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Can you judge a book by its cover? Maybe…….

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I’ve known about this for a while but had to keep it stum. But now it is in the public domain, I can tell you some really exciting news.

One of my Liberty SMALL TOWN fabric colourways (see main blog picture above) has been chosen by publisher Faber and Faber https://www.faber.co.uk/ for fabric covered edition of their 2018 Booker Prize winning novel, Milkman by Belfast-born author, Anna Burns. Burns has also just been shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s prize for fiction https://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/reading-room/news/revealing-the-2019-womens-prize-for-fiction-shortlist. The new edition of Milkman will be published on 5th September this year.

If you’re interested, the book is available for pre-order from a number of booksellers. Here is the Amazon link https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0571355072/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_apa_i_A6.3Cb0ZE38XS

I’m not sure that the image that they’re using at the moment will be the final cover. I’m expecting some more information nearer to the publication date, but look out for my Small Town design on the publicity when it’s launched.

Have you read the book? I’ve just started reading it on my holidays. I think its pretty good. Quite experimental, so for instance, none of the characters have names.

The online reviews are mixed. Here is what the publishers say:
In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

More news on the book when I get it.

If you haven’t seen them already, here are the links to my fabrics on the Liberty website:
DUNCAN GRANT https://www.libertylondon.com/uk/search?q=duncan+grant
SMALL TOWN https://www.libertylondon.com/uk/search?q=small+town

Originals of my Small Town Ink Drawings and digital prints are available in my Gallery:
ORIGINALS https://duncangrantartist.com/product-category/original-artwork/drawing-ink/
PRINTS https://duncangrantartist.com/product-category/prints/ink-drawing/

And talking of artwork, I’ve just added some new pieces for June, to the gallery on my website  – originals, lino prints and digital prints – some of them are recent, some have been around a while and you may have seen them before. Do pop in and have a look. http://www.duncangrantartist.com/product-category/new-artwork/

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What a Liberty! Great first night at the Hot Tin

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What a fantastic opening night of my What a Liberty! exhibition at the beautiful Hot Tin https://www.the-hot-tin.co.uk/ in Faversham, Kent! Thank you to everyone who came. Thanks to our hosts, Mike and Romana. And thanks Roger Crosby, Karen Glykys (Instagram @karenglykys) and Emma Hill www.emmahill.co.uk for the images in this blog.

The exhibition featured some of my art,

plus some pieces from the other three #LibertyOpen Call winners – Emma Hill, Natasha Coverdale and Catherine Rowe.

 

It was great that Natasha and Emma could be there too with their families.

Fuelled by The Hot Tin’s cocktail ‘The Drunken Duncan’ (gin, lime , lovage and absinthe) concocted specially for the occasion we talked and danced through the evening to Northern Soul, from DJ Ged ‘Stax Volt’ Kelly.

 

 

I got a 5m length of Tana Lawn in green as part of my prize, so I draped that above the bar.

I also bought a metre each of the other 5 fabrics that are now on sale at https://www.libertylondon.com/uk/edits/open-call/ (‘How much!’ As my Dad would say). These were stylishly modelled by the lovely Melanie, Starry and Misty, throughout the evening.

If you weren’t able to pop last night, the exhibition runs until 4th June. Full details here https://duncangrantartist.com/event/exhibition-of-small-towns-to-coincide-with-liberty-london-open-call-launch/ or via ‘Events’on this website.

And if you cant get to Faversham, there’s no excuse, you can catch What a Liberty! (Mark 2) A Midsummer Night’s Scream at the Iron Pier Brewery, Gravesend https://www.ironpier.beer/ from 22nd June, featuring music from the Brilliant I Doris https://www.facebook.com/IDoris/and Hippy Tart Heroes https://www.facebook.com/HippyTartHeroes/  a food wagon  and of course beer! More details here https://www.duncangrantartist.com/event/midsummer-nights-scream/

If you can’t get to either exhibition, all my art is in the Gallery on this website https://www.duncangrantartist/shop/

Cheers!

 

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Last call Christmas cards: One week to go!

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Just one more week to get your Christmas card designs to me.

