Saturday, 19 June 2010


In today's telegraph magazine, artist and ELP member Nick Morley features as one of "Britain's Best Sellers on Etsy".

Based in East London, Nick is also one of Material's best selling artists with his Bear on Bike print (also featured in the article) being a recent sell out.

To find out more about Nick, visit his website.

Watch out for his new print, "Handbag", arriving at Material soon.


Today, I thought I would share with you our current best selling book in the London branch of Material. The book is titled Copywriting: Successful Writing for Design, Advertising and Marketing by Mark Shaw.

Creating effective copywriting is of vital importance in today’s design and communication industries. This book explores the challenges of commercial writing, providing the tools to become a confident and versatile copywriter. Leading copywriting talents from both the UK and the US are interviewed, major campaigns covering all areas of the industry are illustrated in colour and examined in depth, and exercises and tips aid in developing writing, editing, and presentation skills.

I don't get a whole lot of time to look through and experience all of our books but, after realising it's popularity, I took it upon myself to pick this little blighter up and have a bit of a read and it truly is a useful book. With so many of us setting up our own business, marketing our own products and promoting ourselves as creatives through means of blogging, it really is useful to know every which way to go about it and this book will certainly guide you in the right direction.


80 illustrations
216 pages
246 x 172 mm

Thursday, 17 June 2010


The new issue of Dazed has just arrived featuring M.I.A interview about her third album /\/\/\Y/\ (a title that is unrecognisable to online search engines but leads to a heated discussion on her current battles waged in cyberspace), as well as bombs, beats and babies. Shot by Rankin and accompanied by a printed iChat conversation between M.I.A and French director Romain Gavras, responsible for the controversial video for her “Born Free” video featuring ginger men and children being rounded up for slaughter.

Other artists smashing through the limits of decorum this month are Jack White and Alison Mosshart’s band The Dead Weather, who whip up a musical storm while on tour in New Orleans; Harmony Korine’s wife Rachel Korine, who undergoes a transformation from pretty young woman to the degraded, crotch-thrusting OAP who steals the show in her husband’s VHS offering Trash Humpers; and Italian director Lucio Fulci, the “torture porn pioneer” responsible for the grisly Zombie Flesh Eaters. The fashion this month takes inspiration from heroes and role models, resulting in three wildly different shoots by star photographers Richard Burbridge, Lina Scheynius and Pierre Debusschere. Plus: Wolfgang Tillmans fully exposed; Ariel Pink gets weird; Chris Rock’s new film Good Hair; and Magnum Photos member Alec Soth on the loneliest man in Missouri.


Wednesday, 16 June 2010

BRIGHT BRIGHT DAY, a book of previously unseen photographs by the legendary Russian filmmaker Andrey Tarkovsky (1932 - 1986) is another of our favourites. The book was published to coincide with the exhibition Polaroids by Andrey Tarkovsky at White Space Gallery in London as well as the release of a limited edition portfolio of polaroids.

Essay by Andrey Tarkovsky
Poems by Arseniy Tarkovsky
Translated by Kitty Hunter Blair
Introduction by Andrey A. Tarkvosky (Jr.)
Polaroids edited by Stephen Gill
Interview with Boris Groys


Tuesday, 15 June 2010


This book has been in stock at Material for a few weeks now and I was flicking through it the other day and just had to tell you about it. It is a fantastic photographic account of many backstage antics on some of the most famous sets in film history as documented by Mary Ellen Mark. Over the past 40 years, Mark has been given unprecedented access behind the scenes to create beautiful forthright pictures of actors and actresses such as Catherine Deneuve, Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson and Johnny Depp as well as some of the world's most celebrated directors.

It was a troublesome task picking out my favourites to show you as there are so many great photographs in this publication but I do adore this one of Burton sitting with one of the 40 trained squirrels that sorted nuts and attacked Veruca Salt in his remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...

...and this is a truly beautiful photograph of the late Patrick Swayze at home in California in 1995... no one can resist photograph of Belushi particularly when posing for a mugshot, which, in turn, brings me on to another wonderful photography book that caught my attention again recently called mugshots a fantastic and compelling photographic account of the famous, infamous and most wanted.

Seen Behind the Scene
Hardback | 290 x 214 mm | 264 pp
168 black and white photographs

270 B/W Illustrations | 288 pages | 7 1/2 x 9 1/16

I shall be putting these titles on our online shop very soon.