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celebrating new wave craft in the uk #1

We celebrate:
6  Pica Picks
7  Carrot Cupcakes
8  The Letterpress Queen
Interview with Aina Bergerud
11  Fire Starter
12  Make a Stand
Investigating Craftivism
17  Riverboat Love Affair
23  Pretty Little Bird
Interview with Anke Weckmann
27  What's Going On?
Join the dots
28  The Devil’s in the Detail
Copycat craft
31  Drawn In
The Scribble Project
33  Curiouser and Curiouser
Journey down the rabbit hole
34  Tied Up in Notts
Pica Pica city guide
36  A Day at the Races!
A fascinator instructional
38  Craft Britannia
UK clubs and collectives
42  Kawaii 101
A lesson in cute
45  Love is in the Air
48  Felt Up
50  Je Suis un Oignon
A plush project to make you cry
53  Kate’s Aviary
Colour it in
54  Pica Pica Wants You!
Cover competition results
56  Reviews

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Greetings stranger
Contributors: Feel very privileged to be holding your  
Christine and David Penfold, 
Gemma Latimer, Amy Blackwell, copy of the first issue of Pica Pica Magazine  
Geoff Webb, Christine Nairne, 
Brian Fitzgerald, Annalisa D’Urbano,  - it’s like gold dust!
Lisa Hack, Jo Want, Kate Broughton,
Lucia Biagi, DK Goldstein  
Traditionally, craft titles have stuck to the seriously outdated ‘hobbies’ market
Pica Pica Magazine is a project  – none of them have been brave enough to really tackle the UK’s flourishing
created by a team of MA Publishing
students at the London College of ‘alt-craft’ scene. These are exciting times and Pica Pica Magazine represents all
Communication, London SE1 6SB. that is innovative and captivating about craft and handmade creativity in the UK
Printed on Robert Horne Revive right now.
100% Recycled Paper Sure, there are countless websites out there – but who doesn’t love that feeling
Cover design by Stephanie Baxter
of sitting back with a cup of tea and absorbing the beauty of a magazine in print?
©2010 Pica Pica. All work remains Pica Pica is something to touch, collect and truly appreciate. We aim to inspire
copyright of individual contributors you to make, sew, colour, bake, cut, paste, knit or create with insightful inter-
and owners. No part of this magazine views, articles, fun projects and inspirational finds.
may be reproduced without prior
permission of the copyright holder. So, what’s in the first issue? We investigate the attraction of the UK for migrat-
ing young creatives by discovering the lost art of letterpress with Norwegian designer Aina Bergerud and delve into the life of Anke Weckmann, a German- born illustrator who sees London as her spiritual home.
We’ve scoured the country to find the UK’s best clubs and collectives and
unearth Nottingham’s crafty side. We also hand pick some Alice In Wonderland
themed finds to tie in with the release of Tim Burton’s remake and present three
fantastic beginner-level projects to get your creative teeth into.

So, read on for these and much more!

We’d like to thank our contributors for their wonderful work, Desmond O’Rourke,
David Penfold and Keith Martin for their continual support and guidance
throughout this project, Tony Yard, Scott House, Jim McBride and Robert Saints
from the LCC print team for helping bring our vision to life and all those great
folks who’ve championed us through Facebook and Twitter. 

Love and stitches,

and the Secret Squirrel Society x

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The Letterpress Queen
Balancing her time between her work as a graphic designer and  
as a dedicated letterpress artist, Aina Bergerud shares her inspiring
account of how she fell in love with the lost art of letterpress.
words by gillian harris and cat millar
photos by cat millar and aina bergerud

Pica Pica’s Gillian and Cat met Aina Bergerud on a To start with the basics, what is letterpress? Basically every
Saturday morning bright and early. They were told that single letter is individual. So, to actually set a word you
she was a morning person, which worked well for Gillian need to physically put them together. There are different
because she is one as well! Even if they hadn’t known blocks and brakes, different names like leads, rulers and
she loved mornings, they would have assumed so from furniture. There are different sizes and measurements.
her bubbly personality and passionate conversation. As You have to put them all together into a form that doesn’t
publishing students immersed in the evolution from move. If it moves, it’s not a very good print. Sometimes
print to digital, Aina and her letterpress is a refreshing things don’t turn out how you want, so you have to move
look at print as art. the type and try again. I always take a picture of my prints
so I can keep a record of how each one looks physically.

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You initially came to London to study graphic design, how
did you get into letterpress? I took my Masters in
Graphics at London Metropolitan University. I had
learned about letterpress during my BA but never got to
use one. When I came here to go to university they had
a letterpress room. I’m a total typography geek, so I was
like, “Wow letters, lets try it!” I got so fascinated that I
did my whole Masters project on letterpress. I spent three
whole months alone in that room. some
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So is setting up a letterpress piece time consuming? It depends ess w o
on what it is. If it is a simple piece it can take 15 to 20
minutes but other pieces can take days. Sometimes you
have an idea of how you want your print to be but it can be
frustrating because letterpress is very limited, especially
bigger size fonts because the bigger sizes are always made
of wood and the pieces can be worn out, or damaged or
missing some letters. For instance, you will want to print
the word “Hope” but there is no “o!”

Is there any way to design your own letterpress letters?
Yes, you can do it several different ways. You can make
a design and send it to a plaque maker. He makes metal
plates that replace the individual type, a precursor to
offset plates in a way. I’ve never done this but I had a
two-week internship at a letterpress studio, during my
MA and they did this a lot to make logos and business
cards. These are digital files, which are made into plates.
I did some research and thought about doing this with So does this mean you haven’t done many collaborations with
one of my posters but it’s very expensive! It’s nice to have other letter pressers? No, I haven’t done that yet. It’s good
because you can use the plate over and over again. in a way, because in Norway I haven’t found anyone that
does letterpress. I know a couple of universities that have
Where do you get all of your letters? Do you buy any letters from a letterpress room but the students don’t use them often
markets? There are people that sell their stuff when they and it is not a big part of their education. At the moment
retire, or even give it away. There are also places where I’m setting some pieces in Norwegian and English as
you can exchange fonts. If you go to Spitalfields it’s really my friend at home can sell them in her shop. I’ll be at an
hard to find the same fonts because they split them up. advantage, because nobody else is selling letterpress art
This is really annoying because it is so hard to differen- in Norway!
tiate them. It can look cool when every letter is not the
same but sometimes you want to use the same font. It is How are you going to showcase your work? Are you thinking
also really expensive when they split them up like that! about an exhibit? I have a friend from university who’s
setting up a group of students and young professionals
Do you know many other people who do letterpress? I am a to share their design work. I’m also going to set up a blog
member of a letterpress discussion group, with people with pictures of my work.
from all over the world but mainly Americans. They post
things during the night and I read them during the day. What do you think you will charge for one print? I am not
It’s very cool, I would love to go to America and try to sure, that’s the hard part. I went to an exhibition of two
meet some of them. very famous artists, Alan Kitching and Celia Stothard,

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who are based in London. They are great, and
sell their posters for £1000. As long as I can
sell my artwork, and people know about it,  
I don’t really care about how much they pay!

Do you do any other hobbies or crafts? I plan
on doing some small books with letterpress
and hand binding them. I learned how to do
this during my MA. It looks simple, like it is
handmade but I like stuff like that. I made
a small book for my friend for her birthday
with letterpress and when I gave it to her she
started crying!

