Pep Montserrat

Pep Montserrat

PEP MONTSERRAT

SOLDIER’S TALE

Pep Montserrat

Soldier's Tale

EDITION #01. July 2017

THE ARTWORK

Paper Corolla Pentagram 240g // 27,71 x 20,39 cm // Printing Indigo Digital

“I didn’t meet my grandfather Isidro Montserrat because he died when my father was 11. But he left the admiration in the memory of my family, apart from many books, some poems, drawings, and photographs of his own authorship that I collected decades later.

I also got some other significant things from my family’s house, that somehow pointed a new direction in my work: old papers and delivery notes from the early 40’s and fashion magazines from the 60’s.

With this material, I developed an imagery collision with built-in graphics that was first showed in my work for El País, but also in other international media.

Among the things I collected from my family’s house, there was a collection of 8 ink drawings, copies of antique engravings – including one by Rembrandt – which my grandfather made before the Spanish civil war. Ink drawings somehow naive, more persevering and willful than brilliantly executed. I understand them as the sign of a willingness to move away from a limited and less stimulating environment towards an inner space of challenges that would fulfill his routine.

I always thought about doing something with these drawings too, just like I did with the other material, recovering and reinventing images for the newspapers. I recently started working with them in a very personal way.

This drawing I made for Le Timbre’s subscribers is one of the very first signs of this new path.” – Pep Montserrat

THE ARTIST

Pep inherited from his grandfather the pleasure of reading and drawing. Exploring different techniques, he usually works between the fields of book and editorial illustration. His work reflects the depth with which he interprets each one of the concepts he deals with, and mainly the need to offer the reader a code for the understanding of the image.

When illustrating books, he works with an elegant relation between visual style and the spirit of the text, emphasizing on the metaphorical load of his images. He has been recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the International Board on Books for Young People and the Society of Illustrators of New York. Some of his books have been published in Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, USA, Brazil, Greece, and Korea.

As an editorial illustrator, he has published in El País, La Vanguardia, The Chicago Tribune and The National of Abu Dhabi, Courrier International, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The New York Times and The Washington Post. In this area, his images relate singularly to the subjects by reflection and often through an empathic and subtle sense of humor.

Susana Blasco

Susana Blasco

SUSANA BLASCO

SIAMESE COLLAGES

Susana Blasco

Siamese Collages

EDITION #02. August 2017

THE ARTWORK

Paper Old Mil 250g // 2 pieces of 15 x 15 cm each // Printing offset digital

“These two collages are thought to be one. They must go together but Le Timbre subscriber is the one to choose in which position and order they should go along. The composition meaning varies on whether it is positioned vertically or horizontally and even depending on the order they are placed. There are almost 100 different variations, and it can change from time to time.

I really wanted to take further the game, the randomness and the experimentation related to the collage as a creative process, causing a sense of appropriation on the receiver. I wanted to make a piece that gives the person who receives it the opportunity of completing the artwork with their own vision. When they finally hang it on the wall, it’ll also be their own creation.

This collage’s idea is inspired by the Harlequinade books from the 18th century, the mix & match or the pêle-mêle and the surrealist technique of the exquisite corpse. All the pieces that compose it have been cut out of Spanish magazines from the 40’s and 50’s, especially Sábado Gráfico and Gaceta Ilustrada.”

THE ARTIST

Susana Blasco is a graphic designer, illustrator, and collage artist. All her work, both graphic and artistic, is guided by a strong symbolic charge, where the concept is the epicenter. Each work is an excuse to experiment and recreate with humor and double meanings.

She studied two careers (Advertising and Business), complemented with courses of art and design. She worked for more than 10 years in different studios and advertising agencies in Zaragoza as a graphic designer and art director. In 2007 she opened her own graphic studio and received a DPZ scholarship to expand her artistic studies abroad.

In 2008 she moved to London where she lived until 2011, working as a freelance while studying at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

She has been living in Bilbao since 2014. Her work, both graphic and artistic, has been featured in specialized media and has been part of many individual and collective exhibitions in Los Angeles, Miami, Lisbon, and Spain.

