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We’ve worked with Margate-based design duo, Crispin Finn, to produce our Summer window design on the theme of ‘stationery’. We’re delighted to say that to coincide with their specially designed summer window display at Frank they have also made a new gift wrap and a three colour screen print edition which reflect their love of stationery and utilise their signature colours. The print is available online and in store now.
Crispin Finn is two person design duo Anna Fidalgo and Roger Kelly who have worked together since 2007. Both studied in London at Chelsea college of Art, where Anna studied Graphic Design and Roger Fine Art Painting.
Their collaboration began by hand making a large format Year Planner for personal use after being unable to source one that was both practical and bearable to look at for a whole year.
Since then they have worked with a diverse range of clients on a variety of commissions and projects, as well as making their own ranges of stationery, household goods and prints, and exhibited widely in the UK and abroad.
Screen printing is a primary source of production for their own work, and they currently have a print studio in Margate, Kent where they make and package their own wares.
Much of their personal work appear in the colours red, white and blue, a colourway that was chosen at the beginning of their partnership as a way of being able to experiment with good quality screen print ink economically by only requiring three colours at any time. They both loved the combination of colours and its use on stationery and ephemera from across the 20th century.
Ocelot Chocolate is a small business, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is owned and run by Matt and Ish who left their jobs as chefs to pursue their dream of making the most delicious confectionery in the purest way possible. They use only the highest grade organic and fair-trade produce, and actively engage with ethical business practices. The duo also draw and design all of their packaging and artwork themselves; Ish studied illustration at art school, and Matt has a keen interest in graphic design.
The organic chocolate Ocelot sources begins life in two origins: The mountains of Peru, and the jungles of Eastern Congo. Their supplier works tirelessly to ensure that the cacao farmers are given the fair trade and resources to enable them to focus on producing healthy, high quality cacao and that they are able to not only look after their own families, but also protect the environment and communities around them.
In order to produce the beans needed to make chocolate, these farmers nurture the trees, hand pick the cacao pods, and separate the beans for fermenting. After a carefully controlled fermentation process, the cacao beans are sun dried to retain their natural qualities. The beans are then hand-peeled, before further processing into nibs, paste, butter and powder. Ocelot uses a combination of couverture and also cocoa nibs which is then ground in their factory.
We are very pleased to be the sole stockist of Ocelot in Kent, and have a full range of flavours available in store. Just the (ethical and fairly-traded) ticket this Easter.
This month our featured maker is Moko.
Moko is an East London design studio set up by Moko Sellars in 2012. The studio emerged on the design scene with the launch of Ceramiko, a slip cast ceramic stool produced in Stoke-on-Trent. This was closely followed by a collection of bone china ‘Diamond’ rings, which were launched at the end of 2012. More recently she has produced a range of stationery.
Moko designs and makes products and furniture that are unique, beautiful and made to be cherished. By combining a passion for antiques and making, they put a new spin on traditional items. They look to the past for inspiration but to the future for new production techniques, creating simple, contemporary products with a nod towards the familiar.
We have selected from Moko’s bone-china ‘Diamond’ rings for our range online and in-store. The rings are mould-made in bone china and hand-finished and glazed—perfect for a Valentine’s gift. Take a look at our Instagram feed for a video of Moko hand finishing a ring.
Book Signing & Workshop: Alice Pattullo
Tom Pigeon is a creative studio founded by Pete and Kirsty Thomas in 2014. They met and started working as designers in the early 1990’s and since then have worked across design disciplines for a range of companies and brands. As Tom Pigeon they design prints, jewellery and stationery as well as taking on creative commissions and consultancy work. In 2013 Pete’s work with the design consultancy Uniform was shortlisted for the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year exhibition, and they have recently been commissioned to create a range of stationery for the Barbican shop. They make their own products in their studio in Cellardyke, and their work is exhibited and sold across the world.
Their stationery products and prints utilise screenprint and foilpress techniques. Their jewellery playfully mixes different coloured metals with formica, acrylic or resin to create pieces with simple geometric forms and contrasting textures. We sell a range of their products, which can be bought in store or online HERE.
Harrington & Squires
We’ve been working with London-based designers Harrington & Squires for a number of years now, and we’re delighted to welcome them as our featured designers this month.
Chrissie Charlton and Vicky Fullick are Harrington & Squires, designers and letterpress printers based in Tufnell Park, north London. Their workshop, known as The Corridor, is 1.2 metres wide by 3 storeys high.
Chrissie studied Graphic Design at Hornsey College of Art where Bob Harrington and Horace Squires were the letterpress tutors; Vicky studied Graphic Design at St Martin’s School of Art and Book Arts at the London College of Communication.
They first worked together in 1985 and came together again around 2002 when they acquired an Adana 8×5 printing press with a small amount of metal type and taught themselves how to print. Using both traditional letterpress as well as digital printing they produce products which feel and look very different from the mass-produced. As well as producing their own products such as calendars, cards, badges and small limited edition books they undertake commissions such as invitations, stationery and one-off bespoke items. They also run occasional one-day workshops on basic typography and letterpress printing.
