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Howkapow’s Summer Photoshoots!

We had great fun this Summer shooting our pictures in the studio. We generally tend to shoot a large landscape photo for our homepage scroller on the Howkapow site, combined with a few alt shots for the product photos as well as a picture for our newsletter. It helps to be organised!

This Summer we launched our new Kids Category as well as a new Food Category and had a bumper Summer Sale - so we had a lot of new products to work with…

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The pieces above come from our Kids Category - and are all hand-made from British oak by designers, Hop & Peck. Siobhan our studio manager (and super duper illustrator and paper cut whizz!) came up with the idea of putting the toys in a play scene. She storyboarded it all, following that by cutting leaves and roads out of paper and then tweaking it all in Photoshop.

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In the above scroller we wanted to showcase our new Flensted Mobiles – all hand-made in Denmark. Siobhan made this purely from digital images in photoshop – with the help of her handy tablet and some imagination. I like the lightness of touch and simple playfulness of the graphic elements.

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Our new Food Category launched this summer with this capsule collection of condiments and oils from Makers and Merchants. As there was a lot of text and information on the packaging, we decided to go with a simple scroller – purely typographic with a few on-brand graphic elements (the dotted lines in orange and yellow) to mimic swirls of olive oil.

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For our Summer Sale scroller we wanted something simple and bold. After trying out a range of different designs we settled on a straight-forward, retro-inspired scroller loosely inspired by Summer sunshine. We simply arranged a selection of pieces of paper from our studio stash and added a sliver of ‘Howkapow blue’ to bring it more on brand. Boom!

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We introduced MillerGoodman’s Playshapes onto the shop when we launched our new Kids Category. Here we simply overlaid some text onto a strong image and picked up on some of the colours in the blocks in the header type to tie everything in.

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Teapigs & Jansen+Co Mug Competition!

All this week we’re giving away a set of our lovely orchid Jansen+Co Ceramic Mugs and a pack of Teapigs Teas on Twitter!

Our Mug Set is worth £27.50 and the mugs come in orchid, dusty purple, aubergine and cashmere pink shades. They are dishwasher and microwave safe and made from high quality ceramic.

The Teapigs set is their ‘Adventurous Cheeky’ range – consisting of a pack of Chilli Chai (real flakes of chilli with cardamon, cinnamon and ginger); Chocolate Flake (top notch teapigs tea with chocolate flakes); Popcorn Tea (a Japanese tea known as Genmaicha, this is green tea with toasted rice); Liquorice and Mint (pure liquorice root and whole peppermint leaves); Rooibos Creme Caramel (South African rooibos tea with chunks of caramel) and Yerba Mate tea from South America.

A runner-up will receive a pack of Teapigs Adventurous Cheeky teas too!

For your chance to win simply RT and / or follow us on Twitter! The competition runs for a week until September 2nd. Good luck! x

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Ben Fiess

American ceramicist Ben Fiess creates some of the most beautiful jars I’ve seen. Made with a four-part construction that uses two cork plugs and a contrasting rubber band to close the jar, they are about 4.5 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide.

They come in a range of creamy colours and pastel shades with flecks, specks and pretty imperfections produced by iron oxides and carbonates.

Whilst at Indiana University, Ben developed his idiosyncratic from of ‘ceramic chemistry’ – and has a broader curiosity of many materials and the perception of them, constantly experimenting with different ones in his ceramics.

He currently lives in Minnesota. When he’s not in the studio he enjoys baking cakes (good lad!) riding his various bicycles and maintaining his 1980 Honda 500CX. ben-fiess-3ben-fiess-2

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WIN A Limited Edition Minirig Portable Speaker worth £100!

We can’t think of a better Summer accessory than the much lauded Minirig Portable Speakers - designed and made in the UK by our old friends (and Bristol studio neighbours) Dave and Tom. One of the best rechargeable portable speakers on the market, a Minirig can be plugged into any phone, laptop or multimedia device – with a battery time of 50 hours!

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Nikki Couppee

Nikki Couppee! Here is a jeweller whose work I just can’t get enough of. Each of her hand-crafted pieces are colourful, unconventional and totally unique – veritable pieces of wearable art. Her work has kept on getting better and better over the last few years.

