Image: Hanna Melin
October 28 2011
Having graced How To Spend It’s pages as a Cult Shop, Islington lifestyle store Smug certainly ticks all the right aesthetic boxes for homewares. But owner Lizzie Evans has her finger on the art pulse too, and one of her store’s three floors is given over to a changing programme of gallery events, all curated with the same flair for seeking out the fresh, fun and slightly offbeat. And from Saturday October 29 the upstairs gallery space is being reinvented as the Pop-Up Print Shop Upstairs, the perfect place for those whose tastes tend toward the graphic to hunt down works by young illustrators and designers.
Echoing the retro vibe of the store, the prints will be stacked in vintage school desks for record-shop-style rifling. Amid all this you’ll find, for example, the watercolour creations of London-based Holly Exley, not long graduated from a BA Illustration degree at Middlesex University. Her subject matter is day-to-day observation, from figurative sketches of people and animals to surprisingly colourful interpretations of such mundane items as cutlery and salt-and-pepper shakers. For the event she has created an exclusive A3 design, a still-life comprising fashionably twee knick-knacks called Things That Remind Me of Smug (£25).
Other gems include Viking (£35), an A3 screenprint depicting the British Isles sea regions, by James Brown (who worked in fashion creating print designs for brands from Levi’s to Louis Vuitton before committing his work to paper), and the charmingly titled Collection of Freedom (pictured, £33) by Hanna Melin, a 30cm x 30cm archival print of birds such as puffins and terns, in a sort of spotter’s guide gone arty.
With prices ranging from just £6 to £85 and the event running till the end of January, Smug’s Print Shop has “small but thoughtful Christmas gifts” written all over it. Just add a frame.