New This Week… Luna Love Prints!

This week we’re very excited about these beautiful new Moon Prints, featured in The Guardian and a hit with you already – even though we haven’t officially launched them on the shop yet. So. Well. HERE THEY ARE! Hand-printed in the U.S of A by Christy Nyboer choose from Gold Moon Print, Silver Moon Print or Copper Moon Print (£35 each). Here modelled by our lovely Studio Manager, Siobhan…

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Lisa Rupp

I love the work of American graphic designer and illustrator, Lisa Rupp. She believes florals and geometrics make the perfect pairing and I couldn’t agree more. Her work is dainty, colourful and refined. It has poise and playful composition.

Lisa lives in Arizona with her husband and two children – she loves “parties, confetti, bright colors and photography” – she sounds just like our kind of girl!

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We’ve set up a new co-working desk space in Stokes Croft, Bristol!

Cat and I have set up a new co-working desk space, right next door to the Howkapow studios in Stokes Croft, Bristol! While Howkapow occupies Units 15 – 17 we bought Unit 11 earlier this year with the idea of turning it into a creative hub with seven desks that people can rent on an hourly, daily or monthly basis.  We decided to call it 11 Backfields Lane… just to keep things simple!

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Howkapow moved into Unit 11 after our pop up closed in 2013, and we moved out at the end of 2015 because we ran out of space. But we loved the space and area so much that we decided to snap it up. We polished the floors, fitted a new kitchen and got some furniture in – and are now open for business! Find out all about our journey (as well as everything the new studio has to offer) on the 11 Backfields Lane website. We’re so excited about this new little business!

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Esther Cox

I love the beautiful, breezy giclee / digital prints of Brighton-based illustrator Esther Cox. To me they sing of summer! Lovely.

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Mother’s Day!

It’s Mother’s Day here in the UK on March 6th. It’s something – now that we are a young family ourselves – we take veeeeeeery seriously! It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase our Gifts for Mum category we have on Howkapow too. We’ve trawled the shop to find only the most glamorous, thoughtful and mum-tastic gifts you could hope for – from a metallic trays, to chocolate and organic skin balm. There’s something for any mum, of any age!

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Ombré Embroidery

“Artist At Home” is a new collection from Olya Glagoleva’s eco-friendly brand GO in collaboration with Lisa Smirnova, a talented artist from Moscow. Artist At Home is a story about the creative process of an artist which has been told through the language of textile. Fabrics used in the collection are cashmere, organic Indian hemp & cotton, 80’s denim jeans and vintage towels sourced from London’s famous Portobello Road; as well as plaid blankets from Flea markets in Wales.

The collection tells the story of a painter whose studio and her home is a single space, where both home and work clothing mix together. The story of the creative process will captivate you and transport you to the artist’s parallel reality. Every garment is made only once, each decorated with hand embroidery in the unique style of Lisa Smirnova. The clothes themselves are pieces of art, lovingly created in a process that spans up to 100 hours each. In keeping with the GO tradition, every piece will be packed in a separate box made from recycled wood with detailed information about the item and a small book included with the full story of the creation.

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Ismael Carre

I came across the work of French ceramicist Ismael Carre at Maison et Objet in Paris last week. Delicate and refined but with a playful, colourful edge – his style is both elegant and graphic. His pieces are characterised by gradations of colour and repetitive rhythmic motifs. They are cool and contemporary.

“I create cups, bottles and decorative objects,” Ismael explains. “I work with porcelain which is the perfect medium for my quest for clean lines and simplicity.” We couldn’t agree more.

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New This Week… Sweet Virtues!

Chocolate that’s good for you? Now you’re talking! This week on Howkapow we’ve launched new superfood Chocolate Truffles by London based company, Sweet Virtues. These may not necessarily help your waistline… but they’re certainly good for your soul, man. Packed full of superfoods, they’re 100% vegan and absolutely yummy!

The Truffles come in three flavours – Maqui Berry, Baobab & Vanilla and Chia Seed & Lime. We also have a pack of delicious chocolate Halo Thins too which come with four different flavour trays – White Tea & Peppermint; Yerba Mate & Lemon; Maqui Berry and Himalayan Pink Salt. Ooooo yeah!

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Sevak Zargarian

I love the work of ceramic designer Sevak Zargarian – a graduate of the BA Ceramic Design course of my old college, Central Saint Martins. The London-based designer has a passion for material exploration, ignited on a Foundation course where he experimented with copper rods and porcelain paper clay, witnessing the transformative powers of the kiln.

His gnarly vessels – lumpy, bumpy and full of coarse imperfections – are in fact very beautiful. Sevak embraces mistakism and has created something truly unique in the process. Definitely one to watch!

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