As the long days of March ends and a warmer season edges gradually closer, the postman delivered many joyful treats to the It’s Nice That studio this month. A mixed bag of brilliant David Shrigley T-shirts to the cutest stickers by Jon Burgerman, and even a zine with some dating truths, here is March’s Things…
Hoxton Mini Press: Dalston in the 80s
Always a Things favourite, Hoxton Mini Press sent us its latest release Dalston in the 80s by photographer Andrew Holligan. “Yuppies, and Rambos, eels and mash, anarchists and fascists” are all captured by Andrew’s lens. Shot using a 1950s Rolleiflex camera, the book gives a glimpse into the characters he met during two years living in Dalston, a world apart from the New York fashion scene Andrew was involved in previously.
Sam Kalda: Of Cats and Men
“Behind every great man is (sometimes) a great cat,” explains illustrator Sam Kalda’s first published book Of Cats and Men. The book is a journey into the lives of “notable cat-loving men”, including Haruki Murakami, William S. Burroughs and Ai Weiwei. Sam is a graduate of painting at SUNY Purchase and completed an MFA at The Fashion Institute of Technology, who also spent time studying at Yale and Norfolk School of Art. Academic achievements aside, he is fantastic illustrator of interiors and personas and as it turns out cats too. This book is a charming depiction of each.
Jon Burgerman: Splat and Jon’s Famous Friends
At March’s Nicer Tuesday’s the brilliantly inventive and hilarious Jon Burgerman blew the audience away with his fast paced and fascinating talk. He also gave us some copies of two of his recent publications and a whole load of Burgerman stickers.
The first Jon’s Famous Friends is a collection of Jon’s collages using Instagram photos with celebrities, captioned in his signature cheeky style. For instance, “I’m trying to play Minecraft in a club when who should turn up but @parishilton wanting to play her record collection (mainly 90s rave anthems). She promised to be quiet and go read a book for an hour, thanks for being a good member of #jonsfamousfriends Paris.” The other, Splat is, in the words of Oliver Jeffers, “a brilliantly playful book” and sees Jon illustrate adding a giant wobbly, gooey splat to sandwiches, ice cream and balloons. Thanks Jon!
Little White Lies: March/April, Issue 69
Little White Lies has got the right idea sending each issue in a see-through envelope. Every time one pops through the letterbox its cover shines through the post, it’s a publication you automatically want to flick through. This issue with the formidable Brie Larson illustrated on the cover looks like a film magazine from yesteryear but current at the same time. Features in this issue include a look at Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire feature film, a celebration of the London Film School and a whole load of new film reviews to read and get excited about.
Computer Duo: Dating
Computer Duo is the graphic design partnership of Luiza Dale and Josh Segal based in Brooklyn, New York. This month they sent us Dating, a zine that typographically explores dating and the honest but often quite ridiculous things we find ourselves saying at the beginning, middle and end of relationships. Some favourites: “I just think you’re an idiot and I hope you find someone as dumb as you”, “Evil exes = me! Lol who knew” or just the simple “Heyy”.
Family Store: David Shrigley
Family Store, an independent shop in Brighton’s North Laines have collaborated with David Shrigley for its first birthday. As well as selling a range of David’s books and pins, the artist collaborated with the store to create this very limited T-shirt and tote bag – a treat!
Adrien Parlange: Le Ruban
French illustrator and Royal College of Art graduate Adrien Parlange sent us his new book Le Ruban which translates directly as tape or ribbon which he illustrates throughout the book. In a yellow, blue and brown colour palette the different uses of a ribbon are explored, cleverly linking to a ribbon bookmark at the bottom of each page. The heavily weighted pages wittily display the ribbon as a snake’s body, a fishing line, or a mouse’s tail.
Studio Yukiko sent us their design of Sleek magazine, which is sleek by name and nature. The glossy pages of this publication is a mix of fashion editorial and art and design with names such as Juergen Teller, Chris Kraus, Grayson Perry and Tim Noble and Sue Webster gracing it’s cover. Its design is clever and its content is rich in equal parts, exactly what you want in a magazine.
About the Author
Lucy joined It’s Nice That as an editorial assistant in July 2016 after graduating from Chelsea College of Art. In October 2016 she became a staff writer on the editorial team and in January 2019 was made It’s Nice That’s deputy editor. Feel free to get in contact with Lucy about new and upcoming creative projects or editorial ideas for the site.