Friday, 23 December 2011

Merry Christmas

We would like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thank you to everyone for supporting us this year, you are very important to us and we really couldn't do it without you.
We hope to see you all again in the new year.

Red and gold screenprint by Karoline Rerrie.
Available at Here and Now.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

A Beano of an exhibition, 8th Nov - 31st Dec.

Nick Brennan is a freelance cartoonist who has worked for clients including the BBC, Oxford University Press, and our very own Falmouth Art Gallery. But perhaps most well-known are the comic strips that he's drawn for the Beano and the Dandy over the past twenty years. Over that time he's drawn a number of characters for both publications, and this exhibition features the original artwork, drawn in pen & ink, of a number of them.

Included are pages of his longest running character, Blinky, the all-round buffoon who has appeared in the Dandy for over 15 years. Also here are pages from the Beano strip "Crazy for Daisy", which ran for over a decade, and featured lovestruck young Ernest Valentine and Daisy, the object of his over-enthusiastic affections. Amongst a variety of other characters appearing is, perhaps, the most famous of the bunch, Billy Whizz, the fastest boy in the world, who appears in the Beano every week, drawn by Nick.

All the pages in this exhibition have appeared in print, albeit digitally coloured, and with speech bubbles added.

The exhibition runs from 8th Nov - 31st Dec at 41a Killigrew St. Falmouth. TR11 3PW.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Introducing Kiykera Brown

Kiykera Brown is a new Cornish designer specialising in whimsical illustrations of a burlesque nature.

Although born, raised and currently living in Cornwall she takes inspiration from nights out on the burlesque scene in Liverpool and her travels around the UK and Japan. Her favourite burlesque artist is Millie Dollar closely followed by her close friend, Miss Cherry Kitten.

Other inspiration comes from Japanese anime and manga and a love of figurative life drawing from an early age. Kiykera studied textiles, printing and design at Falmouth University and Swansea Metropolitan University and has done life drawing with Guy Noble of Central Saint Martin’s and Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School.

These cheeky illustrations use a combination of hand drawn and digital imagery to create a delightful 1950s inspired series of ‘modern pin-up girls’. Although slightly risqué Kiykera is very careful with the content of her drawings and is very against the over sexualisation of women in the modern world. Her drawings hark back to a much more innocent era where burlesque was very much about the dance and the tease and was a form of entertainment enjoyable by either sex.

Kiykera uses specially sourced crafters bottle tops as a vehicle for her images printing onto specialised decal paper and sealing with resin for a high quality finish. Her father’s side of the family lived for many years in Zimbabwe, where local women and children make art from bottle caps and found objects on the roadside. Gifts from her Grandmother, bought from these sellers whilst visiting in Africa, have inspired her use of found objects including recycling old lampshades, fabrics and plates for her series of home wares.

Kiykera Brown art and illustrations can be found on a range of handmade jewellery exclusive to the Here and Now Gallery and Kiykera’s own website or craft stalls. She is also working on expanding the range into home wares with lampshades, oven gloves, peg bags and decorative plates all being finalised in her studio for sale before Christmas! Many of her background images are inspired by her biro drawings of found objects and are about subverting the traditional floral prints of the textiles world. These images feature more prominently in her large prints on home wares and plates.

More information, news, new products and her blog can all be found on her website:

or through her facebook and twitter pages /kiykerabrown

Thank you for looking and have a lovely day!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

A Forest Tale - Mini Exhibition, on now till November

Tom Hubmann is an illustrator who currently resides in Cornwall where he enjoys long walks by the sea, looking for piskies and supping tea. Tom has just finished an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice, at the University of Falmouth.

During the winter of 2010 / 11, Tom begun work on ‘A Forest Tale’ which documents, celebrates and looks at some of the issues surrounding our relationship with trees.

The project takes the form of a mini exhibition and can best be described as being playful, with serious undertones. It includes screen prints, risograph prints, mono prints, narratives, postcards and even notebooks made entirely out of sheep poo.

Engaging the imagination in a playful manner, Tom’s work explores context, humour, wonderment and simplicity. It journeys through the realms of the unexpected, the absurd and the ‘what if?’.
Combining line drawing, pattern, texture and printmaking, the output can be quite diverse including comics, posters, tshirts and handcrafted books. He enjoys working in different formats allowing him to develop a different style to support the message of each individual project.

