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Nicoll & Ferguson

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Those who know us know that outside of the shop Julie and I love making things and just before Christmas last year we put up a couple of shelves in Analogue with some bits and pieces we’ve been making. We’ve had a really positive response from people so we thought we should put up a wee portfolio website.

Please take a look and let us know what you think.

Nicoll & Ferguson on Cargo
Nicoll & Ferguson on Instagram

My Dad’s Chair

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My dad’s chair.

We don’t generally use this blog for personal stuff but it’s been a tough old year & a half so I thought I’d try and do something - however small - about it.

My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about 18 months ago. It’s a difficult and complex disease that has huge implications for carers as well as sufferers. Not enough is understood about it and it’s hard not to feel helpless. So, my sister Hilary and I have decided to try and raise some money for Alzheimer Scotland. They’re a great source of information, offer support for sufferers & carers and they also work on much-needed research.

We’re running a 10k in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in May - as a total novice to running this is a little daunting! And I’ve yet to try the route around Arthur’s Seat to see if much of it is uphill or not…. Yikes. But please take a moment to visit our Just Giving page, and consider making a donation, no matter how small. We’re already well on our way to our goal of £500 but it would be amazing if we could raise more.

Earlier this year Hilary started writing a blog, Museum of Dad, to explore a room in his house that he spent a lot of time in - a room he’d worked from, retired to, filled up with stuff, a workshop, an office, a smoking room, an archive …. a museum of sorts. It’s insightful and personal, and bitter sweet. Have a look.

Many thanks to those that have already offered donations and words of support, it means a lot.

Julie

Edinburgh Encounters: A Blue Sky Photo Club exhibition

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This is the last week of The Blue Sky Photo Club that we’ve been running with photographer Ross Fraser McLean. It’s been a ball - night shoots, photographing a dancer in a studio, street photography, a night with an amazing Horseman…The final project involves disposable cameras and you can come and see the results in the excellent Boda Bar, Friday 28th March (yep, that’s this Fri), from 7pm. 

We’re also proud to be showing a small selection of work in our shop too, from Saturday 29th. Come along and have a look!

The next Blue Sky Photo Club will start on 16th April, more details soon but get in touch if you’d like more info.

Call 0131 220 0601 or email info@analoguebooks.co.uk

Blue Sky Photo Club

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We’re very pleased to be hosting The Blue Sky Photo Club here in our shop again, after our taster session in November.

BSPC is a new photography club in Edinburgh, in the form of project -driven, photographic tutorials by photographer Ross Fraser McLean.

Ross is an Edinburgh-based photographer who uses both digital and analogue photography, and has made some amazing work whilst travelling the globe. 

The course lasts eight weeks, meeting each Wednesday evening, here in our shop, from 6:30 - 9:00pm. The first session is on Wednesday 5th February.

The course has a very limited number of places, giving lots of room for exploration + discussion, in an informal + inspiring venue.

Places must be booked in advance so please call 0131 220 0601 or email info@analoguebooks.co.uk to book or for more info.

Water of Life - A Talk by Tommy Perman and Rob St John

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‘Water of Life’ is an art-science collaboration between Tommy Perman – a visual and sound artist – and Rob St John – an environmental writer and musician, using sound, visual art, photography and writing to explore water flows through Edinburgh, between the natural and the unnatural; managed and self-willed. The result is a 7” made from recycled vinyl, packaged beautifully with prints and literature. More details here

We are really pleased and honoured to have Tommy and Rob come to give a talk about their collaboration on Saturday 7th December at 7pm. It would be great if you can join us. 

Please note the event is free but space is extremely limited so places must be booked in advance.

Call 0131 220 0601 or email info@analoguebooks.co.uk to RSVP

The Blue Sky Photo Club

We’re very pleased to be hosting The Blue Sky Photo Club here in our shop!

The Blue Sky Photo Club offers project-driven photography classes by the super-talented Ross Fraser McLean and we’re holding a 4-week taster course starting Wednesday 20th November. 

