The wonderful Keep Calm and Carry On posters that proved such a big hit are now reproduced as a lovely tea towel. I've got one and it seems like a perfect marriage - stoic advice right where you need it. Not that I'd dream of actually drying the dishes with it. It's far too nice for that.
They're available from Lark Designs who also do a whole heap of other great stuff, much of it based on classic children's books. Although based in Australia they ship internationally at no extra cost. They're also available from Pedlars - another mail order company specialising in fine items with vintage styling such as old Routemaster destination boards and Lonodn Underground signs. The posters are still a steal at £3.60 from Barter Books.
I've got my slot at interesting2007 now, and as Russell has mentioned Folksy I thought it might be nice to make something to take along. I'd like to make postcards and wondered if anyone can recommend a good printer? Either a place in the Glasgow/East Kilbride area, or an online one that will ship them. I had a look on Google and got totally overwhelmed, so I figured I'd ask the experts. Anyone? They're not going to be fancy but I'd like them to be good - no squintiness and a nice finish. And cheap. Is that a tall order? Any suggestions?
Since getting Sky+ I usually fast forward through the adverts, but I had to rewind this one. A team of crack home economists build a new Skoda Fabia out of cake. It's fantastic. Admirable in the amount of planning and effort that it involved (the 'Baking of...' documentary shows it took a lot of work) but also for the sheer idiot glee of the concept. It illustrates Sacrum's concept of Brand Warmness. It doesn't tell you much about the car but it makes Skoda seem like nice people. This seems like a positive step for companies and consumers alike.
Artefacts from The Museum of Snapshot Photography are on view in Morecambe Winter Gardens for one week only (12-20 May). The museum will be:
"... the first exhibition space in Britain solely dedicated to the snapshot, the photography of everyday life. It will house an extensive archive of People’s Photography from the last 100 years. The collection includes black and white and colour photographs, slides, negatives, Polaroids, home movies and other photographic ephemera.
The Museum celebrates the art of vernacular photography whilst fully embracing current digital technologies. There will be an online gallery and website where images can eventually be donated digitally. The museum will thrive on local community involvement and have an international profile via the website and online gallery.
Images will be collected from various local sources, eventually moving out nationally. There will also be a drop box in the gallery where photographs can be anonymously donated. The gallery will exhibit both donated and borrowed images, using a mix of original and digitally reproduced work."
It is looking for a permanent home in Morecambe. For more information contact the curator Sonja Campbell.
Joining in with the Pelican-mania sweeping the nation, Jarvis Cocker interviews the artist Harland Miller about his paintings of imaginary Penguin covers, and other topics much loved around these parts such as the British seaside and the north of England. More about Miller and the Penguin paintings at the White Cube website. A live discussion "Harland Miller and Jarvis Cocker: A Look at the Popular" is on at Tate Britain on May 16. It's sold out but will be webcast. Sounds worth looking out for - Jarvis never fails to entertain.