Even if you didn’t grow up in the 80s, you’ll still probably appreciate the cheesy awesomeness of this cartoon and TV show character branded children’s merchandise. These ads were featured in catalogs and urged 80s parents to buy their Americana darlings everything from Cabbage Patch Kid dolls to Garfield sheets. Everything was themed: if you were a little girl who watched Rainbow Brite, you obviously wanted to be the Rainbow Brite girl: ribbons, sheets, toys and all.
By Jonathan Schlackman in New Illustration on Thursday 11 July 2013
Local ‘Mokummer’ Lisbel Gavara has lent her considerable artistic talents to illustrate a new young person’s book called Sebastian at the Battle of the Bands, featuring a Bluesman alligator, hair metal rodents, and Grunge-Era pigeons. It’s currently available on Amazon Kindle.
In 2011, Simon Reynolds published an amazing book called Retromania in which he argued that modern society is more obsessed with exploring, repurposing, collage-ing and adoring the recent past than any other society before it. In 1909, the Italian Futurists decided everything made more than five minutes ago needed to be insulted as passe and […]
It’s taken me along time to figure out what I’m really good at as an artist. The evolution has finally led to artwork I’m proud to display and sell at a store called, Artist in LA LA Land. It’s a wonderland of fantasy and articulated paper dolls, like exotic animals seemingly escaped from the zoo riding high on penny farthing bikes, and blooming, flowerhead ladies in Victorian swimsuits bathing along the beach. It’s a place where the fun doesn’t stop for me, and for those who love retro curiosities and paper play.
I’m a big fan of clothing line, The Brooklyn Circus. They seamlessly blend a mix of retro American classic with contemporary urban street wear, making them a unique force in the fashion world. Their creative director and co-founder, Ouigi Theodore, aka The Bearded Man, has recently teamed up with PF Flyers for a the Archival Reissue Collection campaign. My favorite quote from the spot is: ‘If I wasn’t different, I felt odd’.
Wolfies Cycles epitomise all that is stylish, quirky and unique on two wheels. A handpicked collection of vintage classic bicycles, spanning trends from 1895 to 1990, with a particular focus on the 1940′s and 50′s, Wolfies Cycles is the new name in cycling cool.
Archigram is recognised as an influencer of many of the world’s greatest contemporary architects and buildings. Exhibitions of their work from 1961-1974 have been touring major institutions worldwide since 1992, and Archigram was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 2002. Despite this, the architectural vision of Archigram is mainly unbuilt and the bulk of their visionary work remained difficult to access, largely stored domestically or in temporary storage.