Ross is an Edinburgh-based photographer who uses both digital and analogue photography, and has made some amazing work whilst travelling the globe. 

Places are limited so please call 0131 220 0601 or email info@analoguebooks.co.uk to book a place.

In Colour and Light You See Them + Dreams in Buildings by Christine Jones

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We’re very pleased to play host to a small exhibition of photographic prints by Christine Jones

The prints are a selection taken from two bodies of work:  ‘In colour and light you see them’, an ongoing study of the sensuality in colour and light, found in a flash of light, colour, or stranger, which act as triggers for memory; and ‘Dreams in buildings’, documenting the human relationship to architecture.

The work is analogue photography, A3 in size and Risograph printed

Christine Jones is an artist and graphic designer living in Falkirk, she studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. Her work takes various forms; drawing, photography, and painting, and has been shown in various contexts; publications, exhibitions and online. Often this work is personal in nature, depicting themes of loss, memory, and romanticism. Her upcoming solo exhibition at The Park Gallery, Feb–Apr 2014 includes her ongoing project, ‘Spain: Still Cause’. As part of this project she is currently working on a living memorial work enmemoria2013.tumblr.com. She recently exhibited work at The Lighthouse, Glasgow (May 2014) as part of Saxa Arts + Books group show, and is currently showing with Widowed Swan at FRAC, Marseille.

For more information visit:

www.christine-jones.com

www.enmemoria2013.tumblr.com

On show until Sunday 10th November 

A Day Without Olives Is Like A day by Jack Piers Scott

We’re pleased to be home to Jack Piers Scott's installation until the end of August. 

‘a day without olives is like a day’ is the second book of poetry and prose from Jack Piers Scott and an audio version of the same work created in collaboration with composer Lucy Claire Thornton.

Written and compiled over the past few years, the texts range from descriptions of voyeuristic well-dressed gentlemen, to royalty in the throes of an existential crisis. This mixture of fact and fiction, of overheard conversations and character studies, brings together a vast array of truths, imaginings and absurdities, highlighting the shear multiplicity found within life.

 The audio version narrated by Bill Milner (Son of Rambow, Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll), the author and Paul McCleary, continues this broad stylistic approach by combining manipulated audio, field recordings and electro acoustic composition, to produce a wild and meditative world of sound in which the spoken words exist.

This wooden audio station, designed and made by Jack, enables you to listen to the audio whilst viewing the book, either alone or in a small group. Jack’s wooden box has so far been installed in X Marks the Bokship, Ti Pi Tin and Good Press and will continue to travel around the globe.

Jack Piers Scott graduated from Leeds Metropolitan in 2010 with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art , he continues to write, design and make work.

Lucy Claire Thornton recently completed an MA in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music. She currently composing several arrangements combing string quartets with elements of electronic music.

 The book and audio book, published January 2013 by Corporeal are for sale at £5 each or both for £8.50.

Come and have a listen!

 

 

 

 

We Had Longer Ways To Go exhibition

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A group show of 18 student and recent-graduate image-makers from a variety of disciplines, illustrating geographical ambles, psychological voyages and visual snippets found along the way. Curated by Laura Griffin.

Featuring:

Bronwen Bender / Sam Caldwell / Danielle Callaghan / Theo Cleary / Eclair Fifi / Sorcha Fitzgerald / Claire Fleck / Laura Griffin / Ailsa Johnson / Dominic Kesterton / Tom Kindley / Joanna Lisowiec / Joe Melhuish / Charles Myatt / Stella Phipps / Julie Ritchie / Matt Sloe /

Exhibition runs from 27th July until 9th August - come have a look!

 

Duncan of Jordanstone Illustration

Analogue Books brings you two interviews with Duncan of Jordanstone Illustration graduates, Kit Russell and Danielle Smith.

KIT RUSSELL

What drew you to study Illustration?

Well, I’m actually the fifth member of my family to study at Duncan of Jordanstone with all of my family individually specialising in different disciplines. Originally I entered art school convinced that I would be studying Fine Art, but in the first year general course the illustration module really opened my eyes.  Illustration appealed to me because I feel that it fits in right between fine art and graphic design, taking the best elements from both disciplines.    

