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Eek! Print and Illustration – open now in Leeds

3 Feb

Ok, So I’m back from Christmas/New Year distractions with lots to tell you about..

I haven’t just been quaffing mulled wine and lounging about (although that has happened – quite frequently). I’ve also been opening a brand new, all singing, all dancing, real life shop! It’s called Eek!, it’s a Print and Illustration hub and it’s in collaboration with Jil from Jil Made This and Chloe from Life’s Big Canvas

 

Here we are the day before we opened holding our cute shop branding c/o Jil..

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Since September 2013 Jil and I jointly ran our shop within Handpicked Hall in the Grand Arcade, Leeds. The shop proved really popular with lots of lovely customers and we decided to evolve and expand. Jil has taken the helm as boss lady and we’ve taken on a number of other artists and illustrators.

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We sell a range of beautiful, original work which you can see if you visit our Facebook Page at Facebook.com/eekprint or by coming to visit us Wednesday to Sunday. 

That’s all for now folks!

 

Pompom alert…

5 Dec

Did you know, Christmas is nearly here?  Well, it’s been here for a good few weeks in retail land and I finished work on the festive window displays for the 3 Handpicked Hall stores in November.

Pompoms feature strongly this year…a mere 350 in total. Mostly strung and hung by yours truly, from high up on a wobbly ladder!

 

The neon lights which shine at night make the pompoms change colour.  The scheme we went for was mint, claret and cream with some highlights of olive and lime green. 

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The window decal wording is in a beautiful bronze colour which looks fantastic but was a nightmare to stick on straight!

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Skipton Window – But how did we get in..and out?

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Work in progress…One of the Chilli Trees in the Skipton Food Hall

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So, 350 pompoms fluffed and hung, 12 trees decorated (after being wrestled with to stand straight), 15 hanging hoola hoop decorations made and numerous amounts of buying, knot tying (and possibly some crying) and we’re finally ready for Christmas after another great team effort – Thanks Jil!

Now we just need to think about a new design for the January window…

When I’m cleaning windows..

5 Nov

The Deco Press has had a small, but not insignificant, diversion into visual merchandising and over the last few month. VM, as it known to those in the trade, or faffing around with shop windows to those who are not, is a creative and fun way to spend a working day.

I’ve been working for 3 Independent department stores called Handpicked Hall (where I also have a Deco Press pop up shop) with my lovely friend and colleague Jil Smith of Jil Made This. We designed the concept of ‘An Independent Revolution’ to celebrate the launch of this new independent retail shopping brand over the summer and the results have been in situ for the last few months.

Part of our brief was to use previously un-discovered Beatles images by local photographer, Paul Berriff. Can you imagine this happening today?!

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In Leeds the store is situated in the Victorian Grand Arcade on two levels and has around 22 separate windows to fill…

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ImageNow it’s November though, all this is coming down as it’s time for all things Christmas…

Small Independents Rock.

28 Jul

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We’re just coming to the end of Independent Retailer Month which aims to promote…you guessed it..the name’s in the title.

This interests me. Why you ask? Well, since it opened in June I’ve been involved with a really interesting new business right in the heart of Leeds City Centre. It’s called Handpicked Hall and you might remember me mentioning it in a previous post.

It’s a gorgeous Victorian building full of small independent retailers including a few of my new favourites –  McDonough and Davies bespoke invitations, That Old Chestnut cakes, Jil made this handprinted illustrations and Our Handmade Collective who are doing great things to promote all the small designer/makers they support.

In a world where big brands constantly bombard us with bland, sterile products it’s so great to see real people, true originality and the passion behind the products we buy. I want the real story, not a mass marketing campaign.

The Independent Shops website says “ For every £1 you spend in a local independent shop or locally owned business up to 70p benefits your local community, whereas if you shop at an out of town centre or online with one of the retail multiples, as little as 5p finds its way back.”

If you look there are always options to buy local, it just requires a little more thought than one click ordering on A*****, the world’s largest online retailer.

As an American global footwear brand says;

Just do it.

Shop local that is!

A chance to set up a ‘pop-up’ shop..

7 Jun

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I’ve been really busy over the last few weeks preparing for the opening of my very first Deco Press ‘pop up’ shop inside the brand new Handpicked Hall in Leeds city centre! 

It’s set to be an eclectic mix of local retailers selling art, food, vintage and fashion inside the beautiful Victorian Grand Arcade, and I can’t wait to be part of a venture supporting and promoting small, local, creative businesses.

The newly refurbished space is light and bright and packed with original Victorian features alongside a brand new pitched glass roof. It has had many incarnations since the Arcade was first built in 1897. My favourite being when it was The Pleasure Rooms and host to seminal club nights such as Back to Basics!.. In fact I might have to do another post on a now ‘vintage’ form of advertising art – my collection of Back to Basics club flyers.. but that’s one for another day!

Handpicked Hall opens on Friday 14th June when I’ll have a space on the Art floor and I’ll also be there on Saturday 22nd June with further dates to follow, so come on down and say hello!

 

 

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