Voyage of the Friendly Floatees

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In 1992, a shipment of nearly 30,000 Friendly Floatees rubber toys was washed overboard a container ship. Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer tracked the Floatees for years, using their movements as the basis for his models of ocean currents. Beachcombers reported sightings on the shores of Hawaii and the Gulf of Alaska, and Floatees were even discovered frozen in Arctic ice.

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Illustration student Rachel Cook loved this story (who wouldn’t?) and created a series of paper cut outs of the Friendly Floatees for a university project. She imaged their journey with her delightful illustrations and collected them in a digital tabloid newspaper.

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Rachel had some kind words to say about the process: ‘I am so incredibly happy with the final outcome from Newspaper Club. I will definitely be coming back to hopefully make some more quirky newspapers. The quality of  print is fantastic. I had a good idea of the size and colours that the newspaper would be as you can order a free sample which has pretty much everything you will need to know before sending to print.’

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Thanks for printing with us, Rachel!

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Pass the Deficit

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The Pop-Up Poll Booth is a travelling polling station with a clever twist: voters cast a ballot for the politician they can’t stand the most.

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Illustration student Holly MacDonald launched the Pop-Up Poll Booth during the UK general election in May, transforming an empty shop in Brighton Laines into an unusually lively poll booth plastered with her neon caricatures.

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‘The aim of The Pop-Up Poll Booth is not only to vent anger against the government,’ she tells us, ‘but also to learn about basic politics and engage with the subject.’

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Holly printed a digital tabloid newspaper, Pass the Deficit, as an election guide to go along with the project. It includes information about the UK voting system and party manifestos, alongside some brilliant illustrations from Holly.

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 You can download Pass the Deficit for free online or pick up a copy at the Bright Graduate Show. Holly plans to stage a Patriotic Poll Booth based on the US voting system in July, follow along on Twitter for more details.

Thanks for printing with us, Holly!

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Dogfolio #1

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Working as a BMX photographer taught Klaus Dyba how to capture a fleeting action shot. So when he started photographing his chihuahua Rocco, he used the same techniques (plus a few dog treats) to produce some brilliant portraits. He now runs True Dogs Photo and recently printed Dogfolio #1 with us, a collection of his most expressive dog portraits.

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Klaus just finished a diploma in photography and handed out copies of Dogfolio #1 at his final presentation. He chose a digital broadsheet newspaper – ‘I wanted to show the portraits huuuuuuge!’ he says. (Broadsheets are good for that.)

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‘The examiner and the students loved the idea,’ Klaus says, ‘and it just took seconds until all the newspapers were gone. I think it was a good idea to keep my work in their minds.’ He plans to print another issue to distribute to cafés in his hometown of Cologne, Germany.

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You can look through Dogfolio #1 in The Newsagent and see more of Klaus’s work (dog-related and not) on his website. Thank you for printing with us!

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CSM Fashion & Textiles Foundation Show 2015

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The Central Saint Martins Foundation Show 2015 opened today in London. The annual Foundation Show showcases work from students across Foundation Art and Design diploma programmes. It’s the third year we’ve printed a newspaper for the Fashion & Textiles exhibition, and this time it’s a traditional mini bursting with colour and designed by creative agency StudioThomson. (You can see a previous Central Saint Martins paper on their website.)

The newspaper features highlights of student work produced for the show, including some terrifically fun garments from a collaborative collection inspired by the Minions. (The Minions!) Genius.

Here’s the paper looking smashing in situ:

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The run of 2000 copies will be given out for free at the Foundation Show, which is on frrom Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th May at 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA. (More details on the CSM website.)

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Design by StudioThomson.
Mens and Textiles photography by Jo Simpson and Gail Evans.
Womens photography by Tim Meara.

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Paper of the Month: Monogamy

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Our Paper of the Month for April is Monogamyfrom University of Hertfordshire illustration student Gemma Louise. We fell in love with her digital tabloid newspaper, which was inspired by the true relationship between two inseparable greylag geese (Gemma saw the story in a documentary on animal behavior and crafted a university project around it.)

With wonderfully textured and expressive illustrations, Monogamy is truly beautiful storytelling – a publication we’d happily settle down with for a lifetime.

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About Paper of the Month

Every month, we give a £100 Newspaper Club voucher to one paper shared in The Newsagent. If you’ve printed a paper with us, share your paper (through the settings in your account) for a chance to win.

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The Things My Mothers Taught Me

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Mother’s Day is next month and we’ve been thinking 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!

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A Collection

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Miriam Davies is a printmaker studying Fine Art at the Cardiff School of Art and Design. She keeps a beautiful online journal where she documents her visits to the beach at Southerndown and the wonderful objects and textures she finds there. She printed A Collection with us, a digital tabloid newspaper of some cherished (and mysterious) old photographs. We asked her to share the story behind her newspaper:

A Collection was created in response to a project brief where I had to take found objects and create a narrative. Although the brief was new, the project had in fact started two years previously. I started collecting photographs out of an unusual moral obligation I felt towards protecting them. Purchased at various markets across the UK, once I had found them it became very difficult to leave them behind.

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A Collection consists of 77 images; I do not know any of the people in the photographs nor where they originate. Any information I have gathered lies within the photographs themselves. As delicate, personal items I often wonder how these images were left behind and what strange fate led them into my possession.

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My objective in A Collection was to question the value of a photograph, the stories behind them and the private moments shared. Although I purchased the photographs they still do not belong to me. Therefore I do not have the authority to display them. I thought by creating a newspaper they could be shared in a more private, one-to-one viewing rather than posted on the internet or displayed on a wall.

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The photographs were later used to create a body of work, exploring the variety of ways in which you can adjust and display a photograph while protecting the identity of the people.