For forthcoming projects and recent work, please check out his website and blog.

Thank you for looking and have a lovely day.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Were back

It's been a while since I've posted anything on here but that doesn't mean that nothing exciting has been happenning, in fact I have been rather busy with our new arrival, a little baby boy. His arival has led us to make a few changes in the shop and we are now stocking a lot more gifts, a few homeware items from mellybee and even some baby bibs and other bits from hootchie mama.
We have decided to give the exhibitions a rest for a while to concentrate more on other things, but there is plenty of new artwork including some lovely prints from Bethan Buss and peskimo to come in and see.

Hope you've all had an amazing summer and we hope to see you soon.

Design a Tote bag Competition

COMPETITION: 2012, how do you see it?
To celebrate ‘London 2012’ Ally Capellino wants to collaborate with you!

When you buy something the Ally Capellino shops your purchases are popped into a fabric tote bag. We’ve previously celebrated our 30 years in business with original designs on these bags and now we want your ideas to be involved. The winners will receive a £200 voucher to be spent at Ally Capellino and will have their design printed on over 1000 bags. They will also be shared online, on this Tumblr site, Facebook, Twitter etc. So a seriously great opportunity to get some publicity for your work!
Click on the link for details of how to enter.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Something fishy going on

Mellybee is back with a new batch of work this week focusing on a nautical theme.
There are prints, tote bags, badges, magnets and teatowels all beautifully designed and finished by Melanie, come down to Falmouth soon for a closer look.

Thought I'd let you know Mel has also been interviewed by Burst Magazine for their latest issue on Typography. "Although I wouldn't say I was a Typesetter I do love to create quirky hand-drawn lettering and so you'll find a few of my newer pieces centred on my nautical theme are featured alongside the interview.
It was a bit of a surprise to be asked but I found the process a great way to reflect on where I was with my illustration/art practice and a helpful reminder of how I've progressed and where I'm going."

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Hello there Illustration Lovers!

Dazeray, the illustrative duo that is Daisy Whitehouse and Murray Somerville, are proud to tell you about our upcoming exhibition at the Here and Now gallery in Falmouth "You're My Favourite- A sweet and twisted illustration exhibition to remind you that everyone is good at something! "

This is Dazeray's second exhibition together, combining the beautiful charm of Daisy's sweet and fun characters alongside the intriguing yet disturbing, eccentric characters by Murray, creating a unique exhibition of both the good and the just plan weird of life!

The exhibition runs from 2nd-29th June and will include new original screenprints from Daisy, Display Comics from Murray and a collective alphabet between the two and a hand drawn window mural! (Also with badges, zines, posters too!!!) All of the intention to introduce a host of characters just eager to show off their best qualities and why they're our favourite, and so you too feel special, whether it be because you pick your nose or are the best at cuddles, we'll have a place for you!

For anyone interested in the exhibition but unable to make it in June, we will be taking extensive photographs of the whole set-up and put them up on the net, but we are planning to expand on this theme and take the exhibition back to london, so if anyone is interested in putting the exhibition up further on this year, then again get in touch!

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Tea Competition

Artist Melanie Chadwick has kindly offered some of her wonderful designs to give away to coincide with her I ♥ Tea exhibition, which runs until the end of May at the Here and Now Gallery, 41a Killigrew Street, Falmouth. There are zines, tea-towels, framed originals, painted plates and mugs all on the theme of Tea at the exhibition.
To be in with a chance to win some of Melanie’s pieces of I ♥ Tea art simply follow the link

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Tokens and Totems

Coming up in May we have a solo show by Bristol based artist Elsie Jones.

Elsie says: 'I am influenced by folk art, such as Kachina dolls and simple primitive figures, but also by vintage plastic toys and pop culture. I am interested in the combination and fusion of all these elements, along with other interests and influences, such as textile art and costume, feminine and domestic handicrafts, vintage kitsch and graphics, collections, old toys and comic characters, pattern, decoration, and embellishment.I hoard colourful, decorative, vintage or weird found objects, and combine them with my drawing, crochet, embroidery and collage.'

