Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen is now available at Alice's shop

This edition of the amazing book written by poet, activist, feminist Marilyn Chin, published by Hamish Hamilton – this colourful cover is to be no more, and I have the last few copies of this book with this cover design. Once these are sold out, the book will revert to a much simpler design.

only £6 at http://www.alices.bigcartel.com


Memories Book

This week is the launch of the Memories Book...
This beautifully illustrated book looks at the thoughts and experiences of individuals who have survived cancer, as well as those of people who have lost loved ones. Inside the book there is 10 stories, each looking at one person’s memories of a particular day or period of time when struggling against cancer, and each written story has 12 illustrated reponses from artists, designers and illustrator. I was asked to contribute an illustration for a piece titled 'After the Storm'. The project is being launched by Designers Against Human Rights Abuse (DAHRA), Subism, OneTenEleven Media and editor Garrick Webster, and many writers and 144 imagemakers from all over the world contributed to this book.

To order your copy, go to this website: http://subism.co.uk/checkout/books/the-memories-book/ 

The book is priced at £10 + P&P
All proceeds from the sales of Memories goes to the charity Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres


A Good Buy Book

a really good, funny book for peeps interested in advertising, selling stuff and the way this man's brain ticks... 'Rory Sutherland: The Wiki Man' from http://shop.itsnicethat.com/products/rory-sutherland-the-wiki-man

published by the ever-impressive design hands It's Nice That team.



but there are some damn fine amazing works on show...
Gerhard Richter
at the Tate Modern

& John Martin
at the Tate Britain

Where is the massive Gordale Scar painting tho?


NEW: screen prints in the shop!

each in an edition of 10
A3 screen prints, signed and numbered
2 colour on Fabriano Rosaspina Bianco 285gsm stock
£32 + postage
available at www.alices.bigcartel.com

Warrington exhibition

Four new screen prints on display at an exhibition in Warrington Art Gallery.
As part of the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival and the 'Inspired to' exhibition, Hot Bed Press and the curator Emma Kelly asked 6 of us to respond to the brief themes: Love, Seasons, Music and Journeys.

for more details, please visit: http://www.warringtonartsfestival.co.uk


NEW: book from Bracketpress and Daevid Allen

soundbites 4 tha reVelation
a new book of poetry from Daevid Allen is now available at Bracketpress


Exitstencil Press

the new Exitstencil Press web site is finally up and running. Exitstencil was set-up many years ago by artists Gee Vaucher & Penny Rimbaud and have recently decided to revitalise the project. Gee's new book: "Much Ado About Something – A Play of Metaphors" has just been published and is available from the site along with a number of new prints. Penny Rimbaud's "Last of the Hippies" book is also available direct from them.



Politics Of Envy Promo

promo for a music project that Penny Rimbaud and Bron Jones have been working on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ysy6eXwV_Uk&NR=1
with crazy cAt Youth produc'in, and collaborating with Mark Stewart, John Sinclair, David Tibet, Zodiac Youth...


at the Manchester International Festival
was so good this month!

And Dr.Dee...

Brave Old Worldly prints

Limited edition prints available to buy at www.alices.bigcartel.com

And on display at the Idler Academy this week.


'Brave Old World' book in the shops

A new book by Tom Hodgkinson, published by Hamish Hamilton, on the 7th July, available in all good book shops

This is what they say about the book...
"Drawing on the wisdom of an eclectic range of thinkers and writers, on medieval calendars and manorial records, and, as ever, on Tom's own honestly recounted and frequently imperfect attempts to travel the road to self-sufficiency, "Brave Old World" is designed to give us all hope. Why, he asks, shouldn't we return to the ideals of a pre-capitalist, pre-Puritan, pre-consumerist world of feasting, dancing, horse-riding, wood-chopping, fire-laying, poultry-rearing, bartering, bread-baking and bee-keeping? From January to December, "Brave Old World" charts the progress of a year in pursuit of the pleasures of the past, taking seriously - though not without much incidental comedy - G.K. Chesterton's exhortation, 'We must go back to freedom or forward to slavery'."

