Spring Fair – What A Show!

February 21st, 2017

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We hope everyone enjoyed Spring Fair 2017!

 

Thank you to all of you for visiting our stand and seeing our brand new products we had to offer.
It was an amazing show and it was a pleasure to catch up with our wonderful customers and meet some lovely new faces.
We look forward to next year’s show, see you there!

 

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A few products from the show…

 

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Our Competition!

 

Win a fully stacked coaster Counter Display Unit worth £90 for your store!
All you need to do is Like our Facebook page, comment on which coaster range you would like to win, including your shop name and Share our competition post.
Competition ends 15/02/17

 

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Our Bespoke Printing Range

 

We have low minimum order quantities across all of our products, talk to us about creating your unique range or products. Star Editions is the UK’s leading manufacturer for bespoke items, supplying the biggest names in the retail and the heritage sector.

 

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Miss us at Spring Fair?

If you didn’t have a chance to visit Spring Fair, you can take a look at our 2017 Catalogue here

 

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You can view all of our catalogues here.

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Artist of the Week – Stephen Millership

February 16th, 2017

Stephen Millership

 

Stephen’s art revisits a classic era of poster design, taking many elements of popular retro travel art, while remaining current and vibrant. Click here to see Stephen’s work on Star Editions.

 

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StephenMillershipHow long have you been illustrating for?

Since I was a child, my Mum says I always had a pencil in my hand.

 

How do you work?
I work in Adobe Illustrator, I like to do as much research as possible into the subject, using mainly the internet to find reference of architecture, landscape or transport. I often portray the subject in quite dramatic perspective and I find the illustrator programme ideal for this.

 

What’s your background?
After studying Graphic Design at college in the early eighties I found employment in design studios in around Manchester. This was pre computer days so it was all scapels, art board, magic markers and spray mount. In 1992 I was offered a job in a computer games firm, who trained me to use a computer and I loved it. After well over twenty years making games I was made redundant for the second time and decided to pursue my first love, illustration.

 

What’s integral to the work of an artist?
The ability to capture the feeling of a place or subject as economically as possible is very important for me.

 

Explain what you do in 100 words
The style of my art draws on the classic travel posters of the 1930’s and the optimism for the future portrayed in many of these vintage works. I have illustrated Tudor halls, rolling countryside and the concrete Brutalism of the 1970’s. I think this wide subject range is a reflection of growing up with heavy industry and being surrounded by rural Derbyshire. I aim to make the unattractive, attractive, to give a greater appreciation of loved and some not so loved subjects.

 

What art do you most identify with?
I have to say the classic era of the travel poster, I admire the freshness of design that the constraints of the production method imposed. I love the work of Tom Purvis for it’s stripped down beauty, it is so evocative of the 1930’s but still very contemporary and much copied even today.

 

What work do you most enjoying doing?
Transport related subjects are something I am becoming very fond of, I like to try and capture the feeling of speed.
 

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What themes do you pursue?
Landmarks, Cathedrals, transport, landscapes, brutalism and I am very fond of Scotland.

 

What’s your favourite art work?
House by Rachel Whiteread, in 1993 she cast the interior of a Victorian terrace in concrete and described it as “Mummifyng the air” It was like looking at solid negative space, it really got to me, imaging what the walls of the now demolished house had witnessed over the years.

 

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
I wanted to do a poster for my home town of Ilkeston in Derbyshire, the original idea was to encourage people to use the flagging market. I had worked on the market as a teenager when it was thriving, with the decline of the steel works, pits and the garments industries and the dominance of supermarkets the market was a shadow of it’s former self. I then thought, why stop there, Ilkeston has so many lovely views, so I did two more illustrations and contacted the local Museum, they loved them and asked for another 10. It feels great to celebrate my home town in the travel poster style and recently I have produced an image to celebrate the re opening of one of the three railway stations that were closed in the 1960’s.

 

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
As a teenager I worked many years on an outdoor market, then in kitchens washing up. I also had stint helping a removals firm, which didn’t last long as I suffered from motion sickness.

 

Why art?
I have always been able to draw, it comes from my mother who when I was young used to paint landscapes in oils.
 

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What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I am lucky to have had a good reception to my work, the exhibition of original classic rail posters at Weston super Mare, organised by Richard Furness of the Poster to Poster books fame, stands out. My work was included with the greats of the genre, Purvis, Wilkinson, Cuneo, and people seemed to love it, a true honour for me.

 

What do you dislike about the art world?
The Artworld can get a little snobby and exclusive, at the other end of the scale it can be difficult to make a living from it.
What do you like about your work?
I like the fact that I produce work for prints and other merchandise, as a consequence it is affordable. Also, because I portray locations, some of which are not so well known, they can help people celebrate their locality.

 

What research to you do?
As mentioned previously, the internet is invaluable but I also visit places with my camera or sketch book if possible. I like the idea of knowing more about a subject once the work is finished.

 

What is your dream project?
I think I have already had it, I fulfilled a childhood dream last year and illustrated a Ladybird book called Super Structures, this is published in May, I can’t wait to see it.

 

Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.
Tom Purvis, Norman Wilkinson and Brian Cook.

 

Favourite or most inspirational place?
The isle of Jura.

 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Regarding Art, it’s not what you put in it’s what you leave out that matters.

 

Professionally, what’s your goal?
I’d like to do another book for Ladybird or two, but mainly to carry on illustrating, enjoying your work is such a rare and wonderful thing.

