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 – Richard O’Neill

January 31st, 2017
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Richard O’Neill

 

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
www.facebook.com/richardoneillart

 

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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Giftware Updates…

February 18th, 2015

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Thank you for coming over to see our stand if you got a chance earlier this month. We’re delighted with the feedback we received.

If you didn’t make it over, not to worry- we’ve rounded up the best bits of the show below

 

Cushions

We had a beautiful display of some of our new faux suede, duck feather filled cushions from various different collections, including MoominTommy Human and Dave Thompson. We saw lots of visitors stroke them as they walked past, they are irresistibly soft!

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Coasters

Spring Fair 2015 also saw the launch of our coasters. We have a huge range of designs available, which is expanding all the time. Our coasters come in packs of 6 and are £1.04 each. Click here to browse through the collection.

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Dave Thompson

Our new Dave Thompson collection stole all the limelight last week! The stunning contemporary travel posters grabbed lots of attention. With their contemporary colours and sleek lines, the designs are in a league of their own. What we love so much about this collection is that it is constantly growing. Dave is creating new designs all the time, for every corner of the UK. So if we don’t have an image local to you, we will soon.

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Alfie

Little Alfie made a big impression at Spring Fair. He is one of our latest additions, and comes from the beautifully illustrated children’s books by Shirley Hughes. Our Alfie collection spans from greeting cards and magnets to coasters and cushionsClick here to see the range on our website.

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Silverstone

Stylish greeting cards for men can be hard to come by, which is why we are so delighted to have secured the license with Silverstone – for cards, gifts, stationery and apparel. The collection includes birthday and male relations cards, as well as art prints, and gift products. See the full range here.

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Wink Design

Another newcomer is Wink Design. A selection of cute and quirky greeting cards and gift products. The greeting cards in this collection cover a whole host of occasions and ages. Have a look through all of our Wink Design products here.

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New Greeting Card Site

Before we go, we just want to let you know about a brand new section on our website. We have a sparkly new greeting card microsite to make browsing through our website so much easier. It contains lots of brand new, unseen greeting card collections.

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Have a look here and see what you think of the improvements.

We hope we get to catch up with you very soon. If you have any questions, please just get in touch with someone from our friendly team on 01449 721304.

Best Wishes,

Star Editions Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful new collections

October 3rd, 2014

We are very lucky to have the pleasure of working with some of the most talented illustrators around the UK. We have just added two brand new collections to our website, and updated another.

Dave Thompson

First is Dave Thompson’s new collection. Thompson is based in Southsea, Portsmouth. His artwork fits in perfectly with our already extremely successful licensed ranges. Our biggest selling range of wholesale products is the National Railway Museum vintage rail posters, which Thompson’s work is heavily inspired by. Thompson revisits the classic era of poster design, recreated in the vibrant tones of 1950s travel art.



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Thompson has many designs of the Portsmouth area, but also of the rest of the UK, and abroad. Each of his designs is available on all of our wholesale gift products, including prints, canvases, tea towels, magnets, postcards and greeting cards. As with all of our collections, our minimums are small so trying out these new collections is risk free, although we know you’ll be back for more! Browse through all of Thomson’s designs here.



Robert Antell

Next we have a very special collection indeed, from pastel artist, Robert Antell. Robert Antell is a full time artist,  based in the South West of England. These absolutely stunning images depict calming beach scenes from the British coast. The marvellous thing about this collection is that the text underneath the images is completely customisable, giving you the freedom to make sure the products fit in with your customers lifestyles.



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This customisable range of images is also available on our entire collection of British wholesale gift products (produced here in our factory in Needham Market). This range has been are fastest growing range, and has proven to be extremely popular in coastal towns. Have a look though all of the designs here.



Peter Spells

The Peter Spells collection has also had a revamp, as Peter sends us more fabulous artwork. Like Dave Thompson, Spells’ artwork is very much inspired by the vintage travel posters, but with a modern twist, full of interesting shapes and lines, with bold, vibrant colours making the artwork come alive. The latest additions to the collection are designs of Lewes, East Sussex, and Cornwall.



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Again, all of Peter Spells designs are available on every product you could hope to stock, including phone socks, iPad sleeves, T-Shirts and mugs! Just visit the Peter Spells section here and select what products you would like, for fast delivery in time for the Christmas shopping season.

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National Museum of the Royal Navy

August 15th, 2014

We have another new and exciting license to add to our collection at Star Editions Ltd.

We have recently started working with the NMRN, and have a beautiful collection of vintage posters from their archives available to print on all of our usual gift products. The majority of the posters are wartime posters, from the first and second World War and encourage support and for people to be cautious about telling friends and family what they know.

 

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The collection is wonderful, and with the WW1 centenary being this year, it is selling really well already. Click here to see our full range of NMRN wholesale gifts.

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