We are SO excited to show you all our newest range we've been busy working on - Type Club! 16 everyday designs featuring some of the best hand typography out there, with inspirational, humorous and sentimental quotes perfect for a multitude of occasions.
What makes the Type Club range even more special is the cold foiling technique (you might recognise from our Pocket card range with Blanca Gomez) used on certain sections of the cards to give them a beautiful subtle shine.
An exciting new addition to Giftware available at the beginning of September is our new Lettered Coaster range! Featuring 6 of our most popular designs from our Lettered card range, the coasters have an off white rounded border that perfectly compliments the vintage style of the designs.
We have also added another 6 designs to the Scrawl Coaster range, and another 3 designs to the Four Eyes range, both of which have been really popular!
The coasters have a lovely matt finish with a cork base, and are the perfect add on present retailing at only £2.50 each. Even better is they come as a fully stocked display unit - perfect!
All designs are available to order now ready to dispatch in September, just in time for Christmas!
36 AMAZING new designs as part of our brand new Paper Planes Postcard range! Featuring some of the popular artists we use already on our Toasted card range, but also some brand new artists too.
Fun and bright contemporary Illustration and Typography designs make up this initial release which is now in stock in our warehouse and ready to order!
The designs are printed onto lovely and heavy matte textured card stock, and really make the postcards feel like a mini piece of art!
In stock at the end of May are our amazing new Toasted Gift Bags!
Featuring four popular designs from our Toasted Giftwrap range, these bags are bright and colourful, and printed onto lovely sturdy matt paper, with a spot colour on the inside, and coloured handles.
They are currently available to order in units of 12 per design in Small (14cm x 14cm) and Medium (22cm x 22cm).
We've got the popular Heroes and Villains from Jack Teagle, Musicians from Rob Hodgson, Late Worms from Lo Cole, and a bag full of Positive Energy from Dan Golden - how great!
We can't wait for them to come in!
Six hilarious new additions to the Four Eyes range from Gemma Correll coming out in May! Available to pre-order now, these six are sure to be a hit to the already popular range.
Basically - we think she's great, and you will too!
Launching this April are new additions to our occasions cards.
Featuring some of the best artists and illustrators from around the globe to create a range of cards perfect for every occasion. We're adding new 'congratulations', 'exams', 'get well' and 'anniversary' designs which now feature colour matching envelopes.
Please get in touch with our sales team if you would like to stock these!
Cool Ice Creams, scary Zombies and furry friends make up just a few of the new additions to our Toasted wrap range this January.
Printed on 50cm x 70 xm heavy duty matte paper.
Introducing Ink'd Temporary Tattoos!
We’re super excited to tell you that our Ink’d temporary tattoos are in stock now!
We’ve curated some of the finest work from our bestselling artists to offer you a choice of easy to apply, temporary pieces of art for your skin. They went down a storm at the trade shows, possibly because we were so insistent on tattooing anyone who visited our stand. For in-store merchandising, we’re offering a free POS display when you order 30 packs or more and we highly recommend getting your orders in early before our initial stock runs out!
Each pack includes 8 individual tattoos designed by some of the amazing artists we've been lucky enough to work with on our cards.
The Tattoos last up to a week once applied, are printed with soy-based ink, are non toxic and FDA-approved.
Featuring designs from Al Murphy, Andrea Kang, Adam Hayes, Fred Benaglia, Gemma Correll, Jochen Schievink, Lo Cole, Paul Bower, Peskimo, Rob Hodgson.
*Now available to buy in our online shop at the top of the page with free UK shipping!*
It's a combination of our celebrated Lettered, Scrawl and Toasted ranges that make up this years Spring Seasons selection.
Covering Valentines Day, (February 14th), Mother's Day (March 30th), Father's Day (June 15th). No excuses this year!
We have been very busy over the last few months working on lots of new product to show you all this January, and here is one of those great new product lines to add to our Urban Graphic homeware range.
The Scrawl and Four Eyes by Gemma Correll coasters will be available at the end of this month, with each set featuring 6 bestselling designs from each range.