It must be refreshing because everything is so
digital now. Do you think that this is part of
the appeal? Yes, it is. It’s not because I hate
digital. I have a Mac and I love it! It’s about
getting both sides. I think it has to do with
how I grew up in the countryside and am
used to being outside and using my hands
physically. I’m not very good at drawing but
wanted to do something with my hands, I
found letterpress!

How long have you been doing letterpress for?
It is nice to see someone so passionate about
something! One and a half years. For my MA
exhibition I wanted to show why I enjoy it so
much. I brought washable ink from Norway,
made some wooden blocks and had several
different papers to print on, so people could
see what it was like. Everyone loved it!

Finally then, if you could leave behind one object
for the world to remember you by what would it
be? I would leave a huge letterpress poster
that spans the whole room. Whatever it is,  
it HAS to be with letterpress!

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Fire Starter
About Materials
This dragon is for your little sister, or for your girlfriend, Toilet roll tube
or for your father who just doesn’t understand! Scissors
Sticky tape
words and images by geoff webb Your choice of paper

Print out the template ( Remember to cut out the tabs on the template to
dragon). Try sketching it out in small form first – cut help with gluing, folding and taping. I’d recommend

it out and try folding it to see if the dimensions are
working. If not, you can tweak them for the real
3 colouring the paper with watercolour pencils before
you cut out the individual pieces. Draw the head so
thing. You might find that even with the real thing, that you can fold it into shape with the help of some
you’ll have to make more folds in order to make it tape.
The back legs look the same as the forelegs, but bigger
Think profile! What do you want your dragon to look so as to elevate the hips more angled towards the rear.
like from the side? While a 3D head is cool, most 4 Make the top tabs larger to curl over the body. Fold
2 people don’t mind if their dragons have flat limbs the feet down so the ankles are kind of springy like
that look good from the side (as long as they hold up accordions.
the body!)
Wrap paper around the toilet paper roll to make the
5 body and tape it all together. You can decorate with
spikes on the back, or wings or anything that takes
your fancy. There you have it! Taadaa!

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Make a Stand
Delve a little deeper into the UK craft scene and it soon becomes clear
that many of those involved are seeking to create change and promote
awareness for issues that are often ignored. Wanting to find out more
about this underground movement, Pica Pica sent journalist DK  
Goldstein on a mission to find out what it means to be a craftivist.
words by dk goldstein
pictures by carrie reichardt and sarah corbett

Remember the days when an -ism wasn’t a flashing these never leave the lips lightly, and when they do those
beacon of trepidation but something to cushion your lips mean serious business. It’s difficult not to see them
beliefs like a mollifying hug? Socialism, communism, shrouded in social awkwardness, so for craft to amalga-
veganism, even fascism, was something that was going mate with activism under the guise of craftivism is a bold
to save us at one point or another, something to take com- step, especially when activism is seen as confrontational
fort in. If you weren’t happy with a dose of bolshevism by the unapprised.
you’d whack on some Mussolini, he’d sort you out with Originally coined in 2002 by the Goldsmiths graduate
an -ism better fitted to your liking. But nowadays we’re and craft queen, Betsy Greer when her friend combined
drowned in despondent -isms – sexism, racism, ageism – two common words in Greer’s vocabulary, the term

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‘craftivism’ didn’t fully catch on until her first book, anarchic tiles, mosaics and ceramic pieces around the
Knitting for Good, was published in November 2008. Greer world for years and believes that craftivism works as
believes that it’s about the “not-so-radical notion that a better alternative to old-hat petitions and banners.
activists can be crafters, and crafters can be activists,” “Compare a normal stall with political leaflets on it with a
and one person who agrees with that is Sarah Corbett, the beautiful mosaic covered truck or large knitted banner,”
founder of London-based Craftivist Collective. As well she muses. “It’s obvious which one will attract more
as lobbying her local MPs and boycotting major brands people. Often the art allows conversations to open up and
such as Topshop and Primark, Corbett uses her “creativ- for more of an exchange of ideas to take place.” As well
ity to make the public aware of the struggles people are as being involved in a number of community projects,
still going through.” In the year that the group has been such as the mural under the Westway in Ladbroke Grove
established they have hosted events such as the ‘Craftiv- as part of the Mutate Britain Winter Show, she was also
ism Corner’ at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, to recently artist in residence with the SHP (Single Home-
make badges, wishes and banners on themes surround- less People) charity, running mosaic workshops.
ing the conflict in Sudan and collaborated with Oxfam
to hold creative campaigning workshops. “I wanted to be I wanted to be surrounded by
surrounded by like-minded people and change the world like-minded people and change
for the better,” states Corbett. “I couldn’t find a group in the world for the better
London that did that, so I decided to set up my own.”
Another renowned craftivist on the scene is Carrie With all those heavily involved in the craftivism scene
Reichardt, who acts regularly with political prisoners in being girls, it may seem a daunting, feminist terrain to
mind. She works from her home, The Treatment Rooms, enter into if you’re a like-minded guy trying to get your
“the UK’s only ceramic house of resistance” as she calls foot in the door. But unlike second-wave feminists of
it, which, for the last eight years has been covered in previous generations, who cast off their homely duties
ongoing mosaic art. Reichardt has been placing her with scorn, these third-wave feminists are all about a DIY

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philosophy, self-sufficiency and change. So it’s encouraging be left by the door? “Never!” argues Corbett feistily.
to see that in 2005 four blokes got together and founded “The core element of craftivism is to make people In an attempt to overthrow capitalism through aware of issues and encourage them to act as well as
craft and cut out the middle man, thereby connecting the think about injustices in the world,” she explains.
buyer directly to the seller, Rob Kalin, Chris Maguire, But there are other organisations who dispute that
Haim Schoppik and Jared Tarbell started up a website that acting through craft will raise further awareness
made people feel like individuals again. In their ‘Alchemy’ than, say, a good old sit-in. LCAP (London Coalition
customers can appeal for custom made items and sellers Against Poverty), a direct action advocacy group
will begin a bidding war in the hope that they’ll be the one to help iron out injustices by offering legal advice and
make and supply those desirables. organising demos rather than just raising awareness
“No one likes to show up at a party wearing the same through discussion. “If you’re trying to bring up kids
dress as someone else,” writes Greer on the in London on the minimum wage, you probably don’t
blog. Up until the Industrial Revolution clothes were made have time left over in your day for cross-stitch,” puts
to fit the individual, rather than the individual squeezing in Roy Marmelstein, a spokesperson for LCAP. “The
themselves into those ‘it-says-size-10-I’m-usually-a-10’ appeal seems very much for students and seasoned
jeans or constantly grappling with that dress that won’t sit politicos. You can’t change anything without the
properly because they ‘simply had to have it’, and all acts in support of all sections of the community.” But
craft are helping us to achieve individualism. Early last year Corbett explains that “lots of people who join [the
the Etsy craftivism team had a debate over certain members Craftivist Collective] feel that the activist world can
not being in it for the right reasons and if reasons were even be elitist, scary, judgmental and extreme in views.”
relevant when it comes to craft. Conservative members And this is where craftivism comes in, to form a less
of the group believed that the Modus Operandi assumed intimidating environment and provide you with a
a liberal agenda and argued that as they all had different cushy stepping stone into a world of activism, where
beliefs, politics should not be brought into it. Should politics you can act and change the world at your own pace.

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Love Affair
One of East London’s finest places and means of
transportation must be the Shoreditch Canal.
Whether taking a stroll, cycling or feeding the
ducks, the canal gives London an unmistakably
romantic touch. Our favourite location on the canal
is a hole in the wall coffee shop, which appears to you
out of nowhere and sells delightful coffee and cakes!
Embracing this romantic feeling, Pica Pica gathered
their best second hand pieces and turned them into
inspiring nautical outfits. Whether you prefer  
dressing as Captain, Cabin Wench or even Best Mate,
Pica Pica wants to show you how even a regular day in
the city can be transformed into a  
Riverboat Love Affair.

