Happy New Year from all at Tigerprint we hope you have a fab celebration and best wishes for 2010. Thank you for all your support this past year and here is to another great year packed full of fab competitions and design!
latest commission in The Unilever Series How It Is by Polish artist
Miroslaw Balka is a giant grey steel structure with a vast dark
chamber, which in construction reflects the surrounding architecture -
almost as if the interior space of the Turbine Hall has been turned
inside out. Hovering somewhere between sculpture and architecture, on 2
metre stilts, it stands 13 metres high and 30 metres long. Visitors can
walk underneath it, listening to the echoing sound of footsteps on
steel, or enter via a ramp into a pitch black interior, creating a
sense of unease".
This exhibition has been described as dark and disturbing yet somewhat beautiful and it is on until 5th April. Worthwhile checking out as the Turbine Hall offers a very unique environment for exhibiting.
V&A Illustration Awards are held annually to highlight the best
book and editorial illustration published in the UK in the previous
year. Their aim is to encourage, recognise and celebrate high standards
of creativity in the industry. The awards are free to enter and offer
some of the most substantial financial prizes for illustration in the
illustrations are chosen from editorial publications, children's books,
adult illustrated books and book covers. Part of the V&A
Illustration Awards, the Student Illustrator category offers prizes for
You can now check out the entries for 2010 online and the winners will be announced in 2010.
Libby McMullin is a South African born illustrator who has a really fab and quirky style. Above are just a few of my favourites from Libby's site but check it out for a lovely treat!
Here is a mini interview with Libby for your enjoyment:
University: University of Plymouth (2002-2005) Course: Design:Illustration BA(Hons) Current Occupation: Freelance Illustrator
What was your first job and how did you know you wanted to work in design?
My tutor Clive Poole (who taught me Product Design at Plymouth High for Girls), had a lot of belief in me and encouraged me to study at University to be a designer, as did lots of teachers there and in Bere Alston Primary School. Strangely enough, my first design job was with Tigerprint. I was head hunted from the D&AD Design exhibition back in 2005 where I did a work placement with Tigerprint and produced a stationery range. I then went on to freelance for Tigerprint, designing Christmas Stockings and other items. I knew when Quentin Blake visited my primary school in Devon that I wanted to be an illustrator, I didn't realise it was a proper job until this moment! Years later, I wrote to him whilst I was studying for my degree and I have the postcard he sent me (sending me luck with me degree and all the time that follows after) proudly sat on my shelf. What are the inspirations/ influences for your design work?
My love for the early fashion illustrations of Andy Warhol, along with the whimsical style of Rowland Emett has always been of great influence. I love European Folk Art and Fairy Tales. Music plays a great part in my life too. Having started school at 7 years old in South Africa, my Mom had encouraged my sister and I to draw and write from a very young age. The first thing I drew was a fish at 18 months old, my Nana still has it. I have numerous books I had 'written and illustrated' as I was growing up and this has carried on into my later years, where I still like to escape into my imaginary world and absorb myself in words. What is your favourite medium?
I love Sennelier Inks best! They are traditional shellac based inks. I buy them from France when I visit my parents, but they sell them worldwide as I picked some up in Byron Bay too.
Which design blogs, books or designers etc can you not live without?
Just looking at my bookshelf (that is full of mainly children's books) I've picked my favourite:
Andy Warhol 'Fashion' foreword by Simon Doonan published by Thames & Hudson All Wrapped Up! Groovy Gift Wrap of the 1960's. Kevin Akers published by Chronicle Books a Little Golden Book 'I can fly' by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Mary Blair
247 magazine being a country bumpkin having lived in Devon for years, I like to know what's happening down there whilst I'm in London.
I've recently moved to London after my travels to 'live the dream' and it is certainly opening doors of opportunity to me. I still feel like I'm travelling because I do what I love and am surrounded by family and friends. I think rich, look poor!
One day, I hope to have my children's books published (they are still in the making stage.) I would love to own my own company and travel craft fairs all over the world with my husband and pet bunny. I don't have a husband or a pet bunny but one day I will. I want to live in a castle and live happily ever after...
P.S one of our Tigerprinters recently purchased one of Libby's cards all the way down under!
Many thanks to everyone who entered the Photographic Humour Competition it was a tough one for the judges as they had to carefully consider what captions would sit well with the photographs.
The winning entry as shown above is by Libby and was selected because it is quite simply a very funny photo with endless opportunities for different captions but also as a stand alone. Congratulations Libby!
The runners up are as follows:
This did really make us laugh and again it has alot of potential for captions and also different ranges of photos. Well done Jess.
We really loved this photo and also your caption suggestions Fiona. There really is something about ugly dogs ...
What a great photo - he is a real cutie but cheeky! We are not sure how a caption would work with this but we are sure there is something perfect for this!
A really great photo which lots of traditional jokes would lend themselves too really well.
Well done everyone and a huge thanks for taking the time to enter. Please be sure to check out our latest competition, Beautiful Traditional.
Just a quick post regarding the Tigerprint Competitions. We know lately we have had a series of photographic briefs which have been something different for us to try. However we are aware that alot of you have illustration backgrounds and the next few briefs will focus on this.
We are always open to suggestions for new briefs and would love to hear what you think so please feel free to drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime please check out the latest competition, Beautiful Traditional and on behalf of all of Tigerprint have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year!
Today is the last day for you to submit your entries into the Photographic Humour Competition. Make sure you check out all the entries so far here and don't forget we now have a flickr group where you can discuss the entries.