Fish Festival: Live printing at LETH office

We had a brilliant day at the Newlyn Fish Festival yetserday. We were doing some live printing, making two posters, each an edition of 100. We worked in the LETH project space, where people came to visit and see the prints coming together, and then ferried them down to the Badcocks Block for sale to Fish Festival visitors. We sold them for a tenner a piece, and are giving 10% of all the proceeds to the Fisherman’s Mission. Despite the piddling and relentless rain we had a grand day, so thank you to everyone who came along. There are still some left, so anyone who would like to buy a print can do so through Badcocks Gallery, or by contacting us. Thank you for the photographs Emma Griffin (top) and Jo Hounsome (bottom).


The Island

We've been home from our project in Berlin for three weeks now. Lorena has sent the screens back in batches, along with our research materials and aprons etc. and we're meeting Bettina next week to collect left-behind-sunglasses. SO. It's high time we sorted out our documentation of the whole affair. Ivo Gretener took some brilliant photographs throughout the event, and we've put them all on a new page 'The Island' over on the right there, so click to read + see all about it >>>>>

There are still some books left from the exhibition, and they are now for sale at £25 through our shop page. And, if we do say so ourselves, they are something special in the flesh (paper).
Thank you everyone who helped all along the way. It was wonderful.


The Island (Made in Berlin)

Hello. We are so very for breaking our promise to update and post while in Berlin working on our book project, The Island, at Enblanco. We have failed. Sorry. While finding ourselves computer-less, we did manage to take plenty of snaps and some film, so there is evidence.
The project went really very well, and the edition of books is now fully printed, bound and complete (the remainder of the edition are now winging their way across Europe to us). We're going to get them up in the online shop in a flash just as soon as they arrive and will let you know when they're in.
So. Big Berlin. We had an amazing time. We worked long and hard, silkscreen printing, during the first four days, pulling 1680+ prints between us to get the pages done. We then spend a couple of day folding and collating pages while we handcut, scored and folded the 65 turquoise Colourplan cases (Amazing colour) before hand trimming every book. It was tough old work and we had a few hairy moments when we thought it wouldn't be done, but we ended up editioning the last few books as the gallery doors were opening for the private view on the 9th. Phew. 
We will have the books on sale soon and will post again in more detail about The Island itself in the next few days. In the meantime, you can spot us producing the books in the space below, and can see more and superior photographs of the entire project (by Ivo Gretener) on the Enblanco website. For now, Tschüs!


We're going on Thursday. THURSDAY! We're terribly excited to arrive in sunny Berlin and start work on our books. Check out the press release and information about the project on Enblanco's website. We will endeavour to post daily (or thereabouts) with progress and pictures of things coming together when we're over there working. But for now, we must pack and check lists and check lists agin...
And we hope this bear will be at the airport to welcome us with blooms and a miniature Brandenburg gate as he promises.



A rather belated post we know, but things all became rather manic in the lead-up and actually doing artwork for our project at Enblanco overtook posting news of our fundraising. Sorry.
But. Now. We are all done, the finishing post is in sight and HH has sent us the folding stuff. He has done a grand job, as have the beasts he backed on our behalf, and the details of the whole ride are below for those who want them. The observant among you will note that we didn't actually finish at Aintree as planned: Harry decided he'd have another few goes and boy are we glad. Good on The Giant Bolster who came through the second time around. And there was also highly impressive input from Monterosso at the Dubai World Cup and Merigo in the Scottish Grand National.  We close with a substantial 198 stirling, which we believe will translate to about 248Euros, and massive hugs, high fives, and a fair few pints for Harry when we next see him. Thank you Dad. 
We can stop doing horse-racing puns now. Ride on.



Saturday saw the 2012 Grand National at Aintree and the finish of our Back Berlin project. Alas, we had money on 'Weird Al' who ran an o.k. race, but fell at fence number 27 and was injured. Neptune Collognes won by a whisker, (the first grey to do so since 1961) in a thrilling race. 
We'll have a full report once Harry's handed in the roundup, but we think we're in the red, and hopefully the fund will cover the cost of three silkscreens for the project in June. We're cracking on with the work ourselves and will post more details in due course.
Thanks Marjorie + Hugh for the loan of this little three-piece indian puzzle as a visual aid. Have we cracked it?



We had some exciting news a fortnight ago - the paper for our projects at Enblanco, Berlin is being sponsored by GF Smith! Hooray! And it arrived on Thursday! Massive Hooray!
We're printing a book while we're over there, and as all the creative work has been coming along, we've also been doing a mammoth amount of organisational admin: Trying to make sure everything we need will be there / can get there / when it needs to be sent by / what we could potentially forget / many more niggling concerns. The paper was, obviously, a bit of a worry, as we potentially needed to cut all the pages to size before printing, and then there are covers and supplements to consider. BUT, the fantastic G F Smith have come up with the goods and are providing all of the paper for the books! And what mighty paper it is. We spent a glorious evening looking at all the samples, (touching them to our cheek and sniffing them too, as this has to be done) and finally decided on some of their colourplan papers for supplements, covers and card case (amazing colours) and some Mohawk Superfine paper for the main body of the book. Joy of joys, GFS can provide the paper cut to size too! So we now have the body pages and covers cut ready to their bleed size, which will hopefully make everything run more smoothly when we're over in Berlin printing our fingers to the bone. CANNOT WAIT.
Thank you GF Smith. Thank you very much.