Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Issue 24 – The Landscape Issue {sneak peek!}

Just a little sneak peek of what we have in store for you next issue!

We interview artists including New York model maker Matthew Albanese who spends months creating landscapes using materials such as faux fur, steel wool, ground parsley, paprika, sugar, and table salt, also photographer Erin Tyner who photographs miniature models in landscapes she has constructed, and Megan Scheminske who paints canvases using Google map reference images.

The issue will also include stories and articles from our talented Blanket contributor team. Writer, Jonathan Hulme, will be giving us some tips on how to take a Roadtrip {as only he can…}, Gwendoline Watsonembraces her fear of the dark and camps out ALONE in the wilderness.

Our brand new Blanket contributors Rebekah and Richard from Bliss in a Teacup {introduced to you last issue with their amazing DIY Tutorial on Linocuts} will be bringing us another fantastic DIY tutorial on how to make your own mobile. Jek is also back from her own roadtrip with a brand new craft tutorial – think Western diorama, and not to be outdone I will also be writing a tutorial on how to create your own miniature landscapes using your very own holiday snaps!

Plus we can’t forget our Blanket Featured Font designer Darim Kim with her font inspired by her dog Cody and our Blanket Cover ArtistJo Cheung. Her illustration of paddy fields was inspired by where she grew up.

The next issue will be out on October 4th! It’s a good time to become a Blanket Subscriber don’t you think?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Papergirl exhibition {Manchester}

Image credit: Papergirl ride by Papergirl Manchester

Image credit: Malark

Usually when I see a bike whizzing in my direction my immediate reaction is to get out of the way but during the month of October I may need to rethink this strategy. You see there is a new exhibition in Manchester making its UK debut. Papergirl is an art project originally from Berlin, started in 2006 by Aisha Ronniger as a reaction to the discussion in the media about the tightening of graffiti laws to include paste ups.

Artists from all over the world have donated works that will be distributed by bicycle in the streets of Manchester to random passers-by, in the style of American paper-boys. Each roll consists of posters, prints and originals, uniquely wrapped together to create a one-off combination of works.

There will be a chance to catch the artwork before it’s distributed at the launch/preview night on Thursday 30th September from 7pm at Soup Kitchen {31-33 Spear St, Manchester, M1 1DF}

The Papergirl Manchester Exhibition will run from 1st October to 21st October in association with Manchester Free for Arts Festival 2010.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ammo Magazine Issue 4 {interview}

** Warning shameless plug**

I just wanted to share some pictures of a recent interview I did with Ammo Magazine. The interview is actually a discussion about magazine publishing and running Blanket Magazine but Dave Hughes {Ammo’s Creative Director} indulged me and let me feature some of my photos from Iceland alongside the interview. Taking into consideration that my photos have nothing whatsoever to do with Blanket Magazine and Ammo usually features illustrators I really have no idea how I talked him into that one… {thanks Dave!}

Luckily there is a bevy of other talented illustrators featured including Ammo’s cover artist Aaron Miller, interviews with Si ScottAny Forty, and Seymour and artwork from:

Anne Cobai / Ben Steers / Chris Thornley / Ellen van Engelen / Elly MacKay / Kate Hindley / Laura PĂ©rez / Lydia Nichols / Monica Garwood / Paperfox Press (Inner Cover) / Paul Alp / PEPPER / Rob Mack / Thereza Rowe / Thom Glick / Tom Hovey / Vicky Newman / Will Scobie / Wilmer Murillo.

If you haven’t already been introduced to Ammo Magazine then right now is a good chance – because you can buy all 4 issues for just £15!

MrYen {Blanket Featured Font as a Papercut!}

Last week I put a call out on Twitter asking if anyone had used the current Blanket Featured Font ‘Redis’ {free with the ‘Gone but not Forgotten‘ issue!} on a personal project. Jonathan Chapman aka MrYen - who just happens to also be interviewed in the same issue – tweeted that he would use the font to create a special paper cut! And here is the result – isn’t it lovely!

I would love to share more projects like this on the Blanket Blog so if you have used the ‘Redis’ font on a personal project {or any other Blanket Featured Font for that matter!} then why not send your work to me at editor {at} so I can add it to our blog!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Issue 24 – The Landscape Issue {deadline!}

Eek! Can you believe another deadline is fast approaching? It seems like just yesterday I was on holidays… and speaking of this it was my recent holiday that has influenced the upcoming theme of the issue: ‘Landscape‘.

It’s the power of a landscape that we will explore for the next Blanket issue – whether it be how a landscape can be manipulated, how it can be viewed from a different perspective or how it can change – sometimes instantly and without warning.

We’re asking you to send in your art, design or photography that has been inspired by these thoughts and ideas{but hurry submissions close on September 15th!}

** UPDATE ** Due to the Blanket website being hacked and down all last week I have decided to extend the submission deadline for Re_action and Here’s my work… until Sunday, September 26th!

Please read here for further submission details: ‘Submit Your Work’