The coasters have a lovely matt finish with a cork base, and are the perfect add on present retailing at only £2.50 each. Even better is they come as a fully stocked display unit - perfect!
Keep your eyes peeled for more of our fantastic new product to be revealed this month!
We are VERY excited to show you guys our new mini range with Phil Jones for the fun and quirky 1000 words, being published this January!
We've published 6 of Phil's 'Lost Signs' photographs, each as hilarious as the next, which we feel make a worthy addition to the photographic range.
As well as being a photographer, Phil is also an illustrator, designer and all round creative guru! He has won multiple awards for his work across different fields, and we can see why! Throughout all his work is always an underlying strong concept, and more often than not, a hilarious one too.
To see more of Phil's work have a look at his website http://www.phildesignart.com/
We are the proud parents of Jelly Bomb, the bright and happy card range for kids!
New for 2014 are 9 fun new designs from illustrators all over the world. This time around we meet floating penguins, a dinosaur pizza party and a giraffe on the number 36 bus. Last year Jelly Bomb was nominated for a Henries award for best kids range, and we are really happy to be expanding with more designs this year!
January 2014 sees the launch of our new catalogue! Featuring all the great new ranges we've published including Four Eyes from Gemma Correll, Pocket from Blanca Gomez and Little Boxes from Rob Hodgson, as well as additions to all our other ranges that you all know and love, there's lots to be excited about for 2014!
Enjoy this sneaky preview of what to expect from Urban Graphic in the New Year!
'Little Boxes' is our super new range by our very own Rob Hodgson! There are 12 cards in the range and one wrapping paper all suitable for everyday, available from January 2014.
The cards use bright colours and fun imagery to cover a range of relatable themes from music and robots, to ice creams and cats and dogs. Who doesn't love a dancing Guitar anyway?!
Rob lives in Bristol, and as well as working in-house enjoys experimenting with different printing techniques, and woodworking in his own time.
You may recognise Rob's super cool characters from his 'Musicians' and 'Films' that we published as both cards and wrap as part of the Toasted range earlier this year, and hope you love the new Little Boxes range as much as we all do in the office!
12 additions to our popular Lettered range, which takes inspiration from vintage typography and poster design.
Available from January 2014
We are very proud to welcome the very talented Blanca Gomez into the Urban Graphic gang!
Blanca's art range 'Pocket' will be coming out in January 2014 and features 11 everyday designs, and 1 Occasions card (Home Sweet Home), alongside a gift wrap.
We published Blanca's 'Rainy Night' when we first launched Toasted, so are very pleased to now be doing a whole range with her!
Blanca lives in Madrid in Spain, and uses a combination of traditional and modern techniques combined with a mostly organic colour palette to introduce mood and texture into her images.
Even more exciting is that Blanca's range will be the first we have published to use the 'cold foiling' technique, which places the foil on the card before the colour layer is printed, to produce a subtle lustre effect. For each card we have picked out sections to cold foil to compliment the mood of that particular image.
The 'Pocket' range will be released January 2014. To see more of Blanca's work have a look at her website http://cosasminimas.com/
Toasted is our celebrated art range featuring a cross section of the best contemporary designers and illustrators. This time around we welcome artists from all corners of the globe from Barcelona to Baltimore and back again to sunny Brighton.
The artwork features (amongst other things) a caped mystery man, a few bits of amazing motivational typography, one spooky badger, three cats and a mesmerising blue face...
Available from January 2014.
This January sees 12 brand new designs added to our award winning Scrawl range. Scrawl is back and brighter than before, featuring more hilarious/motivational & de-motivational/inspiring quotes.
Available from January 2014
Following the opening of No.31, our gift shop in central Bristol, we have now re-designed and relaunched our online giftshop, reflecting our instore offering.
To celebrate the launch we are now offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders over £40 from now until the new year. Woop! Click here to visit!
Also, if you are in the Bristol area feel free to pop in and say hi!
No.31 | 31 Baldwin St | Bristol | BS1 1RG
September sees a further product release on our multi-award winning photographic range.
