Do you know how ink is made?

Here’s a fascinating little film for a Friday afternoon. Who knew so much work goes into making ink? How do these guys keep their hands so clean? And why do I now want to eat it after watching this? Probably raises a few more questions than it answers but it’s totally worth watching just to see just how much passion and craftsmanship goes into making the inks that many of us rely on to make our art.

(Mmmmm industrial honey…)

(via the very ace apartment therapy blog)

The Museum of Letters

I love my feed reader and today it unearthed this gem from the ever awesome swissmiss blog. Feast your eyes upon The Museum of Letters (or Buchstabenmuseum if you’re a local Berliner).

The Museum of Letters is devoted to preserving and documenting letterforms. We are currently in the process of putting together our permanent collection and are actively searching out outstanding letterforms and typographic objects that merit preservation.

The collection is made up of salvaged letters, some from factory or large store signage.
You can view more of the collection here.

Learning Letterpress at Ink Spot Press

It’s been a long time since I found myself in an art space without a single computer in sight so a couple of weeks ago I took the plunge and signed up for a letterpress taster day at Ink Spot Press in Brighton (UK). Early Saturday morning, I ventured out of my mole hole without so much as a sideways glance at my laptop, popped some driving tunes in the CD player and headed off down the A23 towards the seaside for some hands on, typographic goodness.…

Ink Spot Press is a wonderful little studio, set up so artists can book sessions and use the space and equipment to produce their works. The have facilities for letterpress, screen printing, and relief printmaking. They ask that you do a course with them first, so you’re familiar with the studio and equipment, then you can book in for session

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot at the Barbican, London

A little inspiration for a Friday. Céleste Boursier-Mougenot is an artist and composer whose current installation at the Barbican in London has become a bit of a youtube hit. I blame the rockstar who appears at around the 45 second mark.


Trained as a musician and composer, French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. His installation for The Curve will take the form of a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other instruments and objects. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a captivating, live soundscape.

More information here and here.

Community Inspiration Interview

Ok, so this is slightly weird because it’s the equivalent of interviewing myself, but so many people have answered the call, it seems rude not to put in the same amount of effort. Hopefully I can make it vaguely interesting ……

1. What’s your favourite artistic tool or piece of equipment (past, present or dream)?
This goes firmly in the dream category. My Uncle gave this to me recently and I’d love to have a play around with it to see what I can come up with.

2. Which work are you most proud of and why?
A 5ft x 5ft canvas I painted back in school. I got to throw ink around and smear and blend paint with my hands and I worked on it for ages. It was the first time I experienced losing hours at a time while absorbed in being creative and I loved that feeling.

3. Which artwork by a fellow RB art

Modernist Gingerbread Houses

Of all the Christmassy design related things I’ve seen recently, these would have to be my favourites. They’ve been created by some of Vancouver’s top architects and designers and each will be auctioned for charity. More info here (and you can click on the images to see more pics). Yum.

From Sketch to Vector Illustration

I’ve been meaning to share this tutorial from Go Media for ages. It covers, in detail, how to transform your sketches and drawings to into slick linework using photoshop and illustrator. It’s one of the best, most comprehensive guides I think I’ve ever seen. It covers all the ‘I wonder how I do that bit’ questions like:

1. Sketching – How detailed to get in your sketch
2. What resolution to scan your sketch
3. How to set up your Illustrator file
4. Tips and techniques for digitally inking your sketch using vector lines
5. Tips and techniques for coloring your vector illustration

Thought someone might find it handy …

RedBubble Pirate Radio: Update

A couple of weeks ago (which seems like a lifetime online) we messed around with an idea called RedBubble Pirate Radio. People posted short recordings of their voices, dedicated their favourite tracks in tribute to other bubblers, read their poetry and grappled with basic sound recording technology. Since I last posted we’ve had more recordings including:

  1. Poetry from Paul Rees-Jones
  2. Some beautiful music from Tania Rose’s new album
  3. A Q&A radio style segment called Ask Artmonger (you can submit questions over here)

The main motivation behind it was so I could get to know bubblers a little better and to hear the voices of the people I speak to every day on the site. I’m keen to hear more … so I’m proposing we go for a round two.

So we’re looking for as many people as possible to make a recordi

Naf4d answers the tough questions ...

I don’t get to peer inside the minds of t-shirt designers quite as often as I’d like to so as a small step towards righting this wrong, I bring you the secret thoughts of Naf4d (aka Nathan – I hope I’m allowed to reveal that classified piece of information). He was kind enough to let me raid his photo album and subject him to questioning so we could get to know him a little better. So without further ado, let’s enjoy a quick brain milkshake with the winner of the recent Music Machines comp, scalpel lover and all round talented dude … Naf4d.…

Show us a childhood photo of yourself.
Okay – you’ve got it. I’m about three years old in this photo, the year is about 1977 and I’m hiding behind a peacock feather (I’ve stopped doing this now!)

Which design are you most proud of and why?
I know it sou

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