10:54 am - Mon, Jul 14, 2014

German Precision

Germany are the World Cup champions, but they are a Fred Aldous champion too!

Whether it be Leuchtturm1917 notebooks or Marabu silk paints, German precision has helped produce some of the finest products in our shop. We take a look at a few of our German manufacturers and find out a bit more about them.

#1 Faber-Castell


In 1761, Kasper Faber was a cabinet maker in a small town in Germany…

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Sketchpad Artist: Caroline Dowsett

Caroline Dowsett is one of the 11 local artists we asked to design a cover for out very own Sketchpad range. Working mainly in gouache and inks, she is inspired by the simple pleasures in life, comics and mid century children’s books.

We caught up with Caroline to find out a bit more about her.

Tell us a bit about the idea behind your sketchbook cover?


It’s quite simply a celebration of all the…

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10:13 am - Wed, Jul 9, 2014

Introducing: Fred Aldous Cork


Did you know that cork is the bark of the Cork Oak tree and is harvested every nine years without any tree being felled during the process?

Cork is a completely natural raw material and has unique properties which give it an unrivalled character. It is light, impermeable to liquids and gases, elastic and compressible, provides thermal and acoustic insulation, it is a fire retardant and highly…

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5:57 am - Tue, Jul 8, 2014
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Sketchpad Artist: Daniel Russell

Daniel Russell is one of the 11 artists to design a cover for our new Sketchpad range. Based in Islington Mill, Daniel is a multidisciplinary designer and one third of Risograph print collective Mono.

We spoke to Daniel to find out a bit more about his work.

Tell us about your sketchbook cover?

I originally did a cover based on the Bristol Stool Chart, as I thought I was producing a drawing for…

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9:40 am - Fri, Jul 4, 2014

Liverpool Biennial

The Liverpool Biennial opens tomorrow and we’re looking forward to taking a trip over and seeing all that they have on offer. With exhibitions, events, talks and participatory events Liverpool will be awash with art and creative goings on until the 26 October.


This year the Biennial exhibition is titled Needle Walks into a Haystack and spans the Bluecoat, FACT, The Old Blind School, Tate…

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The Fred Aldous World Tour: America All Stars

It’s Independence Day today and our friends across the pond will be partying like it’s 1776! In honour of the star spangled banner we’re turning the spotlight on some of our American All Stars right here in Freds:

#1 Field Notes

Field Notes are a firm favourite for stationary worshippers and notebook addicts. The Draplin Design Company of Portland and Chicago’s Coudal Partners saw the fading…

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9:12 am - Tue, Jul 1, 2014

Ministry of Craft: Stop! Hama Time!

This week, the Ministy of Craft show us that Hama Beads aren’t just for rainy days or kids!

“We, the office team at Ministry of Craft, have six children under eight between us. Consequently Hama beadsare a big part of our lives and the perfect rainy day activity. But who said it was just kids that get all the Hama bead action?  With a fab range of fun colours, (including glow in the dark!) and…

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4:30 am - Fri, Jun 27, 2014
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We Love Jennie Maizels Letters!

With our recent typography craze, thanks to Amy Rodchester’s amazing window display, we thought we’d have to tell you about Jennie Maizels and her fantastic new iron on patch letters.

We Love Jennie Maizels Letters!

With our recent typography craze, thanks to Amy Rodchester’s amazing window display, we thought we’d have to tell you about Jennie Maizels and her fantastic new iron on patch letters.

5:18 am - Thu, Jun 26, 2014

Ministry of Craft Summer Sale

The lovely ladies at Ministry of Craft are offering first dibs on their summer sale!


There’s £5 off all and any of these courses when entering code SUMMER5 at the checkout:

Mix and Mould: Modern resin jewellery (5 July only)
Sew Simple: Introduction to hand embroidery
Knit It Now: Stunning wire beaded jewellery
Sew your own knickers!
Sew a gorgeous girls dress
Sweets & Treats: Fimo & shrink plastic…

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11:33 am - Tue, Jun 24, 2014

Meet a Maker / John Powell-Jones

John Powell-Jones, a printmaker based in Manchester, is one of the ten local artists who have created a set of limited edition covers for our own sketchpad range.  John’s practice incorporates illustration with fine art and draws heavily from his knowledge and experience of traditional print processes. He runs his own print studio in Islington Mill Studios, Salford, where he produces his own work…

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