They recently participated in the exhibition Well Said! at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre in Stratford upon Avon to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Twelve artists from diverse disciplines were asked to respond to a Shakespearean quote chosen by writers, actors and poets. Their quote was chosen by the writer Jeanette Winterson and taken from The Winter’s Tale. H&S designed and letterpress printed a large eight page book using both wooden and metal type, which was mounted on a circular oak board.
We have a range of H&S handprinted letterpress cards instore. The Love Letter Concertina is available to buy HERE.
We’re very pleased to be offering three workshops over the next couple of months.
First up, we are hosting a workshop with the innovative folk at London Terrariums where you will have the opportunity to make your own Tinyjohn Terrarium. This is the first time London Terrariums have come to Kent and we’re delighted to welcome them.
Thursday July 21, 2016, 6–8pm
£40 per person
You will learn how a terrarium works; how these self-contained ecosystems survive so well on their own and how to look after them.
We will start with a short introduction explaining the history and science that goes into building a terrarium, from the different plants you can use to why activated charcoal has become essential.
Then it is up to you guys to get your hands in there and build your own!
You will be supplied with a Tinyjohn Jar which you will fill with various Fittonia and Ivy and an arrangement of pebbles and moss.
By the end of the session you will have your own exciting miniature garden to take away and watch develop over the next months and years.
All contents, jar and tools are supplied, you will be sent home with a London Tote Bag to pop your terrarium in and also a care guide with our details on if you have any further questions.
This will take place in our studio in Tankerton, places are limited to 10. Book a place HERE.
We are also pleased to be offering a free children’s workshop with Faversham-based children’s book illustrator and author, Julia Woolf.
Julia’s book, Giraffe on a Bicycle, will be the inspiration for a morning of drawing, colouring and story-telling on Saturday August 6, 2016 at 10.00am.
Julia worked for 20 years in animation, including a time at Dreamworks in Los Angeles and San Francisco, working in the art department on such films as Shrek.
Since returning to the UK, she went onto study at Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge, where she got a distinction in a MA in Children’s Book Illustration.
Her work was shortlisted for the AOI Award in the New Talent, Children’s Books Category in 2014 and her first picture book as author/illustrator, ‘Giraffe on a Bicycle’, was published by Macmillan in January 2016.
She is currently working on her second author/illustrator book with Templar Publishing.
Places are limited to 10. Contact us to book.
We’ll look forward to seeing you.
Happy Birthday, Frank!
This June we have a big reason to celebrate—it’s our 10th birthday!
To mark our first decade in business we will be foregrounding some of the artists who have been with us since we opened our doors back in 2006. As a special birthday present we have commissioned two of these artists—Heidi Plant and Mark Pawson—to make something special to mark the occasion. Look out for mailouts over the next few months featuring other artists and makers who have been with us from the get-go, including John Dilnot, Vicky Hageman James Brown and Simon Tozer.
Heidi Plant has designed and printed this organic cotton tote bag to wish us a happy birthday—available to buy on the website…
…and Mark Pawson has made us a load of badges with the printed papers he is so well known for as backgrounds.
If you fancy popping in to see us at Frank on Saturday June 11 to wish us a happy birthday, we’d be pleased to give either 10% off your shopping, or a free badge.
Biennale Comes to Town
Frank is always super-excited to welcome and be a part of the Whitstable Biennale, and this year the eighth edition of the festival offers, as ever, an innovative and exciting programme. This time round Frank has worked with Kate McLean, artist, designer and smellscape mapper, currently Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Canterbury Christ Church University who will be leading a smellwalk through Whitstable. Unlike the eyes, we can’t close our noses. We breathe 24,000 times a day immersed in smells, but only paying occasional attention. Smellwalking – walking ‘nose-first’ – proposes a new knowledge of place. Book a place on Kate’s smell walk here.
Workshop: Katherina Manolessou
We are pleased to feature, as our artist of the month, the illustrator, Katherina Manolessou. We will be presenting her work in a show at the gallery, and on Saturday May 14th at 10.30am Katherina will be running a free children’s workshop with singing, drawing and colouring. She will also be signing copies of her latest book, T-Veg. Places are limited so please book your place by contacting us.
Katherina Manolessou grew up in Greece where she studied Chemistry. In 1995 she moved to London to work as a 2D animator and has lived there ever since. She went on to study Illustration at Kingston University and Communication Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. Her work includes commercial illustration commissions as well as personal projects such as artist’s books and limited edition prints. Katherina’s illustration clients include Ted Baker, Prospect magazine, The Guardian and Random House.
She works from the East London Printmakers studio where she screenprints her work.
Katherina is a Senior Lecturer in Children’s Books illustration at Anglia Ruskin University
In 2011 Katherina successfully completed her practice-based PhD on animal characterisation in children’s picturebooks (supervisors: Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles). Zoom Zoom Zoom, the picturebook that she developed during her research project, was published by Macmillan Children’s Books in January 2014.
T-Veg illustrated by Katherina and written by Smriti-Prasadam Halls was selected by Booktrust as one of their ‘Best of 2015’ http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/booklists/390/
Zoom Zoom Zoom was included at the Opera Prima exhibition at Bologna Fiere 2014 and included in Martin Salisbury’s 100 Great Children’s Picturebooks (Laurence King, 2015).
