If you appreciate the 1950s-inspired prints with which Norfolk-based textile and stationery brand St Jude’s has become synonymous, it’s worth a visit to St Jude’s in the City, a selling exhibition that opens on 3 February at London’s Bankside Gallery. Alongside the works of Angie Lewin, the illustrator and printmaker who is the creative force behind St Jude’s, you’ll find work by Christopher Brown, Jonathan Gibbs, Hand & Eye Letterpress, Jonny Hannah, Mark Hearld, Old Town and Alice Stevenson. The work on display ranges from fabrics and stationery to book jackets, collage, lithographs, woodcuts, prints and illustration. And in the case of Old Town, fashion design is on show too. Old Town will also be launching the first edition of its newspaper, The Evening Star, which it calls ‘a cross between Monocle and the Weatherfield Gazette’. It’s an eclectic mix of work, but the exhibition is bound together by a gentle natural aesthetic, with illustrative images of the natural world predominant. ‘I’ve always been inspired by the work of artists like Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious, who worked across a range of media and with a number of different applications – wallpaper and fabric design, ceramics, commercial illustration,’ says Lewin. ‘Without really thinking about it, I’ve found that we’re working with a number of artists who share this spirit of collaboration and experimentation.
‘St Jude’s in the City runs from 3-12 February, 10am-6pm, at the Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1