 

How did you get into creating Travel Posters?

My favourite ever view is from a place called Lagg looking up the east coast of the isle of Jura. I took a photograph of the view and realised it looked like a travel poster. I researched the art of the rail poster and created my first 1930’s inspired image, that is what got the ball rolling for me.
 

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Out of all of the locations you’ve illustrated, which was your favourite and why?

So far it has to be my Spaghetti Junction poster in the Lost Destination series. I was struggling trying to find reference for the angle I wanted, in a Eureka moment I realised it didn’t really have to stick to reality as long as the image conveyed the feel of the place. I treated the subject as pure design and the finished result was all the better for this approach.

 

Do you have any new locations potentially coming soon?

I am working on Wells Cathedral, this kind of intricate architecture is always a challenge but I like learning about places that are new to me.

 

Which location would you be most keen to illustrate that you haven’t already and why?

When I was a kid I had a painting by numbers book which included the Taj Mahal at sunset, I still remember the pinks and oranges, I’d like to re do it without the aid of numbers.
 

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Artist of the Week – Tabitha Mary

February 6th, 2017

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This week we sat down with the creative artist Tabitha Mary, who we thought would be perfect to feature for our Artist of the Week. Tabitha’s art revisits a classic era of poster design, taking many elements of popular 1950’s travel art, art, while remaining current and vibrant. You can find her work on Star Editions here.

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How long have you been illustrating for?

I studied Art throughout my education, but would say I see myself as having designed graphically since I graduated in 2007 when I started my career as a graphic designer.

 

How do you work?

I work mainly in vector on Adobe Illustrator with the aid of a graphics tablet.

 

What’s your background?

I have a pretty varied background having worked full time for several years as a graphic designer working in homeware design, licensed sunglasses, packaging, Christmas crackers and licensed stationery.

 

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

There are so many different avenues and genres to being ‘an artist’ but ultimately you desire to create art that other people will admire. For me and the avenue I have chosen running my own business the most key element to my designing or brand is my consistent style and unique selling point.

 

Explain what you do in 100 words

I design prints inspired by the old railway posters of locations near and far, the location is often chosen due to someone’s personal connection with the place making the locations I depict more unique.
 

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What art do you most identify with?

I am hugely inspired by the old Railway posters from the 1930’s, Art deco art and the propaganda posters from the World Wars.

 

What work do you most enjoying doing?

I enjoy designing the prints I create, it was the main reason I started my business. I wanted to design for myself in my own style

 

What themes do you pursue?

Travel is always a key theme to my work as I capture locations across the world.

 

What’s your favourite art work?

Modern graphics, I love discovering a small independent artist. Knowing that their work is not mass produced and what I have up in my house is unique.

 

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

A few of my prints are the result of my travelling adventures. One of my most popular prints, Mount Kilimanjaro, was done after I summited the mountain on New Year’s Day in 2014. It was an absolutely incredible and life changing experience, I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking to push themselves mentally and physically.

 

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Since graduating I have been lucky enough to always work as a graphic designer, the jobs have varied from being a Christmas cracker designer, where I drew a lot of holly all year round! To working with other brands on licensed stationary.
 

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Why art?

It was just a natural choice for me. I excelled at it at school and it was always my passion, so I pursued it, and continue to do so.

 

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I’ve had such kind feedback from so many customers but there’s nothing better than a customer who contacts you who bought a print as a gift and expresses how much the recipient loved their gift. A favourite quote is “The shipping forecast print was part of a 70th birthday present for my father in law – he was a submariner in the Navy in his youth and latterly, a Hovercraft pilot, so we thought it would be right up his nautical street And we were correct! He absolutely loved it! He was very impressed and is looking forward to hanging it somewhere that everyone can see it!”

 

What do you dislike about the art world?

The most challenging thing about the art world is the competition, it’s fierce and relentless but you have to find what you’re best at, be determined, passionate, confident and it all works out.

 

What do you like about your work?

The thing I love the most about the prints I create is the flexibility to be able to capture anywhere in the world, meaning I can offer a unique service to customers and businesses to depict locations that are dear to their hearts, perhaps somewhere they travelled, their house or simply the town of village they are from.
 

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What research to you do?

I always research the area I’m capturing to ensure I get the essence of it right in the print.

 

What is your dream project?

To design a print for a really well known event to help give my brand exposure.

 

Favourite or most inspirational place?

I absolutely adore mountains or anywhere near the sea!

 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

To believe in myself and not give up on my goals or dreams.

 

Professionally, what’s your goal?

For my business to continue growing as it has been, I’ve achieved a great deal in the past 2 years and I hope to continue on this upward path.

 

How did you get into creating Travel Posters?

I was inspired to capture local places of interest when I started attending small local markets with my Shipping Forecast print. I realised there was a market for local art and it grew from there.

 

Out of all of the locations you’ve illustrated, which was your favourite and why?

I have been most pleased with my print of Annapurna and Kilimanjaro as they hold such dear and special memories for me as they were the result of 2 separate hiking trips I did.
 

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Do you have any new locations potentially coming soon?

Oh lots! My range is growing quite rapidly at the moment and the locations being captured are spread across the UK, so lots of variety I hope.

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Which location would you be most keen to illustrate that you haven’t already and why?

I’d really like to produce more prints of Scotland as it’s a location I’m often asked for and a landscape that makes for some stunning views.

 

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