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New This Week… Wrap Notebooks!

We’ve loved the brand Wrap for ages, so it was about time we got some of their playful notebooks on the shop. Wrap collaborate with young illustrators on a range of stationery – and we decided to take on a selection of their A5 (£8) and A6 (£6.50) Notebooks in a variety of styles. Choose from designs such as Fragment, Abstract Floral, Country Floral, Toucans and our favourite: BANANAS!

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Beards As Mammals

The beard-as-trend shows no signs of abating – but Schick have played with the idea of ‘beastly beards’ with the help of Y&R New Zealand. Trying to encourage their customers to shave before their beards get out of hand, they’ve come up with a trio of bizarre but mesmerising images of men whose beards have turned into cute and fluffy mammals… Check out the full post on Designboom – which also has a fascinating video on how the images were made in Photoshop. Clever stuff.

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Fry-Day!

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Hello! I’m Cat from Howkapow!

CAT HOW
Co-Founder & Creative Director @ Howkapow

Favourite colour?
Pantone 805.
Favourite design inspo?
Pat Butcher (ex-Eastenders). Her kitsch earring collection throughout the years was a constant source of inspiration.
Favourite social media platform?
Pinterest, baby! All the way!
Describe your working day in 5 words.
Email. Email. Email. Feedback. Email.
Favourite Way of Being Contacted By Designers?
By snail mail, with a lovely hand-written card.
Guilty pleasure?
Hula Hoops.
Life motto?
If you want to be happy. Be. (Tolstoy)
Mid-morning treat at 11am?
Oh god, CRUMPETS!
Favourite condiment?
Salt. Lovely, bad-for-you salt.
Drink of choice?
Wine. Preferably in gallons.
What colour socks are you wearing?
Always black. Always matching.
Sunrises or sunsets?
Sunsets! Not great in the morning.
What’s the last thing you took a picture of?
A wall.
Favourite song to sing in the shower?
Rastamouse. It’s on loop in my head at the moment…
What’s the cleverest word you know?
Ummmmm….
Marmite?
Yes.
Favourite letter of the alphabet?
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Do you collect anything?
Earrings. Almost got a different pair for each day of the year…
What do you do to keep fit?
Zumbaaaa!
One piece of advice to your younger self?
Should have thought a little harder about that tattoo…
If you were a wrestler what would your stage name be?
Cat Butcher.
Weird celebrity crush?
Er. Grayson Perry.
What’s the last present you received?
A lovely fluoro leopard-print scarf from my friend Kate!
First proper memory?
Taking the varnish off a marble bench in our house in Thailand with a chemistry set my older sister and I had tampered with.
What makes you happy?
Making Rog and Rolo laugh. And Hula Hoops, natch.
Spirit animal?
Chameleon. 

ROG

Hello! I’m Rog from Howkapow!

ROG HOW
Co-Founder & Operations Director @ Howkapow

Favourite colour?
Green.
Favourite design inspo?
Cat How.
Favourite social media platform?
Instagram.
Describe your working day in 5 words.
Coffee. Stats. Sorting. Invoices. Fire-fighting.
Favourite Biscuit?
Chocolate Hob Nobs.
Guilty pleasure?
Twix.
Life motto?
Do stuff properly.
Mid-morning treat at 11am?
More coffee.
Favourite condiment?
Dijonnaise.
Drink of choice?
Wild Hare by Bath Ales.
What colour socks are you wearing?
Black.
Sunrises or sunsets?
Rising Sun (it’s the name of our favourite postman).
What’s the last thing you took a picture of?
A shop front in Bristol.
Favourite song to sing in the shower?
I don’t sing… I whistle!
What’s the cleverest word you know?
Schadenfreude.
Marmite?
Always.
Favourite letter of the alphabet?
R.
Do you collect anything?
Cables.
What do you do to keep fit?
Football. Football. Football.
One piece of advice to your younger self?
Do everything you want to do.
If you were a wrestler what would your stage name be?
The Roginator!
Weird celebrity crush?
Johnny Bravo.
What’s the last present you received?
A jar of home-made jerk marinade.
First proper memory?
Being left in a French nursery.
What makes you happy?
A really good pun.
Spirit animal?
Ratto.

SIOBHAN

Hello! I’m Siobhan from Howkapow!

