Monday, 7 October 2019

The Shepherd’s Whistle

Earlier this year, the John Hansard Gallery, part of the University of Southampton presented an exhibition titled The Shepherd’s Whistle, a commissioned project by Stefan Gec. The exhibition centres around the artist’s fascination with top-secret maps of strategic cities worldwide that were created by Soviet intelligence during the Cold War, alongside an M-72 Soviet army motorbike and sidecar from 1957. Riding the M-72 and navigating using the Soviet maps, Gec journeyed to five UK towns and cities that were identified by the Soviets as having strategic importance.

This is the accompanying literature produced for the exhibition...
The size is A5, portrait and the format is an 8pp right angle fold.
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The leaflet is printed offset litho on our Sixties, 60gsm ...and it works superbly as SIXTIES has the same type of translucency as a tracing paper - but it feels like a normal paper! … so it works perfectly for this publication, allowing the map to show through and provide the backdrop for the essay about the exhibition, written by Ros Carter. You can see the way the translucency works in the image below:
Front cover:
...opens to this spread
Open at full size:
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This image shows the Soviet map which appears on the inside of the leaflet.
The publication is printed offset litho in CMYK and the colour reproduction on Sixties is excellent, as you can see in the image above.
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The exhibition ran from February to April this year. Design is by Daly & Lyon who are a studio based in London that specialises in design for the arts. Printing is by Aldgate Press.
Posted by Justin Hobson 07.10.2019

Friday, 4 October 2019

Autumn shapes using Stardream

Patternise are based in Uckfield, East Sussex, specialising in creative design and laser-cutting services. They work with a wide range of clients across the UK - managing large volume projects for major corporates and visual merchandisers to smaller projects for individuals and weddings. Patternise use state of the art laser cutters and they specialise in cutting “clean” materials such as fine papers, cards, acrylics and plastics (PP/PET).
Patternise have used boards from our Stardream range to cut out Autumn shapes to form the hanging display at Castle Howard near York. The display forms part of the Autumn Festival which opened last week and is open from now until Christmas.
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The shapes are produced using their "super pulsed" Trotec galvo system (GS1000), which enables extremely high-speed laser cutting and high volume paper finishing. Using this system they are able to cut many 1000's of sheets within very quick time-frames, which would be impossible with conventional lasers.
Sadly I haven't got a detailed image of the leaves but this is an excellent example of the creative uses of lasercutting and laser engraving and of course our Stardream board as well!
Posted by Justin Hobson 04.10.2019

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Jobs from the past - Number 120

Regular followers of this blog will know that my first post of every month is a "job from the past" so that I can show some of the really good work from years gone by. 

Parka London 
Autumn Winter 2015
With 60 years of manufacturing heritage behind the business, in 2013 they launched their own label. PARKA LONDON is a tribute to Alfie Levers, the original founder and his vision. The brand is a celebration of the iconic, timeless military designs fused with contemporary modern styling and fabrics.
This is the AW15 collection lookbook. The cover is printed on the cover material from that other, Hull based, paper merchant! with an image printed on the text material and tipped onto a plate sunk cover. The size is A5 (210x148mm) portrait and is section sewn.
The It's a 36pp text self cover and is printed on our Marazion Ultra 115gsm which gives it that dead matt/flat look but with great reproduction as you can see from the images... 
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The 36pp text rolls nicely and it opens quite flat which is testament to the fact that the weights chosen are correct.  
The art direction is by Muse & Maker and the quality of the direction and photography (by Jon Corrigan) is matched by the exceptional printing by Push.
Posted by Justin Hobson 02.10.2019