Hailing from Florida in the US, she uses plexiglass, brass and found objects as stand-ins for precious gemstones such as diamonds and rubies as well as costly materials such as gold to create her asymmetrically designed pieces.

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By using everyday materials, she is able to create her own versions of expensive gemstones – playing with their size, shape and quantity in order to satisfy her aesthetic needs.

I think her pieces are all the better for it – who needs a tiny emerald when you can make your own huge one from plexiglass? Find a few pieces of her work on Etsy but for a better overview of all her covetable pieces head to her website.

 

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Belvoir Cordial & Bubble Glass Competition!

We’ve teamed up with our friends from Belvoir Cordials this week in a giveaway perfect for sunny Summer afternoons! For the next seven days, we’re giving you the chance to win a set of Bubble Glasses and a pack of three delicious Belvoir Cordials on Twitter.

The flavours include the classic Elderflower, Rhubarb and Strawberry and Blackcurrant and Apple. All you have to do is retweet the post and / or follow to enter! Good luck!

 

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Inaluxe

I’ve admired the work of Australian design duo, Inaluxe, for many years now. A small design team consisting of Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd which was founded in 2006; their studio is located in the Grampians, Victoria, Australia and their work has a colourful, mid-century retro style.

They work mostly in gouache, ink, and acrylic paint as well as paper, wood panels, and linen and are mostly influenced or inspired by the natural world: organic forms found in nature; the magnificence of birds and animals; fleeting human interactions.

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While their designs might be abstract, there is a basis, and human foundation to their existence. They evoke feelings and thoughts, rather than being mere literal interpretations of a subject. Little wonder then that their long-time heroes are Robert Rauschenberg, the early Abstract Expressionists of the 1920′s onwards, and Mark Rothko.

“As well as creating, we enjoy taking our dog Kibi for bush walks, exploring the forests, and getting to know all the amazing wildlife we are now neighbours with,” they explain. “We are avid collectors of vintage objects, furniture, books, and music. We are keen gardeners, and love landscape design, and renovating.” Sounds like our sort of design duo! Nice work Kristina and Jason.

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Stain Tableware

I like the simple but clever concept of Bethan Laura Wood‘s Stain Tableware. A Product Design graduate from the Royal College of Art (who studied under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper), her set of ‘Stain’ teacups are designed to improve through use.

Her project explores the assumption that use is considered to damage a product – for example, scratches on an iPod or laptop – whereas actually it can also be seen in some cases to add to its aesthetic value and make an inanimate object more personal, depending on how it is used by its owner.

Beth treated the interior surface of each teacup to stain more in certain pre-determined places. The more the cups are used, the more the pattern is revealed! Over time, they will build up an individual pattern dependent on the users personal way of drinking tea.

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Arthur Buxton

“I get up just after 8am most days and listen to the Today Show on Radio 4 whilst I have some fruit and strong coffee for breakfast.

“If it’s Monday or Friday I’ll head for Bower Ashton where I work as a printmaking technician for the University of the West of England in the Screen and Digital Print Studios. Any other day I might be working from home or at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio where I am in residence with my new company Colourstory Ltd. I cycle in most days but occasionally might drive or walk.

“Most of my own work is digital so days in the screen-print studio are a welcome break away from the computer. I give screen-print workshops to groups of first and second year students from a range of creative disciplines as well as looking after the area during open access time. The screen print studios at UWE are a beautiful space with huge angled windows that look out onto the deer park dotted with ancient oak trees.

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“The Pervasive Media Studio is an equally brilliant place to work albeit in a completely different way. There’s a real buzz there due to the carefully selected mix of engineers, producers, artists and academics, which produces really genuine creative work ethic.

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WIN £250 to spend on Howkapow!

It’s Summer! Yes, it is! And our Summer Collection has officially launched. It was a bit of a biggie this time around, with two brand new sections added to the shop within it – a Food Category and a Kids Category which we’re very pleased are proving popular with you all already.

To celebrate these latest additions, we’re giving one lucky Howkapow fan £250 to spend on whatever they like on the shop! This not only includes our Summer Collection, but anything else from Howkapow that you might have had your eye on.

To enter all you have to do is pop your email address on the form below and you’ll automatically be placed into the draw!

The competition is up-and-running and closes at midnight on Sunday June 29th with the winner announced on Monday June 30th. Good luck x

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