Sam Flax’s The Paperie stationery store is a great resource for envelopments, Holiday cards, scrapbooking, Invitations, business cards and sketch books.
Sam Flax South has a broad selection of do-it-yourself stationery as well as preprinted notecards and invitations from Crane & Co, Binth, Cavallini and more.
64 GB-64 Bright New Creatives from Great Britain
UP-AND-COMING, a new Victionary series that aims to showcase the creative output of one single country at a time, begins with a look at the talented young designers of Great Britain. Encompassing all categories of graphic output, 64GB traverses the country from Glasgow to London and Bath to Liverpool to highlight the freshest innovators and their unique viewpoints. Long a bastion of the avant garde, Great Britain proves that this scene is alive and flourishing in the realms of art and design. Through in-depth interviews and personal galleries, we experience brand new vocabularies of design created through the vision, hard work, and skill of these daring individuals. Forthcoming volumes will focus on Sweden and France.
Bicycle Artisans features 88 of the best, most unique builders from around the globe. These bike-makers are producing for an audience thirsty for highly personalized rides that cater to their diverse needs and riding styles. Often working in tiny studios and hidden workshops, these master craftsmen — some of whom have been refining their art for decades — produce bicycles that are highly personal as well as highly sought-after. Many of the featured builders have attained cult status through a particular detail, such as an elegantly fashioned lug, a mysterious design element, or by cleverly employing materials or techniques from other industries. Presented alphabetically, many of these artisans flourish purely through word of mouth and are little known outside a small group of aficionados and enthusiasts.
Chronicle Books 642 Things To Draw
A rolling pin, a robot, a pickle, a water tower, a hammock, a wasp, a safety pin, a kiss. Budding artists and experienced sketchers alike will find themselves invigorated by this collection of offbeat, clever, and endlessly absorbing drawing prompts. Some are deceptively simple (just try drawing a bicycle!), some are conceptually mind-bending (sketching the sound of girlish laughter?), and some are refreshingly basic (the only hard thing about drawing an egg is deciding how you want it to be cooked). Hip and helpful, 642 Things to Draw is the perfect inspirational sketchbook, sure to entertain and provoke the imagination of anyone ready to pick up a pencil.
Chronicle Books Beard
Hundreds of bearded men strutted their stuff at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage, Alaska, and photographer Matthew Rainwaters was there to capture it all. This resulting collection of portraits features the bushiest, most stylish, and downright weirdest beards from around the world. Taken straight on, the photographs are stark and stunning—the beards speak for themselves. Alongside the images are essays by several of the championship competitors, including Steven Raspa and his beard Prepostero. A magnificent showcase of chops, bristles, and whiskers, this book belongs on the shelf of any true facial hair connoisseur.
Matthew Rainwaters is an editorial feature photographer based in Austin, Texas.
For Forever I'll Be Here
Marci Washington’s distinctive artwork subverts Victorian gothic imagery into a contemporary visual language all its own. Flat washes of gouache and watercolor make up grotesque faces and distorted bodily forms that stare off the page into another dimension.
With a muted palette of somber dark green, black, cream, blood red, and brown and gold hues, dismembered bloody hands and still heads float seemingly frozen in negative space, while livid male and female figures in full gowns and uniforms collapse within rooms of floral wallpaper and carpet and glistening chandeliers. Marci Washington’s imagery creates a world of hidden stories, bloody handwritten letters, ghosts, forest threats, poisoned drinks, haunted manors, barren winters and betrayal — and this dark world draws you in completely.
Marci Washington: For Forever I’ll Be Here is an oversize monograph of recent work by this Oakland, California based artist — including a collection of paintings exhibited at Leeds College of Art in 2011. Marci Washington has exhibited widely and her work has been featured in a range of magazines and books, including Juxtapoz Dark Arts (one of her pieces was used on the cover of the book) and New American Paintings, as well as the 2009 film “Jennifer’s Body.”
Fun Packaging collects quirky, eye-catching examples of the best bottles, tins, boxes, and bags along with other inventive packaging concepts. While many blue-chip brands rely on consistent marks and reassuring blandness, there’s a new ecosystem of companies and products speaking an entirely different language with their packaging. Whether sharp and refined, rude and crude, or cute and friendly, these products jump off the shelves by portraying brand personalities. Notable entries include a Greta Garbo inspired whiskey label, Food Finish, the world’s first food coloring in a spray can, high definition labels for fresh fish and a cookbook made of pasta. Designers from around the world include Neumeister Design, Studio Lost & Found, Studio mLlongo, Bayley Design, Beetroot Design Group, The Creative Method, Bessermachen Design Studio, Reynolds & Reyner, Mousegraphics, P&W Design Consultants, lg2boutique, Lun Yau, Fresh Chicken, Andre Zaragoza, Yevgeny Razumov and more.