'1000 Words' has been nominated for another Henry award this year, which if we are lucky enough to win, would make it three in three years!
If you are interested in stocking the range or adding to your existing lines then please get in touch!
Gemma Correll has Four Eyes and is VERY funny.
Perhaps you already know Gemma's work and her infamous Pugs? But maybe you aren't familiar with her brilliant puns and witty single panel comics. In the spirit of Schultz's Peanuts comics, she spins her own musings on life through a band of characters that include cats, dogs, dinosaurs, the moon, and of course Gemma herself.
Having worked with Gemma since the initial Toasted range launch in 2010, it was decided that it was only right she had her own collection, which we are very excited to publish this Autumn.
A total of 18 designs make up 'Four Eyes', each one playing host to her sharp wit and observational prowess. And now we all know why it rains.
For details on the full range please visit the trade section (you'll need a password from the studio.)
Available September 2013.
Here we have another 5 additions to our Henry nominated gift wrap range.
All papers measure 50x70cm and are printed on lovely matt paper.
Almost too good to use!
Five new illustrative Toasted additions to our Occasions range this Autumn covering; good luck, engagement, sympathy, bon voyage and new job!
We moustache you a question. Do you know how to celebrate like a Sir? Do you know a Lady who puts the 'Mad' in Madam?
Introducing Curios- Tales of Gentlemen, Jollity and Gin from Illustrious Illustrator Mr Duncan Noack-Cox. A splendid new card range for our delightful and discerning customers.
12 everyday and birthday designs which give retro British humour a modern twist. Tip top!
We are thrilled to have published some of the great humorous works of Al Murphy! Al works from his studio in NY drawing happy creatures and pieces of fruit. His blog is filled with surplus entries of his daily doodles, thoughts and internet finds well worth a peek!
We also sell Al's prints in our boutique gift shop No.31 in Bristol.
Our 10th anniversary revamp of our Scrawl range has really taken off! The larger size and bold typography have given Scrawl a whole new lease of life, and since its launch in January sales have been fantastic.
Now available - 6 new additions to the Scrawl range with the usual punchy quotes on work, alcohol and age.
'Don't Grow Up, It's a Trap!'
It was announced yesterday that Urban Graphic are nominated for FIVE Henries awards for 2013! The Henries are the most prestigious greeting card awards in the industry and some 15,000 cards and wrap designs are entered each year.
We're excited to be finalists in the following categories-
Jellybomb - Best Children's Range
Scrawl - Best Words & Sentiments Range
1000 Words - Best Photographic Range
Toasted - Best Art Range
Toasted - Best Giftwrap
It is amazing to be recognised for what we do, so thanks to all involved! Wish us luck for October, when the winners are announced!
Badgers, Foxes, rainbows, optimism and sarcasm all contribute to our illustrative card range Toasted, platforming some of the finest talent around the globe. Greetings cards make the world a better place and what better way to share the love with your friends and beaus, We have 18 new additions to Toasted for January 2013.
Launched in January 2011, Toasted is a celebration of up and coming contemporary artists and designers. The range showcases a wide spectrum of talented creatives many of whom have had prestigious representation in both gallery and commercial arenas.
If you are interested in stocking our card ranges or wrapping paper please do get in touch!
Roll up! Roll up! On the 30th May we are hosting a charity postcard lotto in aid of the Big Draw!
We have asked the artists we've worked with on our Toasted range, as well as some surprise guests, to draw/print/stamp/scribble/paint on an A6 postcard and send it back to us. On the night, at our newly launched shop and screen print studio in central Bristol, we will be hosting a blind lottery where people can donate and take home a postcard-sized piece of art! Alongside Toasted artists such as Gemma Correll, Jean Jullien and Fred Benaglia, we also have artwork from Vic Reeves, Axel Scheffler (of Gruffalo frame), and the team at Aardman animation.
The Big Draw is an amazing charity that works with schools, museums, heritage sites and in the wider community to promote the act of drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement. It is a fitting charity for us as we have championed many up and coming designers, illustrators and artists over the past 3 years with our 'Toasted' range of cards and wrap, providing a commercial platform for contemporary image makers. The campaign's work will finish when the words 'I can't draw' are dropped from our vocabulary!