We've spent the last few months working on the book cover designs, and interior typsetting and illustrations.

Many thanks to Fergus and all at Chethams library in Manchester for letting me thumb through their ancient collection of Book of Hour's, and an afternoon of great banter, that set the scene for the design of this book. 

There's a book launch this Thursday 7th, all welcome, the tickets are available here: http://idler.co.uk/academy/events/event/brave-old-world-book-launch/ and you'll recieve a signed copy of the book, and wine will be flowing through the evening. 


Anarchists Question Time at the Idler Academy

I'm heading down to the 'Anarchist's Question Time' at the Idler Academy on Wednesday evening...


...it's either going to be a really great laugh or a really awful night of shouting!


NEW: Postcards Box Set in the shop

A series of 10 x A6 postcards, housed in a matchbox style slipcase box.
With artwork, originally illustrated for .Cent magazine.
Full colour, with postcard design on the back.
Edition of 50
now on sale in the shop  http://alices.bigcartel.com


Computer Arts Projects magazine, July issue

my recent illustrations for the Dance Gazette are featured in an article in the forthcoming issue of Computer Arts Projects, discussing the process and development of commercial illustration projects, from both the art director and the illustrator’s perspectives.
I forgot how great a magazine Computer Arts is, some amazing editorial: 'The Beauty of Pen and Ink', '3D illustration', and 'Blend Illustration with Design', including an insightful interview with kate moross, and some amazing work from Leif Podhajsky (who I can't believe I've never come across, my next piece for the new idler looks like a complete rip off of his work, but I swear I've never seen his work before now! eek), also hannah stouffer, izzie klingels, sarah coleman, johanna basford, and sam green (who I commissioned an illustration from, for the next issue of the idler) his work is littered throughout the magazine, he is a bona fide genius! and another studio I've never heard of Bison have done some gorgeous work.

the importance of knowing your wood

If I was to be in London this weekend, I would definetly be going to this...
a lesson in Carpentry at the Idler Academy, and you get to make your own bird box!


.Cent magazine

.Cent magazine are launching their new issue this week, with a small exhibition in London. There will be a selection of prints on show and for sale, one of my past illustrations is included along with works by other illustrators. For more information about the next issue: http://www.centmagazine.co.uk/pages/current.php
I've also produced a limited edition box set of postcards, which will be available at the venue, and on .Cent's website, as well as my own webshop very soon.


New pamphlet from Bracketpress: Women Who Run with Scissors

Alice Smith & Nina McNamara

A visual diatribe of imagery, cut up from the history of women's magazines and their manipulating effect on women.

'Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.'
Mary Wollstonecraft

210mm x 145mm, 24 pages, hand sewn.
Risograph printed on Stockwell 160gsm with trace paper fly leaves.
Hahnemühle Bugra Butten 130gsm soft pink cover
and letterpress printed title.

Hand numbered edition of 100

UK £7.50
Europe £8.50
USA/RoW £9.50

Available from:


Notting Hill Editions

No nonsense colour on the shelf.
Notting Hill Editions are a new publisher of essays,
the production on them is exceptional – minimal cover design, 2 colour printing inside, nice paper stock, good typesetting, and interesting content.
First saw the link on Casual Optimist, bought one for us, bought one for a friend, then bought the whole catalogue.

The Final Testament of the Holy Bible

I've been given a signed copy of this bible for my birthday!
[rolls eyes.. then opens the book]
It's a new book by James Frey (who wrote A Million Little Pieces) published by John Murray, designed by Graphic Thought Facility.
Was initially slightly disappointed by the understated design, the odd feeling of the interior, 70s looking typesetting, range left throughout, but chapter by chapter, starting to realise this design so suits this book. Can't figure what typeface it is. Interesting design.

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

must see:


Ballet for Babies!?

