Wednesday, 31 March 2010

How great is this beer mat?

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Letterpress Albhabet

Last year, as part of a project, I printed about 4 complete alphabets made up mostly of the contents of the 'odds and ends' drawer in the letterpress room, where all the orphaned and damaged wood type ended up. I made them into books, and scanned them and you can find them on my flickr site here. I did all the prints on the proofing machine, so no two copies of the book are the same. I will post pictures of the book soon, but I just thought that people might be interested to know that they can get at least one set of 4 alphabets on flickr for their own amusement.

food stamps

photo test

I found this on the floor of the dark room. Some of these test strips are gorgeous, and this one of central park is one of my best finds. 


This is probably cheating because I don't actually own either of these things, but I wish I had bought them! I am loving mustard yellow at the moment.

Sunday, 14 March 2010


the view outside my window



Charlie Harper

This is one of the full page illustrations from a book I bought today at the Sunday Market. Each illustration is just stunning. I am al most tempted to take the book apart and frame each illustration but I don't think I could do it. 

Biology book

This was the BEST thing ever. Only 50p and illustrated by none other than Charlie Harper (only one of my favourite illustrators ever). When I get the chance I will scan all of these illustrations and post them properly at full size because they are gorgeous. The book is pretty knackered but I don't really mind. 

Moon Flight Atlas

This is such a cool book! And only 50p. Lots of nice old photos of space and astronauts and diagrams and things, but you've got to love the naff type the most.

Books Books Books

These were the bain of my life to carry back. The two green books are 1897 editions of Nicholas Nickelby and David Copperfield and a nice illustrated copy of the Jungle Book. Easter reading sorted.


I also got my hands on various lovely silk scarves (Ok, so the top photo is actually a tablecloth), one was free, the rest were less than one good British Pound. 

More stamps

The top photo shows some serious stamp collection. There were several albums, plus a huge chest full of these envelopes. All addressed to the same 2 people. I think they must have been avid stamp collectors, The special envelopes are made to go with the set of stamps, in each one is a card of info about the stamps and the stamp states that they are sent on the first day of issue. I like the idea of these two guys sending each other stamps and no letter! These were a little bit expensive, but I would have bought the whole lot if I could have afforded it, they're all beautiful! I will post them in more detail another day. The second photo shows the box of stamps that someone gave me for free when I bought a stamp album (I think he was seriously trying to get rid of all his stuff). 


Part of the best haul from a market ever! I got this cute little album literally full of stamps, and another box full of stamps for only £5. I literally don't know what to do with them all, I've been sitting looking at them all for hours! There's such a random mix of things in here, all from the 1960s and 1970s I think. I was happiest about this find, seeing as they were hidden in a stack of boxes. I am awfully thrifty.

Thursday, 11 March 2010


This is a very old photogram that I did when I just started university. I think it was a project that had something to do with the environment, but it involved me making type out of the shapes made here, and then tracing it on a huge poster. I certainly didn't make life easy for myself!

Monday, 8 March 2010

P T Barnum

Working on the final exam project at the moment. I chose to do it on the theme of silence. I wanted to do P.T Barnum, but I was worried that I would get sucked into the whole circus aesthetic. I will keep it as a side project I feel, for I do love it.