Ina Hristova

Ina Hristova

INA HRISTOVA

THE SNAKE CHARMER

Ina Hristova

The Snake Charmer

EDITION #03. September 2017

THE ARTWORK

Paper Cotton 300g // 14,8 x 21 cm // Letterpress Printing

“The idea behind The Snake Charmer is inspired by the Book of the Labyrinth by Paolo Santarcangeli and the illustrated book by Peter Sis – The Conference of the Birds. I’m interested in the ancient world, those stories and legends that transpose you into another reality. Myths and archetypes lead me to create images where strange creatures inhabit, with some magic and secret rituals.

The creative process begins by following the labyrinth of the mind. Entering into the maze involves the risk of getting lost, but also of being found. It involves daring and entering an unknown world where only shadows and ideas live.

I’ve decided to use the Letterpress printing technique, as it’s part of engraving and manual stamping. The Letterpress matrix gives an embossed finish to the cotton paper, turning the print into something tactile. This way, you can search the exit of the labyrinth with all the senses.

There’s a certain rebirth in the image printed by hand, it adds a value to the work. I work with different engraving and stamping techniques: silk-screen printing, aquatint, and etching, monotyping and embossing. Each one of them takes me to experiment different graphic aspects of the drawings.”

THE ARTIST

Ina Hristova was born in a small town of Bulgaria in 1988, a year before the end of the communist regime. Her mother is a poet and publisher and her father a printer, both lovers of reading and with a large library that could not fit in the apartment they lived.

She has a degree in Art History and Pedagogy and studied Illustration at the Massana School, Barcelona.

Her passion for literature, history, and art led her to discover the world of illustration, which brings many possibilities for artistic expression, experimentation, and continuous learning.

Besides illustration and design, she develops personal projects exploring traditional techniques of engraving, serigraphy and the edition of artist books.

She has created, along with a collective of artists, a space in Barcelona dedicated to the engraving and graphic printing – Espai Brut.

Her work has been awarded by the Junceda Future Creator Prize.

Olga Capdevila

Olga Capdevila

OLGA CAPDEVILA

MILES AWAY

Olga Capdevila

MILES AWAY

EDITION #04. October 2017

THE ARTWORK

Paper – Freelife Vellum White 220g // 21 x 29,7 cm // Signed and numbered Serigraphy

‘To be miles away’ is an expression that is used mostly in the UK. It means to be distracted, away from where the body indicates that one actually is. ‘To be on the moon’ would be a synonym, where the distracted subject is sent to more than 380.000 km away. After many years traveling to the moon and being spaced out, it’s time to pay tribute to the absent. Those no acclaimed magicians who have developed the extracorporeal ability that allows them to walk the Taman Negara without leaving the meeting at the agency. Or to travel through last night’s love scenes while working on the composition of this exclusive serigraphy to Le Timbre.

After many years traveling to the moon and being spaced out, it’s time to pay tribute to the absent. Those no acclaimed magicians who have the ability to walk the Taman Negara without leaving the meeting at the agency. Or to travel through last night’s love scenes while working on the composition of this exclusive serigraphy to Le Timbre.

The artwork was screen printed by one of my best friends, what made the creative process even more beautiful

 THE ARTIST 

Olga Capdevilla (Malla, 1986) is an illustrator, art director, and designer. She has a peculiar way to observe the world and an absurdly funny way of interpreting reality, playing freely with it through her art.

Her illustrations have simple lines but come loaded with meaning, life, and movement, in a clear prioritization of the concept over form. She comfortably works illustrating and animation, always with a touch of humor.

In 2015 she receives the National Award for Best Book for 101 Experiences of Daily Philosophy, by Roger Pol Droit (Blackie Books, 2015). She has also worked for brands and institutions such as TV3, Reebok, Moscow Club, La Iaia or Blanc Festival 2015.

 

Cristina Daura

Cristina Daura

CRISTINA DAURA

FARSE

Cristina Daura

FARSE

EDITION #05. November 2017

THE ARTWORK

Paper – Conqueror 300g // 19 x 19 cm // Digital offset

“It’s almost a trademark of mine to include in my work references and symbols that resemble the people closest to me. It might evoke a memory or a feeling towards my family, friends or even myself. It’s an aspect that follows me even in commissioned works.

I had total freedom working with Le Timbre, so I decided to create a very personal piece.

