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Follow Your Front Wheel.

  • Posted by hollie
  • 8 March 2012

Tomorrow is my last day at howies.

I joined howies after moving back home fresh from graduating from university in Cardiff, with the plan to ‘work for a little bit, to earn enough money to move back to the city’ ….. that was almost four years ago.

This weekend marks a big change with a permanent move to the dazzling lights of Bristol – so not too far away, but far enough away to feel a bit of a culture shock, that may sound strange to most people as it’s hardly New York, but when you’ve lived in a tiny little town with the same faces for most of your life it is. I’m not a town mouse by any standard.

The fact buses still run services past 6pm in some places still outstands me.

I’m leaving Cardigan on a reflective note, growing up in a small town you have a sense of “I can’t WAIT to move away to some civilisation!” - or even the fact that the nearest McDonalds was over an hour away always seemed so unfair - kids eh!

But now, whether it’s just a sign of growing older, or the fact that since graduating I’ve developed a passion for photography so appreciate the area’s beauty a little more, I look back on growing up here and remember the long summer holidays at the beach and everything else in between that makes me realise this place isn’t quite so bad after all.

I have quite a lot to thank howies for, as a student my main focus for buying anything tended to be money orientated - rather than where it was from and how it came to be, but working here has taught me the importance of provenance- whether it be food, clothing, fabrics, whatever – I’d like to think I’m a bit more clued up on how the world works so can make better consumer decisions as a result. Also I’ve been lucky enough to help out on the past few photoshoots which has been an amazing experience, working with talented buggers like James Bowden and Paul Calver , then seeing some of my work on the shiny new website, which felt like a pretty sweet moment, so thank you for that.

Of course the other main reason to thank howies is also the reason why I’m leaving howies – When the Bristol shop opened a couple of years ago, they employed a young man named Will.

The rest, as they say, is Gavin & Stacy-esque history.

So thanks howies – thanks to the office, to Lou & Hazel for sticking pins in me and drawing on me with biro to alter clothes for production, To Tomos for sharing my love of Karl Pilkington podcasts, to nathan and julia for double checking my sums, To Ruben & Alex for ANYTHING system, camera or computer related (and believe me there were a lot of questions) the caffitiere for making mornings and late night overtime shifts go a little easier, PG for lacing important emails with humour, to the warehouse for putting up with the all parcels I’ve flung at them, to Tidy for Bristol pep talks and massive laughs on staff outings, to the creative boys – Pete for his HILARIOUS on going joke & Aron for mutual family guy love and laughs, Ade for giving me the push I needed, and finally of course thanks to Emma & James, you guys are basically just donuts.

hollie x

 

London sample sale

  • Posted by hollie
  • 24 November 2011

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There’s a special shopping event at The Old
Truman Brewery, London on Thur 24th Nov
This week we are off to London to do a sample sale.
We haven't been there for a while, so we are really
looking forward to it.

There will be loads to buy and some amazing one off
test print tees from the print shop. We’ll also have the usual end of line, one-off samples, last in the box,
shrunk, faded, and pre-loved. All gold, at silver prices.
So make sure you get there before the lot goes.

Oh and you best bring a bag to carry your new stuff home safely (we don’t give out bags, sorry).

Hope to see you there.

Thanks

howies

Opening times:Thur 24th - 4pm to 8:30pm
Fri 25th - 11am to 7pm
Sat 26th - 11am to 6pm
Sun 27th - 11am to 5pm

The sale will be held at:


Dray Walk Gallery
3 Dray Walk
91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL

No Power To The People

  • Posted by hollie
  • 11 November 2011

We'll be offline in the office from 11am until about midday today as we're moving some plugs and cables about - you can still order online no problem, but we won't be able to do phone orders or access the system here in the office - but if you need any help just call us on 01239 614122 and we'll give you a bell as soon as we're back up and running.

Now, what to do with that hour without any internet or power...any suggestions?

The Blue Mile

  • Posted by hollie
  • 14 July 2011

Photographer Jurgen Freund has spent the last 18 months photographing the beautiful underwater world known the Coral triangle (an area covering the Philippines, Malaysia & Indonesia, down to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands) as part of WWF's Blue Mile campaign (-that's the WWF as in the 'panda' one, not the Wrestling one....)

The aim of the campaign is to highlight how beautiful and diverse marine life is, reminding people about the effects climate change and pollution will have on this very vulnerable environment and the creatures that call it home.

There will be a fund raising event held by WWF in North London on september the 4th where people are encouraged to swim or paddle one mile, but they want people all up and down the county to hold their own events too. Click here for more information on that.

SAS (surfers against sewage) are also running their fundraiser too, click here to take a look at Ade's blog from a little while ago and see how you can help on shores a little closer to home.

printshop tumbles

  • Posted by hollie
  • 12 July 2011

I've just been down with the boys taking some photos for the howies printshop tumblr

Today on the menu is the first print of the new Find Some Place tee, and also a re-print of the Tour de France inspired tee of the moment - First or Last.

it may look simple.. but many colours means alot of different screens and rounds on the machine

tomos inspecting his handy work

et voilá - the finished product

Tidy Mike working on a ladies' First or Last tee

first layer - done.

Print Workshop

  • Posted by hollie
  • 21 June 2011

I've just ordered this book by Christine Schmidt of the Yellow Owl Workshop as I'm planning on having a bit of a crafty and creative summer (while stuck indoors looking outside at torrential rainstorms no doubt)

my first project will possibly be a sweet-potato printed picnic blanket....

or maybe the printed jars...

or maybe....

....hmmm, i feel this could go on and on all day.

I've been writing and posting out a lot of letters recently (snail mail is back in don't you know?) so not long ago I ordered some swish patterned tape for some fancy finishing touches to my envelopes and that.

A few days after ordering everything arrived, along with a handwritten note:

It's nice to be nice.

Slinkachu

  • Posted by hollie
  • 8 June 2011

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We've been having a bit of a long-overdue tidy up around the office recently and a few little gems have resurfaced that had been long forgotten.

One of them is the 'Little people in the city' book that i remember being fascinated by last year, It involves the re-modelling and painting of miniature model train set characters, which he then places randomly on the streets of London (and sometimes Manchester) using props and whatever's available at the time to make amazing little scenes.

For loads more brilliant images visit the website and if you're in London be sure to pay attention to the pavements in case you spot (or almost tread on) one of the installations!

Learning by Doh-ing

  • Posted by hollie
  • 8 June 2011

A couple of weeks ago we blogged all about Doh Boy and his mission (along with the good people at LITF) to spread the 'real bread' message throughout national breadmakers' week.

Thanks to everyone who got involved, here's a write up of the week's events and a look into all the hard work that the guys put in to make it happen.

Doh boy thanks you all.

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