Here are a selection of some of the amazing works we have received already, which have totally bowled us over with their generosity and skill- so a HUGE thank you to all the artists involved!
We are proud to present the photography of Andy Prokh.
Andy is one of the photographers who's images have been selected for our 1000 Words photography range. Based in Russia, Andy's work can be found here where you can appreciate his varied and innovative portfolio. It is a window into contemporary Russian culture with nuances we may not fully appreciate but can only help but admire the artistry and creativity involved.
We first came across his work via the blogosphere, it was a revelation to us on finding the creative talent behind the amazing images of cats playing cards and posing for the camera in apparent complete understanding of the roles they play the studio.
We are incredibly pleased to announce the opening of our new shop No.31 on Baldwin St, Bristol. A beautiful boutique stocked with carefully curated gifts of a unique and eclectic nature, 31 Baldwin St aims to cater for discerning folk looking for something different from the commonplace and everyday. 31 Baldwin Street seeks to maintain a strong selection of innovative products and designer goodies to inspire and surprise you!
We are stocking perfumes and scented candles from such prestigious brands such as Juliette Has A Gun, Atelier Cologne , Lalique, True Grace and Tokyo Milk.
Amelia Rope and La Molina's delectable and unique chocolates with innovative flavour combinations.
Beautifully crafted jewellery from Bark, Silver Service and Little Peche. The shop also features a gallery currently exhibiting Two Pipe Problem's linotype letterpress print range along with limited edition framed prints by artists curated from our Toasted card range and from our studio's own artists.
There are creative and beautiful designer ceramics and homeware from Rob Ryan, Jimbob art, Donna Wilson, Ferm Living, Bergerman and Pantone. You will also find a large selection of notebooks,journals and pads from Sukie and Ciak and a selection of unusual and beautifully illustrated design and children's books. We are, of course, featuring the Urban Graphic studio's card and wrapping paper catalogue and our new range of homeware gifts - mugs, tea towels and aprons. -
We do hope you will pop in and take a look! Come down to 31 Baldwin Street, just off Saint Nick's market near Broadmead in Bristol's city centre, BS1 1RG.
Tel: 0117 9293331
Mon to Fri - 10 - 6 Sat 9.30 - 5.30
We are delighted to introduce our latest giftware release - Lettered Mugs!
Featuring designs from the award winning Lettered range and screened onto a bespoke designed stoneware mug. They have a matt glaze and further colour co-ordinated matt glaze inside.
Each one comes in a 2 colour printed kraft box and they retail for £9.99
NEW! We have just added 4 new designs to the range and they are available to buy from October 7th 2013. Please contact us for wholesale info or visit our online store to purchase individually.
New for 2013 we are launching 8 new everyday card designs as an extension of our recent collaboration with Marcus Walters! Printed on matt recycled board with an off-white envelope. They are left blank on the inside for you to write your own message.
As you may already know, Micah is an astonishingly, 'jaw droppingly' talented illustrator and someone who creates work that others aspire to. His interest in nature and everything it entails (extending to storm chasing, crop circles and prehistoric lands) is central to Micah’s work and it is really exciting to discover all of the adventures and happenings in the details in his intricate compositions.
We are really excited to be including one of his stunning repeat patterns as part of our new additions to our Toasted wrapping paper range this January
We have an addition of eight new designs to accompany our existing Toasted gift wrap range, (scroll below). All contributed by talented and contemporary illustrators and designers we have selected a diverse collection each individual in their own way. The fantastic illustrations are printed on a heavy duty matte paper and are almost too nice to use as wrapping paper! Current stockists include the Tate, Design Museum, V&A, Magma, Maythers, Scribbler, and the London Graphics Centre.
If you are interested in stocking our wrapping paper, cards or would like to request a catalogue please get in touch.
11 new additions for 2013 in our best selling and award winning photography range '1000 Words'.
