Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Tatty Devine Workshop at Soma

Tatty Devine Workshop at Soma

Tatty Devine Workshop Saturday 12th November 2pm - 4pm 

Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine, the ladies behind Tatty Devine will be coming to Soma on Saturday 12th November to host a rosette making workshop! They will be signing copies of their new book, 'How to Make Jewellery with Tatty Devine' and teaching you to make a classic Tatty Devine rosette, one of the projects in the book. We will be holding this workshop in our first floor space.

There will be tasty cakes and refreshments to keep you going provided by Lahloo Tea! Plus some extra special cakes provided by Bristol's biggest Tatty Devine fan, my sister!

We first started selling Tatty Devine jewellery in Soma in 2005 and they've been really popular ever since! Do keep this date in your diary!

View Tatty Devine jewellery on our website here 

Go to the Facebook event page here

Tatty Devine Workshop at Soma

Monday, 10 October 2011

Soma for Not Another Bill

Soma for Not Another Bill

I was asked by Ned from Not Another Bill to put together the October mailout. For those who haven't heard of Not Another Bill before, it's a fantastic idea by Ned Corbett-Winder, a subscription service where you get a surprise present in the post every month. Each month is produced by a different creative or group of creatives.

Tom Frost print - Soma for Not Another Bill

I asked Bristol based illustrators Tom Frost and Peskimo to each produce a print and a badge for the packs and Glasgow based Lesley Barnes to design a tote. Each pack contained a print, a badge and a tote.

Both Tom Frost and Peskimo hand printed theirs - which was no mean feat! Tom's (pictured above) is a two colour silkscreen print on reclaimed card and numbered using a pin perforating machine and Peskimo's (pictured below) is a three colour silkscreen print. These prints were specially commissioned for Not Another Bill and not available anywhere else!

Peskimo print - Soma for Not Another Bill

Lesley's tote was silkscreened in Cornwall on 100% organic tote bags using environmentally friendly inks. It features the great creatures she has designed for us. She designed the dancing bear tote that we sell in Soma and you can see the bear in the middle of this design.

Lesley Barnes tote bag - Soma for Not Another Bill

You can see more work by Peskimo here, by Tom Frost here and by Lesley Barnes here.

And you can visit Not Another Bill here.

Prints and badges - Soma for Not Another Bill

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Pack Rat by Crispin Finn Exhibition

Pack Rat exhibition by Crispin Finn

Last Friday we had the preview of Crispin Finn's new exhibition at Soma, 'Pack Rat'.

The term Pack Rat refers to people who engage in the excessive acquisition of possessions, even if the items are worthless.

For their 'Pack Rat' show they've created a set of prints in their trade mark red, white and blue based on their fascination with collecting inspired from items within their archive. These prints aim to make the ephemeral momentarily more permanent, examine the beauty of vernacular design and draw to attention how the everyday is worthy of wall space.

Pack Rat exhibition by Crispin Finn

Alongside the prints they are showing t-shirts, notepads, greeting cards and other items designed by them, all in red, white and blue!

Pack Rat exhibition by Crispin Finn

Pack Rat exhibition by Crispin Finn

Crispin Finn is a small, London based design partnership. Founded and run by Anna Fidalgo - a graphic designer and Roger Kelly - a fine artist, their shared love of screenprinting, stationery and vernacular design inspired them to collaborate and develop their trademark style.

Working predominantly in red, white and blue, a restriction they initially set themselves in order to hand produce simple and affordable designs, the colour scheme has become part of the Crispin Finn identity.

Pack Rat exhibition by Crispin Finn

The exhibition runs until 13th November.

View more photos of the exhibition here

View prints from the exhibition plus other items by Crispin Finn here

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

20% off magazines online during October

Throughout October we are offering a very generous 20% discount on magazines and books online. We have quite an extensive range of back issues and it's time to clear some of them out! We have Eye, 3x3, Varoom, iDN, and Anorak amongst others. To claim your discount, use the code HAPPYMAGAZINE at the checkout. This offer can only be used on books and magazines.
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