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Tall Ships Festival 2017

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This Easter Weekend, join us in Greenwich, for part of the Tall Ships Festival.

Four days of festival will begin on Thursday 13th April, when the tall ships regatta will sail on the Thames, to start their journey from Royal Maritime Greenwich to Canada.  Each day will host different nautical themed entertainment with fireworks in the late evening in Greenwich - the market, pier & Cutty Sark Gardens - and Woolwich.

We, at Arty Globe, are getting in on the act too, with a new look for the windows - using Hartwig's drawing skills to decorate them.  As well as some nautical decorations in the shop.  As you can see he has been preparing some sketches... You will have to come and check it out next week!

On top of this we celebrating his artwork "Greenwich to Canary Wharf," which features the flotilla sailing through Greenwich.  You can see from this print (available as open or limited edition) just how much Hartwig has drawn of Greenwich and see how many shiops he has managed to fit onto the Thames.

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Please note, for the long weekend we will be changing our openings ours. From Thursday 13th and each day up to Monday 17th April we will be opening at 10am and closing at 8pm.

We are looking forward to welcoming the Tall Ships Festival as well as all the visitors, and hoping for some sunny weather to make it a perfect Easter Bank Holiday weekend - so please do come to say hello!

Team Dinner at The Guildford Arms

IMG 9507A splendid evening was spent at The Guildford Arms, here in Greenwich last night. A long overdue and belated Christmas meal to celebrate the hard work of 2016 was definitely rewarded by the delicious offerings of The Guildford Arms' menu.

We were all very satisfied with the starters, mains AND desserts. Highly reccomended is the curried parsnip soup starter and venison for main. Having said that, we were all happy with each course.

Furthermore the hosting was lovely with good knowledge of the menu and attentive waiting - and the restaurant feel was warm & welcoming. We know there is an upstairs restaurant space, but the bar area felt as though we were fine dining.

We are excited to see the spring/summer menus when it will be warm enough to sit outside and dine al fresco in the lovely garden.

Top marks to The Guildford Arms - thank you for a lovely evening.

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Jolly Britain Launch

IMG 8536After a lot of work, planning and promotion, the new intricate and detailed drawing by Hartwig Braun, 'Jolly Britain,' launched last night. Coinciding with the Christmas Lights Switch On event, the market was full of festive cheer & excitement.

We invited friends and visitors to our gallery / shop here in Greenwich Market to be the first to see Jolly Britain, presented as a framed large art print and also a large canvas. Allowing visitors to really get up close and see the details in the iconography, landmarks and all the quirky aspects! We found that people really wanted to see everything and look out for things they would recognise.  Especially true for visitors who come from other parts of the UK, they looked out for representations from their home. Jolly Britain was given a very warm welcome and the feedback was all so positive - also for the gallery! Some new visitors had no idea how much there was to see down there, which is testament to Hartwig's unique style!

Also on display alongside Jolly Britain, are some examples of the indivuidal icons & landmarks straight from the drawing board. On the original paper and size Hartwig uses, before the colouring process. See the individual pieces come together to form his completed masterpiece. 

Below you can see a video and some photos. An introduction from the artist, Hartwg, as well as a look behind the scenes of installing the exhibition and the launch event.

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Exhibition & Launch of New Art Prints

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As stated in our previous blog post, launching 'Jolly Britain.' We had another exciting announcement for Monday 28th November.  The exhibition and pop-up shop to launch NEW art prints by Hartwig Braun.  You will have seen the recognisable open edition prints of various cities, in their bright full colour palette.  You will have also seen the black and white or pastel limited edition versions of the popular city scenes by Hartwig; but now, in time for Christmas he is launching a whole new look, a striking version of London and Greenwich prints, to start with.

Something we had experimented with before - just the black line drawing; now stands out as a masterpiece on it's own.  Which is why we are excited to share with you these special versions of the hand drawn artwork.  Only recently realising it's impact shown in this way.  The striking depictions of London & Greenwich in this way will suit any home, work or community wall space.

Opening night was Monday 28th November - 5 days after launching 'Jolly Britain' in our shop gallery on the 23rd, and will run until the 15th of December.  You will not have to travel far though, we have been lucky to fill an empty unit here in Greenwich Market to put on the exhibition and pop-up. You'll find it at 7A Greenwich Market, next door to The Flood Gallery.  The space is perfect for duiaplying the large framed line drawings, as well as a new range of products featuring the artwork. Everything you see, is new.

Below is the invite flyer and a couple of photos from the pop-up. You can get an idea of the new look from the visual below. It really is something to behold when printed large and on a wall. We look forward to welcoming you there over the next couple of weeks.