Everyone who loves to doodle knows the pure joy that comes from drawing on an unexpected surface, from the reclaimed envelope to the side of a take out container. Infinite Illustration features top illustrators from around the world, who demonstrate how illustrations can be applied to product, packaging, print, clothing, and industrial design.
The results convey a fresh feeling of handiwork, where organic lines, hand lettering, and fluid shapes are transformed into functional identities. Their distinct personal touch stands apart from conventional computer-generated graphics.
Includes store windows and installations, tissue paper, boxes, and bags designed to wrap products, fashion and footwear covered with geometric shapes, fossils, and hand-drawn animals, personal accessories, health products and cosmetics, CD illustrations, food, beverage, and takeaway container packaging, and more.
Psychedelic Art manifested first in literary contexts with Huxley, Rimbaud and then later via Ginsberg and Burroughs. As the movement gained momentum in the 1960s, visual artists became catalyzed and “turned on” by the psychedelic experience. Juxtapoz Psychedelic bridges the musings these early explorers of the form, to those working in metaphysical and surrealistic modes today. Contemporary practitioners of the form featured in Juxtapoz Psychedelic include Andy Gilmore Jonathan Zawada, Steven Harrington, Oliver Hibert, David d’Andrea, Patrick Kyle, Killian Eng, Scott Balmer, Deanne Cheuck, Mark Whalen, Eric Shaw, Roid, Ryan Travis Christian, Eibatova Karina, Maya Hayuk, Skinner, Kelsey Brookes, Jetter Green Hannah Stouffer, Katherine Tromans, Kylea Borges. Classic and traditional proponents include John Van Hamersveld, Alex Grey, Allyson Grey and Keiichi Tanaami.
Outdoor Gallery New York City
Outdoor Gallery – New York City documents the vibrancy of the diverse contemporary street art environment of New York City. The book predominantly collects the work of New York based artists, running the gamut from old school graffiti writers such as COPE2, to contemporary street artists such as HELLBENT, EKG, ASVP, CERN and GAIA. Their work is showcased alongside that of some international fellow travelers including NICK WALKER, THE YOK, SHERYO and KRAM. The book features hundreds of pieces of art by 46 different artists. The well-photographed works are accompanied by the artists musings on New York, street art and their own work and processes. This work is non-permanent and necessarily current and relevant. In Outdoor Gallery New York resident and author Yoav Litvin successfully documents the zeitgeist.
Palette No.4: Neon-New Fluorescent Graphics
This fourth volume in the highly successful Palette series by Victionary examines the brightest palette yet – neon. Like its original inspiration, the neon lightbulb, the tints associated with this range of colors are suffused with an inner glow. Though there were earlier appearances in the last century, notably the paintings of Andy Warhol, neon hit its stride in the 1980s – appropriated as an aesthetic of the punk rock movement for its boldness. While trends in art and design are often cyclical through time, they are also capable of lateral transmission, readily informing other design disciplines upon their reappearance. Embraced anew by contemporary fashionistas, neon has experienced a marked comeback in the hands of designers. Encompassing all aspects of design from fashion and graphic, to product, furniture, and interior, this title comes in three alternate neon covers: green, pink, and orange.
Palette No.5: Pastel-New Soft Toned Graphics
Soft, subtle, inoffensive pastel hues require considerable finesse to create iconic designs that stand the test of time. Historically associated primarily with products for infants or sweet confections, the hues in this family are certainly capable of broader appeal. The designs collected within this fifth volume in the Palette series showcase the makeover potential, collecting unexpected recent applications in corporate identities, fashion styling, photography, and editorial designs – elegant and edgy solutions that surprise us with their originality as they break with convention, extending rather than losing the palette’s character. After exploring this volume, it’s guaranteed that you will never look at pastel colors the same way again.
The follow-up to the bestselling Paper Works, this title continues the exploration of paper as the ultimate artists material. From an award-winning documentary to a nationally touring museum exhibition, paper is no longer a blank canvas for other media, but has become the media itself. Follow artists and designers from around the world who cut, fold and sculpt paper to new heights of creativity, and develop new techniques that open up doors of expression. In two or three dimensions, full color or monochromatic, the effects are limitless. Some designs are geometric, creating real or imagined cityscapes _ others delicately trace the fluidity of a jellyfishs tentacles or the movement of water. Projects include fashion, jewelry and furniture design, origami, sculpture and installation art.