Au Revoir the Mountains of 2010

Bright things coming out of the blue! / being snowed in for most of December / Bracketpress’ 5th year & an exhibition at MMU / realising we’ve printed and published over 500 Bracketpress items in the last 5 years / finally publishing This Crippled Flesh / getting back to pencil & ink / screen printing at Hot Bed Press / the installation of the Carnaby Street exhibition / working with Judith Clark / superman bookshelves / Computer Arts magazine/ AOI annual and exhibition /reads from Hamish Hamilton and Virago / learning & teaching, teaching and learning… / cottage industries/ HANDS + GRAY + RGB + CMYK / prints and posters / shit happens at Pictures On Walls / Murderme / Alexander McQueen rip/ the Protests… a rebelution / meeting Jo – pamphlet and book sewer at the speed of light, lending us a much needed hand / starry moment after Killing Joke gig / talking atoms and cosmos with Dad /keeping up with the Jonesy / Mum’s boots / quickest days and sunsets in Cyprus / hate planes / ear infections from hammering ipod / good intentions & wishful thinking / falling short… must try harder / saying goodbye to Grandma /finally learning to drive / flowers glowing in the dark / prefer giant trees to green-shoots / badly behaved cancers / riddles /herbs and filth/  …


Christmas Card Artillery + Deadline

The perfectly timed / too-late New Year books have gone into production, under the watchful eye of the Gangmasters at Bracketpress.
And will be fired out to all 'Friends of the Press' very soon...

You can become our 'friend' too by buying anything from Bracketpress. 

Merry Christmas!

A Grimm Outlook at Building

Some illustrations for Building magazine, done last week during the snow-in!

full page & spot illustrations - Heroes & Villains, A Land Far Far Away, The Deadly Rivals, The Fallen & Unhappy Endings...


Computer Arts magazine

I was recently interviewed by Garrick Webster for the December issue of Computer Arts magazine... which has just landed on my doorstep!


the Idler's Academy

Here's a first glimpse sketch of our new Idler's Academy that will open early next year...

more info soon...


Towards Re-Enchantment

A new book from Artevents...

with essays by the likes of Iain Sinclair, Robert Macfarlane, Richard Mabey, and Jay Griffiths — who's essay: 'The Grave of Dafydd', I illustrated...
The book is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio.
And the book is available to buy from...


Memories book project

http://memories.subism.co.uk is an amazing art book project for the cancer charity Maggie's, and has been set up over the last year by Designers Against Human Rights Abuse (DAHRA), Subism, OneTenEleven Media and editor Garrick Webster, the proceeds from the sales of Memories will go to the charity Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. One of my illustrations accompanies a story called After the Storm. There are 12 stories and 144 artworks included in the book.

Logo by Luke O'Neill


NEW EDITION: Tissues & Bone

The first booklet in a series of illustrated visceral studies by Alice Smith.
Published by Bracketpress.

"You cannot experience your own interior by closing your eyes and concentrating on it. In order to discover your own contents you have to investigate the inside of someone else".  JONATHAN MILLER, 'The Body in Question'

210mm x 148mm, 20 pages, hand sewn. Colour digital printing on 140gsm recycled stock with card cover in tissue wrapper with ribbon.
Edition of 50 copies

Available at http://www.bracketpress.co.uk  &  http://alices.bigcartel.com

NEW: Read Don't Twitter bags in the Shop!


Printed & Published — Bracketpress Exhibition

Manchester Artists Book Fair

Next door to our exhibition... on Saturday 6th November, we'll be at the Manchester Artists Book Fair.

On show will be 40 stands of hand-made journals, hand-printed and bound editions, altered books, zines and prints, from artists and small publishers from the North West and around the UK.

The book fair takes place at The Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art, Cavendish Street, All Saints, Manchester. M15 6BR.
Doors open 10.00am until 6.00pm. Entrance is free.
For further information: www.hotbedpress.org


Brave Old World by Tom Hodgkinson

a forthcoming book from Hamish Hamilton.

here's a preview of the book cover that we've just designed.


The Synthetics album release

A great new cd from The Synthetics,
with 4-colour letterpress printed packaging to boot
] printed by Bracketpress [

CD available to buy from: http://www.thesynthetics.co.uk/

MP3 download from Amazon or itunes


new book: Kommune by Youth

A new edition from Bracketpress...

