Friday, March 11, 2011

Publishers Club Zine {screenprint}

Earlier this week I went into the one69a studio at Islington Mill in Manchester to test screenprint the Publishers Club zine covers!

Islington Mill is a beautiful old building with a seriously cool community of artists and creatives {yes I was ready to move in!} and there is always something going on… workshops, events, even yoga!

I met up with Mark {here he is above looking wistfully out a window…} who is not just an awesome screenprinter he is also a very generous host. He showed me around the building and introduced me to lots of different people – and after a quick coffee and chat we got down to some screenprinting!

I took a few photos while I was there to show the process we went through from finished artwork, burning the screens and then to the actual test printing of the zines. Hope you enjoy!


First let me show you their amazing studio space! It’s one large room shared by a group of people including one69a, a furniture craftsman, graphic designer/illustrator and fashion designer.


We are extremely lucky for our first Publishers Club zine to have 4 amazing cover artists: Lesley BarnesSimon WildStephen Chan and Daren Newman. As we didn’t have time to test them all we decided to use the artwork of Daren Newman as it had the finest detail and would be the more difficult to print.


Once the artwork was printed onto acetate we then had to burn the artwork onto the screen.


Usually there is a vacuum seal that would help keep the acetate flat for a clean transfer of the image but it’s broken so this is  Mark’s high tech way to keep the acetate flat. Love it!


This is the part I like! Once the screen is burnt the transferred image magically appears once the emulsion is washed away.


Mark checking how the transfer went…



Once the transfer had been completed it was then time to see how the images went once transferred onto paper {and the zine!}


Doesn’t this look amazing! We were really happy with how the image transferred. It even picked up the fine detail of the line work from Daren’s illustration and looked like the cover had been hand inked. After this test I can’t wait to see how the other covers turn out once printed.


Don’t forget our event is on tomorrow {eek! very exciting!} and we will be releasing our first Publishers Club collaborative zine – Totummy!

The Publishers Club and one69a will be set up in the basement at Cord Bar in Manchester so come down and have a go at screen printing your very own zine cover! We will also be screenprinting t-shirts, tote bags and prints. It’s going to be so much fun!

Saturday 12th March, 1-7pm,
Cord Bar, 8 Doresy Street (off Tib Street), Manchester

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Daren Newman {Words & Pictures Exhibition}

My sweet friend Daren Newman from Me & My Pen will be exhibiting his beautiful illustrations and typographic work next Thursday night at Cord Bar in Manchester. This is his first solo exhibition and he will be showing over 60 pieces of work – many of them previously unseen!

If you can’t make it to the opening night you can always join us on Saturday 12th March at Cord Bar for the Publishers Club x Inkygoodness event. You might even be lucky enough to screen print a limited edition Daren Newman piece yourself…

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Publishers Club Zine Submissions {1 week left!}

Just one week to get your submissions in for the very first Publishers Club Zine! 

We’re looking for original illustration, design or photography that continues the theme of ‘Totem’. If you would like to get involved then please visit here for more information on how to submit your work. 

As there is limited space in the actual zine we will be having a slide show projection of every submission during the day of our Manchester event where we will be releasing the Publisher Club zine {you will even be able to pick and screen print your own cover! But more on this later…} 

Even I have been inspired by the theme and have been creating some artwork for the slide show. It’s still not finished but I thought I would show you all a little sneak peek below… {I’m not sure about the silver thread yet… it’s still a work in progress…}

Looking forward to seeing how others have interpreted the theme!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Blanket News {Exciting Update!}

The start of a new year is always a chance to refresh the creative juices and I have exciting plans for Blanket this year!

My plans include a relaunch of the Blanket brand and a new-look website and to finally bring a long-cherished dream to fruition and release the first printed version of Blanket!! {I told you it was exciting!}

What this means is that the online mag will be taking a short break while I prepare for these changes. The first step for these initial changes is to also ask my readers what they think.

As Blanket’s readers have helped to shape Blanket into what it is today, I’m now seeking your feedback by releasing a survey. After the last survey {2 years ago!} it gave me greater clarity on what my readers wanted and I was just buzzing with enthusiasm and ideas on how I could move the magazine forward – and I know it will be the same this time!

I’ve deliberately keep the survey short {it should just take 5 minutes or so} and just as an added little thanks you will also go into the draw to win a MINI DIANA LOMO or 1 of 5 Exclusive Blanket Packs.

It’s a really important {and to be honest – scary!} step I am taking with Blanket and I want to make sure I do it right – so your feedback would be truly appreciated!


many thanks!

The Publishers Club x Inkygoodness {Manchester event!}

Image via Concrete Hermit

I am excited to announce that The Publishers Club will be teaming up with Inkygoodness to create our next event in Manchester!

Some of you may know {especially if you were at our first London event!} that I am involved in a little side project called The Publishers Club with my fellow independent publishers Dave Hughes of AMMO Magazine, Julian James of NewSugar and Gordon Reid of Middleboop.

Founded in 2009, The Publishers Club aims to support the continued evolution of the independent publishing scene – both printed and digital – through a series of collaborative events and workshops held around the United Kingdom and further afield.

The Manchester event will be held at Cord Bar in the Northern Quarter on Saturday 12th March from 1pm to 7pm.