'1000 Words', is a fresh narrative spin on a well loved genre. Designed to capture moments in time in a colourful reportage style, the range is bursting with funny, contemporary images.
If you are interested in stocking our product or would like to request a catalogue please get in touch.
It's our 10th Anniversary this month...which means that our 'Scrawl' range is 10 years old too! To celebrate we have given Scrawl a bit of a makeover, to bring it bang up to date for 2013.
The very first Urban Graphic release, Scrawl was launched as a determinedly contemporary quote range. Informed by the Bristol street-art scene and the works of graphic ground-breakers such as David Carson, Tony Cresswell created a card range that was punchy, vibrant, and new.
So, with the new launch, TC is focussing on the qualities that made Scrawl stand out in the first place, and giving them a twist for 2013. The bold letterpress and layered textures have given Scrawl a whole new lease of life...and we are really proud of them!
We are launching the new Scrawl with 25 everyday designs and 12 Occasions, with some classic Scrawl quotes alongside some brand-new ones.
Printed on matt recycled board complete with a black branded envelope.Now bigger too (150x150mm)
Update!! The range has been nominated for a Greeting Card Award - Best Kids Range - in this years Henries.
New for 2013 we are launching Jelly Bomb, 12 everyday card designs with the same philosophy behind them as the Toasted card range - only this time it's for the kids! We approached individual artists from around the world who have an eye for cute and clever ideas with characters that would appeal to children with a modern and fresh approach to the designs.
The range features super sweet monsters and animals with bright and colourful images which jump off the cards. Some of the designs are also available as really cool kids t-shirts from our webshop, currently also on sale so grab a bargain while you can! These t-shirts designs are also an exclusive to the UK. Browse the t-shirts here
Our intention is to bring a unique and original kids card range to the high street, something beyond the usual and we hope you agree!
Printed on silk art board with a lime green envelope.
New for January 2013!
We are delighted to present 4 new Lettered wrapping paper designs to compliment our existing card range. Sold as flat wrap sheets at 500 / 700 mm, printed on a heavy duty matte paper they are almost too nice to use as wrapping paper!
Also look out for Lettered designs on our new mugs, aprons and tea towels.
Allegedly Paul Bower like crisps sandwiches, roller skates and making a mess in his studio. His illustrations use traditional print making techniques such as screen and letterpress, hand drawn typography and collage with a unique sense of humour that brings a wonderful quality to his work.
Paul is based in south London and is one of illustration agency Pocko People's artists. There is great interview with Paul here on the ohgoodnessgreatness blog where you can also check out Paul's amazing beard!
If you would like to see more of Paul's fantastic work then check out his website here.
'Jesus Christ/Oh My God' is available as a card as part of our Toasted collection.
Hanako Clulow is a freelance illustrator who draws upon a wide range of interests such as nature, animals, psychology and her native Japanese culture.
Hannah's illustrative work features some lovable animal characters in a bold and animated style. They include a really beautifully drawn bear with loads of character - 'Poko', an image of whom was recently published by Urbangraphic illustration in the Toasted artists card range. (See 'Poko' card image top.)
You can take a look at more of Hannah's work on her website ilikesleeping.
We have some additions to our Showreel card range for next spring - Mothers and Fathers Day 2013.
Showreel deliberately mixes occasion based sentiment with the hand cut style of 1950's and 60's movie posters. Some are puns on movies, others simply made up film titles.
At the beginning of this month we attended the wonderful annual Henries award ceremony (which is the equivelent to the oscars for the greetings card industry!) Lots of ball dresses, wedding reception-esque dancing and fun with the help of a few glasses of prosecco. We were celebrating another win for our photography range 1000 words! We have made some new additions to the range this Autumn and will be making further additions in the new year.
New for January 2012 we are delighted to present our own brand of heavy duty tea-towels, all screenprinted here in the UK. The in-house designs have come from our award winning 'Lettered' card range and feature quirky and appropriate quotations and musings in a vintage typographic style.
The tea towels are screenprinted onto a 100% heavy half panama cotton (think butcher's apron) and measure 48 X 68 cm.
