We have started to experiment with painting and screen printing on different materials. Here is a short presentation of the first collection of art works. Eight unique paintings. Which one is your favorite?
Ĉu vi parolas Esperanton? (Do you speak Esperanto?)
It’s really fascinating this ambitious idea to create a new language to foster harmony between people. Esperanto is, after 125 years, still spoken, but I guess English is hard to compete with (which we also use on this web site). If it wasn’t for M. A. Numminen we might not have thought about it that much. But a language he knows and even sings in must be worth a hand silkscreened poster!
Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language. Its name derives from Doktoro Esperanto (“Esperanto” translates as “one who hopes”), the pseudonym under which L. L. Zamenhof published the first book detailing Esperanto, the Unua Libro, on July 26, 1887. Zamenhof’s goal was to create an easy-to-learn and politically neutral language that transcends nationality and would foster peace and international understanding between people with different regional and/or national languages.
This poster is part of a series we are working on that explores the graphic expression of languages (and the relationships between people) with the starting point in Sweden, where we live.
See also ABÇ-plansch.
The poster is screen printed by hand on heavy off-white (Munken Pure 240g) uncoated swedish paper.
Size: 46×64 cm (18×25 inches) Stamped title and signed with pencil (which you can also see in the picture below).
For us it has been a lot of numbers in recent years, so now it’s time for some characters.
The inspiration for this print comes from our new hometown Malmö (in the southern part of Sweden). A city where about 50% of the population has other native languages than Swedish. The ABÇ-plansch, an extended abc-poster, is our way of celebrating the great variety of expressions and a chance for us to enjoy exiting graphic shapes.
The selection is based on form and we have focused on the Latin alphabet and languages found in Europe. After some research we had an overwhelming amount of characters, to get the abc-feeling we kept 26 at a large size and placed the rest in three lines at the bottom of the print.
We think this print fits in a kids room (since today’s gifted kids already know how to read before they start kindergarten or to anyone who enjoy a graphic look.
Paper: Munken Pure 240g
Edition: Numbered 200
Print: Screen printed by hand
Typeface: Museo Sans
Design: L. E. Tanttu – jollygoodfellow, Sweden
This is our version of the design classic. We call it Jussi.
Screen printed by hand this time on white heavy uncoated swedish paper. (Munken Lynx 240g). Size: 32×46 cm (12.5×18 inches). Stamped title and signed with pencil (L. E. TANTTU).Available here in our shop
The Cone is a favorite among our prints for the kids, so we had to print it on a tote bag as well! A piece of the beautiful forest, plain and simple.
Organic cotton for the sake of the planet.
Which is your favorite record?
Here is a way to show the world which music inspires you.
The music gets new visual forms and become more and more digital, but we like the tactile feeling of a gramophone record, to grab a cover and pull out a long play!
We see the print as a hybrid between two of our biggest sources of inspiration – music (LP) and nature (log). We call it simply Long Play.
Originally it was created as an alternative album cover for the delightful pop duo The Forest And The Trees and is now living its own life and has evolved into a kind of monotype. Every tote bag will be unique!
We screen print the “LP” without the title and when you decide which record title you want us to customize the bag with, we print the text using a custom-made template.
The fact is that “Kotten” is the first print we did together as a jollygoodfellow, we still like it and still print it. When we were going to make it available at supermarket we realized that we didn’t have that many pictures of the print on the right items (we changed supplier along the way). But now we have! Some of them you find here.