11:43 am - Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Sketchpad Artist: Alex T Frazer

We asked 11 local artists to design a limited edition cover for our Fred Aldous Sketchpads and Alex T Frazer is the fifth of our Sketchpad artist’s that we would like to introduce you to. Describing himself as an illustrator with an old soul, Alex likes to keep a traditional element to his work which is reflected in his limited edition cover.

Take a look at the full Fred Aldous Sketchpad range he…

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9:44 am - Fri, Jul 25, 2014

Barbara Kruger

As you all know we have a bit of a thing for typography, which is why we love Barbara Kruger. With a major solo exhibition now on at Modern Art Oxford, we have decided to find out a bit more about her and the works that will be on show.

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Barbara Kruger came to prominence in the 1980′s, and is known, alongside contemporaries such as Cindy Sherman and Sherrie Levine as one of the key feminist…

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5:00 am - Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Yuck Print House


Yuck Print House will be opening the doors to their permanent gallery space in Chorlton, Manchester this Saturday the 26 July 2014. Promising to provide “contemporary and beautiful eye-food from a friendly and relaxed setting” Yuck have a range of prints from local and international artists, including our Fred Aldous Sketchpad artists Steve Hockett, Aliyah Hussain, John Powell-Jones and Textbook…

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11:28 am - Mon, Jul 21, 2014
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Ministry of Craft: Our 5 Fave Crafty Pinners

If you didn’t already know, Pinterest is a brilliant place to gather together future projects, free tutorials, party plans and all kinds of inspiration. Here’s five of our all-time fave pinners to get your crafty taste buds tingling:


1. Etsy. One of my best friends wore a handmade wedding dress from Etsy at her wedding this weekend. It was PERFECT. And Etsy is the perfect place to buy handmade,…

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Sketchpad Artist: Aliyah Hussain

Aliyah Hussain is one of the 11 artists we asked to design a limited edition cover for our new Sketchpad range. Based in Manchester, Aliyah is a visual artist and one third of the Volkov Commanders. Her work ranges from printmaking and photography to performance and explores utopian, ritualistic and futuristic themes.


Take a look at the Fred Aldous limited edition Sketchpad range here.

We spoke…

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7:14 am - Sun, Jul 20, 2014

Tom Frost exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Tom Frost, The Wild Collection (installation view) Photo Jonty Wild

We love our range of Tom Frost cards which is why we were so excited to hear that he has an exhibition of his work currently on at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Tom studied illustration at Falmouth College of Art, graduating in 2001. His work is inspired by his passion for old matchboxes, vintage tin toys, folk art and children’s books. Taking inspiration from the landscape and wildlife of Yorkshire…

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8:41 am - Thu, Jul 17, 2014

Tour - Whitworth Art Gallery: Past, Present and Future

WAG redevelopment. Artist's Impression of Exterior View

The Whitworth Art Gallery has been undergoing a major redevelopment which will extend the public spaces within the gallery; including a state of the art learning centre, a collections access zone and brand new exhibition spaces.

The gallery reopens with a major exhibition from Cornelia Parkeron the 25 October and a celebration of the Whitworth’s eclectic collection. But if you can’t wait till…

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Ministry of Craft is hiring!

Ministry of Craft is hiring! If you’re a highly organised individual with excellent administration skills then the part-time Operations Supervisor role could be right up your street.

Ministry of Craft is hiring!

Ministry of Craft is hiring! If you’re a highly organised individual with excellent administration skills then the part-time Operations Supervisor role could be right up your street.

9:02 am - Wed, Jul 16, 2014

Cork mountain coaster tutorial


This week Diana from Pygmy Cloud shares with us her simple little tutorial to make these fun mountain coasters. A fun and functional way to protect your tables using our new range of Fred Aldous cork sheet. Cork is water resistant, provides thermal insulation and is durable – perfect coaster making material!

- 3mm cork sheet
- paint brush
- white acrylic paint
- X-Acto knife
- metal…

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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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