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photos by brian fitzgerald
model: lisa hack
stylist: annalisa d'urbano
assistants: cat millar and elena biagi
words and direction by gillian harris

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by Heidi Kenney

Pretty Little Bird
Pica Pica takes a peek into the whimsical world of  
illustrator Anke Weckmann and finds out what it’s like to
see your first paid work in print.
words by belinda johnson and natalie ridgway
illustrations and photos by anke weckmann

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Anke is a freelance illustrator who draws the most gor- What was your first ever paid commission? How did you feel
geous of images – mainly cute indie girls wearing quirky when you saw it in use? My first commission was a young
outfits, rosy cheeks, and super sweet shoes. Chubby fiction book called Roar, Bull, Roar, which I illustrated for
cats, enchanting plants, flowers and loved-up couples Frances Lincoln Publishers. It was surreal to
also feature prominently in Anke’s work. When she’s see my work in print for the first time. And a little anti-
not working on one of her many commissions, Anke’s climatic, because it never quite looks like you imagined.
probably tending to her Etsy shop, selling digital prints,
greeting cards and other small trinkets like magnets, You are seen as being quite successful as an illustrator – are
mirrors and pendants, to her numerous fans across the you making enough money to live off or is it still a struggle?
globe. Anke sells and works under the name of Linotte, I still feel like I am just starting out in many ways. I can
which means ‘pretty little bird’ in French, perfectly live off illustration now and spend all my days drawing
summing up her distinctive style for all things beautiful. and doing what I really want to do, so I’m very happy.
Originally from Germany near Hannover, Anke
moved to London in 2001 where she studied illustration Do you use an agent, or have any thoughts on using agents?
at Camberwell Arts College and Kingston University. I made a choice to work without an agent, because I want
Since graduating in 2005, she has built up her portfolio to learn as much as possible about every aspect of the
to include an impressive roster of clients, including the job. I think it’s important to know about pricing jobs,
likes of The Guardian, Channel 4, Newsweek, and Vogue dealing with contracts and knowing about finances and
Italia. Pica Pica decided to catch up with Anke to find out of course, promotion. It’s a learning curve but it gives you
more about what makes her tick. confidence to deal with all the difficulties along the way.

What was it about the UK that attracted you to come and study It was surreal to see my work
here? I decided that I wanted to live in England when I was in print for the first time.
about 12 years old. I just loved learning the language and And a little anti-climatic,
probably had a very romanticised idea I got from films because it never quite looks
and books. Years later I was studying fashion design in like you imagined.
Germany and was very unhappy, so I thought – it’s now or
never. It was the best decision I ever made. Where do you do your work? What does your desk look like on
an average day? I work from home, which I love. I have
Do you think it’s important to be somewhere like London, two big tables that get ridiculously messy when I work, no
as a creative place, or could you work anywhere? matter how many times I tidy them up…
Theoretically as an illustrator you could work from any-
where, as long as you have everything you need to create Is there one piece that stands out in your portfolio that sums
your work. I definitely feel some sort of ‘vibe’ in London. you up as an illustrator or that you are most proud of?
I can work much better here than from my parents’ house No, not really. Whenever I finish an illustration I’ve
for example, which is in a very small town. already moved to the next thing in my head.

Were you very arty at school – what other things were you We know time is an issue for any freelance artist, but do you
interested in? I always really liked drawing, although the do any other crafting in your spare time? I like knitting, it’s
art classes at school weren’t always very good, which I nice to knit while watching a movie. Sometimes I think of
found frustrating. I was always really good at English, sewn projects for my Etsy shop, but there’s never enough
and I liked maths. time for those. I really want to make a quilt this year, I
hope I can find the time for it.
If you weren’t working as an illustrator what else do you think
you’d be doing? I really don’t know, I think illustration is What advice would you give to any budding artist or crafter
perfect for me. In another life I would like to be a dancer, looking to break into the world of freelance? I think you have
I think it must be amazing. (I don’t have any talent for it to really, really want it, work very hard and have a lot of
in this life). patience.

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What’s Going On?
illustration by geoff webb

Did you know… Marvin Gaye loved to crochet?

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The Devil’s in the Detail
Pica Pica looks at how the Internet has opened  
a Pandora’s box of copyright issues and investigates the  
effect on independent craft and design.
words by cat millar and belinda johnson
illustrations by gemma latimer /

The Internet! It’s killing the music industry, television, movies…
you know the score. But that’s nothing to do with craft, right? Sure,
at some point, we’ve all probably downloaded a few songs or shared Pica Pica’s top tips!
a film online and why feel guilty? There’s always the Robin Hood
defence: steal from the rich to give to the poor. But what happens Copyright DOES exist on the web so
when the tables are turned? make it clear from the outset that you
Take the music industry as an example: if an unsigned band is mean intellectual property business!
any good it’s likely a record company will sign them up. That band
probably had a Myspace page, or similar, which contributed to their Display your © everywhere!
success. So why is it when independent designers promote their Make sure to exert it by marking your
work online, they increasingly find that, rather than helping them name on all copies of your work, along
win a commission, the medium has left them exposed to intellectual with the date and country. Also consider
property theft? the use of Creative Commons licensing.
Anyone with an interest in art, design or craft is probably aware of Don’t forget your text
the grey area of ‘borrowed’ ideas and may have even come to accept it Editorial content is covered by copyright.
as inevitable. If you’re talented, people will want to emulate you. The Watermark your images
art world even legitimises this to an extent through such genres as A translucent but hard to remove water-
appropriation art, in which exponents such as Jeff Koons and Sherrie mark is an effective way to discourage
Levine reinterpret or recontextualise the work of other artists. image theft online, but it doesn’t mean
Modern art is all very well, but when it comes to real life, copying just they have to be ugly.
isn’t acceptable to the few feisty independents who’ve had enough. Keep a log of everything you do
For a number of years now, websites like You Thought We Wouldn’t Record and have a copy of everything,
Notice have been naming and shaming the copycats and chronicling including written content that may no
the countless designs that have appeared a little too similar to previ- longer appear online.
ously published independent work. It makes for shocking reading
but hasn’t really garnered much mainstream press attention. Many
designers have no choice but to let things like this go quietly, they jewellery designers too! Inspired to speak
just can’t afford to take legal action. However, for some, the means by out, Lady Luck Rules OK posted a blog detail-
which their designs are stolen has finally provided a way of fighting ing the numerous designs they’ve had ripped
back. off, most recently a Russian doll necklace
One of the first to detail their feelings about design theft online copied by fashion retailers ASOS. This hot
were the Sydney design duo Made By White, whose Little Red Riding topic built up around the online community.
Hood brooch was poorly imitated by Topshop. They tweeted and Tatty Devine – another London based jewel-
Facebooked and lo’ and behold it’d been happening to other indie lery designer, got in on the action, posting