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Creative Content Manager @ Howkapow

Favourite colour?
Yellow.
Favourite design inspo?
Mid-century Illustration, Herve Morvan.
Favourite social media platform?
Snapchat.
Describe your working day in 5 words.
Typing. Sketching. Snapping. Editing. Beach-balling…
Favourite Photoshop Feature?
Healing Brush Tool.
Guilty pleasure?
Hugh Grant Movies.
Life motto?
Prove them wrong.
Mid-morning treat at 11am?
Peanut butter and banana toast.
Favourite condiment?
Malt vinegar.
Drink of choice?
One I don’t have to pay for.
What colour socks are you wearing?
White.
Sunrises or sunsets?
Sunsets.
What’s the last thing you took a picture of?
My house cat George sitting next to a cushion with a picture of George on it.
Favourite song to sing in the shower?
Natalie Cole – This Will Be (An Everlasting Love).
What’s the cleverest word you know?
Extinguisher – maybe not clever, but I like how it looks.
Marmite?
Sure.
Favourite letter of the alphabet?
Y … or H.
Do you collect anything?
Lunch boxes.
What do you do to keep fit?
Mountain bike. Gym. Run.
One piece of advice to your younger self?
Put the hair mousse down.
If you were a wrestler what would your stage name be?
Siobhan the Prawn!
Weird celebrity crush?
Steve Buschemi / Kevin McCloud.
What’s the last present you received?
The cushion with George on it…
First proper memory?
Playing with my neighbour’s Fisher Price record player – I wanted one SO BAD.
What makes you happy?
Sunshine.
Spirit animal?
Scorpion.

KATY

Hello! I’m Katy from Howkapow!

KATY CASSELS
Studio Manager & Creative @ Howkapow

Favourite colour?
YELLOW.
Favourite design inspo?
ABSTRACT COLOURED SHAPES.
Favourite social media platform?
INSTAGRAM.
Describe your working day in 5 words.
COFFEE, PACK, SNAPS, STOCK, INSTA.
Favourite Packing Tool?
STANLEY KNIFE WITH A FRESH BLADE.
Guilty pleasure?
WINE & CHOCOLATE BUTTONS.
Life motto?
CEDEZ LE PASSAGE.
Mid-morning treat at 11am?
MATCHA.
Favourite condiment?
I LIKE THEM ALL!! AH… RED CURRENT JELLY.
Drink of choice?
LARGE WINE.
What colour socks are you wearing?
BLACK.
Sunrises or sunsets?
SUNSET.
What’s the last thing you took a picture of?
MY FRIENDS STALL AT TOBACCO FACTORY MARKET.
Favourite song to sing in the shower?
JAMILIA: SUPERSTAR.
What’s the cleverest word you know?
ABRACADABRA.
Marmite?
I CAN HANDLE TWIGLETS.
Favourite letter of the alphabet?
K.
Do you collect anything?
POSTCARDS.
What do you do to keep fit?
I DON’T SIT DOWN MUCH.
One piece of advice to your younger self?
DO EVERYTHING EXACTLY THE SAME.
If you were a wrestler what would your stage name be?
BIFFO.
Weird celebrity crush?
ADELE.
What’s the last present you received?
FLOWERS.
First proper memory?
AGED 3, I THREW A BRICK AT A NEIGHBOUR.
What makes you happy?
CYCLING IN THE SUN WITH GOOD MUSIC AND NO HELMET.
Spirit animal?
CAT.

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Our new Howkapow Wall!

Plain walls are a bit boring, no? So this week we thought we’d turn the blank wall in our studio into something a bit more special. We wanted a splash of colour, as well as a nice back-drop for prop styling and photoshoots. Here is how we did it…

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New This Week… Iris De La Torre!

Beautiful new floral jewellery from Mexican designer Iris De La Torre in this week! Choose from Necklaces (£90) or Brooches (£55) in Daisy, Rosebud, Lucy Clover or Dandelion.

Iris’ jewellery is made from the highest quality perspex and hypoallergenic silicone rubber cord. It has then been hand-assembled, meaning every piece is unique. When Iris makes a new design, it takes her about 2 months to finalise her sampling and colour matching, as the rubber is completely custom made and the metal components too.

Iris De la Torre was born in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico and studied at Central Saint Martins School of Art. She is a jewellery designer with a passion for colour, graphic design and plastics. She grew up surrounded by her country’s rich and colourful culture and history. She is inspired by the folkloric spirit of Mexico, its naive identity and vibrant combinations of colour. Another big influence is 1960s graphic design for its use of bold colour, form and geometric shapes. She is also influenced by pattern repetition, early plastic jewellery, everyday things and objects and the way they work, London (where she now lives), modern technology, inspirational people, beauty from nature: flora and fauna.

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