Random Spectacular is a new oversize 240 x 350mm 104 page journal created by St. Jude’s, a textile design company based in Norfolk and Scotland run by Angie and Simon Lewin who also run a printmaking gallery online at stjudesprints.co.uk…
The debut issue contains illustration from Mark Hearld, Adam Bridgland, Joanna Moore, Maggie-Li, Emily Sutton, Typoretum, Ed Kluz, Jon McNaught Rob Ryan and more, with writing from William Brown, Markus Lloyd, Ceri Levy, Emma Mason and Random Spectacular’s Simon Lewin. Here are some spreads:
“As a result of working with a number of artists, makers and printers that we admired, Angie and I had been toying with the idea of some sort of printed journal,” explains St. Jude’s Simon Lewin. “We had a shared passion for publications like Jake Tilson’s Atlas series, and the Motif books (published by Shenval Press from the late 1950s to the late 1960s) and wanted to produce something that replicated much of their spirit.”
“In 2010 illustrators Mark Hearld and Emily Sutton came to work at our studio in the Highlands and in the course of a walk round Loch an Eilein we came up with the name and a commitment to publish, he continues.”
“We approached a number of contributors, some who would produce self-contained submissions, others who we would pair up to collaborate. We were delighted that everybody we contacted agreed to contribute to the first issue – and to donate their time which is allowing us to make this first issue a fundraiser for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. Every penny above and beyond the printing and mailing costs will be donated to the charity who we have been proud to support in the past.”
“Although we will revisit the journal format again in the future, each issue of Random Spectacular (we hope to publish twice a year) will take a different form. The next will be a newspaper published to coincide with our next St. Jude’s In The City exhibition in London in May 2012 featuring Angie, Mark and Emily’s work. And we’re hoping that after than we’ll be producing a CD format designed and curated by illustrator/printmaker Jonny Hannah.”
Only 750 copies of Random Spectacular No. 1 have been printed and each is priced at £17.50. More info at stjudesprints.co.uk
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