Today's TWO is the final in our birthday celebrations and it seemed fitting that it should be by Studio Makgill.
Founded by my husband, Hamish Makgill, Studio Makgill works with businesses large and small. They focus on the creation of brand identities and all forms of visual communication.
Their philosophy is simple, innovate beautiful designs, that last, that inspire and that enable their clients to realise their ambitions.
Their clients include Its Nice That, Nike, Boxpark, H Furniture and G.F. Smith to name just a few.
They create minimalist packaging with eye catching design that comes from a deeper philosophy and understanding of the brand.
Studio Makgill specialises in design for print, something often said to be dead in the face of digital, but Hamish disagrees.
He sees print as an essential part of the design world and thinks there will always be a need to touch and smell and believe in the real things such as paper.
Statistics made wearable. Here's the first item of Studio Makgill's product line called The Good Modern.
It's a pin badge that depicts a pie chart of the music listened to in the studio.
Available at Popsicle.
I feel very fortunate that Hamish created the identity for Popsicle.
WE think its a perfect fit.
Our stickers catch everyones eye,
its that attention to detail that helps to create a unique brand.
Todays Two is designed and handmade by the gorgeous Olivia Bullock aka YOKE.
Olivia Bullock is a Lewes based artist and illustrator. Her work draws inspiration from a broad spectrum of historical cultural references as well as contemporary influences from personal experience as a former fashion illustrator.
Olivia's work is entirely hand painted, using a combination of gouache and watercolour on paper, which is then cut out and assembled to create a multi layered collage.
We Love, love, love her special TWO she did for us, you can see how she layers her pieces with beautiful texture and colour.
Super Science 2015
Olivia often uses pop culture to add a real and humorous feel to her work. For example checkout the adidas tracksuit and Birkenstock sandals on the piece above.
Much of her inspiration is gathered from legends, stories, history and traditions. Her invented beasts, masked beings, dysfunctional and ridiculous characters occupy a captivating, and brilliant mythological world.
Ceremonial from Super Science 2015
Her characters often have no emotional presence or identity and are often hidden from view, leaving your imagination to fill the gaps.
Olivia did the artwork for Steve Masons latest Album pictured above called 'Meet the Humans' for Domino records. She also collaborated on the video 'Planet Sizes' which is well worth a watch ( link below ).
Anhematonic from Musicology 2014
Olivia created the accessories label YOKE in 2015. We fell in love with YOKE the moment she showed us and I'm especially enjoying this seasons coloured and white ropes which have gone down a storm!
If you would like to see more of Olivia's awesome work go to her website....
You can shop her YOKE collection at www.popsicleonline.com
Todays TWO is by the marvellous duo YUK FUN.
Yuk Fun is a collaboration between Lucy Cheung and Patrick Gildersleeves.
Lucy's Handmade paper collage TWO
They met up north in Leeds studying art & design and moved down south for the sun, sea and sand. They live in Portslade-by-Sea in East Sussex.
Patrick's illustrated TWO
I met Lucy and Patrick while they were selling their wares at a local Festival. The first thing that caught my eye was what Patrick was doodling in his sketch book, it was so captivating watching him effortlessly draw these amusing characters that I had to ask them more about what they did.
A peep into Patricks sketchbook.
They started YUK FUN in 2014 with five T-shirt designs printed in the UK and have since expanded their clothing range to include dresses, cropped-T-shirts and kids T-shirts.
The design above features tropical birds and plants inspired by the wonders of the natural world. The colours on this T-shirt are especially vibrant – almost neon just one of the reasons why we love it!!.The perfect item of clothing for the bird loving all-night dancer.
All of their womens’ clothing is handmade by Lucy ( pictured above) in their home studio. They also make a selection of art prints, coin purses and a variety of bags. Their illustrated designs are unique, colourful and playful, perfect for people with a sense of fun!
We also fell in love with Lucy's Handmade collage prints and cards where she layers textured paper to create such weird and wonderful vibrant characters.