Lots more have come in but we still need MORE. The more cards we have, the more money we make, the merrier the Christmas.  Deadline is 19th May 2019

Anyone can join in – wherever you are in the world, whatever your your age, artistic skills, experience or ambitions. All you have to do is design a Christmas card and donate it to the project.

You can see the original post here, which explains about the Christmas charities the project is to support (Christmas lunch at  Cafe No. 84 https://www.no84.co.uk/and Crisis At Christmas) https://duncangrantartist.com/2019/04/07/only-261-more-days-until-christmas-time-to-think-about-lunch

Nearer to Christmas, we’ll have an exhibition of all the cards at No. 84 and a launch event. If loads of people get involved we could also have other exhibitions or events at local venues.

If you want to join in, here is what you have to do:

  • Design a Christmas card that you are willing to donate to the project free of charge
  • Get your design to me by the 19th May 2019
    You can send a digital image of your artwork (minimum 300 dpi) to duncangrant158@gmail.com – please put your name and contact details in the email
    OR
  • You can send me the original to be photographed professionally. Please remember to write your name and contact details on the back.
  • If you live further afield and need to send an original, drop me an email and I’ll send you my postal address.

RULES
Only one – designs must be rectangular. They can be in any size and any medium because they are all going to be photographed.

Please do get involved, it will be fun and all in a good cause.

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Launch day: My Liberty fabrics are now for sale!

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Well, what a day. Today I finally got to see the fabrics created from my winning #LibertyOpenCall design for sale on the shelves of Liberty! It was the first time seeing them for real. We only saw the strike offs when we visited the factory in Milan. The fabrics looks fantastic, brilliant quality and great colours. I have three colourway of one design ‘Duncan Grant’ on Tana Lawn and three of a second design ‘Small Town’ on silk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To mark the launch, the store was decorated with panels of our fabrics and information about each of the four winners all the way up the stairs and around the Haberdashery Department.

We were treated to breakfast with the design and sales team and then signed copies of our original designs, which will go into the famous Liberty archive.

We each received 5metres of one of our fabrics – I chose the one closest to my original design in terms of colour, and then I couldn’t resist buying a metre of each of the others.

All six will make an appearance at my What a Liberty! exhibition at the Hot Tin from 18th May, if you want to see them and can’t make it to the store. https://duncangrantartist.com/event/exhibition-of-small-towns-to-coincide-with-liberty-london-open-call-launch/

As one part of the journey ends, another begins. We’ll be kept informed of how our fabrics are used. So if, say, a fashion house uses one of our designs of fabrics for a garment in their 2020 season collections, Liberty will tell us and will keep our names with the designs as far as they can.

Will let you know about any developments on here. Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me, voted for me and supported me so far.  One of you is getting a pair of designer boxers. You know who you are!

Here are the links to my fabrics on the Liberty website:

DUNCAN GRANT https://www.libertylondon.com/uk/search?q=duncan+grant

SMALL TOWN https://www.libertylondon.com/uk/search?q=small+town

Originals of my Small Town Ink Drawings and digital prints are available in my Gallery:

ORIGINALS https://duncangrantartist.com/product-category/original-artwork/drawing-ink/

PRINTS https://duncangrantartist.com/product-category/prints/ink-drawing/

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Reminder: Christmas card deadline approaching – 19th May

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I recently posted about this Christmas-themed community art project to raise money for local and national Christmas charities. https://duncangrantartist.com/2019/04/07/only-261-more-days-until-christmas-time-to-think-about-lunch/

I’ve already received some great designs – you can see some of them in the picture above – but we need MORE!

The more we get, the more money we can raise. But the deadline 19th MAY is approaching fast so get out your pens and brushes and get creative.

Anyone can join in – wherever you are in the world, whatever your your age, artistic skills, experience or ambitions. All you have to do is design a Christmas card and donate it to the project.

Designs will be made into A6 cards and sold in packs of 6, with all profits going to fund the 2019 Christmas lunch at Cafe No. 84 https://www.no84.co.uk/ for those who would otherwise be alone, and if we raise a lot of money, any extra will be donated to Crisis at Christmas.

Nearer to Christmas, we’ll have an exhibition of all the cards at No. 84 and a launch event. If loads of people get involved we could also have other exhibitions or events at local venues.