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Jolly Britain

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Launching for Christmas 2016 is the latest detailed artwork from Hartwig Braun; 'Jolly Britain.'  A detailed look at the British Isles, this is Hartwig's most ambitious drawing to date. Taking in many landmarks, icons, historic figures, wildlife and infrasturcture nationwide, Jolly Britain really is an artwork that needs some fanfare, pomp and circumstance.  Here at Arty Globe we love to share and champion Hartwig's artwork, from the small studies to the large cityscapes, but this occasion we feel 'Jolly Britain' needs it's very own launch.

Wednesday 23rd of November sees the usual Christmas Lights Swtich On event and lantern parade here at Greenwich Market, so we're coinciding this event to launch 'Jolly Britain' for you to see for the very first time. It will be displayed at the gallery space in our Greenwich Market shop and you are all welcome to come in for a late opening and study it. Something else for the family to see and do while down in Greenwich Market for the festive cheer.

When asked about 'Jolly Britain' and it's intricacies, Hartwig had this to say; "When it comes to details I wish not only to focus on well known landmarks, but also buildings, nature, wildlife, sports, cuisine and traditions."  So, look out for your home city, or places you have visited in the UK. Which icon has Hartwig picked out from your area? Did you know the UK has such diverse wildelife native to our isles? How many musicians are in the artwork? Is your favourite food depicted? Can you count all the fictional characters from film and literature?  There really is so much to see, you could spend hours studying it.

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Hartwig was excited to work on this mammoth project since completing the very popular 'Our Wonderful Planet' and most recently 'London Looking West' and 'Greenwich to Canary Wharf;' "I just enjoyed the idea of something different than the cityscape for a change, and having the ability to have more freedom with topography intricacy was appealing to me."

Launching with the artwork will be a special produciton of 'Jolly Britain' products. The popular 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles and Wentworth wooden puzzles will feature - as well as art prints and canvases, which you can order for Christmas - or even before that if you cannot wait.

This is where things get even more exciting with another announcement and an even better chance to see 'Jolly Britain.' Full details coming soon! For now, here is the Jolly Britain launch event flyer:

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Interview: Isaac Lilos

We quickly spoke to Isaac Lilos, founder of Arty Globe business to ask him about how its grown, his visions for its future and also provide us with a bit more about how its run day to day!

You can find the full interview below:

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B: So first off, where do it all begin?

I: Where did it all begin? Well it all began funnily enough when Hartwig and I visited a friend of his in Amsterdam, and that friend Thomas had a little doodle of Amsterdam that Hartwig drew years ago for a gift-card design. Hartwig actually even framed it on the wall, and I remember seeing that for the first time framed in that way, and it looked so cute and different to me. I remember thinking that I hadn’t seen anything like that before. I really believed something could be done with such a quirky and fun style of drawing which inspired me to get things off the ground, and start to develop this beyond a hobby.

B: Was it initially just about developing his portfolio first before you developed onto a market-stall?

I: Yes, I mean it took a couple of years to convince him to get to the point of actually developing from doodles to large scale drawings before we could even think about commercialising his work, long debates were had about content and even the nature of committing to time and deadlines as this was something he always did alongside his architecture. However once he sat down and completed ‘London Looking North’, he was quite taken aback by what he achieved. He even tired around ad said to me “I never realised that i could actually do this!”. From there, it took quite a few years to build up his portfolio, develop his style and for us to actually figure out how best to push it publicly. We considered licensing, but that turned out to not be for us so we decided to develop our own products on a market stall basis to begin with. We started out on Jubilee Market (Covent Garden) but discovered quickly that it wasn’t the right crowd, however we developed the confidence based on peoples queries and questions to find a better location that was more of a fit. A friend recommended Greenwich Market to us, we quickly got permission to trade there and the rest is history!

B: The transition from stall to shop was extremely short (6 months), how was that possible? Did it’s popularity warrant the step up or did you just decide to take the plunge?

