Tag: graphic design

Glorious graphics by Holli Zollinger

As I was recently given a sewing machine by my mum (my first, and I am very excited), I have been scouting out rare and wonderful fabrics with which to plan my dream textile creations. Amid lovely new offerings from Liberty and others, I stumbled upon these striking patterns by US artist and graphic designer Holli Zollinger and fell immediately in love. If her name alone does not seduce you, her beautiful patterns definitely will. Big, bold and tribal, they are a calming and welcome antidote to this season’s busy graphic prints.

You can buy them on her website, along with other prints and designs. She also has a lovely blog where she showcases new designs and irresistibly sweet photos of her little boy.


Crash candles: aromatic art

Top row: designs by Angela Adams; bottom row: designs by Lotta Jansdotter

I just wrote about Crash Candles for Dalani and think they are a great idea – even if the name is a little unnerving.

Set up in 2005 in Illinois to support emerging graphic artists, they create delicious soy candles in beautiful glass tumblers which feature exclusive designs by a handpicked selection of represented talent. Each fragrance is developed to complement the design that contains it; and after burning you can keep the tumblers and enjoy their pretty designs for years to come.

You can buy them via Crash here, or keep an eye out for an upcoming sale at Dalani, where you can snap them up for less.


Outline Editions Christmas extravaganza

Kristjana S Williams

From November 26th to December 24th, graphic print hub extraordinaire Outline Editions will be selling some of their funnest and finest prints by an eclectic range of artists in a pop-up shop on Berwick Street. With works by Anthony Burrill, Noma Bar, Kate Moross, James Joyce, Klaus Haapaniemi and Patrick Thomas,  and prices ranging from as little as £15 to £300, there is truly something for everybody.

Here is a little taster:

Klaus Haapaniemi

Anthony Burrill

Patrick Thomas

Kristjana S Williams

Noma Bar

Noma Bar is also running a free Cut It Out workshop there this Saturday where you can make your own Noma-inspired creation. (Overt sexual references optional).

For more details visit OutlineEditions.co.uk

New Found Original

I was recently in touch with the guys behind new online shop New Found Original and love what they do. The online shop, set up by Jo Murray and Dominic Bell, sells a carefully selected and ever-changing collection of graphic products – tempting to both graphics junkies and normal people alike.

The two graphic designers founded the project with the idea of selling new, found and original items chosen for their graphic aesthetic. The shop always displays a concise range of products chosen by Jo and Dominic’s beady eyes for the quality of their design, whether it’s a beautiful vintage item with bold, colourful typography, or an exciting collaboration with an up and coming designer or artist.

They told me what their favourite products are and why:

I love the hand screen printed Ping Pong tote bags (above). I love the play on words, with Ping on one side, Pong on the other! It imitates the game! And they come in perfect red and blue ping pong colours…
I’m also really pleased with the Ryvita paper bags I found (below). I love the 2 colour print, the type and illustration. They have a shopping list on the back which I would definitely use and nice type detail on the sides.
It has to be the letterpress coasters (below) – I like the use of colour, the tactility of the letterpress print and the character of the birds.

I agree with Dom.

Check it all out at newfoundoriginal.com.


Ten minutes with Sanna Annukka

Image via huset

I have been a fan of Finnish-English graphic designer Sanna Annukka’s folk-inspired designs since I first spotted them in Bowie Style’s Print & Pattern. Drawing inspiration from her childhood, where she went on family trips to the arctic and camping in the Lapland wilderness, Sanna creates bold but intricate prints and designs rooted firmly in nature and in her Finnish heritage, and has collaborated with some top creatives including Keane, Marimekko, Fabrick and Vogue.

Sanna Annukka for Keane


I caught up with her last week.

Where do you live? On the south coast of England.

What is your house like? A three storey Victorian terrace house filled with an eclectic mix of Scandinavian design and travel mementos – like Mexican rugs and African masks…

What is your most treasured possession? A velvet wall hanging designed by Stig Lindberg in the 70s.

Spirits of the North print, £245

Where do you start when coming up with new designs? I have endless sketchbooks with written ideas and doodles. When the time comes, to create a new print for instance, I look through my sketch books and something will inspire or trigger a design.

What would you say has been the greatest challenge in going it alone? Self motivation is everything. When you are your own boss you have to learn to be disciplined and use your time wisely. Admittedly I do alternate between periods of procrastination and periods of productivity…

What are you most proud of? My current range of wooden products, particularly my ‘Soul Birds’ (below).


Soul birds – Small, £75; Large £95

Any up and coming projects? I’m currently developing and expanding my own brand of ‘Sanna Annukka’ products. I have had an online shop for some years now selling limited edition screen prints. The range has expanded from print on paper to printed wooden items and soon I will be creating my own range of textiles.

There is potentially another Marimekko collaboration in the pipeline too.


Sanna Annukka for Marimekko

I love your stuff for Marimekko… they have also done some really cool Converse this season. Are there any other designers on your radar right now? I don’t really follow current designers very much. I always look to my heroes of the past such as Rut Bryk, Stig Lindberg and Maija Isola.


Sanna Annukka for Marimekko

Do you read a kindle or a book? I read both. Kindles are excellent for the more ‘trashy’ novel that you know you won’t read again. All other types of book I prefer to have hard copies of.

I always buy a hard copy… I don’t like the kindle. What do you think lies in store for the future of the book? It is quite mind blowing how fast technology is progressing and how more and more stuff is becoming digital. It has its advantages and disadvantages. The upside – potentially less deforestation? The downside – I worry that if everything is stored on some kind of chip it may not survive the length of time.

I still trust hard copies of stuff more! I hope that’s the overall consensus for a lot of people. I don’t think the book can possibly die out entirely.


Sanna Annukka for M&S

And finally, what are you up to this summer? Designing an exciting product range that reflects my Finnish culture as well as infusing folklore and ancient traditions.

Shop and read more at sanna-annukka.com