If you want to join in, here is what you have to do:

  • Design a Christmas card that you are willing to donate to the project free of charge
  • Get your design to me by the 19th May 2019
    You can send a digital image of your artwork (minimum 300 dpi) to duncangrant158@gmail.com – please put your name and contact details in the email
    OR
  • You can send me the original to be photographed professionally. Please remember to write your name and contact details on the back.
  • If you live further afield and need to send an original, drop me an email and I’ll send you my postal address.

RULES
Only one – designs must be rectangular. They can be in any size and any medium because they are all going to be photographed.

Please get involved, it will be fun.

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Lions of Windsor and other animals

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After I came back from the Liberty factory in Milan in March I wrote in my blog, ‘I wondered where this journey will take me next’. Well one answer is possibly ‘Windsor’ and I certainly didn’t expect that!

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by award winning homeware designer, Lisa Todd, who is Director of this year’s Lions of Windsor project https://lionsofwindsor.org/, to ask if I would be interested in decorating a life-size resin and fibre glass lion to be displayed somewhere around Windsor this summer. The original lion was created by Bath sculptor Alan Dun https://alandunsculpture.weebly.com/ as a 3D canvas.

The project will involve a giant pride of over 60, individually decorated lion sculptures being positioned around the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead from 10th August until 27th October this year, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. There will be an official public art ‘safari trail’ where visitors can see the bigger lions, decorated by artists and designers, plus a mini-pride of lion cubs decorated by schools and charities.

The project will culminate in a Lions Roar Goodbye  festival (9th/10 November) and then a charity auction on 22nd November. All profits will be donated to local charities, including the new Thames Hospice in Maidenhead, Look Good Feel Better and the Lions Club of Windsor, for distributing to good causes across the region.

I haven’t really got much experience of 3D art or drawing (on) animals really. I did decorate this set of Russian Dolls in 2018 for ‘Art on a Postcard’ https://www.artonapostcard.com/ and I’ve done relief prints of a few cats, birds, water creatures and insects over the years (see below) but a 3-D lion is going to be a bit of a challenge. Not least because I have to get it home, paint it and then get it back to Windsor, without being eaten!

Russian dolls decorated for ‘Art on a Postcard’

As you might be aware, over the last year I’ve been working on a series of Small Town ink drawings. You can see then all in my Gallery under ‘Original Artwork: Ink Drawings’. https://duncangrantartist.com/product-category/original-artwork/drawing-ink/ They are all also available as digital prints. I submitted one of the Small Towns to the #LibertyOpenCall competition that I won and the two designs that Liberty have been produced are due to be launched next month as part of their Summer Collection. I’ve included elements of the Liberty Small Town design in my lion design because Liberty fabric designs were very popular in the Victorian era.

My lion design is called Night and Day  and depicts Windsor in daylight (on the side of the lion with his eye open) and Windsor at night (on the side of the lion with his eye closed). Each side will reflect Windsor’s position on the Thames, and will feature prominent landmarks, such as the castle and the Great Park. You might even spot some Windsor collars and ties with Windsor knots on the final product. I haven’t really decided.

Anyway, that’s for the future. I have to have my design accepted first. The templates are really small so what you can see here is only an impression. If I’m successful, the design on the final lion will be much more intricate.

Here is what I have submitted:

Front view
Windsor by day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the other animals….. As mentioned above, here are some of my earlier encounters with animals. They’re all for sale via the Gallery on this website – just follow the links.

Cats

 

https://duncangrantartist.com/product/black-cat/ (also Blue Cat)
https://duncangrantartist.com/product/moon-cat-2/
https://duncangrantartist.com/product/cat/

Hares

https://duncangrantartist.com/rabbits/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://duncangrantartist.com/product/crow/
https://duncangrantartist.com/product/raven/
https://duncangrantrist.com/product/penguins/
https://duncangrantartist.com/product/pigeon/ 

Sea creatures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


https://duncangrantartist.com/octopus/
https://duncangrantartist.com/squid/
https://duncangrantartist.com/dogfish/

Insects

 

https://duncangrantartist.com/stag-beetle/
https://duncangrantartist.com/cheesy-bug/

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Only 261 more days until Christmas …time to think about who’s coming for lunch!

