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Kelly Reemtsen

Los Angeles-based painter Kelly Reemtsen‘s work focuses on well-dressed women toting household tools that range from mallets and hammers to power saws, each held in a causal position that demonstrates a comfortableness with the object in-hand. Each woman is anonymous, her head not included in the cropped images of dress, heels, and tool.

Her bright, impasto paintings juxtapose bright dresses and power tools to wonderful effect. It’s a delightful combination of 50s housewife-meets-B&Q. Love it.

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Seen our Gift Wrap? Mmmmmm :)

We love wrapping each of our products with care here at Howkapow – but we realised we had never shown you the process! Well, below we’ve shown you the simple steps in gift-wrapping two framed prints – a Peony Print and a Floral Print (which were real gifts for my little sister in actual fact).

Our Gift Wrap service involves wrapping in Howkapow tissue paper as well as our own in-house designed Celebration Wrapping Paper. We also can hand-write a card with a little message too!

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New This Week… Clover Robin!

We’ve beautiful new and exclusive Mini Prints from London-based designer and illustrator, Clover Robin! Clover studied at Central Saint Martins like I did, and I love her use of colour and layout. Choose from our Nasturtium Mini Print (£9.95) our Cherry Tomato Mini Print (£9.95) or our Forget-Me-Nots Mini Print (£9.95). All printed lovingly here in Bristol…

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New This Week… Beautiful Children’s Books from Contemporary Illustrators!

We love books – the more colourful the better! This week we’ve expanded our best-selling Children’s Books category with new titles from London-based Nobrow Press (aka Flying Eye Books) and Cicada Press who work with contemporary illustrators and emerging designers. All our new books are fun, colourful and educational to boot – just our cup of tea!

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Competition Time! Choose a Play & Go Play Mat of your choice!

In our Competition this month we’re giving you the chance to win one of our best-selling Play & Go Play Mats (valued at £25.95 each) – and you can choose which ever design suits you best!

The perfect toy storage and play mat in one – our Play Mats are firm favourites with our customers at Howkapow. It’s an ingenious and effective solution to toy storage – a two-in-one storage bag that doubles as a play mat with a range of designs to suit all types of parents and kids alike.

Simply browse our designs below, pop your details and choice of Play Mat in the entry form and that’s it!

The competition is up and running and closes at midnight GMT on Sunday August 14th. We’ll choose a winner on Monday August 15th. Good luck!

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New This Week… Cactus Storage Jars!

Hurrah for our lovely new Cactus Jars! Fresh off the plane from Holland, they’re available in Small (£13.95), Medium (£19.95) and Large (£26.95).

100% FAB and perfect for storing all manner of things – cookies, pens and pencils, keys and even toiletries. We hope you love them as much as we do!

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New This Week… Exclusive Hand-Made Ceramic Lamps!

This week we’re thrilled to have the work of Ken Eardley on the shop. Ken creates colourful hand-crafted pottery from his studio in Brighton and we have 6 of his beautiful lamps exclusively on Howkapow.

Ken’s work is inspired by animals and nature, and his bold and blocky designs always have function in mind. We have two sizes of Ceramic Lamp on offer – Small and Large – in three different designs. Choose from Small (£78) and Large Meadow in Petrol Blue (£95); Small (£78) and Large Bird in White (£95) and Small (£78) and Large Stem in Vermillion (£95).

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Competition! Win ANYTHING you want from our New Category!

We love finding new stuff, it’s the lifeblood of Howkapow and we spend hours scouring the internet, artist markets, trade fairs and degree shows to bring you our pick of the best.

Did you know that we add colourful products from up-and-coming designers and independent brands almost every day? In celebration – all this week and weekend we’re giving you the chance to WIN whatever you want from our ‘What’s New’ category!

To enter, simply pop your details in the form below and tell us what product you’d like to win! You can browse all our latest offerings on our ‘What’s New’ page here…

The Competition is now open and closes at Midnight (GMT) Sunday July 10th. We’ll announce a lucky winner on Monday July 11th! 

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! It was won by Alexandra Harrup. Thanks to all who entered!

 

New This Week: Screen Prints & Digital Prints inspired by Nature and the Great Outdoors!

Lots of colourful prints in this week from some international illustrators! First up we have our Okapi Print (£28) and Hornbill Print (£28) – wonderfully psychadelic digital prints by American artist, Llew Mejia. Llew works by day as a textile designer, and grew up between Mexico and America. His style combines influences from both cultures which is clearly demonstrated in his joyous use of vibrant colour and bold design.

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We are also thrilled to have the work of New Zealand (but Bristol-based) artist, Amy van Luijk on the shop. We have a selection of digital and screen prints from Amy, who also works with us here in the Howkapow studio.

Amy was born and grew up in New Zealand but lived in the Netherlands when she was very young. Growing up she always loved drawing, crafting and sewing. Her love of colours, fabrics and patterns led her to study textile design at Massey University in Wellington. She has since lived in London, Berlin and now Bristol.

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