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a ‘spot the difference’ collage of copied pieces and their craft community began to take notice, with newspapers
real counterparts but refusing to reveal the culprits’ such as The Guardian covering the story.
identities. But what did this mean for Eloise? Her blog details the
Lady Luck Rules OK had a small victory in getting less than easy ride. Standing firm amidst an onslaught of
ASOS to remove the offending article from sale, attribut- excuses and blame shifting she still wonders, “What to do
ing this to the effect of social media. Sometimes brand and what to say to a company that have made money out of
damaging incidents like this just aren’t worth the trouble my own effort.”
for the big companies. At the time of writing, Paperchase have yet to admit
However, don’t take this as an admission of guilt. any wrongdoing and design company GatherNoMoss have
Corporate companies have teams of lawyers with tricks taken responsibility. Attempting to circumvent any legal
up their sleeves. Most large fashion retailers buy their misconduct they sent Eloise a cheque for the design fee
jewellery in bulk from Asia and thus can claim no received from Paperchase. She promptly returned this, as
responsibility for intellectual property theft as this lies to cash it would mean accepting payment from Paperchase
with the original supplier. It’s hardly up to them to check indirectly, thus legitimising the substandard versions of
every single piece purchased. Or is it? The validity of her designs.
this excuse could be questioned, why are companies that In a nasty turn of events, Elosie began receiving some
employ ‘trend spotters’ to keep on top of underground unpleasant emails about the situation and her stand
fashion seemingly so poorly informed about independent against Paperchase. When she traced the IP address, it
design? went back to the company’s central offices in London.
ASOS reacted quickly to LLROK’s blog post and the In further fallout from this sorry tale, the offending
bad publicity it generated, but what of the profits they employee has been fired, although Eloise is not so sure,
had already made from the design? The line seems to “Paperchase seem to be happy to just send me a private
be, as illustrator Hidden Eloise found out recently, if reply and claim that they fired someone… who else knows
the company has paid for a design then they believe it is the whole story? Not many people I bet, and Paperchase
theirs to sell. would be happy to keep it that way.”
In one of the most recent and surprising cases of Whilst a satisfactory resolution is still pending, what
design theft, Eloise found her work had been copied and lessons can be learnt? As LLROK and Eloise discovered,
reproduced in a line of products for Paperchase. Through the very fact there is a community of crafters out there
blogging extensively and revealing her experiences bat- who are willing to help is a great asset. While it’s a
tling the stationers, the young British artist has found a personal choice to speak out if this happens, it’s comfort-
lot of support. During the incident, Eloise’s tale became a ing to know that should you choose to call the big guys out,
top global trend through Twitter and people outside of the there’s a lot of people out there who’ve got your back.

if it happens to you…
Stay calm and gather evidence Think before you act
The first thing you might want to do is write a hysterical Think twice before reaching for the ‘submit’
email, Tweet about it or shout it from the rooftops. But, button. Heading a revenge campaign at the early
first things first, take screenshots! stages of a dispute could potentially harm your
First contact case.
Be nice and send a friendly email. Show them your Find out more
evidence and request that the offending item is removed
from their website and from sale immediately. Back up
all correspondence, be the bigger person and don’t let it
ruffle your feathers!

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Drawn In
words by belinda johnson
illustrations courtesy of hello oppy /

Oppy, aka Lisa Currie, is a young doodling whipper- In 2009, the project grew and grew in popularity and
snapper fuelled by pure instinct and plenty of guacamole! became something of a phenomenon amongst the online
Straight out of illustration school, her work is charmingly illustration community – everyone from Caitlin Shearer
bright and bold – defined by her use of vivid colour, thick to Gemma Correll wanted a piece of the scribbling action.
pen and ink, wild patterns and geometric textures. As It now represents a real community project for anyone
just a little Oppy from Melbourne, Lisa dreamed of run- with restless fingers and an untamed imagination.
ning her own magazine to bring creative minds together. The breadth of the Scribble Project continues to
Thinking up new ways to get in touch with people all over expand – no longer limited to the biographical sheets
the world and avoid any scary face-to-face contact, she that made it infamous, the ‘Big Team Scribble’ encour-
fell upon the idea of using ‘scribble sheets’ to collaborate aged submissions for a super totem pole doodle. Over 100
with others. scribblers assembled the final totem pole and a small
Put simply by Lisa herself, “a scribble sheet is an A4 portion of it can be seen in the January 2010 issue of
page of simple shapes and words that encourage bio- Anorak Magazine.
graphical doodling”. The first sheets were posted out to This year, Lisa is creating an extraordinarily long
her favourite illustrators, with the initial plan of making doodle train, with each scribble representing a train  
a zine from their handiwork. Lisa was so blown away by carriage. Submissions have already closed, but keep
the results that she set up a blog and now that she could an eye on the Scribble Project website to buy a limited
share the doodles with others… the Scribble Project was edition ‘Big Team Scribble’ colouring-in zine, with all
born! profits going to Unicef.

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“If you don’t care for tea, you could at
“I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!” least make polite conversation!”
by Love Hearts and Crosses  by Love Hearts and Crosses

Curiouser   “Who’s been painting my roses red?”
by Rock ‘n Rose

“Exaketededly, what
is your problem?” and  
by Love Hearts and Crosses

“Why is a raven like a writing
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll has desk??” by Rachel Hastie aka
captured the imaginations of many makers, designers Lunarra Star  
and artists (including one Mr. Tim Burton) due to its
fantastical characters, beautiful storyline and edgy
undertones. Many craft projects have taken  
inspiration from the much-loved themes surrounding
the book and so we have collected our favourite  
accessories, prints and jewellery that represent

mad here! everything we love about Alice!
“We’re all e at le y 
W h
by Sa ra h o u si e
er m
a k a theoth om words by rebecca antrobus
folk sy.c

“Clean cup, clean cup. Move down!”
by Megan Price aka MrPS
“Mmm...tastes like cherry tart!”
by LovefromHettyandDave

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Pica Pica Magazine :: Nottingham

city ty

Tied Up in Notts
Ey up me duck! This is Nottingham – a city as famous for creativity as
it is for Robin Hood, Brian Clough and the annual Goose Fair. It’s a trip
down memory lane for our Art Director as Pica Pica takes you on a journey
through Nottingham’s crafty side.
words by belinda johnson 
illustrations by jo want /

Apples and Pears and Kathleen & Lily’s Lee Rosy’s Tea Shop
Crafty Wares Sewing witches Rachael and Jenna fight the If you need a quiet corner to
This monthly arts market, run war against the mundane at the headquarters relax (and knit) in or catch an
by textile collective curiosity. of Kathleen & Lily’s, selling vintage and intimate show from a local band,
haus, is doing wonders for the customised clothing, hand crafted jewellery then Lee Rosy’s sounds like your
reputation of the city’s east and accessories sourced both locally and cup of tea. Offering probably
side! From work by established further afield. Also, look out for their Sewing the widest range of loose-leaf
designers to local students and Magic stall offering: alterations, mending teas you’ll see outside of London
graduates - you’ll find a huge and customising at the regular Affordable and delicious homemade treats
range of clothing, papercraft, Vintage Fashion Fair ( daily – 10am till late. A pot of
accessories, jewellery, prints and 205 Mansfield Road Green Tea Blue Sky and a slice
textiles on sale here. of chocolate cheesecake come
4th Saturday of every month. highly recommended (you can
Sneinton Market, Gedling Street thank me later).
(they do crop up in other places too!)
17 Broad Street

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Spinster’s Emporium Get Made
A lack of great supplies can be such a burden to any crafter! Taking pride in Founded in 2008 to bring
their ethos of recycling and re-using, there’s nothing ‘run of the mill’ about this together the city’s multi-
unique supply shop. Spinsters is the place to go for original fabrics, rainbow disciplined but scattered craft
coloured yarns and charming haberdashery. community, the Nottingham
3rd Floor (above The Vintage Warehouse) Craft Mafia aims to encourage
82–84 Lower Parliament Street everyone to get creative! Visit their HQ and boutique Get Made
to get your hands on some
beautiful handmade products.
16 St James’s Street
(next to The Malt Cross café bar)