What are the main inspirations and themes behind your work?

A lot of my fourth year work was inspired by the books I was reading at the time. Be it recreational reading or research for my dissertation (frequently the boundaries were blurred), all of the books concentrated on alternative views of perception.

Can you tell us about your final year project? What was the main drive behind your work?

My final year projects explored my interest in pseudoscientific theories of the mind, visual illusions and the relationship between entoptic symbology and cognition. I Also entered various competitions and live briefs this year, fortunately being awarded in a couple. 

What types of skills do you think as an illustrator do you need to showcase your work effectively?

I think that a good web presence is vital these days. I decided to have my final year portfolio web based because it is the best format to display the different media i work in. It is also handy for emails as just one link and one click can allow someone to immediately see what your work is about.

What’s a project that you’d love to work on? Anyone that you’d like to do a collaboration with?

I would love to work on a project for the Folio Society. It’s such a prestigious company and all of the books they publish look amazing. 

If you could have your work anywhere, where would it be?

Funnily enough when I was younger I always wanted to have my work in Analogue! I’ve always found it to be such a good wee shop consistently full of great books. I especially like that they support young local illustrators and showcase them alongside established artists, there is no apparent divide, which is nice. In terms of a more unrealistic dream there is this great little artists bookshop I found in Berlin, the name eludes me, but it’s in Hackescher Market. You can seriously spend hours in there! I’ve been to Berlin twice now, and certainly the next time I visit it is right at the top of my to do list.  

Are you currently working on anything you can tell us about?

The main thing I’m working on at the moment is getting my foot in the door within the industry. I have only just begun but already it is involving a lot of networking. Don’t be afraid to send out emails you really have to promote yourself and make people aware of your work. After all, as a graduate it is very rare that people will come looking for you. 

Any advice you’d give to any aspiring illustrators?

Try and not let any other illustrators or artists directly influence your work. At university I have actually witnessed people create work whilst having another illustrators work on screen in front of them. I find it rather stunted - it just doesn’t work. I think the best pieces of art directly source their inspiration from alternative fields be it writing, science, or adapt classic art movements or disciplines in a contemporary way. Use your research to develop your ideas, and usually if you are researching something interesting and unusual it will reflect in your work. Also remember that as an illustrator you are trying to ‘illustrate’ and communicate an idea. I think that a lot of people forget this and just focus purely on the aesthetic.

What are your plans for future? How do you see it years from now?

Following New Blood, a D&AD graduate exhibition, I have actually just accepted a placement at a graphic design and packaging firm Lewis Moberly which is based in London. It begins in September, and I think the plan is to try and stay down for as long as possible. London has so much more opportunities, and I think you have to just go out on a limb and pursue them.

Website: www.kitrussell.com

DANIELLE SMITH

What drew you to study Illustration?

It’s funny because when I first got to DJCAD I hadn’t even heard of the course. It was only when we got the opportunity to sample a course for 2 weeks that I realised how much more suited I was for illustration than fine art. I think the structure of the set briefs balanced with the freedom of how you could answer them made the most sense for how I like to work.

What are the main inspirations and themes behind your work?

A lot of my work is inspired by my family connection to the traveller and gypsy communities. Often an idea will come from a story or an old photograph and then develop into a part fact/part fiction version of itself. I find that this is the best way to create art about something you care about as it allows you to have fun creatively, while remaining respectful to your source - especially when that source is helping you make your bills every month.  

Can you tell us about your final year project? What was the main drive behind your work?

Again, a lot of my final year was spent focusing on the gypsy community. Initially when I decided to create work about this, it was because I had grown so irritated with the way ‘gypsies’ were being shown through the media. I wanted to show the culture as I had experienced and learned about it; one full of love, traditions and history.    

What types of skills do you think as an illustrator do you need to showcase your work effectively?