This month’s featured maker is Daniela Rubino. She utilises bold, geometric designs in these innovative concrete planters. Her use of concrete is highly characteristic of her work and she has been drawn to its use since her time as a sculpture student at Central Saint Martin’s when she discovered a material that has high compressive strength, but which nevertheless can be manipulated into endless shapes and sizes. As well as concrete, Daniela uses metal to create sculptural pieces and is particularly attracted to the industrial aesthetic of these materials.
We are stocking a range of these planters with different varieties of succulents and air plants and we have been working with Daniela to produce a range of colourways unique to FRANK that work both as stand-alone pieces and as a cohesive group.
Workshop: Andrew Malone
FRANK is pleased to be offering a practical collage-making workshop with artist Andrew Malone at the gallery on Friday 15th April from 6–8 pm.
The two hour workshop consists of individual tuition and includes all materials, equipment and a glass of wine. Andrew will use and provide many vintage paper elements such as stamps, matchboxes and memorabilia.
Andrew Malone’s work combines elements from vintage books, maps and matchboxes and explores ideas about nature, journeys, migration and sense of place.
Andrew has a strong attachment to the natural world and a nostalgia for how this interest started for him. The books and maps he uses to make the work come from a more innocent age when he would pore over them by night and be out in the countryside looking for their contents by day. Andrew’s work is a continuation of that obsession with collecting, cataloguing and observing.
Andrew Malone lives and works in Whitstable. Kent and is Chair of the Whitstable Biennale. He studied Sculpture at Canterbury College of Art and Central St Martins in the 1980s. He is Course Leader and Associate Head of School at the University for the Creative Arts and teaches masterclasses and family workshops at the Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Turner Contemporary in Margate.
He has exhibited at Book Fairs at the ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, Bristol, Leeds, Russia, Hungary, Italy, Denmark and Spain. His work can be seen at Much Ado Books in Sussex, Turner Contemporary in Margate, Whitstable Biennale, Scottish Poetry Library, Frank in Whitstable, Pinkfoot Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Bookmarc (Marc Jacobs), Book Art Bookshop, London, Minnesota Centre for Book Arts and Boekie Woekie in Amsterdam.
Andrew has work in the Tate Britain collection and many collections in the UK, Europe, Russia, USA, Australia and New Zealand. This autumn he created an exhibition to celebrate 100 years of Ladybird books for the Sheffield International Book Prize.
Workshop price £35 per person
Early booking is recommended for this event, as places are limited to eight participants.
Contact us at FRANK to book.
One We Made Earlier
New for Autumn, we’re delighted to introduce a range of necklaces from designer/makers One We Made Earlier. We have an extensive range in store and two of our favourites to buy online.
One We Made Earlier is husband and wife team Emma and Rob Orchardson.
Drawing on backgrounds in design and fine art, they combine interests and collaborate to produce a range of bold and striking contemporary accessories.
Rob and Emma love to combine unusual materials such as cork, brass, resin and Corian- a material often used for making kitchen countertops. Designs are playful, memorable and fun to wear.
Inspiration comes from a wide variety of sources such as Bauhaus simplicity, the rawness and sculptural ambition of brutalist architecture, constructivist design and the sense of fun in futurist stage set design.
Hannah Bould is a recent addition to our stellar list of artists and makers at FRANK. We were instantly drawn to the skilful simplicity of her work.
Hannah lives and works in north London and attended Camberwell College of Art where she studied Illustration. It was during her University years that Hannah discovered her love for pattern and mono-printing. The immediacy of markmaking through print fascinates Hannah, and she is drawn to the uniqueness of the object created by hand. Hannah continues to explore and experiment with markmaking in her pots, made with either a brush or ceramic pencil, but always in black and white. She is currently on a residency in New York developing new ideas for an Autumn range, which we are very much looking forward to stocking in FRANK. Her work is available online and in store.
Journals Arrive At Frank
We are now stocking a wide range of journals at frank.
Pikku Potin Window Display
Our latest window features plant hangers from Frank’s newest maker Pikku Potin, currently available in-store.
Exhibition show casing new works from Mary Claire Smith and Karen Boatwright. Winter 2014
Parasol and Other Works, Whitstable Biennale 2014 Satellite programme.
Tales of Land and Sea. New works in enamel.
Sea Shanties and Sailors Pastimes, Whitstable Biennale 2012 satellite programme in collaboration with the Print Block.
Collectors’ Cuttings. Showing new paper cut works.
The Making of Me: The Intricate World of Julie Arkell
Made in Kent
Skin of Spaces 02. Whitstable Biennale 2010 Satellite Programme.
Handmade and Bound. Whitstable Biennale 2010 Satellite events.
Make Believe: New Work, New Worlds. At The Zetter.
Cuttings: Sparrow Wood and Other Works
Turning the Page: (re)imagining the Book
Orange, Marmalade, Lemon
Lucy May Schofield
All I Ever Wanted, All I Ever Needed. Whitstable Biennale 2008 Satellite programme.