper brings together a global community of skaters in conversations and photographs to render skate culture in print.
Founded by Thyra Bankole, Melanated aims to promote and celebrate the creativity of women of colour in the UK. Thyra and the women whose work is showcased in the publication collectively address the question of what it feels like to be a woman of colour in the creative industry – an industry for which diversity is still an issue – with interviews, articles and photography.
Eleanor Crow’s upcoming publication pays homage to London’s independent stores, family-run businesses and traditional shops, with charming and detailed watercolour illustrations. Written stories join over 100 illustrations of fishmongers, grocers, butchers, cafes, bookshops, chemists, launderettes and stationers, in this colourful and characterful exploration of London’s neighbourhood stores.
Illustrator Jiro Bevis’s Risograph-printed publication renders his boldly outlined, cartoonesque characters and retro signage typography in acid-bright ink. More a collection of distinctive standalone designs than a linear book, Steal It An’ Deal It is a lively, playful edition of illustrations carrying shades of advertising aesthetics, kids’ television and arcade games.
First published as a Christmas gift to his two young children, Melbourne-based creative director and graphic designer Tristan Ceddia’s A to Z of Fruits is a beautifully executed, fresh take on the alphabet book. Typographic pages mirror the chromatic compositions of the illustrated fruits in a colourful, bold edition of the ABCs.
Poet and artist Kyrill Constantinides Tank has collated a series of observational sketches made while working in a museum bookshop. The result is a book full of doodles in pen and pencil, some from real life, some from the artist’s imagination. Although principally rendered in monochromatic black and white, some drawings contain dashes of colour or elements sourced from whatever materials happened to be lying around at the time of their making – a plaster, for example.
Rona Jaffe Foundation award-winning cartoonist Ebony Flowers presents a graphic comic-strip style publication all about the culture and social politics of hair. A series of eight stories merge image and dialogue to depict black womanhood through an extended discussion around the space of the hair salon, the treatment and conceptions of black hair, and westernised beauty standards.
Nava’s fine art photography posters deliver limited edition prints and “open edition” posters by currently practising photographers. Collaborating with artists such as Jean-Vincent Simonet, Fabrizio Albertini, Julien Sage, Amy Li and Jenna Putnam, Nava creates large-scale printed posters of selected photographs to share the works in their physical format with a large community of contemporary photography enthusiasts.
About the Author
Becky joined It’s Nice That in the summer of 2019 as an editorial assistant. She wrote many fantastic stories for us, mainly on hugely talented artists and photographers.