I think confidence in your work is by far the most important thing when it comes to getting yourself out there, as the industry can be so exhausting on your ego. That sort of goes hand in hand with being able to talk to people too because you never know who you’re going to meet that you might want to work with. These two skills combined with a killer mac laptop should definitely help you on your way! So that’s 40% confidence, 40% winning conversational skills and 20% apple products equals my formula for success. I’ll let you know how I get on. What’s a project that you’d love to work on? Anyone that you’d like to do a collaboration with?

I would love to set up a pop up shop for recent graduates and take it around Europe to various festivals. I think the idea of new talent helping new talent is always going to be exciting and encouraging. To open the eyes of people like myself, who have been so wrapped up in their own city’s bubble for 4 years to the other creative opportunities available not only out with their city, but their country I think would be a great way to keep up inspiration after art school. 

If you could have your work anywhere, where would it be?

I really love Wrap magazine! Every time I buy it there is always so much great stuff to look at, I would love it if I could be in there one day. 

Are you currently working on anything you can tell us about?

Currently I’m really interested in continuing to work with clay and possibly other more tactile materials. All of the ceramics that I created in my whole time at DJCAD were done in the last month of 4th year, and I felt like it was something that helped me to quite organically evolve my ideas. As well as this, I have been in talks with a Glasgow based charity about helping them create a visual health campaign to encourage fitness and well being in the local community which I am really excited about!  

Any advice you’d give to any aspiring illustrators?

Comfortable shoes. There’s a lot of walking involved in finding the right store/agency/gallery/whateveryouwanttodo for you. My feet hurt already.  

What are your plans for future? How do you see it years from now?

So far my future still remains a bit of a mystery. I think as long as I am able to continue working on my personal projects I’ll be happy - and maybe end up in Wrap magazine at some point?

Website: daniellesmithillustration.com

PARADISE LOST? BY TOMMY PERMAN

Our friend Tommy has produced a great newspaper featuring drawings of Edinburgh’s seedy sauna shop fronts.

Available to buy here.

MAKE WORKS TOUR

I love the idea behind Make Works and their mission to build a database for Scottish makers, industry and materials.

They have just embarked on a tour of Scotland where they will be visiting factories, foundries, workshops, studios and other small businesses all round the country taking photographs and making films.

I love looking behind the scenes in workshops and studios so I’ll be keeping an eye on their website for updates.

Edinburgh College of Art Illustration

With Degree Shows finally over… Analogue Books brings you two interviews with Edinburgh College of Art graduates Emma Alqhvist and Dominic Kesterton.

EMMA ALQHVIST

Berta // Emma Ahlqvist // £10

Small Town Stories // Emma Ahlqvist // £10

What drew you to study Illustration?

In my foundation year, I considered studying fine art or sculpture but in the end I decided on illustration. I like the accessibility of illustration and I dislike the elitism of fine art. I also wanted to tell stories and illustration and comics is great medium for that. I probably should have studied comics, but at that point I did not believe I was capable of coming up with stories that would be good enough.

What are the main inspirations and themes behind your work?

I try to find inspiration in lots of places, other illustration and comics but perhaps even more in books, films and real life. Most of my stories are in some way inspired by people I have met or places I have been. My last two comics Berta and Small Town Stories are both a lot about the place and the people where I grew up in Sweden. The narratives have a few themes that keep occurring in my work such as the forest, feeling at home, homesickness and loneliness. I like for my stories to have a bit of dark humour but combined with comments on society or issues I feel strongly about.

For your final project you focused on making a comic called ‘Berta’, can you tell us a bit more about that?

Berta is a comic book and it is only half of what ended up being my main project. The second half of my degree show work is a collection of short stories in comic format, called Small Town Stories.

Berta is a middle-aged care worker living in a city somewhere in Sweden. She is lonely and unhappy but not simply because she is single and alone, there is something else at the root of her distress. Suddenly she starts going for walks in the forest at night, completely nude except for her Crocs. Her behaviour gets stranger as the story continues and she becomes obsessed with the forest. Through this narrative I am questioning how we value people like Berta in society. If someone is a single, childless, 55 year old care worker they can often be seen as a failure. I invite the reader to question the way we live completely detached from nature and what could happen if you don’t have the dreams and goals in life that you are supposed to have.