A Yuk Fun Alien.
Say 'Hello' to Green Potato face.
To see more of YUK FUN's work go to their website www.yukfun.co.uk
Instagram - @helloyukfun
Todays Two is designed by the totally awesome Monstrous pencil aka Galia Pike.
I met the gorgeous Galia when she walked into my shop one day wearing one of her amazing necklaces and her neon 'CRIPES' bag. She and her designs caught my eye straight away and I was well excited when she introduced herself and showed me all the other things that she makes.
Galia loves drawing creatures, monsters and making things. She is also one half of the award winning electronic toy wielding band Psapp where her crayoning hand has sprouted a parallel universe filled with monochromatic cats, imaginary keyboards and friendly monsters that have walked their way onto album covers, T-shirts and animated videos.
Here's her Handmade Fairtrade cotton 'CRIPES' tote bag available at Popsicle.
Galia's Handmade polymer clay and silver plated necklaces just fly out the shop and come in a vast range of colours, shapes and textures.
She’s designed several card ranges and apparently likes running around screaming covered in pastry. ( Her own words!! )
She has just completed a New range of A3 risograph letter prints in neon colours that make us very happy, you can also find these on our shelves at Popsicle.
She has exhibited in Paris and London, founded and run the original making and dancing Craft Night at the Notting Hill Arts Club, run children’s drawing workshops at the ICA, and my illustrations have adorned everything from condom packets for Agnes B to T-shirts for cult design agency Airside.
Galia and her family have just moved to Lewes, East Sussex and once she's settled in will be back on making prints, fonts, jewels and new records. We for one are happy to have her in the hood!!!
If you would like to see more of Galia's work go to http://www.monstrouspencil.co.uk
Todays TWO design is by the fabulous Mibo.
Mibo is a surface pattern and illustration studio founded by the very lovely Madeleine Rogers.
Madeleine launched her first collection of boldly patterned homewares in 2001,the range was recieved well and swiftly stocked in stores such as The Conran Shop, Habitat and Liberty.
In 2008 she went on to launch her paper animal kits. She transformed the 2D templates into quite marvellous 3D decorations. Soon after that she released her cut-and-sew animal tea towels, which again proved to be incredibly popular.
Madeleines bold designs and adorable characters were next introduced as a series of illustrated childrens books with beautiful rhyming prose by Jason Hook.
The books each feature five animals and are explored through rhyme, pictures and pull-out 2D figures to construct into 3D.
Following the success of her animal characters in the books, Madeleine went on to collabrorate with the supercool French eco-brand Coq en Pâte to produce a range of fantastic childrens organic cotton clothes and accessories. Her co-branded range is now stocked in 50 countries.
We sell Mibo's childrens clothes and accessories and love the fact that each season Mibo introduces even more cuter new characters like this Lemur which are flying out!
We adore these organic cotton baby bodysuits which come complete with matching bibs.. Available for ages 3-12months.
If you would like to see more of Madeleines work go to www.mibo.co.uk
Todays TWO is by the wonderful Meg Tait aka one half of Merrimaking.
Merrimaking was co-founded in Brighton in 2009. It started as a means to fund a summer of fun, but it quickly became clear that there was a demand for what they were making, and within a year Merrimaking Hoods were worn on stage at major festivals across the UK, were featured in high street magazines and sold in Selfridges.
The girls would make and wear Animal Hoods for parties, and to unite friends at festivals. Unknowingly they were fore-fronting what was to become a hugely distinctive fashion trend – the Animal Hood!
It quickly became a full-time job. The exposure that the Hoods gained have since paved the way for them to create an entire wardrobe of playful ideas, including clothing and other accessories, like these awesome 'Thinking cap' hats modelled below by the very cute Dexter one of Meg's four dogs.
Six years on, and it is a well established independent fashion label. It has been featured on BBC and Channel4, and in high street magazines including Grazia and Vogue.
