All the trimmings!

December 4, 2019By LestaretIllustration 2 Comments

I spent the majority of October feverishly working away on a project which is now starting to appear in some rather swanky places but I thought I’d wait until it was at least the same month as Christmas before sharing it. Luxury leather goods brand Smythsons of Bond Street commissioned some unique displays to promote … Read More

Bang!

October 28, 2019By LestaretGraphics 2 Comments

In a few days here in the UK we will celebrate Guy Fawkes Night (or Bonfire Night); a strange annual custom that originated from a foiled attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 and is currently marked by the lighting of communal bonfires, burning effigies of the hapless conspirator, and the setting … Read More

Ex Libris

August 29, 2019By LestaretGraphics, Opinion No Comments

I rediscovered a book in my collection that got me thinking and thought I’d share it here. I think it is an elegant example of celebrating a niche area of graphic design that has largely disappeared – bookplates. Little personalised labels that are pasted into books to identify the person, collection or library the whom … Read More

Sing Along!

June 23, 2019By LestaretGraphics, Illustration 1 Comment

All together now! Who doesn’t love a good sing song! Especially when we’re young! My friend Jon Lawrence (also known as The Music Man!) has just released another collection of original songs for children – with illustrations by yours truly! Here’s just a little taste of what’s inside… Published by Eyrie Press, this is the … Read More

The Mausoleum of the Giants

March 19, 2019By LestaretArt No Comments

I am pleased to have been able to see ‘The Mausoleum of the Giants’ in Sheffield this weekend. It is an unusual exhibition by the street artist Phlegm in one of the city’s old factories and well worth a visit! The exhibition has a number of large sculptural figures and creatures as well as smaller … Read More

The Vinyl Countdown

January 30, 2019By LestaretMusic No Comments

Some of you may recall a fairly regular feature on my old blog on items from my old vinyl record collection (and my dad’s too). Just as vinyl has made a remarkable return to the fore, I too will be returning to my old stash for the blog. This has been inspired by my daughter’s … Read More

Colour me pink

January 16, 2019By LestaretOpinion No Comments

Each January since the dawn of the 21st century (I’ve always wanted to write that – it sounds better than since the year 2000) there has been a proclamation made by the high council of all things colour – the ‘PANTONE® Color of the Year’  whereby a mysterious coven of colour alchemists (I’m sticking with the … Read More

Happy New Year

January 8, 2019By LestaretGraphics 4 Comments

New years resolutions don’t usually feature in my life, but I have decided to put more effort into blogging after the dismal efforts last year, so I guess this can be classed as a resolution. I hope you all had a great holiday and that you gave and received a few good pressies too. I … Read More

A Long Time Coming

June 15, 2018By Lestaretasemic 1 Comment

For the last few days I have been posting some small asemic teasers on Instagram. Oh yes, my asemic mojo has been revived… For those of you who are new around here and are not too sure of what asemic is, you might want to read this first. Trust me, it will make sense of … Read More

Pulping the pulp

May 23, 2018By LestaretPaper No Comments

I’ve been taking advantage of the recent warm weather to get some pulp prepared ready for some papermaking during the summer. I’ve been storing offcuts, spoils and spares of a wide range of papers and cards that I have used during the last year – mainly cartridge/watercolour stuff as this has good fibres for repulping, … Read More