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 – 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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Artist of the Week – Richard O’Neill

January 31st, 2017
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At Star Editions we are lucky to work with such talented artists, such as Richard O’Neil. Richard’s art revisits a classic era of poster design, taking many elements of popular 1950’s travel art, while remaining current and vibrant.

For the first installment of our soon to be regular ‘Artist of the Week’ blog feature, we sat down with the super talented Richard O’Neill to find out exactly what makes him tick. We’ve had the pleasure to work with Richard for over a year now and see him develop into one of the world’s most prolific Contemporary Travel Artists.

 

Make sure you follow him on Facebook for his most up-to-date commissions and then check-out the full range available now, exclusively from Star Editions Ltd.

You can find his work on Star Editions here

 

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How long have you been illustrating for?

Six years.

 

How do you work?

I hand draw my artwork on an Apple iPad using a stylus.

 

What’s your background?

Not artistic at all! Although some of my jobs have included elements of
design and desktop publishing. I’ve done lots of different jobs over
the years, but being an artist is definitely the most satisfying. My
dream job!

 

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

A love of the work, lots of patience, an eye for detail and a bit of
imagination. A supportive partner also helps!

 

Explain what you do in 100 words

My official description states I am “a digital artist specialising in
hand drawn contemporary landscapes.” What that means is that I draw
pictures on my iPad using a stylus. However although I work digitally, I
don’t use many of the shortcuts that technology allows. I try to work
in quite a simple way – lines are drawn and coloured by hand as I think
that it gives my work a more human touch. Sometimes the pictures I draw
are specific commissions for individuals or organisations, other times
they may be subjects that I particularly want to tackle or that have
been suggested to me.

 

What art do you most identify with?

I like vibrant colours, strong contrast and simple compositions.

 

What work do you most enjoying doing?

It depends on my mood. Sometimes I enjoy extremely detailed work, other
times something that can be finished quite quickly is more satisfying. I
do like drawing coastal scenes and cities particularly.

 

What themes do you pursue?

Lots! Specific locations, types of building or even times of day.

 

What’s your favourite art work?

Too many to list!

 

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

I’m very lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world (North
Yorkshire) where there’s no shortage of inspiration for pictures.
Family trips out supply me with endless reference photos and
inspiration!

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What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Chef, journalist, information manager.

 

Why art?

I’ve always drawn and painted for myself – I think it’s just
something some people need to do. I’ve been very lucky in finding a
niche in which I can produce commercial work. It’s incredibly
satisfying to know you can create something that other people not only
like, but are willing to buy and often display in their homes. It’s
also pretty cool to go into shops and see your work on the shelves!

 

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Some people say they love it, which is all I could ask for.

 

What do you dislike about the art world?

There is sometimes an assumption that digital work is an easy option and
requires less skill than using traditional materials. Having worked in a
few different mediums, I can assure you that is not the case!

 

What do you like about your work?

The opportunity to reach lots of people and the flexibility and freedom
it allows me.

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What research to you do?

It depends on the project. Sometimes I’ll do a specific site visit,
sometimes I might already have something stored away that can help. The
internet is invaluable though.

 

What is your dream project?

Something that would reach more people than anything I’ve done thus
far.

 

Name three artists you’d like to be compared to

I’m not sure I’m the best judge of that. Three artists I
particularly admire would be Jack Kirby, Alex Ross and Brian Cook. But I
certainly wouldn’t put myself in the same league as any of them.

 

Favourite or most inspirational place?

North Yorkshire. God’s own county!

 

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

I’ve never actually met anyone else who does the kind of thing I do,
so nobody’s ever really given me advice – not that I wouldn’t
welcome some! If I could offer some advice to my younger self who was
just starting down this road I’d say pick your subjects very
carefully, don’t get distracted and never ever give up!

 

Professionally, what’s your goal?

To hopefully improve in my work and reach a wider audience.

 

How did you get into creating Travel Posters?

It’s a style I’ve always liked and after a trip on a local heritage
railway having just bought a new iPad something just clicked.

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

There’s a picture of London I did a few years ago with London Bridge
in the foreground and the city stretching out behind. It took me months
to do at the time, although I’d probably be a bit quicker now. I do
like the level of detail in it, although I couldn’t do ones like that
all the time!

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Do you have any new locations potentially coming soon?

All the time! I usually put them on my Facebook page at
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Which location would you be most keen to illustrate that you haven’t
already and why?

I’d like to do some more international locations, although I have
started to tackle that a bit this year.

 

 

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