Jack Teagle has been a bit of a household name for our range Toasted as Heroes and Villains has proven very popular! We are pleased to announce that the Kernow based painter and comic and action figure enthusiast has recently been in touch with his feminine side and painted us up a Heroines and Villains version! Both are available as card and wrapping paper as part of our Toasted collection.
Jack's portfolio boasts of narratives of heroes, villains and creatures of his imagination spoken in bright acrylic palettes. Check out Jacks sketchbook on his website it really gives you an insight into his background and where his inspirations come from.
New additions for 2012 for our card range Toasted. We had a lot of fun sourcing new work and have added eighteen new designs that we are excited to share with you. Launched in January 2011, Toasted is a celebration of up and coming contemporary artists and designers. The range showcases a wide spectrum of talented creatives many of whom have had prestigious representation in both gallery and commercial arenas. Current stockists of the Toasted range include the Tate, Design Museum, V&A, Magma, Maythers, Scribbler, and the London Graphics Centre.
Aimée Wilder is a designer and illustrator from New York, she creates beautiful pattern based work for such prestigious clients as Vans and Skiphop.
'Gameland' is Aimée Wilder's latest design for the Toasted wrap range. It's a graphic representation of retro gaming culture, imagined versions of iconic portable computer gadgetry, bringing a contemporary design sensibility and drawing on a nostalgic period in computer entertainment history, we think it makes an amazing wrapping paper.
Øivind Hovland is a fellow Bristol resident, who works primarily on editorial illustration. Hovland’s artwork makes use of different print textures and limited colour palettes to give his work a very inviting look when seen on the printed page.
Øivind’s work also has a really strong sense of narrative- ‘Even if you only have one small image at your disposal, a story can still be told. And that, in a nutshell is my aim, to tell a story using whatever means I have’.
Whatever editorial challenge he is faced with, Øivind always comes up with some really unique artwork. We are pleased to publish this image of a dapper young man enjoying a drink atop a cityscape, in our upcoming Toasted 2013 range in Janurary.
See more of Øivind’s work on his site
or follow his work on his blog
We are really excited to announce that we are including some wonderful typographic pieces in Toasted this January, created by the extraordinary talents of Richard Perez, aka Skinny Ships. Perez is a designer and illustrator working out of San Francisco; his work is bright and graphic with quirky sentiments and he has some awesome type projects in his portfolio including this personal project where he re-designed his top ten favourite albums of 2011.
Tin Ojeda is a photographer, surfer and founder of DIY t-shirt company, Drug Money Art. Ojeda is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, but now lives between NYC and Montauk, where he started screen printing and spray painting his own shirts, now stocked in select stores across the globe.
We came across this image of a lady wearing a ‘Death to Hipsters’ shirt and assumed that the OAP uprising had begun to teach us kids a lesson. But it turned out, she was in fact Ojeda’s friend's grandma- ‘We made the tee just for the shoot. She is very funny and always talking about "those hipsters."’
The DIY aesthetic of Drug Money Art’s t-shirts combined with Ojeda’s great b/w 35mm photography of his surf friends and relatives modeling the clothing create a some really strong imagery.
Ojeda believes the shirts are more than just an item to wear, but individual pieces of art. We are pleased to include this image in our new 1000 Words range in early 2013.
More info on Tin Ojeda and Drug Money Art can be found here:
New additions for 2012 for our best selling, award winning photography range '1000 Words'. We've added twelve new designs. Launched in January 2009, '1000 Words', is a fresh narrative spin on a well loved genre. Designed to capture moments in time in a colourful reportage style, the range is bursting with funny, contemporary images.
If you are interested in stocking our wrapping paper, cards or would like to request a catalogue please get in touch
We thought it would be good for people to see our trade show stands from the last few years. We have had great success at Top Drawer recently and as we have a brand spanking new blog site we thought it would be a good idea to show people what we have done there in recent years.
We won 'Best Dressed Stand' at Spring / Summer Top Drawer in 2011 . It was great to see all the combined efforts of the UG team recognised (but especially TC, Nick and John who designed and built the stand!)
