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Wrap 10: coming soon

Here’s a little preview of the gorgeous succulent-inspired illustration Elena Boils has worked on especially for our 10th edition of Wrap, which is going to print this week. Looking forward to sharing more with you soon.

PICK ME UP 2014!

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There are a couple of things that are going to rock our week: 1. Sending our 10th edition of Wrap to print (whoop!) and 2. The opening of this year’s Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival at Somerset House. Now in its fifth year, the annual ten-day event is a super-fun, informal showcase of some of the best illustration and graphic art talent from around the globe. And with a cracking line-up including Kyle Platts, Ed Carvalho-Monaghan, Lynnie Zulu, Julia Pott, Outline Artists and Beach London – plus a host of cool events, activities AND their own radio station (courtesy of Comms Bureau) – this year’s event is set to be a stunner. Oooo we can’t wait – see you there!

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Images from top: ’Bat Macumba’ by Edward Carvalho and ’Melons on my Mind’ by Lynnie Zulu – both exhibiting in Pick Me Up ‘Selects’

Pick Me Up runs from the 24th April - 5th May 2014. For more information on opening hours and ticket prices take a look HERE

Paddle Cacti by Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

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Opuntia I & Opuntia II (2013) acrylic on canvas with wooden frames, 60cm × 80cm

A trip onto Dutchman Jordy van den Nieuwendijk's site never fails to make us smile, and a recent foray whilst researching for our spring/summer issue did not disappoint – how fantastic are these plant paintings?! Made last year for Just Plants, an exhibition organised by our friend Jeroen Smeets from Your:Own, we just love how brilliantly bold and abstract they are – they’re giving us good vibes for the warmer months ahead.

A Life Illustrated, by Hedof

With an immediately recognisable style that’s playful, fluid and often includes a curvaceous lady or two within his wide-eyed cast of characters, we are BIG fans of Dutch illustrator Rich Berkelmans, aka Hedof. For our latest edition of Wrap magazine we got to talk to Rick for our regular feature ‘A Life Illustrated’, about the sorts of things that inspire and drive his work (including his ‘addiction to print’!), and what an average day entails. And, to accompany the article Rick produced this suberb illustration showing the view from his studio window, mixed in with the daily journeys he takes between work and home…and his beloved pets Pippa the cat, and Timmie the rabbit. We love it!

To read the full feature on Rick you can order your copy of Wrap issue 9 through our online shop ~ wrap.bigcartel.com

Our tasty new card range

After featuring the mighty-smart work of Brooklyn-based illustrator (and self-confessed foody) Leslie A Wood in our winter edition of Wrap magazine, we thought it would only be right and proper to find more ways to work with her… So we are thrilled to share our new range of cards by Leslie, who has also created some equally delicious wrapping papers for us. We love her clean, graphic style, her masterful use of soft candy colours and her ability to charm the socks off us with her cute smiley faces, discreetly adding character to pizzas, ice creams and even coffee cups!

Now available to order from our shop ~ wrap.bigcartel.com

Impressive work from Juliana Wang

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Juliana Wang is a London-based illustrator whose bold, atmospheric images and unusual colour combinations recently caught our eye. Her use of broad brush strokes alongside finer, speckled patterns and textures, gives her work a brilliant sense of movement and energy which is really excitingto see. Having recently exhibited at the Illustrative Festival in Berlin and currently working on a graphic novel exploring conflicting cultural identities as well as teaching at The Prince’s Trust drawing clubs, we’re sure Juliana is on the pathway to illustration success! 

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See more of her work at julianawang.com

Two spreads from our NEW winter edition of Wrap - ‘Telling Tales’, featuring work by Pawel Miłdner (top) and Merijn Hos (above). 

Introducing our NEW folk-inspired winter issue // Wrap 9 ‘Telling Tales’

Exploring folk, traditions and story telling and how they influence creativity today, we’ve got some super nice articles for you and 10 fantastic illustrations and wrapping papers by some of our favourite illustrators out there, including Pieter Van Eenoge (our cover artist), Sarah Mazzetti and Marina Muun.

Order your copy online HERE and get a FREE A5 postcard-print (and FREE UK shipping)

Buy a sheet of our new baking-inspiring wrapping paper today, and we’ll give you an extra one for FREE!! … all in celebration of tonights Great British Bake Off final.

Illustration by the excellent Nicholas J Frith. 

There’s always an air of excitement in the Wrap studio when we discover new illustration talent. In fact it’s a job perk that we just can’t get enough of. So, the morning we received a package in the post from Michael Parkin, introducing us to his work, we were pleased as punch.

We came across Polish illustrator Pawel Jońca's portfolio over the weekend, and have been really impressed, particularly with his rendering skills! This piece is called 'Memory Game' and was created for Zwierciadło magazine. 

Charming and a little bit odd – we’re totally loving Thomas Murphy's portfolio of drawing and print work at the moment, especially these little cacti fellas.

Check out our interview with him HERE

Loving this ugly fella by Wolf Mask – whipped up specially today, having seen Burgerac and our mumblings online about it, to celebrate National Burger Day! 

'Refraction' - one of many great pieces by the super talented artist Josh Reames. Would be awesome to grab an interview with him sometime soon

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