Currently based in Spain, Valero Doval is a freelance collage artist who works in a creative mix of editorial commissions, installations and his own personal work. His collages predominately consist of vintage imagery juxtaposed with modern illustration bringing wit and narrative to his pictures.
‘We hope to spark a distant memory, make you smile or look at the most mundane in a new, and fonder, light.’ Several weeks ago I went into this charming stationary shop in Angel named Present & Correct. Being a huge stationary enthusiast this shop seemed like a little paper pad from heaven. Present & Correct sell selective geometric stationary by designers across the world. Such as Scandinavian and Japanese imports that look fashionably good and function well, such as geometry stickies, creative paper clips and compact desk trays. Attention to detail in the design aspect and paper quality of their paper and office objects is what puts their collection in a different league to high street or even department store stationary. Vintage gems that have that cool back to school look to 60s office supplies make you want to pick up a pen or organise your desk! Or maybe that’s just me? Take a look at the P&C website if you can’t visit, its super fun to browse through.
One word: retro. Ana Moore’s vintage home-ware ranges are fun as they are cool. Her Metamorphosis collection (see above) is eccentric, timeless and the illustrations themselves are screen printed onto fine bone china which gives the range elegance. The mugs look like something I would find in my Grandma’s kitchen cupboard when I was a child. The Alice in Wonderland collection is another range by Moore. The prints work well on the tea towels and the crockery as it re-invokes the Mad Hatter tea party scene in the story. The illustrations are accompanied by the famous nonsensical sayings that pay tribute to the surrealism and madness of wonderland. “We’re all mad here” being my favourite. Visit the website to see more of her ranges. I’m definitely going to order one of those Alice in Wonderland tote bags and tea towels!