You can find more of Miriam’s work on her website. Thank you for printing your lovely project with us!

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21st Century Fortunes

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Manjit Thapp is a student studying illustration in London and this is her delightful newspaper comic. It’s called 21st Century Fortunes and was created in response to a brief on the theme of ‘conversation.’ It’s a great interaction between a cunning psychic and her beguiled client.

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It’s a clever and beautifully drawn story and you can read the whole thing on Cargo Collective.

 

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Manjit posts her illustrations and works in progress on her blog A Thousand Daisies and it’s well worth a visit. Thanks for printing with us!

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Paper of the Month: Medea/Worn

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We recently printed our 6 millionth (!) newspaper but we’re still constantly being surprised by new and imaginative uses for newsprint. Our Paper of the Month for September is a perfect example: Medea/Worn is a script for an original play printed in the style of a 1950s dress pattern. It’s a beautiful piece of work, printed as two separate digital tabloids that are folded together. The paper was designed by writer and illustrator Emily Juniper, who was just nominated for Best New Playwright in the Off West End awards. We asked Emily to tell us more about project:

Medea/Worn is a limited edition, illustrated script, designed to look and feel like a 1950s dress pattern.  I explored the narrative of Medea’s bloody decision by giving voice to her wedding gown. I wanted to give voice to her wedding gown, as it turned from innocent dress to murder weapon. I wanted this transition to act as a vehicle for Medea to explore her justification and anguish as she considers the consequences of her horrific notion, that she must slay her own children in order to punish Jason completely for his treachery.

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I hand-made pocket-gusset envelopes, risograph printed by Ditto Press, which you must tear open to discover the folded sheets of newsprint within.  The quality of paper was so important to me, and the Newspaper Club allowed me to produce pages that really look and feel like the real thing.

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I’m currently studying for an MA in Illustration and Authorial Practice at Falmouth University.  When I was commissioned by The Faction Theatre Company to write a version of Medea, I felt it was a great project to combine with my exploration of illustration.

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I wanted to create a space for the play text that would utilise the performative quality of paper and also exploit the intimate encounter of the book as an object.

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As the new character in Medea was going to be her gown, I chose to set my poetic text against the schematic drawings of a dress pattern.  I loved the tension between the dense words and economical drawings.

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I sourced vintage patterns and created a grid for my words.  As Medea begins to lose her mind, the formal structures of the pattern disintegrate and the final page, when she has made the decision to kill her children, is blank.

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My hope is that the mathematical lines and shapes provide the same canvas for the imagination as is employed when unpicking metaphors or similes in prose.  Which is why this seemingly disparate connection between poetry and schematic drawings can be made.  The drawn lines in the pattern are compared to the folds and falling of fabric, but one is ink on a page and one is a three dimensional object. The conjuring act involved in this might be compared to the way Shakespeare describes winter branches as Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. The writer asks the reader to perform an act of poetic creation. This is what an illustrator is doing with ink lines on the page.  It is not the same thing as the object, yet it invokes it.

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Congratulations Emily, and thank you for sharing your brilliant project with us!

About Paper of the Month

Every month, we give a £100 Newspaper Club voucher to one paper shared in The Newsagent. If you’ve printed a paper with us, share your paper (through the settings in your account) for a chance to win.

 

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How to Run a School Newspaper Project: Part 3

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Ian Vince is a writer and father who helped his daughter’s primary school class make a newspaper. He’s written about the process and today we have the final instalment of his guest blog posts. (You can catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them.)

After my second session of writing workshops with Key Stage 2 pupils, a problem started to become apparent with the whole idea. The children – all between 8 and 11 years old – had been charged with writing all the copy for an 8-page tabloid newspaper and while a lot of progress had been made, there were huge holes in the project. For one thing, there simply wasn’t the volume of material that was needed. Things had to change.

Fortunately, as the weeks passed, it became clear that the challenges that remained contained within them the seeds of their own solution. While not every child had contributed something that would fit within the paper, it was decided to get them to try a different kind of writing that could exist in a space dedicated to it. The teacher was asked if she could get the children to contribute two or three bite-sized amazing facts for every planet in the solar system. These would be compiled into an infographic for the centre spread – a pull-out poster, in effect. The copy that came back was excellent, focussed copy, everyone had contributed something and two pages could be laid out in a funky, interesting way.

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Copy started coming in from another class in the school. Key Stage 1 pupils supplied me with recounts – essentially newspaper reports – of the event that kicked off the workshop, the staged ‘landing’ of a small, home-made ‘time machine’ in the school field. These were all essentially the same story, with individual elaborations written of different details along the way. The trick was to get as many of these stories in print as possible, so it was run as a newspaper story, complete with captioned picture and screamer headline, but sub-divided into a kind of eye-witness vox-pops-in-print, enabling everyone to have a shout.

In the end, all but the very youngest children had a piece in their own school newspaper and every child could take a copy home. The school gained not only a set of interesting challenges that could drive pupil engagement and a stack of left-over newspapers to show prospective parents, but a PR opportunity in the local newspaper. The writer, meanwhile, found new ways of working, a thoroughly fulfilling and worthwhile project and inspiration from some of the most imaginative minds on the planet.

What To Do Next

Get in touch with a writer, journalist or editor. In particular, find out if there is one among the mums and dads or on the governing body. You don’t even need to find a writer with design experience as Newspaper Club’s online ARTHR layout tool gives you everything you need to get the children’s words and pictures into print.

Thanks very much to Ian Vince for sharing his experience. If you’re thinking about creating a newspaper for your school, read about how it works and have a look through The Newsagent for some design inspiration. You can also get in touch with us at support@newspaperclub.com if you have any questions about the process.

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