Corraini Posters – A perfect gift for a young child…

zoo webelephant webbirds weblion webtiger webThis week we had an exciting delivery of children’s books from our favourite small publisher… Corraini Editions.

Why do we love their books? These titles are inspiring, timeless and cherishable. Corraini is an Italian publishing workshop open to international artists, illustrators, designers and educators such as the eclectic, brilliant Bruno Munari.

Alongside this wonderful selection of Corraini titles came this series of children’s posters by designer and educator, Bruno Munari, taken from his book ‘Zoo’. Only £15 each 40 x 30cm, they can be framed and would make the perfect gift for a child’s bedroom – Lion, Tiger, Birds & Elephant. All available from our online shop.

A bit about the book ‘Zoo’ – ‘An entertaining stroll among highly coloured animals. The exceptional lively pictures, unusual layout and amusing use of signposts make this original, half real, half imaginary Zoo fun for adults and children alike.’

Visit our children’s section to see our full selection of Corraini titles.

 

Halloween with Seren

exterior 1In our Halloween window (put together by Katherine), we have a small collection of dark and chilling ghost stories, published by Seren (welsh for star). One of the most interesting independent publishing houses in Britain (based in Bridgend, Wales), Seren nurtures and publishes talented writers and poets whose outstanding quality is recognised around the world.

If you can’t get enough of this haunting time of year we suggest popping in (or phone us) to grab a copy of ‘Sing Sorrow Sorrow’, an anthology of obscure horror and supernatural tales to get anyone quivering in their boots. Mark my words.

All the Souls. by Gwendoline Davies. Superstition, legend, folklore rooted in the landscape. £8.99

‘All the Souls’ by Mary-Ann Constantine. Superstition, legend, folklore rooted in the landscape. £8.99

 

‘Sugar Hall’, a ghost story by Tiffany Murray. £8.99

‘Sugar Hall’, a ghost story by Tiffany Murray. £8.99

‘Sing Sorrow Sorrow’ edited by Gwendoline Davies. A collection of other worldly borrow stories. £9.99

‘Sing Sorrow Sorrow’ edited by Gwendoline Davies. A collection of other worldly horror stories. £9.99

Abergavenny Food Festival 2014

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Andrew Ludick – small & medium earthenware bowls £40/ 80

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Andrew Ludick – small & large earthenware bowls £40/ 147

To celebrate the food festival again this year we have stunning collections of ceramics by some of the best contemporary ceramic makers.

Just arrived …the bold, distinctive patterned bowls of Andrew Ludick. Having originally studied illustration at Columbus College of Art, Andrew changed his focus away from painting and drawing to working with clay after moving to Ireland in 2003. He is influenced by the arts of the indigenous cultures of Africa and the Americas along with work by Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Thelonious Monk and Eric Dolphy.

…new work by a long time favourite of ours, Dylan Bowen, who has been having a really successful year with a demonstration and talk at The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford alongside a joint exhibition at the Oxford Ceramics Gallery with his renowned father Clive Bowen. (See images below)

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Andrew Ludick – assorted bowls

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Andrew Ludick – assorted bowls

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Dylan Bowen – thrown slipware vase £300

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Dylan Bowen – collection of small slipware plates £60 each

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Dylan Bowen – oval slipware plate £240

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Dylan Bowen – oval slipware plate (detail)

 

 

 

Highlights from our Late Summer Show…

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Paintings by Nina Feldman & Susie Bright

 

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Painting by Jane Bennett, ceramics by James & Tilla Waters

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Paintings by Carl Arroyo & Annica Neumuller

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Work on paper by Helen Booth

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Work by Helen Booth, Diana Heeks & Conrad Clarke

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Paintings by Kumar Saraff & Thomas Hashett

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Paintings by Kumar Saraff, Susie Bright & Annica Neumuller

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Ceramics by Dylan Bowen, Dan Hides & James Burnett-Stuart

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Jewellery by Syann van Niftrik

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Peg dolls by Rachel Larkins

A Late Summer Show

 

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A Late Summer Show…

Collections of artworks – paintings, drawings, printworks, ceramics and jewellery.

Visit our current exhibition page and see a wonderful show of work.

Something for everyone…

 

A bathroom full of nudes…

bathroom 31bathroom 11Currently on show in our bathroom, a wonderfully light and airy room for displaying art, are a series of large charcoal and pastel life studies by Martina Jirankova-Limbrick.

