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From large scale murals on mirrors to towel designs and music videos, there’s never a dull moment with Neasden Control Centre, AKA Stephen Smith. It was a delight to catch up with him at Jackie Magpie HQ and hear about …

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Once again Pinterest has introduced me to an utter gem. Kawanishi Hide was a Japanese printmaker who worked in the early 20th century, creating bold and colourful linocuts that depict everyday life in his native city of Kobe. As a …

CATEGORY: Art
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The talented Poundshop ladies have done it again. This time you can find them at Selfridges, where they have set up a temporary emporium and taken over a window, as part of Bright Young Things 2013. There are some absolute …

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I have long since admired the charming, colourful visual world of illustrator Simon Peplow. He was kind enough to have a chat with me to discuss time travel and Bauhaus.

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You might remember that back in 2012 Jackie Magpie had a good chinwag with illustrator Hannah Warren about her work on Tired of London, Tired of Life, a book of suggestions of weird and wonderful things to do in London. …

CATEGORY: Books
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This is Under the Ocean (Océano in French), the latest offering from the Paris based wonder book illustration duo Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud, a gorgeous, pop up exploration of oceanic life. I am particularly smitten by the way they have …

CATEGORY: Books
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I recently stumbled across the awe inspiring wood engravings of Gertrude Hermes. A British born printmaker, she worked and exhibited until her death in 1983. Her work has a striking austerity with beautiful compositions and a certain mysterious melancholy to …

CATEGORY: Art
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If you find yourself in the East End of London town over the next week, make sure you drop by the Whitechapel Gallery to see an exhibition of work by Karl Blossfeldt,  a pioneering early 20th Century photographer. A sucker …

CATEGORY: Art
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Last Thursday evening I was sipping champagne in the Louis Vuitton book department of their Bond Street store in honour of one of my all time favourite illustrators (and dear friend) Natsko Seki’s London Travel Book launch. Natsko was commissioned …

CATEGORY: Art
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This week’s post is devoted to a fictional ginger cat and his creator the writer and illustrator, Kathleen Hale. As a child I was enchanted by the adventures of Orlando and his friends and as an adult I am equally …

CATEGORY: Books
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It is a perennial joy to be acquainted with the witty and wonderful world of Matthew Hodson aka Matthew the Horse: illustrator and wordsmith extraordinaire. The lovely Matthew was kind enough to have a chat with us here at Jackie …

CATEGORY: Art
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I was having a little meander around Etsy the other day when I stumbled across an absolute gem: Osborn Woods poster shop. I speedily set about discovering more on John Osborn and Charles Woods, a pair of graphic artists based …

CATEGORY: Design
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I was first introduced to RAMP Ceramics by the lovely Simon and Angie Lewin of St Jude’s and instantly became a devoted fan. RAMP stands for Roop and Al make pots which is exactly what they do and very lovely …

CATEGORY: Art
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I discovered Leah Duncan’s charming patterns and illustrations a couple of years ago via Etsy. I love the colour palette she uses and her playful compositions. Her work has a lovely folky feel without being remotely twee which is a …

CATEGORY: Art
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I have a weakness for decorated buildings so I was pretty excited to come across The Ecology of Colour Building in Central Park, Dartford, Kent, designed by award winning architects Studio Weave in collaboration with design studio Nous Vous.  The …

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