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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Museums Press, Rowan Jackson, Hannah Evelyn Rowlands and Lucy Jones

MUSEUMS PRESS, we'd say, is one of the most right on small publishers making small run and lovingly made publishings right here, right now. These funk soul brothers first emerged with 2010's epic pizza box, Museums One. A pizza box (epic) full of curated goodness across the board (box). Then came another pizza box, Museums Two : Biggest Fan, chocful of 25 zines by Museums One contributors and other folk for a most exceptional price point. Their latest is Museums Three, a newspaper format centrepiece on a literary tip with an all-star list of contributors from these shores, them shores and all those other shores. To be sure, to be fair, it's great. Definitely one of the nicest packages I've seen come out of Manchester in my time here. No rest for the wickedly prolific as January 2011 first saw the tri-release of Museums Press' ongoing monthly laser-printed zine series (pictured above). The first three come from Harmen De Hoop (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Michael Crowe (London) and Damien Correll (Brooklyn, New York). Each of these is A5 and vary in content from photographs of protest flyer air bombing (Harmen De Hoop's Useless Actions), Microsoft Paint filtered modern art, maybe (Damien Correll's ClapTrap) and short stories and poems (Michael Crowe's Pebble). Each retail at £3.50 and can be found adorning the shelves of Good Grief!

Museums Press also released this A4 risograph print by Denise Kupferschmidt (Brooklyn, New York) in January. Edition of 75 on 120gm paper stock with purple ink. £3.50 instore.

Here's what you get in MUSEUMS THREE...

That's two newspapers, two booklets, one risograph print, one photographic print and one screenprinted comic supplement. It's an edition of 100 and it officially dropped this month, this year. Packaged together and laid out like an absolute beaut, this is one essential piece of kitola. The newspapers include stories, poems, articles, essays, interviews, photographs and film stills from Matthias Connor, Heather Rose Dominic, Jess Higgins, Jess Hilliard, Tao Lin, Freek Lomme, Rachel McFarlane, Owen Richards, Seb Wheeler, Nicholas Ainsworth (creator of the story  produced in large format type across the centrefold and author of this blog which GG can't get enough of it, read back through the entries, it's GOLDEN), Miriam Avery, Andrew Beswick, Edwin Stevens, Ethan Swan and Matthew Walkerdine. There's an A4 interview booklet documenting gmail chats with Ethan Swan, Simon Joyner and David Bailey (that's me!) conducted by RL Perry of Comfortable on a Tightrope and infinite inspiration. An A5 zine by Matthias Connor about clubbing (tune) entitled "Living Forever". The screenprinted supplement is a "funnies section" with comics by me including "Cocaine Co-workers", one about babies and one about an interview with a futuristic footballer. It's screenprinted by Lucy Jones, of whom you shall read more below! Then there's the two prints, a risograph by Brion Nuda Rosch and a photographic print by Julia Scott.

Yours from Good Grief! instore for just £10 or buy it direct from the Museums Press site!

BAM! Now let's talk about ROWAN JACKSON, he done these...

Limited edition prints on canvas-like heavy paper, real nice to the touch and to the eye. Scritchy scratch black  inksome drawings in part pattern-centric, other part sparse and dark. Equal parts curious shape dabs and cutting ink stabs. Rowan descends from York and lands in Manchester at present, his work would look great on your wall. A snip too at the price! Just £1.50 for the smaller letterbox style prints and £3 for the A4 prints.

HANNAH EVELYN ROWLANDS, illustrator currently bowling over the Kingston Illustration course sent us these...

We have six different, or possibly seven, varieties from Hannah's "Little Pin Friend" badge series. Never before has it been so in reach to become the envy of all your friends and consistently a cut above, simply adorn one of these badge fellows to your blouse or bag fella and wa-la! Laminated illustrations mean your miniature wine and dine partner is wipe-clean and dress ready for any occasion. Simply wonderful! My fave is the dog head.

£3 each

"Supermarket Sweep" is a sweetly packaged little zine packade from Hannah Evelyn Rowlands. Full colour throughout, cover to cover photographic documents of a larger animation I believe Hannah is working on at Kingston. Hannah's ace illustrated characters are brought to life via the gift of joint fasteners and fully detailed supermarket backgrounds. It's all there, baby! Buy one get one hundred free offers and shelves stacked high with UHT milk. The peoples are put against real-life supermarket backgrounds too which gives the whole thing added chutzpah. If you liked little pin friends, then you'll love this!


Meanwhile, in other news...

My good old mate, LUCY JONES has only gone and got herself a tumblr! Lucy is one of my fave illustrators of all time ever and Good Grief! insists upon a steady constant flow of her work on our shelves and walls. The latest we're packing are Lucy's screenprinted greetings cards. Pictures of those coming soon but in the meantime, feast your eyes on the bevvy of wonder posters, illustrations and photos over at her site. Non more highly recommended. GO TO IT NOW!

The seagull-eyed among you may have noticed that our web shop is currently down. This will be revamped soon. In the meantime, if you see anything on this blog that you are interested in purchasing and you can't get in to the real-life shop then please do email me to enquire about availability and sendability. It can be done!

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