The show will run from May 5th-27th.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Anyone for Tea?

Hello! this month we have doubled the reasons for visiting the gallery with not one but two shows up on the walls. Alongside Barnaby Purdy's excellent Visitants robots we have a super tea themed show by newcomer to Falmouth Melanie Chadwick. Melanie is an artist living and working in the UK. She graduated in 2002 with a degree in Fine Art and from 2006-2008 had the opportunity to live in Hong Kong. Since returning to the UK she has been developing her own art practice in painting, illustration and design.

"I have exhibited my fine art in galleries around the North East of Scotland, and am building my Mellybee brand where I showcase quirky illustrations ready for print, textiles and web. More recently I have been creating illustrations for children’s books. I sell via etsy and other independent boutiques both online and on the street."

All of Melanie's work is very affordable and would make great presents for Easter, as well as lasting longer and having a lot less calories than Easter eggs too.

You can see Melanies work in the gallery throughout April and May.

Friday, 25 March 2011

The Visitants - Barnaby Purdy

Barnaby lives by the sea with some cats. He draws a lot and doesn't get out a much as he needs. But pencils are his friends, they hang out lots and go on big adventures together.

The show at Here and now is all new work and not been seen before. It is entitled "Just passing through" and is the first part of an ongoing project called "The Visitants". "Just passing through" features a series of robot visitors to earth, good and evil.

Each piece is a lino print that has been cut specifically for the background images which have come from a set of encyclopaedias form 1972, and printed on to the original page. Once dried, they are drawn again in graphite on top of the print. Due to the vintage images used there is only one chance to get it right meaning each is unique and a one off.
"The encyclopaedias used are a set that my grandparents had that I used to pour through in wonder at the age of 5, I recently rediscovered some of these books in a charity shop. The pictures within them now had an added power of nostalgia, and I knew I had to do something with them and share their forgotten beauty, and giant robots were the obvious theme to help achieve this". will be up and running in a couple of days, but only as a one page promo until the show opens and all images will be viewable. - portfolio site

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Friday, 25 February 2011

Nudge, Nudge.

February seems to have flown past real quick what with Valentines Day and travelling to Bristol to collect some copies of the latest issues of High Fructose magazine, it seems that Sarah Dennis's show has only just started but in fact it's almost time for the next one to begin.

Coming up next we are delighted to be showing work by the wonderful Peepshow Collective.

Peepshow was founded in 2000 by graduates of the University of Brighton to facilitate self promotion, share clients and collaborate. Since then, as a collective and as individuals, we have worked extensively within the areas of illustration, advertising, art direction, moving image, set design, mixed media installation and fashion and textile design. As illustrators they have frequently appeared in publications such as The Guardian, The Observer, The Telegraph and The New York Times and their work regularly features in Creative Review, Design Week and Varoom. They have been asked to contribute to many books on the subject of illustration including Pen & Mouse, Illusive, The Fundamentals of Illustration, Picture Book and Hand To Eye. Collectively Peepshow’s moving image work has been featured at ‘onedotzero: adventures in motion’ at the ICA, ‘Counter:Vision’ at The Hayward Gallery and as part of ‘Pictoplasma’ in New York as well as appearing on channels such as the BBC, Channel 4 and MTV. With this
eclectic approach, different experiences and individual skills they offer a unique and exciting approach to ideas and imagery.

Peepshow is Luke Best, Jenny Bowers, Miles Donovan, Chrissie Macdonald, Pete
Mellor, Marie O’Connor, Andrew Rae, Elliot Thoburn, Lucy Vigrass and Spencer Wilson.

Friday, 21 January 2011

We need your support please

Please, please, please can you visit and write at least 60 characters of lovely things about us! Everyone will be entered into a great draw with some seriously great prizes, so it's well worth spreading the love. Thanks

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Happy New Year!!

I'd like to wish all our customers a very happy and prosperous 2011, and thank you for your support.
We have some superb exhibitions lined up for this year, starting with Sarah Dennis, Catching the Big Fish, on 5th February, so plenty to look forward to here, but first we are having a bit of a sale and have some huge discounts on a selection of things in store.
Make sure you come and have a look before it's all gone.