Here is a thing of amazingness. A beautifully shot and designed free (yup free) online magazine from Paul Lowe aka sweet paul, a food and prop stylist and crafter who lives in New York. He is a prolific blogger and every season he puts together a magazine full of recipes, craft projects and interiors to create, pour over and ‘pin’.
You can view it online here and buy a print version here. Online the images are beautifully backlit and look even more lush.
Apparently it’s been going for ages but I only stumbled upon it the other day. I’ve found it now though, so while I wait avidly for the next issue I have 5 back issues to look through and hurrah for that.
On Wednesday my ‘Partner-in-Craft’ Hannah and I went to the London Sketch Club in Chelsea, an amazing club formed over 100 years ago by newspaper illustrators and designers looking for somewhere to hang out, drink gin and oogle (I mean paint) naked ladies. We visited not so much for the ‘smoking and conversatione’ advertised here but to see the silhouette artist Charles Burns and his new book Mastering Silhouettes, A practical guide to silhouette portraiture showcasing Charles beautiful work.
Using surgical scissors and squares of black paper Charles cuts silhouettes ‘live’ (no bright lights and profiles shadowed on walls for him). He has cut silhouettes of the great and the good including the Queen for her 80th Birthday (as Hannah said ‘a bit like making stamps then’) and now me…
Not entirely convinced about my nose, would quite like to snip a little off the end but pretty impressive for 90 seconds work. When I get the chance I shall try my hand at mastering silhouettes but for now I am pleased I have finally mastered the spelling of it.
Saul Bass is probably my favourite and my bestest graphic designer. When I’m stuck on a project I pop down the internet and have a little look at some of his work.
Y’know the iconic Hitchcock posters?
That’s him. The super slick logo for United Airlines? That’s him. The stylish and fun film credits for it’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World?
Yup, that’s him.
(If you have a spare minute go take a look, it’ll make you smile)
So, I’ve heard tell of a children’s book that Saul illustrated in 1962, Henri’s Walk to Paris. Searches on ebay proved fruitless (or expensive) but now finally it has been reprinted and is widely available again. The mighty Amazon delivered it to my door 4 weeks earlier than they said (good work Amazon Elves), and it is as beautiful and inspiring as I imagined.
Go buy it.
Today is the launch of Marie Claire Runway, a new biannual magazine that ‘celebrates all the fun and fabulosity of the Fashion Week whirl’. It’s brought to you by the people behind women’s glossy Marie Claire, and I was fortunate enough to be creative director of this project for seven frantic weeks at the end of last year. I worked long hours with a crack team of journalists to put together the mag and tried to document the process as we went. This video is a little taster of what happened behind the scenes.
Launching a new mag involves a lot of thinking, experimentation and red wine. We tried hundreds of different ideas for the cover and some of the inside pages were so intricate we sent the repro house into meltdown, with over 1000 images of models that needed to be digitally cut out and removed from their backgrounds.
I think this might my favourite spread…
or maybe this one …
Marie Claire Runway is on sale now at all good newsagents and probably some petrol stations. It is good. Go buy it.