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Our Social Media Channels

Social media is a huge part of daily life - and it is not just personal pages; each business, big or small needs to have a presence on the popular social media channels.

Therefore, we thought it important to refresh your minds of where you can follow, like, retweet, regram, share us...

 

Our most used page is Facebook, where you can us at: https://www.facebook.com/ArtyGlobebyHB/ for all links, updates and images shared.

The Arty Globe Facebook page is linked to our Twitter account too - although we do sometimes tweet about other things concerning us, the local area (Greenwich, London) and other things of interest or humourous! You can find us on Twitter @artyglobe.  Also, artist Hartwig has his own Twitter account if you want to follow updates from the drawing board... @hartwigbraun !

 Similarly, on Instagram you can follow both Arty Globe and Hartwig! You'll conveniently find us with the same usernames: @artyglobe and @hartwigbraun !

 

To intrigue you even more, sometimes we hold social media competitions so keep an eye out for your chance to win some cool prizes!

We are also contactable via our social media, so do share anything with us you think we would like - incuding any photos of Hartwig's art or gifts in your home!

New Work Displayed

At Arty Globe, we have been moving some things around in the shop and gallery. The exhibition space downstairs has proved to be really popular; so keep things fresh, we have moved some artwork around.

You can now see the hand drawn artwork of 'Greenwich to Canary Wharf' as a limited edition canvas and line drawing on display. Can you imagine a copy in your home or workspace? Hartwig's latest drawing of the area to date. Including Docklands and Canary Wharf, the Emirates Cable Car, round to the recognisable Old Royal Naval College and Cutty Sark.

Meanwhile, the London Looking West original still proudly hangs for you to see the exquisite detail of Hartwig's work, as well as, London Looking East Line Drawing now on display in the Arty Globe shop.

We're All Going on an Arty Globe Summer Holiday

With summer upon us and less than a week untli the six week school holidays, we wanted to share some great Arty Globe ideas with you...

Our Urban Aprons are certain to liven up your BBQ, with bright colours and Hartwig's quirky style. All aprons are unisex and one size fits all.

If you are travelling by plane, train or automobile and need ot the little ones busy this summer, our Mini Jigsaws (20, 54 & 100 pieces) or Postcard Colouring Set are ideal. Compact, lightweights and fun!

Hardback Notebooks make for a great travel journal; especially the 'Our Wonderful Planet' design. You can see where you have travelled to!

For those who love nothing more than a book while on the beach, you will not lose your page with our Magnetic Bookmarks; clipping onto your page and not falling out...incase you doze off

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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.