We are pleased to announce the publication of the third collection of poetry, prose and illustrations by renowned record producer and musician Youth. Written over the past few months the main recurring theme is community: "Now more than ever, where we live increasingly in isolated and virtual worlds afraid of the unknown. Where fear rules and we are taught that stranger means danger. Where we are conditioned to distraction through the hollow promises of marketing bourgeoisie via consumerism and entertainment. Community becomes even more relevant and still more important. This is where we can share, help and learn from each other. Where we can regain our personal sovereignty and re-discover our divinity and humanity."
– from the introduction by Youth

The book is available to buy at venues hosting Killing Joke's 'Absolute Dissent' tour which is currently shedding much light and joy across many parts of Europe and will move on through America and Canada during December.
We have a limited number available for immediate dispatch through the web site.

170mm x 128mm, hardback, pp.80, printed on Vancouver Book 80gsm with coloured end papers, gold foil-blocked cover, b/w text and illustrations
Published 27th September 2010

£17.50 UK
£18.00 Ireland & Europe
£20.00 USA, Canada & Australia

The book contains a link to a free download of the 'Kommune' album by Youth, which will be made available in a few weeks time.

for more information and images of the book please visit:



Bone Fire exhibition

An exhibition of photographs by Casey Orr
At Yorkshire Sculpture Park
September 7th - November 7th 2010

There is a limited edition newspaper print of the images and an essay by Boff Whalley, email us: aliceshole@googlemail.com



AOI images 34 exhibition

The Revenge of Mooncake Vixen book cover that I did earlier this year for Hamish Hamilton, is included in this...

Association of Illustrators Images 34 exhibition
– the Best of British Contemporary Illustration 2010
At London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London,
on 8th September until 14th September 2010.
And has also been selected to tour the UK...

Beverly Art Gallery, Yorkshire Oct 18th 2010 – Nov 28th 2010
Nottingham Trent University Nov 29th 2010 – Jan 6th 2011
Blackpool and Fylde College Jan 24th 2011 – Mar 6th 2011
TBC March 28th 2011 - June 19th 2011
TBC June 27th 2011 – July 31st 2011
Clitheroe Castle Museum August 8th 2011 – October 9th 2011 


idly printing

3-5 colour screenprints this month.
more soon...

last few copies of the Idler 43!

from: the Idler shop


This Crippled Flesh has arrived

Pre-ordered copies are now being sent out,
and there's 3 days left to purchase a copy at the pre-order price.
It's selling a bit quicker than we anticipated... available to buy from Bracketpress.co.uk

Introducing... The Crassical Collection!

the first release in a series of remastered albums by Crass...
[re-]introducing: The Feeding Of The Five Thousand
Available to buy from independent music shops: Piccadilly Records, Rough Trade, Southern Records

I've been assisting Gee Vaucher - the artist, with the layout of the CD packages,
It's been a long time coming....


new book: This Crippled Flesh, now taking pre-orders at Bracketpress

A new edition from Bracketpress...
We've started taking orders for our forthcoming book This Crippled Flesh,
a long awaited novel written by Penny Rimbaud, typeset by Christian Brett and includes a series of my illustrations. For more details and you can buy it from the Bracketpress

a lovely pair of bollocks...

Pictures On Walls - Christian Brett - Bollocks Pink
Pictures On Walls - Christian Brett - Bollocks Red 
A couple of two-colour letterpress prints on archival paper
by Christian Brett
& available to buy from  Pictures on Walls


Jabberwocky poem

A new letterpress printed pamphlet from Incline Press,
they asked me to do a little illustration of the beast...

I have 20 copies only available to buy from:  http://alices.bigcartel.com


Idler launch

"You are invited to a party at Rough Trade East this Friday, 7 May, to launch the new Idler. It starts at six sharp and will end at 8pm. Our DJ for the night is Mr Tim Burgess of The Charlatans, and there will be live performances from Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, Asbo Kid, Louis Eliot and Zodiac Youth. I will personally torture you with a rendition of “Big Rock Candy Mountains” on the ukulele, and Ian Bone and Ray Roughler-Jones will discuss Ray’s new book. You’ll be able to buy the new Idler at the shop. It is even more splendid than the previous one. We have raised our costs and have even employed a proper proof-reader. It contains a long interview with David Hockney, who has also contributed two sketches. There are essays on land reform, the 13th century, the commons, hedgehogs and the Dacha system, and pics from Stanley Donwood, Clifford Harper and Alice Smith. Our typesetter is Mr Christian Brett of Rochdale. Long live beauty, truth and William Morris! Hail William Blake and Samuel Johnson! Bow down before William Cobbett, Robin Hood, and all defenders of liberty! Anarchy and allotments! Cakes and ale!"  Tom Hodgkinson