It’s a no-brainer that I have a strong character and that I’m not easy to deal with. Putting this into account, I’m always restraining my deepest and atypical behaviors, trying to suit what my immediate surroundings expect from me. I recognize my troublesome profile and I always try not to cause problems, but sometimes they’re inevitable.

Moreover, even with my self-control at the highest levels, sometimes I hit against a wall. Especially when people with whom I once had a solid and close relationship reject my nature and indistinctly shut the door.

 That’s why I end up putting on a smiley face, trying not to lose my tempers. And it can be sad to act like that when it’d be much easier to have the freedom to allow my real self out.

In this artwork, I tried to capture the state of joy that can be destroyed when you least expect. I especially wanted to make a reference to 2 beings I love as a family.

And the pine, that can never be missing. The Mediterranean pine and the sea in the background. My home.” Cristina Daura

THE ARTIST

Cristina Daura is from Barcelona (1988). Influenced by the world of comics, she has made her mark in publishers like Penguin Books or Blackie Books, international media such as The New Yorker and The New York Times, fanzines and also as the author of the posters of Eat Street, Primera Persona and Gutter Fest.

All this work comes out of her cave in the neighborhood of Gràcia, in Barcelona.

 

Sonia Pulido

Sonia Pulido

SONIA PULIDO

Alma’s Portrait

Sonia Pulido

ALMA'S PORTRAIT

EDITION #06. December 2017 

THE ARTWORK

Paper Conqueror 300g // 21 x 29,7 cm // Digital offset printing

“I’ve worked with the memory of a text I read a long time ago and that I’ve always wanted to illustrate. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to bring it to life.

I’m very interested in mythology and symbols. This image has something of a dream and a lot of symbolism. It’s closely related to the series I’ve been developing in ceramics, where I try to explore the intimate feminine universe, exploring the conscious and unconscious sides.

I wanted to suggest more than unveil, offering the viewer the possibility of completing the story told in this image. The interior of the figure reveals intimate peculiarities and emotional processes. A clear evolution. The inner part can be interpreted as a simple textile stamping or as a window to peek into and discover, depending on the viewer’s perspective.

The jungle as a metaphor for the unconscious reinforced in this case by the figures of the animals. The tiger symbolizing strength and courage and the snake “as a protector of the sources of life and immortality as well as superior goods symbolized by the hidden treasures “

The technique, as in most of my works, is pencil on paper and digital coloring, keeping in mind as a graphic reference the botanical illustrations from the XVIII and XIX centuries.”

THE ARTIST

When Sonia was a child, colored pencils were one of her best companies and she has never been apart from them. Nowadays, pencils and paper are still her main working tools. Sonia Pulido’s illustrations visually seduce, make us think, amuse and communicate main values, perfectly balancing strong concepts with a delicate aesthetic.

Her visual discourse and her particular control of colors inspired by the 1950s, make her able to deal with complex issues with lightness and optimism. Female empowerment is one of the central axes of her universe.

Her professional career covers several fields: graphic novels, comics, books, editorial and more recently, illustrated ceramics. Her illustrations have been published in The Wall Street Journal, AD France, The New York Times, The Country, The Country Weekly, The Boston Globe, Harper’s Baazar, Rockdelux, Marie Claire, Jot Down, among others.

Rozalina Burkova

Rozalina Burkova

ROZALINA BURKOVA

NEW DAWN

Rozalina Burkova

New Dawn

EDITION #07. January 2018

THE ARTWORK

Paper Tintoretto Gesso 250 g // 2 pieces of 14,8 x 21 cm each // Digital offset printing

“I am very big on new year – new beginning kind of resolutions. I am also a proper night owl and almost always miss the mornings. The reasoning behind this piece is selfish yet I think universal.  

It is meant to motivate you to slide from under the duvet in the frosty January mornings and start working towards those things you say you want but never find the energy for. It is meant to be a go-getter pair of images so to speak.  

 Some people react better to visual stimulation, others to words that swirl in their heads like a mantra, hence the two pieces. If you like me are stimulated by both then I hope New Dawn would be like a double shot espresso for you. 
”

THE ARTIST

Rozalina is a freelance illustrator and animator currently spending her time between London and Barcelona. Born and raised in Bulgaria she moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins College where she graduated in 2015.  