What types of skills do you think as an illustrator do you need to showcase your work effectively?

I think that digital skills are really important and I do not understand illustrators who refuse to ever use Photoshop or have their own website. Also I have recently realised the value in being able to verbally explain your ideas and convince clients that your ideas are brilliant.

 What’s a project that you’d love to work on? Anyone that you would like to collaborate with?

I would love to collaborate with some Swedish comic artists such as Nanna Johansson or Sara Hansson. That might be a pretty boring answer as no one will know who they are. I have to say that I am not a big fan of the alternative comic scene in the UK. I find that a lot of comics here are too focused on looking trendy and there is no substance to the stories. 

At some point I would also love to collaborate with a film-maker to make film out of my stories.

If you could have your work anywhere, where would it be?

I was going to say that I want to have my work in a bookshop, but I guess I have already succeeded in that as it is in Analogue! It would be amazing if I could have one of my comics in a public library for everyone to borrow and read.

Are you currently working on anything you can tell us about?

I am currently working as an illustrator in an agency but I am also working on a larger comic project on the side.

Any advice you’d give to any aspiring illustrators?

Find inspiration in lots of places, not just illustration. Your work will look really boring if you only look at other illustrators.

What are your plans for future? How do you see it years from now?

I will be living in a tiny little red house in a forest.

Berta and Small Town Stories are available to buy in-store at Analogue Books. 

Websitewww.emmaahlqvist.com

DOMINIC KESTERTON 

 Hoss Bay // Dominic Kesterton

 Blessing // Dominic Kesterton

What drew you to study Illustration?

I just wanted to spend lots of time drawing.

What are the main inspirations and themes behind your work?

I am inspired by most things that are slightly odd or weird. I’m generally interested in work that implies the workings of some large-scale crazy universe or meta-narrative. I also enjoy the soul calming effect of drawing patterns.

You have a lot of characters in your work, how do you find inspiration for them? 

I’m not totally sure - really they just come out. I watch a lot of cartoons and look at books. I like science fiction costumes and cults and religious figures. There is so much stuff I pay attention to its hard to pinpoint where I’m getting stuff from, I think its just a culmination.

For your final project you focused on making a film, can you tell us a bit more about that?

Loads of the characters I draw seem to be wearing costumes or masks so I’ve always been curious about weather I could make them in real life. I’ve always messed around with making films and writing music. So this idea formed of a weird film about a lizard priest blessing a follower on the beach. I immediately knew that I didn’t want any of my characters to move at normal speed so it’s all in super slow mo. All round it was a super challenging project; assembling the costumes was tricky and lugging all the gear on foot to the beach for three days was poop. Of course it was also super rewarding. I found it particularly interesting to see people moving around in my costumes. That will definitely feed back into my drawings. The film should be online soon.

Tell me a little bit about the process of researching inspirations for your creations, where do the ideas come from?

For my last comic ‘Hoss Bay’, I just searched for all the elements I required to build up that culture. It’s about a coastal settlement that revolves around the harvesting of cave plants by a workforce of pickers. I got out books about marine plants and books about cave systems and books about colonial architecture and collected images of ancient Chinese workers. With small slices of knowledge like that the whole universe of it just became a lot more convincing.

What types of skills do you think as an illustrator do you need to showcase your work effectively?

I think it’s very important to make sure you finish your work to a good standard in the real physical world seen as things circulate so much online. I like work that speaks for itself.

What’s a project that you’d love to work on? Anyone that you’d like to collaborate with?

I am a fanboy of too many things to be able to pick one dream collaborator. It would be cool to work with an animator on something. I just finished drawing a collaborative zine thing with Matthew Swan and I thought it was really fun swapping incomplete drawings with each other and finishing them off. Its refreshing and mind expanding. I’d like to do that sort of thing with loads of artist/illustrator people.

