Thursday, September 30, 2010

Snaps from my visit to Drink, Shop & Do

Last week, during London Fashion Week, I paid a little visit to the charming new Drink, Shop and Do. I've blogged about them before, because my prints are stocked there. I had some coffee and smoked salmon sandwiches made from the softest white bread ever. Delicious! Have a look at my visit below. Really think that Mengsel's prints are a good fit for this quirky, retro, vintage space.  See if you can spot them all in the pictures. Charming indeed.

Drink, Shop & Do
OPEN: 12-11.30PM Tuesday-Saturday
No 9 Caledonian Road N1 9DX

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

colours of the rainbow

Feels like this year started only a couple of weeks ago and now I'm already getting my shop ready for Christmas. Craziness. This week, I've been experimenting with one of my best selling designs by silkscreen printing onto beautifully coloured Fabriano Tiziano paper. I really like the results! You can see the lovely texure of the paper in the close up below. Wish I had a white frame to put them in for the photographs, because I think that would look fabulous.

So far, I've only printed one in each colour and listed only the one colour for sale only in my Etsy shop, the latte coloured version:

The other colours will follow shortly and I will keep you up to date. The colours are: latte, red, turquoise, dark slate grey, dark moka brown. (Only one of each). I might print a full edition, so let me know which colour you like best. Hope you like them...

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mad London Design Festival discounts at Mengsel

As part of The London Design Festival, which ends on Sunday 26 September 2010, there is a 20% discount offer in the Mengsel shop (only Big Cartel shop). All you have to do is enter the code TWITTER20 at the checkout when asked for discount voucher and 20% will automatically be deducted from your checkout. No refunds from Paypal, you just pay your discounted rate. That reduces the large Moka Express prints from £48.00 to only £38.40 and the Robots in Love prints from £28.00 to only £22.40!!! Hurry, hurry, because it the discount will only be available this weekend until the London Design Festival ends. Happy weekend...

Click HERE to go shopping.

Robots in Love hand pulled silkscreen print in Pea Green
Moka Express 70x50cm hand pulled silkscreen print in Bright Red

100% Norway at 100% Design

Yesterday, I took some time out to visit 100% Design at Earl's Court. One of the coolest things I saw there was Siren Elise Wilhelmsen's 365 - a Knitting Clock. Exhibiting with 100% Norway, this immediately caught my attention. By the end of the year, the clock has produced a 2 metre long scarf. The inspiration for Wilhelmsen's clock - measuring the time in a three-dimensional form; in volume. The clock counts the 24 hourse per day, for each half and whole hour a needle is knitting a stitch, each day makes one knitted line. How innovative!

More information about Siren Elise Wilhelmsen's work at her website:

Visit 100% Norway at 100% Design at Earls Court, London from 23-26 September 2010

Winner of Mengsel blog giveaway

I've reached my landmark 200th sale about two weeks ago, but did not even have the chance to announce the winner yet. Crazy, crazy! Well, after randomly picking a winner via the trusty name out of a hat route again, the lucky winner of an original Retro Roosters cotton tea towel set (one apple green, one delft blue) is... Sew Obsessed from Devon. Congratulations, you will receive your prize soon xxx

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mengsel @ Curate 40 Minimart for London Design Week

Hey Londoners! Mengsel's silkscreen prints and home accessories will be for sale at the upcoming Curate 40 Minimart with Eclectcollect during the London Design Festival. This ultimate design festival pop-up "minimart" will feature the best of illustration, print and design.

20-26 September 2010
57a Redchurch Street
E2 7DJ

Monday, September 13, 2010

Joelle Jolivet illustrations

Completely fell in love with the work of French illustrator Joelle Jolivet (even her name is beautiful). The website is designed so cleverly and it just makes you want to click on every item and look inside every window to see what's hiding behind it. Jolivet studied graphic art and advertising at the School of Applied Arts in Paris, followed by a stint in the lithography workshop at the Beaux Arts. Lino-cutting is her main mode of expression.Gorgeous!
Joelle Jolivet web home page
Panorama - a foldout book
Tales from Shakespeare. Book cover illustration by Joelle Jolivet
Les marins perdus by Jean-Claude Izzo. Book cover illustration by Joelle Jolivet.
Moby Dick by Joelle Jolivet

bird wearing a tuxedo

Penguins. Aren't they the cutest things? They just make you smile (... and I need it this Monday morning).

Penguin Corkscrew from Terrain
Penguin Print from Hunkydory Home
Penguin Wallpaper in Silver from Caroline McGrath

356 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental, illustrations by Joelle Jolivet

Friday, September 10, 2010

Colour of the day: macaroon pink

When Etsy customer Erica asked me to print a custom colour of my Leafy Heart design for her new baby girl's bedroom, I was thrilled. I've been looking at the colours of macaroons recently (yum) and working with the colour swatch that was given to me, knew that this colour could have only one name: Macaroon Pink. Here are some  beautiful images and recipes of pink macaroons plus an introduction to my new Leafy Heart print (signed edition of 30). Learning how to make them is definitely on my to-do-list. Available in the Mengsel Etsy Shop. Happy weekend everybody!

Leafy Heart silkscreen print in Macaroon Pink from Mengsel
Recipe for French Macaroons at this link
Strawberry macaroons with chocolate filling - recipe at The Daily Mail
Rosewater and vanilla macaroon recipe at Wasabimon

Friday, September 3, 2010

Folksy Friday: Getting ready for Autumn/Winter 2010

I think that if we are lucky, there might be few days of Summer left, but let us not kid ourselves: The leaves WILL fall from the trees, nights WILL get longer, days WILL get shorter and darker and the air WILL turn chilly at some point. Get ready for the cold months ahead with these adorable knits from Folksy. They actually make me excited about Winter!

The Slipped Pom Pom Hat in Black from Dolly Knits at Folksy

Lambswool Red Pencil Scarf from Sara Carr at Folksy
Tattoo Inspired Love/Hate Mittens/Gloves by Mouthy Mitts at Folksy
Miss Lemon Cardigan by Flossy and Dossy at Folksy
The Green  Tree Cowl from Dolly Knits at Folksy