We have actually managed to win this once before back in 2008 with an all white and shiny stand.
If you are a dedicated follower of fashion combined with an appreciation of illustration you will find a complementary mixture of the two in Fifi Lapin's card range.
Sensitive brush strokes and a soft colour palette make up some exquisite fashion illustrations of the latest catwalk masterpieces and the glamorous lifestyle of Fifi and friends.
Stockists of the Fifi Lapin card range include; Selfridges, Harrods, V&A and Paperchase.
Sandi Falconer/Deadweight is an illustrator/designer/maker of things living in Toronto, Canada. She uses bold symbols and primitive patterns in her work.
We published Sandi’s great ‘Over the Moon’ image as a card in our Toasted range this year.
She has also turned her screenprinting skills to a joint venture with her friend, Danielle Wright on a range of leather goods called Falconwright. They produce bags and purses in a unique combination of colourful leather and primitive patterns.
Look out for ‘Over the Moon’ as a part of Toasted right now!
For more info on Sandi, check out her blog
and for info on Falconwright, see here
We saw this image of a canine builder and knew immediately the world would like to see it too. The dog in question is Zimmy Dog, a female labrador from Bright, Victoria, Australia. Zimmy not only likes to lend a paw on building sites, but is also an avid protestor for animal rights.
Zimmy Dog is currently campaigning for Oscar’s Law, which is the abolition of factory farmed domestic dogs and pets in Australia. Unbelievably there are 70 puppy factories in Victoria alone, where dogs are factory bred in cramped conditions without adequate care and attention, before being sold online and to pet shops throughout Australia. Zimmy is on a mission to raise awareness and abolish this cruel situation.
We think the Zimmy Dog is bonza! We are proud to feature her in our new 1000 Words range in January 2013 and wish her luck with her campaigning.
Chris Haughton is an Irish designer and illustrator. He wrote and illustrated the incredibly popular ‘A Bit Lost’, and his latest book, ‘Oh No George’ came out in March. Chris also works a lot with fair trade organisations and is the brains behind Node, a rug project working in Nepal.
The Node project is a great example of contemporary design and fair trade producers working together to create a great product where everyone benefits. In Chris’ own words,
‘We aim to connect a worldwide network of designers and artists with traditional Nepalese carpet makers to create beautiful handmade rugs.
Our rug makers, Kumbeshwar are a founder member of Fair Trade Nepal. Employees are taught literacy and skills. In addition to fair wages their work supports a school of 260 children and an orphanage of nineteen.
We produce our carpets entirely by hand using age old and natural Tibetan carpet making techniques. All our carpets are made from bales of pure Tibetan wool. It is hand spun into thread, hand dyed with natural and non-polluting dyes, and then hand-knotted on our looms into carpet. We worked with Satyendra and the design team and found a way to convert our digital designs into carpets on the loom using graphs.’
The fair trade process has also found it’s way into making some merchandise for Chris’ new children’s book, which is a brilliant and unconventional approach.
We are pleased to have published Chris’ hilarious image of the troubled pink dog in the Toasted artists card range.
Check out the Node project here
Chris also keeps an amazing blog here
Brazilian born illustrator Joao Lauro Fonte now resides in London where he works as a freelance illustrator. 'Brave Little Kang' is one of our latest additions to Toasted, also available as a t-shirt via Threadless alongside some of his other spectacular works. Animals and creatures are common features in Joao's portfolio, in printed textures and earthy tones a plenty. Beautiful.
Jing Wei is a Chinese-born illustrator and printmaker. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. We came across her work and really liked the pastel tones and sensitive textures created by her use of printmaking. We are really pleased to include her beautiful piece 'Trees' as part of the new additions to our 'Toasted' range this year.
Jing has a lovely blog regularly updated with her ongoing work and some wonderful paper collages and 3d work too.
New for 2011 our card range 'Lettered'. Taking inspiration from 20th Century wartime typographic posters and letterpress, 'Lettered' adds a classic design twist to the contemporary quotations genre.
With over ninety designs to choose from, printed on matt recycled board and packed with a heavyweight envelope.