The Art Organisation Lakeside Arts Centre Le Chien et Moi
Encompassing four huge buildings – includ- Take a short trip out of the city to A short walk from the city centre,
ing the former police station, this recently enjoy the palatial surroundings this lovely and inspirational
revamped independent art centre and com- of the University of Nottingham’s shop is totally worth the uphill
munity project offers exhibition space, artist campus and to take in some trek of Derby Road. Be charmed
studios, creative workshops and a cosy tea culture at its unique public arts by their collection of vintage,
bar. Time your visit with their fantastic craft centre. Lakeside also plays host recycled, antique and locally
fair, held on the first Saturday of each month. to Lustre, the most prestigious sourced pieces and the shop’s
3–21 Station Street craft event in the East Midlands, adorable ‘chien’, Mulberry the featuring work from selected UK basset hound. You’ll definitely
designers. Held in November, be spoilt for choice, whether
Workshops with Hannah & Bella it’s perfect for those Christmas you’re buying for someone else or
Brush up your sewing skills with local splurges. treating yourself!
seamstress extraordinaire Hannah Wroe! South Entrance, University Park 60 Derby Road
Her workshops range from making flower University Boulevard
corsages to pattern drafting and alteration of
vintage pieces. If you’ve fallen out with your Knitty Gritty
sewing machine and want to make friends Embracing knitting’s newfound
again, Hannah also offers private home popularity, this contemporary
tuition that promises to get you raring to go shop supplies everything you’ll
again in an hour and a half! need to knit up a storm. Sell-
The Textile Workshop ing fresh, home-grown and
678 Mansfield Road internationally sourced hand and machine yarns, patterns and
Unit 225, Victoria Centre Market

Want to find out more? Go online and get more Notts!
Visit Nottingham
Left Lion
Nottingham Visual Artists

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A Day at   mak
hair e a

the Races!
About Materials
Last year I attended a birthday party at the Hastings horse track. Living in   Headband
Vancouver, BC, going to the horse races is hardly an affair to dress up for, at least Felt (heavy-weight)
not normally, but this time was different. Everyone was told to dress to the nines Tulle
with Royal Ascot as the theme. I decided to go all out. Using pictures of headpieces Feathers
and hats from the Royal Ascot as my inspiration I created a turquoise and purple Fabric
‘fascinator’ to match the floral dress I planned to wear. This project started out Ribbon
simple enough with some feathers and tulle, but grew into one heck of a headpiece Hot glue gun
and was a huge hit at the party! Here are my steps to make a fascinator, so find Scissors
some inspiration and make your own. Hand sewing needle and thread
Styrofoam head mannequin
 words and pictures by christine nairne (optional)

Find your inspiration, theme, colours and supplies If you want to create a veil, cut a section of tulle and
1 (feathers/flowers/buttons/bows). 4 let it hang over the edge of the felt piece, glue it down
first with a slight gather to create a nice shape.
Use a headband that works with your colour scheme
or cover one with ribbon. To do this simply put a dot Start gluing down your feathers, flowers, fabric,  
2 of hot glue at the end of one side of the headband to
attach the ribbon, then wrap it tightly around the 5 buttons and whatever else you want onto your felt
piece. I recommend starting at the edges and  
headband at a slight angle and use a dot of glue at the working towards the center.  
other end to secure the ribbon in place.
The flowers are made by cutting five circles out of
Cut a felt piece and glue it on to your headband.   your fabric of choice and folding the circles into
This will be the base for all of the fabulous feathers 6 quarters, then tacking them together at the folded
and tulle you will be attaching to your headband. point. They are now ready to be glued onto your
The size of the felt piece all depends on how big headband.
3 or small you want your head piece to be. I suggest
wearing your headband while you decide where to To make the fancy feathers like I did in my first
place the felt piece and marking it with a pin. If you fascinator, tear the barbs of the feather down the
are not using a head mannequin you might want to 7 shaft leaving only a small clump at the end. Trim the
wait to glue the felt piece on at the end so it is easier end into the desired shape, or leave it as is for a more
to decorate. Or you can use the back of a chair to rest natural look. 
your headband on while you work on it.
Once your felt piece is totally covered, you’re done!
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Pica Pica investigates the UK’s
burgeoning craft scene, with
cool collectives, clubs and other
crafty organisations being
spotted everywhere.
words by rebecca antrobus and natalie ridgway
illustrations by belinda johnson
patchwork by casia patchwork
photo by david penfold

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Make, Do and Mend UK DIY
Exeter, Devon  UK wide

What do you do? Encourage people to What do you do? UK DIY is a window on a movement.
take up crafting and pass on skills. We It started in Autumn 2005 when I realised so much was
meet regularly to share, inspire, start, happening with subversive/DIY contemporary crafts
continue or finish any type of craft in the US and wondered why it wasn’t so apparent in the
project. We encourage each other and UK. The original work in 2005/06 was to research DIY
challenge ourselves with projects. contemporary crafts across the UK, which I received
Inspiration: There was no group like a grant for. My aim was that the research would then
this in my area and I wanted to stop lead on to a series of events, projects and exhibitions to
traditional crafts from dying out. showcase what was happening the UK, and the potential
it had. A curator in my area was also really interested
in the project so paid me to work the research up into
an exhibition with other galleries in the North West of
Craft Guerrilla England, and makers across the UK. Currently, we run
Walthamstow, East London  the blog which keeps the research and documentation
going. It’s different from other contemporary craft blogs
What do you do? We’re a craft collective as we look at the theory and context of things – the why
made up of trained artists, craftspeople and as well as the what and where. In that way it continues the
self-taught crafters. We hold impromptu research and isn’t just a bulletin board.
craft events which include monthly DIY craft Inspiration: A passion for showing that the UK can and
nights in pubs and monthly craft markets. is competing in contemporary craft on an international
We’ve also hosted Crafternoons, swishing level.
events and a Craftea Party.
Aims: Our aim is to share, teach and spread
the enthusiasm for original, handmade
objects as well as teach forgotten household
crafts like darning and mending. This is not
restricted to the creative community and
includes the general public and local com-
munity. As a collective we aim to share our
web traffic, experience, ethos and knowledge
with our members but we also aim to serve as Stitch By Stitch
a facilitator. We greatly encourage people to Southsea, Hampshire
work together with other craft groups to start
up their own localised craft guerrillas. Aims: To build a community that is involved in
Inspiration: It was a question of wanting continuing crafts that are becoming obsolete, having
something done and the only way to do it was fun, and playing with this medium.
to do it yourself! Another reason was the fact Inspiration: I’m only 25 and I dress like an old lady
that there are many web based communities and so I thought it would only be fitting to match my
but an actual community where people met, pinstripe stockings with knitting needles! I believe
socialised and made, was something we in make do and mend and because of this knitting has
didn’t have in the area. always been a skill that I wanted to learn. I decided
to teach myself and soon realised there were many
like-minded people that also wanted to learn.