We have organised activities to happen during the day including live drawing from artists onto Character Totems {confirmed artists are Moot, Matt Saunders, Fon Fon & Toy Factory} and LIVE screenprinting by one69a{}. We will also be releasing the very first Publishers Club Zine! {Read below on how you can get involved in this!}

Were hoping the day will be a relaxed networking event where people can just come and go during the day (or stay all day if they want!). So please come and join us for some creative fun!

You can find our more about the event via our Publishers Club mail out {sign up here} or RSVP on our Facebookpage!


If you can’t make the event you can still get involved! As part of the Publishers Club x Inkygoodness event in Manchester we will also be putting together our first zine!

The theme for our first zine is ‘Totummy’ and we’re looking for original art, design or photography submissions to be featured in it’s pages. As an extension of the Totem draw with Inkygoodness we are looking for submissions that continue the Totem theme. Need inspiration? Look herehere and here!

This is your chance to get involved in the first limited edition Publishers Club zine!

Submissions Info:
  1. Complete your submission by the 1st March 2011
  2. Make sure your piece is A5, portrait, black and white and 300dpi (print ready)
  3. Attach it to an email with your full name and a short paragraph about you and your piece.
  4. Send it to us at: submit [at]

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Page to Page / Face to Face

Blanket has always been about bringing creative people together from around the world – and this feel good story is where this ethos was taken literally!

The story starts back in Issue 24 {The Landscape Issue} when two artists both submitted their images to Blanket and were featured in the issue. Joanne Thies from Australia submitted the image on the left and João Bento Soares from Portugal submitted the image on the right.

When it came to laying out the pages of the magazine I decided to place their work side by side as I thought their work complimented each other beautifully. I did note at the time that it was a coincidence that their first names started with the same first 3 letters… I love things like that.

Just after the magazine was released Joanne contacted me to say she would be traveling to Portugal {another happy coincidence} so I suggested she should get in touch with João while she was there so they could meet face to face… and they did!

You can follow along the story on Joanne’s blog I Love Saturdays. The first post is here {where João and Joanne first make contact via her blog} and the second here {after their meet up in Portugal}.

I love so much about this story and I am happy to have played a small role in bringing these two amazing artists together. For me it sums up exactly what I have always wanted Blanket to be – a place where creatives all over the world can get together to meet and share ideas {of course I always thought it would be limited to virtually…}
I do hope this story might spark some more creative meetups around the world! Or maybe you have a similar story of meeting someone? I would love for you to share if you do – it doesn’t have to be related to Blanket – just if you have met up with someone after getting to know them through their blog or twitter. Email me at editor {at}

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Let’s Celebrate! {Issue 25 is here!}

Celebrations are all around us at this time of year but we have something extra to celebrate here at Blanket – our 25th issue! Scroll down to see what we are celebrating…

best wishes,


PS/ A big thank you to We Are Willow collaborative musicians Chris Butler and Simon Connor for allowing us to use their track ‘Pictures You Drew’ as a free download this issue. It’s our extra special gift for you this Christmas. Enjoy!

The Blanket 2011 Calendar!!

All Blanket Subscribers will receive the Blanket 2011 Calendar free with Issue 25 {or you can purchase it separately for $6 in the Blanket Online Store}

Blanket’s Cover Art

Our cover this issue was a collaboration between UK illustrators Thereza Rowe and Simon Wild. In our feature article we speak to both and ask them how they came up with the concept for our cover and they give us tips on how to achieve a successful collaboration.

Blankets Featured Font {FREE with this issue!}

Manuel Viergutz {aka EM-VII} a design student from Germany took inspiration from the Times New Roman font to create our featured font ‘Hand Times’.

The Blanket  Calendar Artist Interviews

We introduce you to our 12 Blanket 2011 Calendar artistsAdam James Turnbull, Mark Malarky, Patrick O’Leary, Santiago Merino, Niki Pilkington, Devon Smith, Stephen P Loya, Ekaterina Koroleva, Rohan Fraser, Christopher Davison, Amy Friend and Reena Makwana. Read their interviews and see more of their work inside this issue.

Creative Writing

Blanket writer Jonathan Hulme invites us all to join him on his New Years Revolution.
Illustration by Nicola Rowlands.

Gwendoline Watson gives us helpful advice on how to be merry this Christmas (and no it doesn’t include drinking too much mulled wine}. Illustration by James Cotton.


Our newest Blanket contributor and writer Charlotte Rivers interviews Liss Winnel from the distinctively dreamy blog Daydream Lily {Liss also introduces us to some stunning photographers!}.

DIY Tutorial

Our crafty Jessica Wilson {aka Jek} shares her Christmas memories and a DIY Tutorial on how to make Clay Ornaments.

Here’s my work… I hope you like it…

Artists featured inside this issue: Randi Antonsen, Claire Bradley, Kate Bushuk, Jo Cheung, Cinaski, Anne Cobai, Stella Asia Consonni, Oleg Danilovich, Philippa Garrard, Daria Hlazatova , Christine Johanson, Jough McLeod, Lin Mei, Nicole Mueller, Monica Rizzolli, Nicola Rowlands, Aida Sabic, Emily Sams, Fake Sartorialist , Christina Song, Åsa Wikman, Yuk Kee Yip and Eddie Yuen.