David Jays of the Dance Gazette, asked me to illustrate an article discussing a recent trend for enrolling babies for ballet lessons, partly inspired by the release of the Black Swan film. Here are the illustrations from the spreads, the issue will be published in early June.


Risograph Printing

I've just started getting around to using the risograph printer at Hot Bed Press, taught by the brilliant Sue Shaw ]www.see-kay.co.uk[
It's great for half tone images, making large volumes of prints and zines, very quickly and cheaply. Landfill Editions put out some gorgeous prints most of which are printed by Manymono. The colours can be amazing, although a very limited palette - that I love. Here's what the risograph spat out at me last week...
Over the coming month, we'll be putting together a new pamphlet of illustrations printed on the risograph. The pamphlet will be a series of collages that me and Nina McNamara worked together on, which were originally destined to illustrate an essay in the forthcoming Idler magazine, but we decided to extend on it and make a limited edition pamphlet. To be published next month, more details soon.

a view from the desk...

an illustrated calendar of medieval style husbandry, polyamory, feminist's rants, and ballet for babies... is whats sprawling across my desk this month.

Old and New Pamphlets from Bracketpress

At the moment we're running low on most of the Bracketpress pamphlets, but please be rest assured that they will all be back in stock soon. We've been made aware that some pamphlets have been taken to market on ebay, and have been selling for silly amounts of money, please contact us, we may have the odd spare copies left at more feasible prices!


Wayzgoose at Hot Bed Press

Next weekend Hot Bed Press will be hosting a Wayzgoose as part of the Sights from the Other City Arts Event. The doors will be open on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May, from 11am until 5pm, free entry, with tables and walls filled with art and beautiful printed things for sale, by artists who print and work at Hot Bed Press, including Bracketpress, we'll be holding a table on both days, all day.



The artist Amy Pennington is doing a talk and live letterpress printing at the Anthony Burgess foundation in Manchester on the evening of the 18th and 19th March, as part of the Craftworks programme, she'll be discussing becoming a printer's devil, documenting interviews and drawings from her research. The event is free, but you'll need to book places... for more details: http://www.librarytheatre.com/project/craft-works


Bracketpress at the Leeds Artists Book Fair

On Friday 11th & Saturday 12th March, Bracketpress have a table at the Leeds Artists Book Fair, we'll be around all day selling books, pamphlets, and printed matter of all sorts, if you want to stop by and say Hello.
For more details: http://leedsartbookfair.com


The doors are now open

... to The Idler Academy
We had a fantastic launch last week, with people turning up to the shop in their hundreds. Sipping Absinthe cocktails, meeting the best dressed Chaps and Ladies in town - I reckon John Mitchinson had the best get-up. I've never been in a smaller room with the most eclectic mix of people (being merry with each other) in all my life! I left feeling slightly red-cheeked at being presented with a six pence by Emma Thompson, and nodding at 'celebrities' who I've never met... 

I can't believe Tom and Victoria have pulled this shop around so quickly and it feels like a home, and the new addition Jess will make the place something else.

The bookshelves are stacked and packed full of carefully chosen curated books. The timetable is organised. And the Tuck shop is packed with nostalgic treats and stationary. There is an array of framed illustrations from past issues of the Idler, which will soon be made available as giclee, silkscreen and letterpress prints (more details will follow shortly), and there's plans for more events, courses, art shows, and good stuff soon.
It's great to see the doors are finally open...


Incline Press – now with added Paypal

On the other side of the hill in Oldham, lives Incline Press – a fine maker of letterpress printed books.
They've added a shopping cart facility to their website,
and looking forward to get a hold of their forthcoming book on E R Weiss...

Idler 44 – illustrators

The next issue of the Idler magazine will be out in May 2011.
We've asked Pete Willis, Sam Green, Karolin Schnoor, Clifford Harper, David Galletly, Bron Jones and Nina McNamara to illustrate more Idler essays.