These watermelon bumbags get everyone excited in the shop especially during the festival season. Available in store and online at
Merrimaking has been worn by artists including Ellie Goulding, Zoe Ball and Rizzle Kicks,
Meg has many talents and at present is enjoying a new area of her buisness making bespoke signs. We love everything Meg does, its always done with intense fun, colour and passion. To see more of Megs signs check out her instagram at https://www.instagram.com/itsasign_megtait/
Or to see more about Merrimaking go to www.merrimaking.co.uk
Todays TWO comes from the most awesome Marcus Walters Studio.
It seems like the perfect day to bring out the ice cream!
Marcus is one of the UK's foremost illustrators and designers. His work spans a wide variety of styles and techniques including collage, drawing and screen printing.
Marcus studied at Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, London before going on to work in the design industry. Marcus has exhibited his artwork in shows across the world and is a regular feature at the V&A Museum, London.
His commercial clients include Amnesty International, The Fairtrade Foundation, Honda, BBC, Sony, Orange, Honda, Coca-Cola and a number of magazines.
Marcus currently spends his time working from his studio and print workshop in Gloucestershire.
He has a passion for designing T-shirts, maybe its the process, maybe the size restriction ( not unlike the now defunct record cover). Whatever the reason it gives him a great thrill knowing that people are wearing his designs on the street, somewhere in the world.
We love Marcus's clothing range at Popsicle, kids and adults cant get enough of them!
He works collaboratively with his wife Hayley who hand prints his work. When he hands his artwork to Hayley for printing she will also add her own interpretation, so its a team effort!
If you would like to view more of Marcus's extensive portfolio of work go to www.marcuswalters.com
Todays TWO design is by the amazing The Printed Peanut.
The Printed Peanut was created by Louise Lockhart who designs beautifully illustrated products for kids and grown-ups.
Louise's unique designs have been applied to a varied selection of products including toys, games, clothes, accessories and pieces for your home. Louise also works as a freelance illustrator and is currently working on her third children's book.
We love her awesome and fun range of soaps, all are 100% natural and made in Yorkshire. The vegan soaps contain only natural ingredients and come packaged in 100% recycled paper printed in the UK, using water based eco-friendly inks.
Louise has now published a few books but my favourite is her concertina book 'Up My Street'. This book is a reminder – and celebration – of the shops that are no longer (or soon to be) existing on the typical high street nowadays like launderettes, ironmongers, groceries etc.
The front side of the concertina book displays a busy high street housing 8 shops, each of which is based on a real-life shop. Once you are done gazing at the detailed and quirky shop fronts, flip the book over and have a look inside where you can meet colourful cast of characters which run them and read some playful poetry too!
Louise is passionate about getting kids to play games with their hands, rather than being glued to screens all the time.
Louise uses beautiful design and packaging to re-work some of the old school traditional games like 'Pass the Parcel' and 'Pin the Tail' in doing so she's helping to keep the classics alive with a creative and modern twist.
If you would like to see more of The Printed Peanut check out their website at www.theprintedpeanut.co.uk or find some of her fab things at www.popsicleonline.com
We are pleased to introduce the fabulous Alfred and Wilde's TWO.
All their products are designed in their East London studio.
I was impressed to find out the geometric patterns on his mugs are based on the Platonic Solids, a series of five solid shapes named after the Ancient Greek thinker Plato. Their mathematical beauty has led them to be repeatedly linked to the construction of the universe. They also symbolised the basic elements: earth, air, fire, water and a mysterious fifth element,......Wowza!! Not just any mug.
We are so chuffed with this fantastic I Love LEWES print Simon designed just for us and now available at www.popsicleonline.com.
The print is also available for London lovers in a I Love Hackney and I Love London on his website.
Simon has also done bespoke collections for the Science Museum and the Southbank Centre and he can turn his hand to any project while keeping his own unique style.
If you would like to see more of Alfred and Wilde you can visit their website at www.alfredandwilde.co.uk