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How many of you remember the Hand of Artists project back in 2015, when 108 artists designed two sets of playing cards that raised £3,000 to benefit community art charities?  For a trip down memory lane, flick through the slideshow at the bottom of this post.

Well, now it’s time to get out those paintbrushes and pens and get involved in a new community art project to benefit another local good cause.

On 25th December last year Adrian and Andrea at No 84 Tearoom and Eatery at Echo Square, Gravesend https://www.no84.co.uk hosted a traditional Christmas dinner, free of charge, to anyone in the local community who would otherwise have spending the day alone. The event was funded entirely by No. 84.

I’m organising a community art project to fund another Christmas lunch at No. 84 this year (2019) and I’d love as many people as possible to get involved – wherever you are in the world, whatever your your age, artistic skills, experience or ambitions. All you have to do is design a Christmas card and donate it to the project.

Designs will be made into A6 cards (at cost by Singlewell Stationery and Print http://www.singlewell.co.uk/) and sold in packs of 6, with all profits going to fund the 2019 Christmas lunch at No. 84. If we raise a lot of money, any extra will be donated to Crisis at Christmas.

Nearer to Christmas, we’ll have an exhibition of all the cards at No. 84 and a launch event. If loads of people get involved we could also have other exhibitions or events at local venues.

If you want to join in, here is what you have to do:

  • Let me know you want to take part via ‘contact’ on this website, or via Facebook etc
  • Design a Christmas card that you are willing to donate to the project free of charge
  • Get your design to me by the 19th May 2019
    You can send a digital image of your artwork (minimum 300 dpi) to duncangrant158@gmail.com – please put your name and contact details in the email
    OR
  • You can send me the original to be photographed by the talented Roger Crosby. Please remember to write your name and contact details on the back.
    For those of you in the Gravesend area, I will arrange some local collection points and let people know where these are via Facebook. I’ll also put an ‘Event’ on this website and keep it updated with the latest news and information.
    If you live further afield and need to send an original, drop me an email and I’ll send you my postal address.

RULES
Only one – designs must be rectangular. They can be in any size and any medium because they are all going to be photographed.

Here is what I’ll do:

  • Collect the images and arrange for originals to be photographed
  • Get the cards printed and put into packs
  • Arrange the exhibition(s) and launch
  • Put them up for sale online and at events
  • Collect the money and forward it to No.84 to cover all the costs of Christmas lunch, with any extra going to Crisis at Christmas.

Please get involved, it will be fun.  Here are some pictures from Hand of Artists 2015 to get you inspired.

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Picture at the top of the post is ‘Small town at Christmas:
Original https://duncangrantartist.com/product/small-town-84/
Print: https://duncangrantartist.com/product/small-town-84-print/

 

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Liberty update: Book launch and fabric peek

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Last night Liberty launched their brand-new bi-annual publication The Liberty Book  at their flagship store and I was invited with the other winners – we appear in the book – along with the great and the arty.

More about the book here: https://www.libertylondon.com/uk/the-liberty-book-000620000.html
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv0-Ye3g-aO/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

Meanwhile, this image turned up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/absolutelyhomemag/
Our winning designs as fabrics!

The first strip is Catherine Rowe’s designs https://www.instagram.com/catherinerowedesigns/

The second strip is Emma Hill’s https://www.instagram.com/emma.hill_art/

The third strip is mine https://www.instagram.com/duncangrant1965/
https://duncangrantartist.com/shop/

The fourth strip is Natasha Coverdale’s https://www.instagram.com/studiocoverdale/

Official launch date 8th May 2019 at the Liberty Store.

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Liberty production process and sneak preview of ‘strike offs’

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Liberty have just sent through these photos from our visit to the factory, near Milan. Great shots of the commercial print process on a massive scale…

 

And here we are – me and the other three winners – with the print samples (strike-offs) that the design team had prepared so the Liberty buyers could make their selection of colourways for production. Chosen designs will be revealed at the launch at the Liberty store on 8th May 2019.

Here is Liberty’s official piece https://www.libertylondon.com/uk/features/design-and-living/opencall-printing-process-2019.html?numfromstart=NaN&referrer=content-hub-interiors