After a little break and a bit of a revamp, Friday Fun is back!

We’re going to be sharing with you some great foodie finds, our new fave tunes that give us that Friday feeling and recommending some of our fave places to check out, as well as the usual favourite creatives!

This week we’re all about the all about the food, most importantly, the breakfast…

Check out this amazingly presented continental breakfast from a recent trip to Amsterdam. We stayed at the Good Hotel Amsterdam, a pop up hotel on the water, full of great design and a great concept, for more info, check out their website here. It really was a good as it looks!

Rob Ryan at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A firm favourite of the Hallmark Studio, Rob Ryan brings his beautiful paper cuts to Yorkshire Sculpture Park in his latest exhibition: Listen to the World.

We went along to to have a look and were blown away by the scale and detail of the cut-outs.  We also had the privilege to listen to an hour long talk about his career and meet the man himself! It was great to hear how he started out and the sheer hard work it took to set up his own little studio & shop, the craft behind his cut-outs, to having his product licensed out and become the big brand it is today.


1582_originalEach cut out is drawn by Rob onto cream paper and then cut-out with the help of his studio assistants. They then spray paint the cut-outs to the desired colour. As you can imagine, its a tricky task for such a delicate piece of work! Rob’s reasoning for it was that the paper he likes to use only comes in cream!


IMG_4108This had to be our favourite piece from the exhibition, a great one for creatives… If only we could afford an original!





Signed by Rob!


New Designers 2015 – The Highlights!

We’re back in the studio and already reflecting on the fantastic event that was New Designers 2015.

We kicked off Part One with Tigerprint presenting their award to Catrin Jones who studied Surface Pattern at Swansea. Her pretty style, commerciality and fabulous use of colour really impressed the judges. On opening day of Part Two we presented the Hallmark Award to Nora Wright who studies Illustration at Birmingham City. Nora’s quirky and narrative style had a real unique yet commercial quality which we loved. Nora and Catrin each win £500 and a 2 month placement within the studio. Congratulations to both – we’re so looking forward to working with them.

Our Hang-a-doodle competition was a massive hit too with a crowd, and sometimes a queue, of people taking part. Everyone loved our words of the day and it was so cool to see how everyone interpreted them differently. We had loads of favourites, but the winner of our week one competition was Louise Jenkins and the winner of week two was Georgie Gracey. Well done both, and enjoy spending your vouchers!

The talent and creativity of everyone exhibiting was massively inspiring and we met some wonderful people who we’re sure we’ll be seeing again soon. Big thanks to everyone who was involved, who visited, who got stuck in and who helped make it a fun, successful and memorable event. Setting up the standeveryone setting upready for day 1 v2ready for day 1first to do a doodleIMG_0101doodle favourites Louise Jenkins - doodle winner 1winner of week 2 doddle by georgiegracey.comIMG_2180Sat doodlesloads of doodlesIMG_20150701_161636-1024x102420150624_123431-1

Nora Wright – Our Winner

We caught up with Nora Wright – our winner of the New Designers Hallmark award 2015 – to ask if the news had sunk in yet and to find out a little bit more about her. Nora studied Visual Communications (Illustration) at Birmingham City.

How did you feel when you heard your name was announced as our winner?

Surprised, amazed and delighted!

And are you looking forward to joining us on placement?

I’m so excited! It will be great to be in such a creative environment – I’m going to learn so much.

What inspires you?

A lot of my inspiration comes from British history. I’m really inspired by stories, gowns and architecture too. And I also spend a lot of time on Pinterest!

What are you passionate about?

I love cooking, reading and drawing and I really enjoy visiting National Trust properties.

You can see more of Nora’s gorgeous work here.


Golden Ticket

As we wander round the ND15 Exhibition Centre we’re on the lookout for the next big thing – that fresh new talent that really knocks our socks off. If you’re one of those people we’ll proudly present you with a Golden Ticket. This means we like you (really really like you) and we want to see more of your work. So if you find yourself in possession of one, pop along to our sister-stand, S2 (Tigerprint), to book a portfolio viewing. We love discovering new talent and we can’t wait to meet you!HallmarkGoldenTicket_Rectangle