Monday, February 9, 2015

Prints Charming

Between being a beach bum and doing some sight-seeing, I managed to squeeze in a little bit of shopping during our Maui trip. One of my favourite shops on the island is in Lahaina. It's called Vintage European Posters, and that's exactly what they sell. It was my second trip to the store as I had visited it two years ago, and it was the second time I left empty handed but inspired.

The peacock poster below was one of my favourites. At $1600, it didn't come home with me, but the employee we spoke to mentioned that their layaway option is very popular. Josh told him that we wouldn't be travelling in Maui if we bought things that we couldn't afford. ;) They had a smaller print for $20, but it just didn't have the same effect. 

I loved the bold colours in the Monsoleil beer poster below.

This was another favourite - advertising a thermal bath in Nice, France.

Later that evening, we went to Star Noodle for dinner (also in Lahaina). I highly recommend it if you find yourself in Maui. The noodle bowls were incredible, and they had a baked brussels sprouts dish that made me change my mind about the vegetable. I'm going to try and remake it myself. This "Make Art, Not War" poster at the restaurant caught my eye. I found a version on Amazon for just $15. It was designed by Shepard Fairey, who is well known for creating the iconic red, blue and white Obama "Hope" poster.

These posters reminded me of some of the great prints I found on my trip to England last year. Here are a few of my favs that I never managed to blog about until now...

Rostra Gallery, Bath

Now this is my kinda gallery. With colourful, fun prints by local artists, I wanted to buy everything in this lovely shop.

The main exhibit was the incredible work of Clare Halifax. With a degree in printed textile design, Clare cleverly combines design, pattern and colour in interesting ways. I remember thinking I would have bought a piece had I not already spent too much money in London. On future trips, I'd like to focus on finding that one piece that could be a great reminder of a trip, instead of coming home with a bunch of new clothes. Clare's beautiful images of Bath would have been a fabulous souvenir to bring home. If you've been to the city, you may recognize some of her subjects, such as the Royal Crescent, and The Circus.

I also loved these lino prints from Ruth Broadway. You can find more of her work here. 

The piece below is by Jane Ormes and it's called Lazy Dog Walkers on the Downs. This type of work makes me want to learn how to screen print...and draw. I suppose I'd have to know how to draw more than stick people to get into screen printing...

This screen print was by Peskimo (my autocorrect wants to change that to Eskimo). They had a cute series of tea package designs that you can find here. 

This lovely Full Steam Ahead screen print is by Tom Frost.

Had I had a few hundred pounds sterling left in my pocket, I think deciding which piece to buy would have been pretty darn difficult - they had so many colourful, unique pieces. The gallery has a great website showcasing all their talented artists, which you can find here. 

The Rowley Gallery, London

During the same trip, I found myself at the Rowley Gallery in London after a morning of sight-seeing in Notting Hill with my cousin Kate. We popped into The Rowley Gallery and these screen prints by Fanny Shorter caught my attention. I love the vivid colours of these fish. The print below is called Kribensis, which are a type of African fish that mate for life. The artist cleverly states on her website that this print would make a great wedding gift.

There were a lot of tropical fish prints in the galleries on Maui, but they were often bordering on kitsch, as you would expect in such a touristy place. Had I found prints like the ones above, I could have happily made some room in my suitcase for them. The Kribensis print (unframed) is £75 and the one below it, a limited edition entitled Spectrum Fish, is £165. The fish are printed to scale and arranged into a colour wheel.

Shorter also creates beautiful fabric patterns via screen printing. If you're interested in the process, check out her video below:

Intricacy of Nature from R&A Collaborations on Vimeo.

1 comment:

kate said...

buy it on ebay!