Thursday, 29 April 2010

Check out this weeks 'Best of Bricks' interview over on Scoutie Girl which take a long hard look at who else us but The Red Door - Yippee!

Monday, 26 April 2010

We are happy to have another couple of Present and Correct cards to add to the collection in the shop - a lovely 'Happy Birthday' card illustrating fun birthday traditions from other countries and a nicely stated 'Thanks, you deserve a medal". Hip Hip Hooray!

Friday, 23 April 2010

Want to feel like a giant today? Then pop in to our Shop on Victoria Street and pick up a pack of Anthony Zinonos new Mini DIY Collage kits... that's right paper fans... just like his DIY Collage Kits, but now they fit in the palm of your hand, your back pocket or a small envelope and are suitable for any travel / collage emergency! Each pack is tantalisingly packed with vintage stamps, images and paraphernalia so no two can ever be the same. To experience the ultimate hit, we recommend holding a standard size packet (for as long as you can bear without ripping into it) and then picking up the cute mini version, your stride will become longer, your gait lighter and your hat more jaunty.... all this joy before you've laid paper to paper and a snip at only £6 or the mini price of £2.50 - We really are too kind!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

If you've trotted along Victoria Street this week, you will hopefully have noticed our Belle and Boo window... with Belle and her blunt bob flying her kite with her best friend Boo the bunny! This window is part celebration of the arrival of Belle and Boo's four season's cushion,*beautifully printed with a vintage fabric and embroidered to finish, each cushion is colored and themed around the seasonal changes of Belle's perch in one tree, and can be seen in the four paneled print. £140

Belle and Boo is a lovely London based company, made up by Mandy, Kate and Tracey who together, bring us the nostalgic prints*, badges cards and cushions we could spend a life time looking at!

*Prints range from £20 - £140 (framed and unframed)
Badges start at £2 Cards £2.50 Cushions £42

Monday, 19 April 2010

Today we received a wonderful package from Apak. The delivery was filled to the brim with new limited edition prints (including Water Break, Family Expedition and Family Hike, featured above). Grab them in store today.

Aaron Piland and Ayumi Kajikawa Piland are the fantastic magical duo known as APAK. They are a childlike husband and wife collaborative art group who live among the fury conifer giants in a little cottage on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. They create artwork together as a way of exploring the beauty, mystery, and magic of life as well as expressing their love for life and each other.

They are known in particular for creating rich and colorful gouache/acrylic paintings on wood featuring the Utopian lives and adventures of curious little beings living in lush fantastic environments surrounded by friendly little animals, the landscapes are familiar yet surreal, hinting at a fantastic narrative while suggesting truths about the real word at the same time.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Just in the door, hand delivered by Emily Hogarth herself, are the latest 'Caledonia' prints in two gorgeous colourways. A subtle, summery baby blue or lovely donkey brown. They will be available to buy online tomorrow, or in store right away.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Today sees the launch of Glasgow International 2010, the two weeks out of the year when Glasgow celebrates is vibrant arts community by hosting events and exhibitions in venues varying from Studio's to major Museums. This year, Joseph Beuys' paper works are being shown under the impressive Artist Rooms Project at the Hunterian, along side other relevant pieces, such as Andy Warhol's portrait of Beuys (shown above).

The Common Guild is hosting a photography exhibition intriguingly titled Images or Shadows of Devine Things (image above). A black and white body of work by Gerald Bryne demonstrating the constant presence of the past. Bryne has also been commissioned by GI to produce a film titled A Thing is a Hole in a Thing it is not - a bit of a tongue twister! It will be shown at the GI hub, and promises to be an ambitious and challenging investigation into the ideals of Minimalism.

If all this is getting a bit to heavy, then there is always the Glasgow Beer And Pub Project, where you can brew your own in the surroundings of the Market Gallery, with the chance of having your pint left on a plinth for all to muse! For full listings have a peep here.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Spring is here folks and we should be able to spot the delicate butterflies dancing past fresh from their cocoons! Only ever for a fleeting moment however, these mysterious creatures just seem to dissapear a quickly as they come into your line of sight. Instead of catching one with a net as a pet, why not pop this pretty ring on your finger as it will never flutter on by. £12.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Tee-hee... does this make anyone else miss soggy stripey red paper straws on a summer's day? Gillian Kyle definitely has a knack for triggering the nostalgic senses, and this super cute Creamola Foam foil printed tote is bound to leave a sweet taste in your mouth. If you'd like to keep your fond memories safe and wear it rather than drink it, you can pick up a sturdy tote with us for £16... although it couldn't hurt to do both!

Sunday, 11 April 2010

The sun has been out all day in Edinburgh, giving us all a glimpse of life without winter coats. For a few hours today, we even managed an al fresco lunch and Sunday paper read at one of Edinburgh's lovely green spaces, proudly accompanied by a brand new picnic blanket. Made here in Britain, by a super fun company called Anorak, our kissing stags blanket (see above) brings a touch of design to a very durable outdoor product. Their range of other goodies is pretty darn good to, so make sure you get on their site and order yours in time for all that lovely weather coming our way!

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Some fabulous new prints by Illustrator Kate Hazell arrived in the gallery today. Her beautifully drawn pieces often contain some cheek to make you smile, so come along and check out 'Blue tits' and 'Bearded ladies'.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Ahhh Bristol... not at it's finest weather wise last week, but if was definitely worth braving the four seasons of one day to have a peep in the inspirational Snap Studio. Home to 8 of Bristol's Finest print-based artists and designers, the Snap Collective are pooling their talent resource to help support each other in the ever changing business of being an artist. Teamwork seems to be working for them if their beautiful gallery space and thriving studios are anything to go by! They are based just off the intriguingly named Christmas Steps, and have a lot to offer to the great Joe Public, including exhibitions, classes and workshops. If you can't make it to see their current Paul Farrell exhibition, never fear... we have a myriad of his and SNAP resident Freya Cumming's delightful works gracing our walls at the moment... but the next time you're in Bristol, add Snap to the Tour list.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

We're all wrapped up.........................and we don't mean woolly jumpers. No sirree. Beautiful new wrapping paper designs from nineteenseventythree are now available in store....

Friday, 2 April 2010

For anyone looking for some serious Easter egg hunts this weekend, look no further than Edinburgh's city centre. Essential Edinburgh are bringing all those chocoholics a chance to hunt the city centre come Easter Monday and win some pretty good prizes too - a whooping £1100 for adults and £50 for kids. Check out Essential Edinburgh for more hunt hints.

Some smashing Hannah Waldron posters arrived yesterday. For just £10 each, theses are a steal so get yours now!