Friday, 27 September 2019

Matt Russell Portfolio

Matt Russell is a London-based photographer specialising in food, travel, lifestyle and portraiture. With a strong reputation for his natural style and ability to capture life, Matt has established himself internationally as a trusted, reputable photographer. He has an inherent ability to work closely with clients to achieve their vision for both editorial and advertising.
“I absolutely love my job and the places that it takes me, not to mention the amazingly talented and passionate people that I get to work with everyday. I feel incredibly privileged.”
This 40pp portfolio shows Matt's wide ranging photography skills in one superbly produced package. The size is 285x225mm (a good economical size out of a B1 sheet)
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It has a 40pp text printed on our Omnia 120gsm. For those readers not familiar with Omnia, it is an uncoated paper with a surface treatment. What this means is that it feels like an uncoated paper but because the surface treatment minimises 'dot-gain', the print result is much more like that of a coated silk or gloss coated paper.
Centre spread...
There are so many good images here which look so good, that it's hard not to show you every spread!
The publication is printed offset litho throughout in CMYK. As you can see from images, some of the images are quite dark, but there is no loss of detail, which is what can often happen printing on a true uncoated paper. As you can see from the detail image below, the reproduction is simply stunning.
The brochure is saddle stitched and even though Omnia is a very bulky paper, even with 40pp the spine looks good and doesn't "gape" in the middle, as you can see below.
Another lovely feature is the use of copper wire stitches. Just another lovely touch which makes this publication superb
Printing is by Ambrose Press. Jonathan Savory handled the project. Particular care has been taken over the repro - as with all projects for photographers, there is detail in the images which can only be truly appreciated by the photographer and it is the skill of the printer to be able to listen and interpret these comments in the finished printed job. Not always easy to do but this is a beautiful piece of printed literature.
Posted by Justin Hobson 27.09.2019

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

ArjoWiggins mills saved in UK

Today it has been announced that the two remaining UK paper mills of the ArjoWiggins group have been bought in a buyout by the management of the failed mills. This is excellent news for the UK paper industry, saving over 500 jobs.
You can read more here on the Printweek site:
I have previously written about ArjoWiggins when they went into administration here and when their mill in France closed here, taking with them products that many were familiar with including Cyclus, Cocoon, Chromomatt, Satimatt etc...
This buyout involves two UK paper mills, Stoneywood, based in Scotland and Chartham, based in Kent. This is very positive news for the UK and it is great that the management finally managed to convince the banks that it was a risk worth taking. Apparently significant financial backing has also been received from the economic development agency Scottish Enterprise. In these strange political times, it will be interesting to see how the Scottish parliament will view the Scottish development agency propping up a paper mill based in Kent! 
Recent history demonstrates that many paper mills that come out of administration often don't make it and go bust again, Let's hope that is not the case for these mills and they can make a positive contribution to the UK economy.
Posted by Justin Hobson 25.09.2019

Monday, 23 September 2019

Caroline Baker Folder

Caroline Baker is a company offering property development and family office services. This folder compliments the other literature including the sales and credentials brochure that I've written about before. The folder is printed on one of our new Colorset shades - Charcoal in 350gsm.

The size of the folder is 310x220mm, portrait and has one glued pocket on the inside back cover. It is just simply and beautifully hot foil blocked on the outside front and back covers.
The pocket is an angled 110mm high pocket with corner cuts so that a business card can be inserted.
The below image shows the folder opened on the front and reverse...
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The below image shows the quality of the matrix crease. A simple job like this relies on the quality of materials, foiling and finishing, making the difference between an OK job and an excellent job.
Print and hot foiling is by Identity Print, based in Paddock Wood with Paul Martin handling the project.
Posted by Justin Hobson 23.09.2019

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Basic Pleasure Model

This is a new book from photographer Rick Pushinsky, which is actually being launched this week - he'll be giving a short talk this Saturday about the book at the Unseen Book Market in Amsterdam, which is the event for self published books.

The size of the book is 320x240mm, portrait and the cover is produced on our SUMO, black 3mm thick. It is silkscreened in white and the image is printed on paper which is mounted into a debossed panel on the front cover.
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Back cover...
The finishing requires a special mention. It has an "open" section sewn binding. This is where the book is finished as a conventional section sewn block but glue is applied without the "text block" being placed into a cover. Some people call this "Coptic binding" but I'm not sure that is really the correct term. It works brilliantly with the Sumo, heavy board
Design is Bernd Grether. Printing is by Kopa in Lithuania.

You can read more about the book here:
Posted by Justin Hobson 17.09.2019