I: I think it was a combination of things, first of all out confidence thanks to how people responded to the products in such a positive light, with those in particular being the interest of locals. It made us feel as though this wasn’t just a seasonal business and had the potential to trade year-round. We decided quite quickly that based on that confidence, as well as the fact that I was finding it hard to manage a market stall in terms of set-up and maintenance thanks to 7am starts, long pack-up times and a bit of an OCD when it comes to presentation, it became clear we needed to source somewhere to call home with everything out on display at all times. It was also a case of knowing that it wasn’t the right environment to show off Hartwigs work in the best light, as you can imagine a lot of the products we have at the moment are sensitive to moisture and susceptible to damage, so having a place for everything to be displayed nicely in a gallery-like way and also safe became of importance. Luckily something came up on the market and thanks to me being able to successfully network (a trait which I’m proud to uphold) with the appropriate people in the area, and our first step was made. Taking to people was paramount regardless, as we were new to the area as we had just relocated from Lincoln, so it was important that we made ourselves known, developed some contacts and made some positive relationships locally, which certainly paid off. We managed to secure a shop on a 6 month basis, which proved popular enough to warrant us extending the lease and then building ourselves up further to our current permanent retail unit on the market.

B: If someone was in the position you were back then and wanted to make that jump, what advice would you give?

I: I think the advice would be network. If you have a passion and a vision, people will engage in it or at least advise you on who could. You need to get people to share your excitement, without it I think its very hard to be able to convince someone to get on your side. We’ve always had that approach, and its certainly worked well for us!

B: Describe the day to day goings on at Arty Globe, and whats the most rewarding aspect in your opinion?

I: Theres certainly many! I think the biggest one you face, especially as a small business owner is to overcome your own lackings or even personal issues that may come in-between your day to day tasks. Leaving things at the door is certainly something you have to really try and make sure you manage, because otherwise the other things suffer day to day. Cashflow can also be a big challenge as its a key part of any business as it can provide limitations. Trading can be seasonal here, so when its a quieter period we have to change how we do things to adapt to our cashflows. These are things however we’ve certainly managed well, as were still here and better than ever.

In terms of whats most rewarding, it certainly has to be just being here and meeting the individuals that come in and praise Hartwigs work, our products the shop in general, and let us know they are coming back. In particular its the people who make a point to return years and buy more things from the range, or just come back in and say hello. It reminds us all that what we do has really made an impact and that people really care and that we’ve created something really special.

B: What makes you decide what you feel is best to sell in your range? What goes into that decision making process?

I: I think theres a few elements here, first of all its definitely about what already pre-exists that sells product with artwork on. We also have to ensure they are UK made so that does limit us to a degree, and we also consider wether on not its something that we ourselves would want to purchase. We would never tend to sell anything for the sake of something purely for the purposes of profit, or create products that revolve around fashions and trends that we would struggle to sell long term. It has to be unique, useful but also display Hartwigs work in the best way possible, so these are all factors we consider when we want to either introduce something into the range, or make a decision to commit to a product serving a longstanding purpose in our shop. Our choices don’t always work out, and we have removed items from our range in the past that haven’t performed as we hoped, so there is an element of trial and error involved. Its also important to us to have a ix of products and various price points, as accessibility is important to us for our customer so that everyone can have a piece of Hartwigs art, wether that be in the form of a jigsaw postcard or a large canvas.

B: What do you think is the most popular product that you sell?

I: By far its our jigsaw puzzles and I think thats down to the fact that Hartwigs art itself is extremely quirky and fun. Marrying that with something that you could liken to the same experience when you do a jigsaw itself, i think has really captured peoples imaginations and has ensured it as a staple product in the shop. Coasters are also up there with some of the most popular products larger down to its lower pice, tea towels also prove extremely popular here and sell extremely well.

B: What would your dream product be?

I: I cant say its something I’ve thought about in great depth before, as I find it hard to think beyond what ‘works’, but I will say that, we did do something for the ‘Edinburgh Jungle City’ which involved unitising his Edinburgh artwork and wrapping it around a 3D version of a crocodile. Being able to do that with other objects was always something I would have loved to do but never though it could work on a shop basis. Marrying practicality with his art is kind of what we are about, so its something I would love to consider in the future if I could justify it financially.

B: Lastly, whats next for Arty Globe?

I: I think the next thing for us definitely is branching out from Greenwich. Its something we’ve discussed and talked about for such a long time now and in the form of wholesaling our more established product lines but also in terms of displaying Hartwigs art in separate locations and getting our products into other stores in the UK and online, and really taking this business to the next level. Hartwigs current UK map development and what it could do for our range, as well as the pre exiting ‘Our Wonderful Planet’ work we think have th universal appeal to achieve success outside of our Greenwich store. As mentioned before, we have the confidence and we believe we offer something unique, practical and above all beautiful so we really want to get more people to see it in a variety of ways.

