Yeah! Furniture

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Hailing from Los Angeles, YEAH! Furniture crafts mid-century inspired pieces with California vibes. They’ve just launched a new collection and called on the design team at Project M Plus for the branding, which includes a very stylish classic tabloid catalogue. Drawing on Matisse-style organic cut-outs and the California desert landscape, they came up with a playful and artful newsprint look book to represent the collection. YEAH! Furniture is currently hosting a pop-up shop with a gang of other LA-based creatives and you can pick up a copy of the newspaper there this weekend. Thanks for printing with us!

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Nazim Hikmet: The Tree With Blue Eyes

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In the much earlier days of Newspaper Club we wrote about the joy of being ‘exposed to some of this stuff‘ – to the uncommon and interesting things that we put onto newsprint. The phrase came to mind recently when we were exposed to the relatively obscure Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet through The Tree with Blue Eyes. Hikmet’s work was a lovely discovery, and we have Ozan Karakoç to thank for bringing it to light. He compiled a 24-page digital broadsheet of Hikmet’s poetry and shares the inspiration behind his publication:

Nazim Hikmet has always been a true inspiration for me. His life story, his ideas, his humanity, and his incredibly realistic and touching poems.

He loved his country more than anyone else but he was called ‘the traitor’ because he criticised the government for the risk of losing economic independence. They judged him, they arrested him and he lived more than 12 years of his life in prison, only because of his thoughts and poems.

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In such a desperate situation, what would I do if I were him? My answer to that question would be a very sad story. He, however, chose to live as if nothing happened and life was going on. ‘However and wherever we are, we must live as if we will never die,’ he writes in one of his most inspirational poems ‘On Living’.

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He loved this life so much that he also wrote in the same poem:

‘This earth will grow cold one day,
not like a block of ice
or a dead cloud even
but like an empty walnut it will roll along
in pitch-black space …
You must grieve for this right now
for the world must be loved this much
if you’re going to say ‘I lived’ …’

Grieving for the fact that the earth will grow cold millions of years later… This is true inspiration.

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This is the very reason why I chose to dedicate something I create, to his respectful memory. And I wanted to introduce him and his work to people who don’t know him and that’s why I made the newspaper in English.

It’s a rare and beautiful project. Thank you for sharing it with us, Ozan!

You can learn more about Nazim Hikmet at Poets.org.

New life for old newspapers

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We tend to end up with a good deal of spare newsprint and have been thinking about how to repurpose it. Pinterest came to the rescue and we’ve added a board with some creatives ideas for recycling newspaper. If you have some old dailies piling up, why not try your hand at this clever woven basket? (Or if you’re feeling more ambition, how about a newsprint dress?)

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Bright Old Things for Selfridges

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William Forbes Hamilton used to demonstrate magic tricks in the Toy Department at Selfridges in the 1950s before turning into a horror movie villain in such films as ‘Doctor Blood’s Coffin’. Now he’s a painter and back at Selfridges – at least back in a profile from their new publication, Bright Old Things, which celebrates the discovery of creative outlets later in life.

William is one of fourteen Bright Old Things featured in the classic tabloid newspaper printed by Selfridges earlier this year (there’s also an architect turned topiarist and product designer turned sci fi blogger).

It’s a lovely and uplifting project, featuring photography and illustrated interviews from Todd Selby. Here’s what Selfridges has to say:

Since 2011 Selfridges’ Bright Young Things has championed young creative talent, but this year the tables turned.

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Bright Old Things is Selfridges’ celebration of the retirement renaissance. Those inspirational individuals who have created a new vocation for themselves in later life. The men and women who show that creativity is ageless.

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To support this store-wide scheme, and to tell the stories of the older creatives featured in Selfridges’ world-famous windows, the team chose to work with us to create a Bright Old Things newspaper featuring amazing photography by renowned photographer, author and illustrator Todd Selby alongside insightful interviews with each of the 14 Bright Old Things.

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From ‘70s fashion editor-turned-artist Molly Parkin to legendary punk hero Bruno Wizard, each interview gives an inspirational insight into the wide possibilities that are open to us in our later years.