Dummy Jim

'Dummy Jim' is a film produced by Matt Hulse + others, and we're involved in the making of The Book, for more info about the film visit: http://dummyjim.com

An interview with Caustic Cover Critic

Caustic Cover Critic has asked me a few questions...


The Concise Dictionary of Dress

Judith Clark commissioned me to contribute to a couple of installations... one of which was a nude Victorian collage image that was projected as a 'Pepper's Ghost' effect onto a Victorian dress, and the above image is another very small contribution to the many curiosities at this new exhibition:

The Concise Dictionary of Dress
Judith Clark and Adam Phillips
28 April - 27 June 2010
Blythe House
London W14 0QX

"The imposing monolith of Blythe House has since 1978 been the quiet repository for the V&A's reserve collections of furniture, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, fashion and fine arts.

Located within its vast spaces, The Concise Dictionary of Dress begins as you navigate a turnstile, cross a corridor and take the industrial goods lift up to the top floor. A wrought iron staircase leads you out onto the roof towards an exposed cupola containing the first of a sequence of intriguing definitions in a walk-through dictionary of dress."
for more details: http://www.artangel.org.uk/projects/2010/the_concise_dictionary_of_dress



more butterflies have arrived in the shop...

more handprinted and hand collage'd Butterflies cards have arrived in alice's shop...


Artists’ Book Fair

Bracketpress will be at the Leeds Artists' Bookfair on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th March 2010, it's at The Parkinson Court, University of Leeds
opening times: Friday 11.00–6.00 Saturday 10.00–5.00

We'll be selling the usual surreptitious pamphlets...


Carnaby Street's 50th Anniversary exhibition and book

We've just finished installing this exhibition for Carnaby street's 50th anniversary, it's located at 38 Carnaby Street and will be opening on February 26th until late March 2010.

The main installation of the exhibition is a 3D layered timeline. The collage wall illustrates a detailed history dating back to the 1600s to the present. It's an eclectic collection of photographs, ephemera, old prints, patterns and details that depict the spirit of Carnaby Street.

I was commissioned by Judith Clark and Amy de la Haye to work with them and John Morgan Studio to collage elements of the Street's history, produce a logo which adorns the front of the building and banners along Carnaby street and other promotional material. John Morgan studio produced a beautiful book of the exhibition, which is available to buy from the Carnaby Street website.


Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen

Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen has just been published by Hamish Hamilton

I did the cover design and inside illustrations, which I've just found out have been picked to be featured in this year's AOI's illustration annual and touring exhibition.

Thanks for the heads up HH & A...

And Caustic Cover Critic.

It's a fantastical novel, well-recommended, read more reviews in the Guardian and Metro, and an interview with author Marilyn Chin on the Penguin website.

On Kindness, now available in paperback format

On Kindness by Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor, published by Hamish Hamilton and now available as a paperback from all good book shops.

I did the cover illustration and Christian Brett did the elegant typesetting inside and out.

Clifford Harper

A revolutionary, revelatory weekend... I spent the afternoon with Clifford Harper, who I've commissioned to illustrate an article in the forthcoming issue of the Idler. His archive of work and the way he works is astounding, I thought all his work was woodcuts, but actually it’s all pen-drawn on CS10 HPS Illustration Board! A very fine anarchist.

Very pleased to meet you Clifford Harper.

the Idler: issue 43 'Back to the Land'

The latest Idler magazine has now gone into production and will be published on May 1st 2010.

Edited by Tom Hodgkinson, typeset and designed by Christian Brett, I did a few illustrations and commissioned this lot of artists: David Hockney, Stanley Donwood, Clifford Harper, Keiron Rhys Johnson, Joe Wilson, Sarah King, Matthew Green, Abigail Rorer.


LOVE bold and in CAPS [of course]

Two colour letterpress print on archival paper
by Christian Brett