 

Greenwich Market - Royal Visit

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We touched on the official opening of the market last month, not only to mention the opening celebrations but also the arrival of the incredible new signs to compliment the brand-new roof. What we didn’t mention however was the impending arrival of a famous face and not just any face at that, but a royal in the form of Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

He made quite the entrance, opting for a green Bentley to get him here before making his presence known whilst being shown around the market, one of the many stops the Prince is currently taking as part of his tour around the country. Locals and business owners a-like couldn’t wait for his arrival and as you can see in the pictures above. There was quite the turnout, with one lady in particular not being able to resist showing off her patriotic passion, greeting the Prince in a spectacular looking union-jack inspired outfit.

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It is really an exciting time for the market here in Greenwich, the improvements have really injected a new interest in the area, which has been great for business and the overall feel. The market really is at it's best when it's alive with shoppers and visitors alike, and what with the evenings getting lighter and the weather getting warmer, we cannot wait to see what these improvements bring. If you’re in the area make sure you come and see the changes, but also pop into our store and visit our downstairs gallery space!

Our Square Print Range

Aside from the obvious favourites when it comes to the products we offer here at Arty Globe, such as our our jigsaws, mugs and of course our aprons, Hartwigs art as a stand-alone product has understandably always been something that’s just as popular. One of the brilliant things about our Gallery Shop is our in-house facilitation to print to order which means we can not only offer limited but also open edition images that cover the broad and exciting portfolio that Hartwig himself now holds in the form of canvas, framed and mounted print.

We offer prints in various sizepoints, designs and finish, but by far one of our most popular and most loved ones which we want to mention here, are our open edition square mounted and framed prints.

The perfect size for any room, wall or mantelpiece, It’s also one of the most accessible ways for people to own a piece of Hartwigs unique perspective. Probably the biggest draw of this product range is the ‘range’ itself which to date is extremely broad, and is only set to get broader. Hartwig has worked on a huge amount of locations that don’t just cover the City of London, but also spread across the whole of England and Scotland including Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh.

   

 

It isn’t just London which gets a look-in in terms of choice here, various other locations feature in the selection too, meaning if you’re visiting or thinking for the perfect gift for a friend from a foreign location to remind them a little bit of home, this could be the perfect thing.

Hartwig’s images of Sydney, New York, Paris, Rome, Venice, Berlin and Barcelona have all been re-composed for this range, with more sure to come as Hartwig gradually expands his portfolio and also his travels.

 

It’s not just the many locations that were proud to offer but also a vast selection of styles to choose from. As you can see in the image of Paris above, there’s single colour monochromatic, black and white, retro and of course, full colour options to choose from meaning the absolute ultimate choice for all tastes and needs.

As mentioned before, these prints come in a choice of mount only and framed editions, giving you the choice to display them as you wish to suit your home, or have the hassle taken away with the image already placed into one of our high quality black frames.

It doesn’t stop there though, we also offer a small selection of our own custom curated double and triple mounted versions for those who fancy something even more special who still love the look of square crops. We also offer discounts on group purchases in this range in case you have your own idea as to how you want to group your own together at home!

 
Fancy one for yourself? You can access the full range of our square prints in framed and mounted variations on our websitehere as well as in our gallery shop, starting from as little as £18. 

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The 'Our Wonderful Planet' Range

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Easter is coming, as is the March Equinox and the clocks going forward an hour so what better way to celebrate these changes to our planet than to talk about something that fits that very mould! One of our most popular visual pieces here in our Arty Globe shop is without a doubt Hartwigs extremely special and extensive map of the world, aptly entitled ‘Our Wonderful Planet’. Featuring an extensive amount of iconography relative to every continent exposing its wildlife, cultures, landmarks and traditions, as well as featuring the planets that surround us as well as the worlds airlines. Its an extremely popular piece as you can probably tell!

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We touch about this a lot more with a post Hartwig has made on his own blog about the piece, which can be found here.

In terms of ‘Our Wonderful Planet’ as a product however, size really does matter here. Because its such an extensive piece with lots of little fine details and things to pick out, this image is spread into our ranges that really help keep things expansive and visible. We offer art prints of this in a variety of size-points (from 70 x 50cm or even made to measure) as well as also offering it as an open edition canvas also in a range of sizes.

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Perhaps our most popular product that features this image however is the jigsaw ranges we offer in our store. We have a1000 piece cardboard variation which goes with a variety of other 1000 piece jigsaws in our range, as well as a 500 piece Wentworth wooden jigsaw featuring those infamous ‘Whimsey Pieces’ which are designed to be tricker and feel a little bit more special to the touch. We also used to offer an extremely special 1500 piece wooden version of this image which priced an extremely tough challenge to complete in its entirety! However this is something we no longer produce.

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You can purchase one of these jigsaws online or in our store for £25 and £59 each.