Her work is a mix of hand drawn and digital elements. She enjoys rich colors, imperfect lines and subjects caught in dreamy states. She has two cats and binge listens to podcasts.

Her clients include Gucci, Human Rights Watch, Ultra Music, Polyvinyl Records, Ah Brew Works, The Wild Honey Pie and others. 

Julien Pacaud

Julien Pacaud

JULIEN PACAUD

HIDE AND SEEK

Julien Pacaud

HIDE AND SEEK

EDITION #09. February 2018

THE ARTWORK

Paper – Conqueror 300 g // 19 x 28 cm // Digital offset

“I very rarely have a precise idea of the finished artwork when I start to work on a collage. I rely on instinct and experimentations to find the hidden path that will open in front of me at some point. Accidents happen too. I work with old photographs that I scan in vintage magazines or that I find on the web.

I now have a big collection of pictures, and I usually randomly pick some and try to find associations until something tickles my mind. 2017 has been an exceptionally productive year for me. Creating pictures has become something that has literally been a lifesaver while going through difficult moments.

I have been inspired by love, sadness, grieving, male-female relationships, and this special artwork for Le Timbre can be considered to be part of this long series.”

THE ARTIST

Julien Pacaud is a French artist and illustrator, living and working in Paris, France. Before becoming an illustrator, he was, by turns: an astrophysicist, an international snooker player, a hypnotist and an Esperanto teacher. He hopes he can someday have enough free time to devote himself to his real passion: time travel.

Marc Spengler

Marc Spengler

MARC SPENGLER

UP & DOWN

Marc Spengler

UP & DOWN

EDITION #10. March 2018

THE ARTWORK

Paper: Arcoprint Milk 300 g // 19 x 28 cm // Digital offset

“I’ve decided to stick to my colourful style and show a selection of two abstract shapes, the staircase and a white bow. It is the result of a long drawing session, where I tried to build mindless compositions consisting of shapes and colours. My process is to draw on a very small scale because it’s easier for me and it goes much faster. When I have a lot of sketches done, I always realize that I repeat certain shapes. It’s when I take them to the next step, which is making a composition that I may like as a print.

Just like in my sketchbook, I never make any pencil drawings beforehand. I start by drawing a frame consisting of a few colours and then I fill it very spontaneously with the background of shapes. I’m always trying not to draw the shapes, only filling the space around them. So it’s also a little surprising to me how the result looks like.

For this special edition, I’ve chosen digital printing to be able to use a large variety of colours in the image.”

THE ARTIST

Marc David Spengler (Stuttgart, 1995) is a graphic design student at the State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart in the class of Prof. Patrick Thomas.

His personal work focusses on illustration and printmaking. His illustrations are based on abstract shapes combined with bright colors.

PIRRIP

PIRRIP

ALEX HIGLETT FOR PIRRIP

HEAVY

PIRRIP

HEAVY

EDITION #10. April 2018

THE ARTWORK

Paper: Cotton Paper 270g // 20,3 x 16,2 cm // Silkscreen, 4 colours.

“The image has come out of recent work about visualisation in relation to Yoga practice. In classes, we are encouraged to ‘visualise’ things to help move in certain ways or focus on different physical actions or parts of the body.   

I have been making illustrations based on what I visualise during sessions. Not an imagining of a body making a shape, not a direct depiction of events, but something that is linked and has the feeling of a thing – more of a metaphor. More like poetry than a record. 

 This artwork is silkscreen printed by me at Spike Print Studio – the print studio where we work at in Bristol, in the UK.”  – Alex Higlett

 THE STUDIO

Founded in 2012 by Alexandra Higlett and Georgina Hounsome, Pirrip is a small illustration, design & print studio, specializing in silkscreen printing. They work on a variety of projects; big and small, commercial and non-commercial, and each work independently as illustrators and designers. 

Alongside larger projects like residencies and self-publishing books, they work on shorter run zines, illustrative prints, and other creative endeavours. They also have a small shop in Bristol’s arts quarter, selling our prints, stationery & illustrated books, with occasional plants, t-shirts, and pottery.