Categories / Art and Photography

Vintage-style Brighton Line prints by Sean Sims

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We have featured Sean Sims in the past, but these new vintage-style Brighton Line prints are more than worth a mention.

They are illustrative travel posters, not unlike the kind of thing you would see from the '40s to the '70s, but particularly in the 1960s. It's an ongoing series, but there are a number available from launch – two are pictured above, two more over the page and more at the retail site.

All are A2 giclee editions, and are currently on sale for £50 each. They will also be on show throughout the Saturdays and Sundays in May (11am – 6pm) at the Yarn & Glue Open House as part of the Brighton Festival.

Find out more at the Yarn and Glue website

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Categories / Design and Interiors

Creepy Tree retro-style greetings cards and wrapping paper

Creepy

We've been meaning to feature Creepy Tree for some time, mainly because we love their retro-style greetings cards and wrapping paper.

Most use cartoon-like images, which remind us a lot of the vintage travel posters of the 60s, the Royston Cooper ones in particular. Cards are available for virtually every occasion, with wrapping paper in colourful repeat designs.

All are made and printed in an eco-friendly way and all are available online from the Brighton-based company. Cards are around £2 plus postage, with gift wrap around the same price per sheet.

Find out more at the Creepy Tree website

Categories / Art and Photography, Food and Drink

Fisherman’s Fiend limited edition screenprint by Flood The Valley

Fiend

Fisherman's Friend lozenges have been around since 1865, with the longstanding imagery on the packets being every bit as iconic as the menthol within the packet. But Brighton-based graffiti artists Flood The Valley have added their own twist on the classic with this Fisherman's Fiend screenprint.

Yes, not just a slight change in name and description, the fisherman on this print is battling with a giant octopus – both of which you might miss unless you look carefully. The print is one of a limited run of just 66, all silkscreens and signed by the artist.

Sized at 70 x 50cm, you can grab one at Art Republic, priced at £54.

Find out more at the Art Republic website

Categories / Homeware, Shops we like

Utility shop, Brighton

Utility teatowels

If you like simple, retro-inspired goods that do what they are meant to, then Utility in Brighton may be your ideal shop. 

It's named after the Second World War scheme that produced everyday products under rationing and their aim is to stock no frills, hard wearing goods from all eras. These include some products that are made in-house such as the 1940s inspired linen and cotton tea towels pictured above which cost £9.50 to £10. They also source a wide range of products encompassing hardware and other household goods, as well as a selection of second hand homeware. 

At the moment their web shop isn't up and running but you can browse the website and order anything you'd like via phone, email or the old fashioned way of popping into the shop. 

Utility is found on North Road Brighton or online here.

Categories / Architecture, Design and Interiors

Greetings cards featuring classic British buildings from Obiko

Obiko cards

From the De La Warr Pavilion to the Post Office Tower, Obiko's range of greeting cards includes many of the British buildings that regularly feature in various forms on this site. 

Obiko are a Hastings based company and their seaside location clearly has a strong influence on their designs. The buildings shown are actually part of a series called 'seagull sites'. Happily, they're favourites with us, as well as the gulls, and also show Battersea Power Station and Brighton's Palace Pier, amongst others. 

Each card is executed in the same delicate style and costs £2.90. 

Buy them online