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REGIONALFOCUS Mad sci-fi meets daft humour

THE history and culture of London is a great inspiration for illustrator and photographer Marc Arundale who has many years of experience working with advertising, book and magazine publishers and design clients. He also makes retro-styled greetings cards in eight ranges for lots of different occasions, choose from mad sci-fi children’s cards to funny, daft and humorous birthday cards! And here’s a range of 1950s-infl uenced Christmas cards with plenty of colour and funny characters to catch your eye. Marc has 100 different cards so far and all come cello-wrapped with envelopes at sensible prices.

T: 020 8673 1449

Rebel with a cause

WITH a dad who loves the hippie lifestyle born-and- bred Londoner Rose Hill rebelled by getting a fi rst at Chelsea University of the Arts.

She still lives and works in central London, trading under her own name and drawing on the infl uences of the capital as she creates visually-impactful patterned pop art designs which fuse fi ne art images and graphic processes that are then applied to different media including greetings cards. Coming from a textile background, texture and

colour are both really important parts of the design process for Rose, who said: “I draw all my characters to each have their own identity, then I design numerous repeat patterns that I use to create each total design to add extra texture and depth.” With more than 20 stockists of her cards, notebooks and artworks in both the UK and Australia already, Rose also undertakes individual commissions from names such as Sadie Frost, Robert Webb and Gizzi Erskine, and will soon feature in the new Kids In Love fi lm starring Cara Delevingne.

T: 07742 347603

It’s Lahndan Tahn innit!

WHY does proud Cornishman Alan Rowe live in London? Quite simply, it’s the greatest city in the world. The incredible mixture of cultures and energies give this city a constant tick. The evolving arts, music , astounding food and of course sport. London now has six Premier League football teams – Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham, Spurs, Crystal Palace, Fulham – with three active in European competitions. Big Pasty’s Football Fever range has been expanded to include all the

Premier sides including the latest arrival from the capital. The Crystal Palace fans sang Glad all Over for most of the Wembley play-

off fi nal so what better tribute than to merge the chants and the passion. Ten per cent of the profi ts from this range are donated to the Bobby

Moore Fund, which tackles bowel cancer, the second highest death-causing version of the disease. Madame Tussaud’s have just announced a new wax fi gure of the West Ham legend and man who captained England to the World Cup in 1966 will be revealed in time for the 2014 fi nals in Brazil. Music is also a constant in the colour of the buzz of this ancient town with the Punk range tickling the taste buds, including London Calling, Rule Britannia and God Save The Queen.

T: 020 7193 4205

48 Graphics have a Purpose

WITH a love for all things graphic – most notably typography, modern decorative arts and print techniques – it wasn’t surprising illustrator/designer Daphne Diamant turned her creative talents to stationery and paper goods, setting up her design-led greetings card business, Purpose & Worth Etc in 2010. Originally from Toronto, Daphne was drawn to the vibrancy of the arts scene in London and its reputation as a hub for creative businesses. Purpose & Worth Etc produce design-led cards in their signature style of beautifully simple graphic illustrations and witty text sentiments. Popular ranges include the delighjtful animal silhouettes of Birthday Beasties, everyday cards with a literary twist in True Stories & Love Stories, and the best-selling Who’s Counting? range for special birthdays. New products due for launch in 2014 are the Baubles & Boughs Christmas 2014 range, and children’s party invites and thank you postcards.

T: 07779 657477

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