If you could have your work anywhere, where would it be?

This is quite broad but I would love to get some of my patterns onto fabric. I’d also like to do some big painted wall murals because I haven’t done that yet and it seems appropriate to my work.

Are you currently working on anything you can tell us about?

I’m starting a new comic that follows on from my last. Hoss Bay was about the harvesting of seaweed so the next one is about the processing of the seaweed. I’m going to catalogue what happens to the seaweed once it is shipped off from Hoss Bay. I want to start working on another film as well based more around inanimate props that I make rather than costumes.

Any advice you’d give to any aspiring illustrators?

Produce and share good content and it will hopefully spread far and wide.

What are your plans for future? How do you see it years from now?

I’m not very good at answering this question. In terms of my future I’m pretty open at the moment to just seeing how things play out. That’s not to say I’m not driven, obviously I’ll keep making work forever. I guess in the next few years I’d like to get to work for some juicy clients and get some stuff published.

Website: Dominic Kesterton

The Cycling Club

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With the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling approaching this weekend, we thought we’d showcase a few of the lovely cycling books we have in store! Here are some of our top picks to inspire you to get cycling…

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 15th-23rd June  

 

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Velo 2nd Gear

A beautiful hardback book from Gestalten displays a diverse collection of different themes within contemporary cycling culture. This visually striking book gives an intriguing insight into the diverse cycling scene. With a range of different sections from specialized bicycle stores, tours, accessories, and of course some gorgeous customized bicycles.

Bike culture is ubiquitous for everyone. There are so many different appeals about cycling in both either a functional or practical sense. With elegantly styled sport photographs by Tino Pohlmann to bicycle accessories. This book discusses how bike culture is a way of expressing identity through different reasons whether it be for exercise, the environment, the journey, aesthetics, the adrenaline or at the core of it all, the simple pleasure of getting out and about. A must for any cycle enthusiast!

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Bone Shaker 

Bone Shaker is a quarterly independent produced publication from Bristol. Not what you would expect from your typical cycling magazine… but in the best kind of way. It’s like opening up a travel journal of exciting places to explore all over the world. Beautifully designed and advert free, it combines a range of articles and poetry relating to everything bicycle shaped with nice graphics, photography, and illustrations.  It’s not such a technical magazine but more about people at the center of cycling culture.

 

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Nigel Peake’s Bicycle Travel Journal

This gorgeous brown journal made by Nigel Peake is the perfect accompaniment to any cycling journey. Peake’s love of nature, wilderness and travel definitely resonate well with this wonderfully laid out and crafted notebook. It’ll definitely encourage you to go out on your bike and document your journey with its’ delightfully designed blank pages, and little envelopes embedded inside alongside 20 elegant illustrations.

Available from the Analogue website here.

 

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The Ride Journal

The Ride is a non-profit independent cycling publication based in London. This magazine is extremely well thought through and beautifully laid out. It has a beautiful range of illustrations and photography with a series of articles from all over the world. The articles are written about experiences based around each individual writer’s experience and love of cycling.

Each story discusses all things special and unique about ones’ own personal bicycle journey.  In particular, Stuart Glegg’s article, ‘Power to the Pedal’ describes Edinburgh’s demonstration for safer cycling and celebrating bicycle culture.

All of these books and magazines are available to buy in store.

Nigel Peake Talk and Book Signing

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Nigel Peake has spent the last year teaching Architecture in Lausanne, on the shores of Lake Geneva but has thankfully found the time to self-publish a beautiful new book. ‘In the Dark’ is a story of a boy who makes boats and is content except for one thing, he is afraid of the dark. 

We’ve worked a lot with Nigel over the years and so we’re pleased as punch that he’s coming back to our fold again, to give a talk about his new book, his work and lots of other things. He’ll also be available to sign his new book. Please come and join us.

Please note that space is extremely limited and places must be booked in advance.

*UPDATE - SORRY WE’RE FULL

Call 0131 220 0601 or email info@analoguebooks.co.uk to book a place.