You can learn more about all of the Bright Old Things and follow #BrightOldThings for updates.

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Design Is Everything: Paul Rand at MCNY

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Should you find yourself in New York in the next few months, there’s a really lovely collection of Paul Rand’s work on display at the Museum of the City of New York until 19 July. Rand started out designing clever graphics for newspapers and magazines in the 1930’s – as the New York Times puts it, he ‘started his career as a 20-year-old wunderkind and never stopped being brilliant.’ This small but dense exhibition explores his brilliance in everything from book covers to light bulb packaging. Very recommended!

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The Things My Mothers Taught Me

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Mother’s Day is next month and we’ve been think about mum-themed newspapers. A newspaper makes a lovely keepsake – a slightly more grown up version of the fingerprint cards we used to bring home from school. But unlike a card, it’s something that can be shared with family and friends, too.

The Things My Mothers Taught Me is a lovely example. Clio Meldon took portraits of some influential women in her life (mums and otherwise) and asked them: ‘What is the most important thing you’ve ever learned?’ The responses she received were ‘beautiful, funny, intelligent, and inspiring.’ She collected them all in a digital tabloid and printed a short run of 20 copies.

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She gave the newspapers to friends and family, and included the project in an end of year exhibition for her college degree. You can find The Things My Mothers Taught Me in The Newsagent and also view the project on ISSUU. Thank you for printing with us!

Winter Wonderland now available at Good Press

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Last year we wrote about Winter Wonderland, a publication of peaceful wintry landscapes we printed for Takeshi Suga. We’re pleased to say that you can now find Winter Wonderland amidst all sorts of other lovely zines at Good Press in Glasgow.

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Linzie Hunter’s Hand-Lettered Resolutions

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New Year’s resolutions are fleeting things. So we’re grateful to Linzie Hunter for putting such a delightful collection of them on paper, immortalised in digital tabloid form. Linzie is a Scottish-born illustrator based in London, and her work can be found everywhere from the The Wall Street Journal to the covers of a toppling stack of books published by the likes of Scholastic and Penguin.

Earlier this year Linzie called upon her social media following for New Year’s resolutions, which she then illustrated, one resolution a day, throughout January. By the end of the month she had a wonderful series of hand-lettered good intentions.

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Linzie tells us why she decided to publish her illustrations in a newspaper:

At the end of January, I felt it would be nice to see all the images printed together in one small publication, rather than just being displayed online or printed as individual postcards. I had wanted print my own newspaper for a while so this seemed like a great opportunity and a nice way to wrap up the project.

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A large part of my commercial work is digital so I spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen. It’s great to be able to publish your work online immediately for all to see, but nothing quite compares to seeing your work in print and on paper. Traditional print-making is a lovely escape when I have the time. And it’s also nice to be able to print big on newsprint!

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I managed to squeeze in some Gocco printing and have produced some starburst-shaped postcards to send with each newspaper.

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Lizzie is sending her newspaper to friends, art directors, and existing clients. If you’re keen to get a copy for yourself, get in touch with Linzie through her website, where you can also see the full set of illustrated resolutions. Thanks for printing with us!

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Tell us what you think about ARTHR!

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We asked for feedback about ARTHR in our last newsletter and were happy to receive some helpful responses. We’re going to repeat ourselves here for those who don’t subscribe to our (informative and very uninvasive…*cough*) newsletter:

We’re redeveloping our online layout tool ARTHR and want to hear your suggestions about how we can make it easier to use. We love hearing about publications that ARTHR has helped produce, like the beautiful paper Tif Hunter made for his grandparents’ 65th wedding anniversary (pictured above). If you’ve created a paper with ARTHR, tell us what you think at arthrfeedback@newspaperclub.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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Pinning printing museums

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We’ve created a new board on Pinterest to collect museums dedicated to print history, like the wonderful Robert Smail’s Printing Works in Innerleithen. Let us know if there’s a print museum we’ve missed, we love to hear about them.

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