Martina was born in the Czech Republic. She came to England to study illustration in 1997, and since then has written and illustrated a number of children’s books. Alongside her delicate illustration work, Martina continues to explore and develop her already accomplished life drawing skills. Martina has exhibited her artwork widely in exhibitions and galleries, as well as being published in magazines.

Click read more below for more gallery images of our current solo show with Kumar Saraff

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New maker Barry Stedman

b stedman 2b stedman 2 detailb stedman 1b stedman 3We are showcasing a new maker, Barry Stedman, alongside our current exhibition with painter Kumar Saraff.

Barry makes slab-built or hand thrown and altered pieces using stunning, vibrant colours and strong mark making.

‘My ceramics are influenced by the drawings that I make in places that I find interesting and inspiring. I like to explore exciting relationships between colour, texture and form, motivated by light and atmosphere. I work with strong, simple forms often in series exploring a particular theme thrown up by a place, a drawing or a memory. I try to make the work feel fresh, spontaneous and full of energy. I usually work with red earthenware clay, painted, scratched and marked with coloured slips, stains and oxides.’

Barry studied ceramics at the University of Westminster and has been a studio assistant to Edmund de Waal since graduating. He is a professional member of the Craft Potters Association and Contemporary Applied Arts. He has shown his work extensively and is a regular exhibitor at Ceramic Art London (RCA), Earth & Fire (Rufford) and Art in Clay (Hatfield House).

Our ‘Matisse. Cut-Outs’ inspired window display

matisse window 31matisse window 51matisse window 71How inspiring the new ‘Matisse. Cut-Outs’ exhibtion at Tate Modern has been for us all, adults and children alike.

Using materials from our shop, Katherine has put together a wonderful window display. Matisse was incredibly skilled, using large draper scissors to deftly cut intricate, flowing shapes. Of course you could colour your paper with gouache as Matisse did, but we also sell large sheets of poster paper in his vibrant colours along with small collage packs. It doesn’t have to be on a grand scale, why not make tiny, miniature Matisse cut-outs as Katherine did when she was planning the display.

NEW titles on Matisse are available too, including the sumptuous Tate exhibition catalogue ‘Henri Matisse. The Cut-Outs’ £29.99 paperback/ £35 hardback.

Stop Press! Corraini Editions wins ‘Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in Europe’

book window 10book window 2book window 1Congratulations to Corraini Editions! We love their books and so do children… and they are not seen in this country in many places.

Favourites of ours are Harriet Russell’s series of books journeying into the imagination, Marti Guixe’s quirky colouring books and William Wondriska’s titles with innovative graphics. Read more about them on our online shop.

‘There was a surprise for us on the first day of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2014: we were awarded the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publishers of the Year in Europe. A wonderful prize, especially important because it is the publishers participating in the fair who choose the winner, people who love books and who, like us, know the work that goes into each one. A team made up of writers, craftsmen, artists, booksellers and collaborators, especially important because they put an essential feeling into what they do: passion’ (Corraini  Editions)

Pop by and see lots of spring new titles that have just arrived for children and grown-ups…


 

 

 

Celebrating Dylan Thomas, don’t miss this stunning new edition of ‘Under Milk Wood’

 

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The De Luxe Edition, 100 copies, with signed original print by Peter Blake

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The De Luxe Edition, clothbound box

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The Regular Edition, first print of 2,500 copies

To mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth…

Acclaimed for its eccentricity and admired for its lovelorn lyricism, Dylan Thomas’s groundbreaking 1954 ‘play for voices’, Under Milk Wood, has long echoed in the imagination of the founding father of British Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake.

Revealed here for the very first time alongside Thomas’s play text are 120 watercolours, pencil portraits and collages, absolutely one of Blake’s most distinctive and significant bodies of work.

We have here two of the bindings for sale, designed by Libanus Press and published by Enitharmon Editions: The Regular edition, in its first printing of 2,500 unnumbered paperback copies (£30), and the rare De Luxe edition of 100 clothbound copies, each accompanied by a signed original print by Peter Blake (£950).

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‘…his mother is making welsh-cakes in the snow, and steals a fistful of snowflakes and currents…’

 

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‘Ocky milkman, drowned asleep in Cockle Street’

 

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‘Sindad Sailor…hugs his damp pillow whose secret name is Gossamer Beynon’