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ArtYarn Craft Crunch
UK wide, based in Salford, Lancashire  London

What do you do? Contemporary knitting and Aims: To encourage people to shop locally and directly
crochet installations. from the artist or craftsperson rather than paying
Aims: To use traditional knitting and crochet inflated prices in posh boutiques.
techniques in contemporary visual arts projects, Inspiration: 2008’s economic downturn, which is still
to promote the diversity and versatility of knit- reverberating, made a lot of people turn to alternative
ting and crochet as a medium, and at the same and more rewarding ways to make a living. Craft Crunch
time explore ways to make art accessible through was set up to attempt to promote these people as well as
participatory making and collaborative exchange. other more established artists.
Inspiration: After running a knitting club for a
year and seeing how much community engagement
this could bring, I decided I should use my love of
knitting and crochet in art projects that would ben-
efit the local communities and pass on my skills.

UK Handmade
UK wide

What do you do? UK Handmade is a design led online
magazine as well as a community of handmade artisans,
designers, crafters and creatives.
Inspiration: We wanted to create a central hub for the
handmade community in the UK and provide support
and information.

Nottingham Craft Mafia

What do you do? We’re a community of local art- to market and promote craft in the region, to support
ists and makers. We work together to showcase our other local independent groups and businesses and to
members work and arrange exciting events to remind inspire a whole new generation to pick up their pens,
Nottingham of its huge creative art scene. Nottingham felt, knitting needles, thread or whatever they fancy to
Craft Mafia is part of the larger Craft Mafia familia create something new, unique and handmade.
founded in Austin, Texas. It serves as a model for Inspiration: We realised that there was a gap in the
independent business owners to assemble with others alt-craft scene for people of various design back-
in their own communities to amplify their vision grounds to get to know one another and collaborate on
through the power of a collective.  projects – specifically in the handmade arena. We felt
Aims: To bring like-minded makers and artists we could create the right environment for this to occur
together, to share a wealth of expertise and experi- and happily we’ve seen many collaborations since
ence, helping each other turn hobbies into careers, then!

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Craft Candy
Craftivist Collective Sheffield 
London and worldwide
Aims: To promote craft within Sheffield
and to help makers and artists join forces to
What do you do? We want to show that making people aware of collectively promote their work in a friendly
the injustices and poverty in the world can be fun, fulfilling environment.
and can build friendships all over the world. It doesn’t have Inspiration: We wanted a supportive forum
to be stressful or elitist. Anyone can be a craftivist, whatever for crafters. Being an independent maker
their skill or understanding. We meet every month in London can be quite isolating, so it’s good to know
to plan projects and events, craft together and discuss injustic- there is a support network around you.
es that we are passionate about. We sometimes hold workshops
to improve our craft skills and we also have guest craftivists in Yarn and Yarn
our meetings who bring a project for us to become part of. Cardiff
Aims: To expose the scandal of global poverty and human
rights injustices through the power of craft and public art. This What do you do? Collects people who like or
will be done through provocative, non-violent creative actions. would like to learn knitting, crochet, quilt-
Inspiration: I have always believed that we should try and love ing, sewing, cross stitch and more.
our global neighbour and make a positive impact in the world Inspiration: The group was set up by some-
in whatever we do. When I moved to London two years ago I was one else who has since moved to London,
looking for groups to join. I loved craftivism, although I didn’t but it was concieved as a way of meeting with
know that there was a name for it until 18 months ago. Many like minded people and doing crafty stuff
people I knew shared this interest so I set up a group. together.

Sugar Paper zine
UK wide

What do you do? We make a bi-annual zine that features
twenty things to make and do.
Aims: We want to to get more people crafting and create a
crafting network. It’s also for those that craft for a living: it There is a hive of activity going on
with craft clubs, collectives and
gives them something to do for fun, without the pressure that
other crafty endeavours all across
making for a business sometimes has. the UK. These are just some of our
Inspiration: I’ve made zines since I was 16. Often, after putting favourites. We hope learning about
out a zine, I become unhappy with it. What I wrote before isn’t their motives and inspirations has
sparked your interest to find out
necessarily how I feel about things today. Writing a craft zine
more. Remember though, this is
takes away the fear that what I write one day, I will hate the just a small selection. You’ll find
next. We also really like making stuff so it seemed the perfect even more listed on our website,
combination, especially as in the past few years there has been and if you still can’t find something
suited to you, why not start your
a boost, specifically within feminist communities, of crafting
own group?
and greater self-sufficiency.

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Attention class! What started in classrooms in Japan with cutesy
handwriting and kitties that say hello, has grown into an unstoppable
force that’s certainly had its influence on the craft world! Designers and
crafters everywhere are creating quirky, colourful characters that are
just begging you to take them home! So when the big scary adult world is
getting you down and waking up to yet another grey and miserable day
makes you want to cry, take refuge in the land of kawaii, where every-
thing (and I mean everything) wears a happy smile.

words and illustrations by cat millar

Lesser than three <3 Just
how we feel about this
adorable brooch. By
Gemma Hogan aka
Roses & Gingham.

Bright pink? Check!
Kittens frolicking? Check!
This passes the cute test
with flying colours!

NOM NOM NOM! Avoid the
golden arches with this tasty
sweatshirt! Foodstuffs with
eyes? Weird but kawaii!

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Birdy Song
Shake your tail feather in
this totally tropical tee.

Wolf like me
Stay ahead of the pack with
this sweeter take on the
ironic wolf t-shirt craze.

Rain rain go away!
But look cute on a t-shirt or
bag any day! By Emily Boyd
aka emilythepemily.

Hold on to the handlebars!
Express your love for all the
From Russia with love
mustachioed men out there. By
Give these matryoshka dolls a home.
Emily Boyd aka emilythepemily.
By Bonita Keay aka Beaky.

Let the sun shine
Let these happy clouds brighten
your day. By Lucy Farfort aka
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Love is in
the air
pica ite!

Pica Pica chats inspiration, challenges and future plans
with Love to Print’s Karoline Rerrie.
words by natalie ridgway
pictures by love to print

If you’ve been paying attention at any number of the What is Love to Print? Love to Print is a collaborative
handmade and indie craft fairs that have been taking project which involves printing various multiples to sell
place around the country this past year or so, chances or use for self-promotion. Basically it’s a means for me
are you’ll have encountered Love to Print, or at least one to produce new work on a regular basis. Working with
of the artists involved. With gorgeous screen printed others has its drawbacks, it is time-consuming but also
and Gocco printed cards, postcards and prints, Pica Pica has the advantages of shared costs and the potential to
became besotted with them and their ideals of mutual reach a wider audience.
collaboration and co-operation. We caught up with
illustrator Karoline Rerrie, original conceiver of Love to
Print and member of sister project Girls Who Draw.

