Sometimes when I tell people that I live in London (when they ask, I don’t just go around pronouncing it) they tell me that they could never live in such a big impersonal city. The thing about London though is that it isn’t really a city, it’s a collection of connected villages and areas, each one with its own personality and charm.
Equally, I’ve been told that if you move to London and stay somewhere for more than six months then that becomes your neighbourhood and it’s highly unlikely you’ll move from that area to somewhere completely different. That certainly holds true for me. The first place I live in London was a houseshare in Whitechapel and when I moved out nearly three years later I moved a grand total of three streets away. I feel strongly about my little area and I know that other Londoners feel exactly the same about where they live.
Place in Print are a South-London based company that work on exactly that neighbourhood principle and sell locally-themed art prints and other products. Established in 2013 they have expanded beyond their South London roots and now produce products that will appeal Londoners of all areas.
They first caught my attention back in November when I visited the Renegade Craft Fair in the Truman Brewery, I liked how their prints were simple and caught the familiar sights on an area or played on place names. Their website offers a variety of framed prints to suit every style and varies from more universal prints like those below to much more area specific prints, which will mean something to you only if you know the area well.
One of my favourite examples of a place specific print is the Horniman walrus below. The Horniman Museum is somewhere I’ve been meaning to go for ages as it’s just down on the Overground from Whitechapel but I still haven’t made it there. I have, however, heard about the walrus!
Place in Print also collaborate with various designers to add breadth to their products. One particular collaboration is with Pâté, an East London-based graphic artist who creates simple and effective illustrations of place names.
In the thus far absence of a Whitechapel-specific print, these two would be my East London choices:
They also offer typography map prints for some areas and postcodes, including the odd non-London destination, like Cambridge, pictured below.
The lovely people at Place in Print got in touch with me a little while ago and offered me the chance to give away one of their lovely prints to one of my readers. Winning one of their bright prints would be the perfect way to chase away the January blues, or might even prove the ideal gift for Valentine’s Day for that special London-lover in your life (it’s less than a month away now!).
With plenty of different ways to enter, all you have to do to have a chance of winning a print of your choice (up to the value of £55) from Place in Print is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.
Unfortunately as the frames contain glass this giveaway is limited to UK residents only.
Best of luck!