Jody Barton recently collaborated with Lithuanian artist collective Mother Elaganza. The project, Chocolate Pictures, brings together graphic artists and contemporary chocolatiers. Taking some of Jody’s most iconic images, Mother Elaganza see chocolate as ‘the perfect raw material for this edible pop art’, with the biggest problem facing the owner being whether to admire it or to eat it.
Andy recently completed a cover assignment for Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine, the glossy supplement to Germany’s largest daily newspaper. The cover article is about ethnic minorities making jokes about their own ethnicity.
Parra was chosen as one of 50 artists to create a cover for the D&AD Annual, as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations. The original artworks, including contributions from Quentin Blake, Rankin and Terry Gilliam were all auctioned to raise funds for the D&AD Foundation, established to offer financial support to the next generation of creative talent.
Sanna Annukka has published her first book, a version of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Fir Tree’. Sanna’s Finnish folk style works perfectly with the Nordic tradition of Andersen’s original tale of a young tree so preoccupied with growing up that he forgets to live for the moment. The hardback book is cloth-bound with gold foil block details, while inside, the spreads blend elegantly with the text to create a real festive treat.
For the past four years, Klaus Haapaniemi has worked with Sato Yanai at Nippon Design Center to create the Christmas campaign for Japanese department store Isetan. For this year’s collection, Klaus has created the world of ‘Wonder Eden’, comprising twelve different kingdoms. From The Land of The Alchemists to Giant Little Country, Klaus’ worlds are inhabited by strange plants and magical creatures. The illustrations are being used as three-dimensional window displays, in-store as decorations, as well as online on the dedicated Wonder Christmas site.
Andy Rementer and Margherita Urbani have created a short comic story that features in issue #10 of fêted ‘everyday life interiors magazine’ Apartamento. The story ‘She’s Taking Everything‘, sees the reader drop in on a character post break up, as removals men come to take away all the designer furniture, and shows Rementer and Urbani’s ability to say much by showing a little. The magazine is out now.
The eponymous debut album from Jim Stoten’s illustration supergroup Owen & The Eyeballs is available now. Recorded over three days in Leeds in the summer of 2012, the record is available via Bandcamp. Jim keeps things steady with bass and vocals, as well as the occasional double kazoo.
Matt Furie has released his first children’s book, to critical acclaim. Completely hand-drawn and without words, the book tells the story of a nocturnal frog and rat who awake at midnight to embark on epic adventures on their BMX. The jacket cover even unfolds into a giant poster. We made the short video above with Mark Prendergast to offer a preview of the book, and created a dedicated section of Matt’s folio with some spreads.