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How and when was it started and whose idea was it? Do you think more women are involved in illustration at the
Love to Print started about 18 months ago when I was moment? I have no idea if more women are involved in
working on the first Girls Who Draw postcard book. I illustration now or how many were previously involved.
was having problems getting enough people to commit to I know more women illustrators but that may be because
the book, so I suggested to Yee Ting Kuit that we just do they are more approachable than men. Possibly more
it ourselves. Inspired by Mark Pawson and Sara Fanelli, women gravitate towards illustration because graphic
I wanted to make a hand printed box set of A6 prints by design is traditionally quite male dominated. I did a
different illustrators. It was intended to be partly a self- degree in graphic design and very few of the female
contained exhibition which I could send to galleries to students carried on to have careers in graphic design.
promote our work as well as something which could easily One thing that’s interesting at the moment is the cross
be displayed and sold in shops. over between craft and illustration. A lot of women are
illustrating, making and selling their own ranges of
Who are the different people that are involved in Love to Print products including cards, badges, ceramics and jewel-
and how did you all meet? Love to Print was initially lery. Obviously this is helping to raise their profiles and
conceived as a one off project for Valentine’s Day 2009. It make it appear that there are more women involved in
involved myself, Yee Ting Kuit, Sarah Ray, Claire Lynch, illustration.
Sarah Lynch, Gemma Correll and Kate Seaward. Due  
to the success of the project it carried on but because One thing that’s interesting at
everyone is so busy with their own work it’s been impos- the moment is the cross over
sible to maintain a set group. between craft and illustration.
I met Yee Ting Kuit and Sarah Ray on a course for
illustrators, we stayed in touch and eventually worked What projects has Love to Print done so far? The first project
together on the first Girls Who Draw book. I didn’t know was a limited edition hand printed box set of A6 prints
Gemma Correll but loved her work and initially ap- for Valentine’s Day 2009, accompanied by a range of
proached her about the postcard book. Gemma put me in cards and affordable A5 prints. The next big project was
touch with both Kate Seaward and Helen Entwisle. the Obsession zine which featured 9 illustrators, each of
I took a screen printing class along with Sarah Lynch whom drew something they were obsessed with. Sarah
and her sister Claire Lynch, I loved their illustrations Ray screen printed an alternative cover design so we
so LTP was the perfect opportunity to work with them. could also sell it as a colouring book. There have been a
In fact the majority of LTP contributors are based in the few low key LTP exhibitions such as the Winter one last
Midlands. Additionally, social networking sites like year. This also included a box set of A6 prints, Christmas
Facebook and Twitter help us keep in touch as well as cards and A5 prints. Additionally, this was followed by
helping to find other illustrators to work with. a much smaller range of prints and Valentines cards for
Was it deliberately female only? Would you welcome guys?
Neither Love to Print or the postcard books were de- How does it work practically – where do you do your screen
liberately intended to be female only. But, admittedly it printing? Originally half of the group had ‘Goccos’ so were
was a good gimmick and has worked in terms of getting able to use them, so it dictated the size of prints. (Print
both LTP and GWD extra attention. At the very least Gocco is similar to screen printing but on a very small
it’s because there are so many talented women around, scale and with everything needed enclosed in one small
there’s just no room for men. piece of equipment). Some of the screen printers are

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members of Birmingham Printmakers which
is where Claire Lynch printed the covers of
the Valentine’s box set. I was offered use of
the print facilities at Birmingham Institute
of Art and Design so I printed some of the
Obsession zine covers there. Since then I’ve
also joined Birmingham Printmakers and
no longer use my Gocco as much, the screens
and bulbs are getting too expensive and
because the inks are oil based they require
solvent based cleaner which isn’t great to use.

How long have you been screen printing and what
attracted you to screen printing as a method?
I spent a lot of time screen printing at school
and then on foundation but stopped when I
got to University because the print facilities
weren’t great and the technician was so
unapproachable. I’ve only recently started
printing again and it’s a shame I wasted so
many years.
Screen printing has enabled me to become
much more self-sufficient. I can see a project
through to a finished product which can be
exhibited or sold. It also suits my style with
its bold outlines and large areas of solid black
or white.

What’s next for Love to Print?
Right now I’m collaborating with graphic
designer Katie Parry from Supercool on a
zine of patterns which will have a similar
format to Obsession. The zine features
designs from screen printers Sarah Lynch,
Daisy Whitehouse and Helen Entwisle. I’m
spending a lot of money on getting this zine
printed so it may be a while until the next
LTP project.
I also need to start working on the Girls
Who Draw ‘Menagerie’ exhibition which will
be at Here Gallery in Falmouth in July.

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by A ro o c h
hann dd ie Pea
a h za r
k a r i. l  
co.u k

Little Maki
… Salmon
by scru m Rol
ption sdeli l Felt Pencil Case up Set
ato Ketch g ht by Roiscroix Bout ique ip s, Pea s and Tom re s
rs, C h Sculp tu Fish Finge ecycled Felt Food
of R is h c r e a mtea
by br it m
etsy. c o

Felt, the weird fuzzy fabric used to cover pool tables.  
Or so you thought! Pica Pica has rediscovered their love for felt
and the things you can make with it! We instantly fell in love
with these cute brooches, figures and fake foodstuffs. Belinda
and Marie even went so far as to create their own felt friends.
words by marie haargaard

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by a llth in d scarf
g ssm a ll

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elt Badge
Camera F d m ade
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Kawaii Dinosaur folk
Barrette Hair Cl
by HeroineInd ip
ustr ies

Squir rel Keyring Kit
by Stich It
John Lewis

Felt Crow ra fts
C o tt a g eC
by Misty
folk s
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10 Pink F f birdsshop
by theb .com

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‘Je suis un oignon!’
How to make an onion plush toy…

Be careful!
He could
you cry!

Rather a chestnut?  
Just change the colour
and turn that frown
upside down!

You will need…
1. Photocopy the pattern - dou-
bling the size of the body, bottom
and the rings and cut out.



sewing 2. Fixing the pattern to the felt
needle with a few strips of sticky tape,  
cut out the felt.

3. Glue the separate sides of the 4. Begin sewing the two body
sticky   arms and legs together but leave pieces together but stop when you
glue (look the very top parts unstuck. reach the arm.
for a fabric tape

(white and
white wool
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Patterns x2


50% * 50%


5. Here’s the tricky bit
- turn the body inside
out and sew the flaps
you left on the arm to
the inside. 50%

6. Sew all the way to the top of the
body and insert a little woollen
stork (made by knotting a This is my ass!
few strands together)
and repeat the
process for the
other arm. * Remember to  
double the size!

made by lucia biagi /

7. Make two cuts in the base
(as marked to the left)  
and insert the legs by gluing
them to the inside.  
Glue the white rings to the base.

8. Stuff the body and   9. Glue on the eyes and mouth  
sew on the base. and… he’s ready!
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Kate's Aviary
Break out your crayons and get colourful with
these beautiful birds. A lover of wildlife and
crafting, artist Kate Broughton creates unique
felt animal brooches, cards, tote bags, purses and
notebooks from original drawings.  
Kate’s products are available through her own
website and Etsy page, including her brand new
‘Colouring Book of Birds’.

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Pica Pica Wants You!
When searching for a great cover design, the Pica Pica team struck upon
the idea of running an open brief. Illustrators and graphic designers were
invited to submit pieces for the front and back on the theme of craft and
creativity, using three colours only.

We were blown away by the quality and variety of every submission and
the fantastic level of support each artist has shown for our little magazine
project from London. These are our five favourite runners up but there are
many more available for closer inspection on our website.

Our overall winner was Stephanie Baxter, whose work graces the cover of
this issue. We felt her adorable composition reflected Pica Pica’s values and
perfectly illustrated the diversity of new wave of craft in the UK. Stephanie
lives in Leeds and works under the name Steph Says Hello.
She loves drawing happy things, cats, drinking tea and of course, crafting.

words by belinda johnson

Melinda Francis

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Amy Blackwell Sarah Bagshaw

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the entr
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om pe ti tion

makesewcolour bakecut pasteknit create

Rui Ribeiro & Sophie Williams Joseph Fells

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reviews by natalie ridgway, cat millar, rebecca antrobus and gillian harris

Made & Sold: Iron Me On:
Toys, T-shirts, Prints, Zines 30 Sheets of Awesome Fabric
and Other Stuff Transfers
Agathe Jacquillat & Tomi Vollauschek Mike Perry
(Laurence King, £19.95) (Chronicle Books, £6.99)

Love independent design? Maybe I’m one of those people that buy
this book was made (and sold) for other people presents I secretly
you! Made & Sold is a collection want. So when I was Christmas
of the self-initiated projects of shopping for my brother and
over 90 designers, artists and spotted this book, I had a
illustrators. It was put together REALLY good look through it
by Fl@33, a London based design studio at the forefront before reluctantly handing it over
of the scene. From super collectible vinyl toys, to the on Christmas day. I’d never heard of Mike Perry before,
humble t-shirt, to out there furniture designs, over but since turning page after page of seriously colourful
500 products are displayed. Another nice touch are the and sometimes just downright demented doodles, I
quotes from each artist, which discuss how the designers could now be considered a fan. The concept of the book is
feel about commissioned versus independent work, their simple, “Cut, Iron, Flaunt.” One might question the crea-
relationship with clients and their thoughts on designing tive input in this process, but the fact that the transfers
products. The book could have delved into this subject can be ironed on pretty much any kind of fabric and the
further and it might have made it seem a little more inclusion of numerous pattern pages to cut your own
substantial in terms of content. As is, it’s a good start- shapes from means this problem is sidestepped neatly.
ing point if you enjoy things that are well designed, get If I did meet someone who had used the transfers in the
excited by limited edition runs and are hungry for more. exact same way as I had, it would have to be considered
If you are a designer, there’s plenty in here to inspire a as some kind of awesome cosmic event that would render
myriad of ways to promote your work on your terms and us bro’s for life. Speaking of bro’s, turned out mine loved
make a bit of extra cash in the process, so get making and this book as much as I did, and as luck would have it
selling! (CM) someone who obviously knows me very well indeed got
me it for Christmas too! (CM)
How to make a pleated skirt:
An instruction book by Knit, Purl, Save the World:
DIYcouture Knit and Crocher Projects for
Rosie Martin Eco-friendly Stitchers
(DIYcouture, £9.00) Vickie Howell & Adrienne Armstrong
(David & Charles, £14.99)
This pleated skirt how-to is
just one instalment in a series Find out how you can help the
which features other basic and environment through your
versatile items. Without the hobby using sustainable and
sometimes complex and pre- eco-friendly yarns. With 31
scriptive instructions of shop bought patterns, Martin’s projects there’s bound to be something that takes your
highly visual style will guide you through the process, fancy. Whilst I’m not sure you’ll quite be saving the
demonstrating how to tailor the skirt to your own world, it’s probably a stitch in the right direction. (NR)
measurements. Beautifully produced and brimming with
inspiration, think of this book as part of an investment
in a whole new, handmade couture wardrobe. (NR)

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Handmade Nation: Radical Lace & Subversive
The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft and Knitting
Design David Revere McFadden, Jennifer Scanlan
Faythe Levine & Cortney Heimel & Jennifer Steifle Edwards.
(Princeton Architectural Press, £14.99) (ACC Editions; illustrated edition, £18.99)

Produced alongside the making Based on the exhibition of the
of a documentary film of the same name for the Museum of
same name, Faythe Levine and Arts & Design, this book is a
Cortney Heimel have made it fascinating exploration of how
their mission to chart the fast materials can be transformed
growing indie craft scene. Featuring interviews with from their pre-assigned connotations into works that
makers across the USA, including Jenny Hart of Sub- question the current established genres of the art world.
lime Stitching who makes quirky, contemporary hand David Revere McFadden, the Chief Curator explains
embroidered pieces and kits; Sue Daly the woman behind that this work strives to ask the questions, ‘how does
Renegade Handmade, a Chicago craft fair which was something as innocent and harmless as knitting become
one of the first of its kind to bring together hip, young subversive?’ and ‘how can lace serve radical ends?’ Many
crafters rebelling against the traditional arts and craft of the featured artists are trying to shake up the norms
scenes; and Stephanie Syjuco, of Anti-factory, making that exist in our society whilst promoting the renewal of
handmade clothes in opposition to mass-produced, and communities and the demise of traditional definitions of
inevitably sweat-shopped garments. The crafters express knitting and lace making. With impressive images and
a shared sense of a DIY ethos, tapping into dissatisfac- interesting explanations, this book allows the reader to
tion with manufactured commodities, and art and craft gain insight into the fluidity of art and the ever-growing
worlds they could not identify with. An excellent reflec- resurgence of radical crafting. (RA)
tion on the meaning of a handmade nation today. (NR)
Yarn Bombing: The Art of
Felt, Cut and Sew Unique: Crochet and Knit Graffiti
Upcycle jumpers into Mandy Moore & Leanne Prain
(Arsenal Pulp Press, £13.99)
one-of –a-kind clothes
and accessories Street art has become synony-
Crispina Ffrench mous with the urban landscape.
(David & Charles, £14.99)
Taking its name from the graffiti
This book is chock full of crea- term ‘to bomb’, meaning to cover an area in your tag,
tive ideas, for both children and yarn bombing, using knitted or crocheted tags, conjures
adults. It is also an inspiring account of what one person up a more cuddly image than the stereotypical graffiti
can achieve by taking something completely ordinary artist. Originating in 2005 in Houston, Texas, with a
and making it into something sensational. Crispina first bright knitted rectangle attached to a door handle, yarn
began upcycling by turning felt and old sweaters into bombing captured the imagination of a new breed of
adorable dinosaurs, which she calls Ragamuffins. The crafters, with tags appearing all over the world in the
focus of this craft, and others, is to turn something func- form of sweaters for trees, street furniture coverings,
tional into something desirable with little material cost. outfits for statues, or just little knitted flowers left in the
Crispina guides you through this philosophy with her street. Now with international following, even the sleepy
remarkable knowledge of used materials and the basic seaside UK town of Whitstable has its own crew. Featur-
skills you will need to create. Not only is this economical ing interviews with yarn graffiti artists with street names
book packed full of great ideas, it will help you get rid of such as PolyCotN, AKrylik, and Dropztitch together with
those ugly sweaters too! (GH) amazing pictures, the authors go beyond just charting
this growing trend. Participation is encouraged with
advice on getting started, important things to consider
and patterns to help get you on your way. (NR)

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Websites favo pica
we love: e!

Lapin & Me
Home of super kitsch bags,
purses and achingly cute
stationery. You can buy
online or swing by their

Going Loopy
shop at 14 Ezra Street,
just off Columbia Road,

words by natalie ridgway
photos by loop
Loop is a treasure trove for any knitter or crocheter, nestled just off
trendy Islington’s well-heeled Upper Street. Having opened in July
Be-Bop-A-Lula 2005, the shop prides itself on sourcing only the most gorgeous
Specialising in felt   and high-quality yarns and accessories from across the globe. Pica
appliquéd cushions, Pica caught up with shop owner, Susanne Cropper to find out more
brooches and accessories, about the store.
with a rockabilly twist and
prices you can afford. What was your background before the shop? I was as an art director on magazines.
Why did you want to open the shop? I opened Loop as I wanted a
gorgeous knitting shop in London that I could go to and get great
supplies, inspiration and classes but there was none. So I did it
myself and opened Loop hoping it would be an inspirational, cosy
and helpful space for knitters and crocheters.
What are you favourite designer pieces and yarns that you have in stock
at the moment? My favourite yarn at the moment is Malabrigo 4 ply
Lola-Pop yarn which is hand dyed from Uruguay and totally beautiful to look
Ticking all our boxes with at and to knit with.
bright jewellery handmade
Loop, 41 Cross Street, Islington, London, N1 2BB, 020 7288 1160
in the UK. (Moving to Camden Passage in early June.
The new address will be 15 Camden Passage, Islington N1, so even handier for the Tube!)

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illustrations by amy blackwell