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August 2016

THE CAMPAIGN

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A first view of the new campaign. Delighted with how it has come out.


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August 2016

SOMETHINGS MAGAZINE

SOME/THINGS

The Paris-based publication SOME/THINGS has just featured the new work for the Tallowin Edition Project, by artist Mona Oren.

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July 2016

THE EDITION PROJECT - MONA OREN

I'm delighted to announce this season's contributor to the ongoing Tallowin Edition Project is the artist Mona Oren. Each season a new contributor is invited to create a fresh piece of work to be presented at 4 Windmill Street. Just four Editions are produced each year, each one released in sync with the astrological calendar; Solstice, Equinox, Solstice, Equinox.

Mona is best known for her delicate work in wax, a material she has been working with for many years. The piece she created for the project is something of a departure for her - paper thin leaves of wax, textured with graphite powder and broken with gestural line of black seal-wax. This work, simply entitled 'Cycle', is produced in a series of just five 'prints', signed and numbered, each subtly different. The first of these is bought by myself and joins the earlier Editions by other artists on the walls of the store at 4 Windmill Street. The remaining four 'prints' in Mona's series (as well as those from the previous artists) are available for purchase at the store.

  • Wax, seal-wax, graphite
  • Signed and numbered edition of 5
  • 52.5cm x 40.5cm work dimensions
  • 48.0cm x 60.0cm frame dimensions
  • £550 Framed

Mona's delicate work is only available framed, all other works are sold unframed. Please write to editions@marktallowin.co.uk for more information.

The images show Mona creating her work in the studio in Paris, as captured by photographer Stephanie Carranza..

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July 2016

THE SHOOT

Today we shot my very first campaign; Such a great crowd of contributors and participents. This is just a quick snapshot I took, behind the scenes, whilst photographer Adam Laycock worked his magic. Full campaign to be released shortly - Watch this space

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June 2016

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TALLOWIN in Paris

I will be in Paris on the 21st and 22nd of June to help finalise the new work by the artist Mona Oren, this season's contributor to the Edition Project. I am delighted she is involved and excited to see what she has been developing. I'll have some of my Core Collection models with me and will be happy to meet to show my work to any interested parties. Please write to mt@marktallowin.co.uk to request an appointment. MT

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June 2016

HOLBORN MAGAZINE

A few images from the shoot for Holborn Magazine magazine. Photographed by Anaïck Crozon

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June 2016

A visit to the studio of glassblower Michael Ruh

A few images from yesterday's inspiring visit to the studios of renowned glass-blower Michael Ruh. MT

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May 2016

FourPlay Theatre Festival, Paris

Earlier this year I was invited to create a unique prop for the FourPlay theatre festival in Paris. The piece I came up with - half power-object and half hobble-stick - was one of four created specially for the festival and presented to the writers to craft their narratives around many months ago. The performances happened last week and I've just received these beautiful images, shot by Stephanie Carranza, of my work in action. The festival runs over the course of a weekend and presents four newly commissioned plays, hence its playfully provocative name. All four scripts included all four of the props, each framed in different terms and pressed to different purposes. Mine found itself becoming, in turn, a harpoon / an oar / a rifle / a 'Gallows'. By all accounts the festival - only now in its second year - was a great sucess. I am honoured to have played a small role.

  • Last line of Defence - Joseph Taylor
  • The Curator - Emma Philips
  • Away From Them - Josh Richards
  • The Sower Works for Mastery by Turning the Wheel - Matt Rosen

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May 2016

Makers and Mavericks

I'm honoured to have been included in "Makers and Mavericks"; the yearly compendium published by Hiut Denim which draws attention to those people who are shaking things up and making their own way in the world.

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May 2016

HOLE&CORNER

New shoot of the Kettlebell for publication in Hole&Corner magazine. Photographed by Adam Laycock

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May 2016

PRESS : AnOTHER MAGAZINE

AnOther Magazine Article

Article written by Rebecca May Johnson.


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March 2016

Shooting at Whitesands, New Mexico

A few snaps from our impromptu filmshoot at the incredible Whitesands, New Mexico. The film is currently being edited - subscribe here to be amongst the first to see it.

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March 2016

A VISIT WITH MASTER BLACKSMITH FRANK TURLEY

A few images from our recent trip to Master Blacksmith Frank Turley, one of the most respected working in the US.

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Mysterious Runes burnt into the door of the Forge.


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March 2016

Roadtrip across the States

On the 8th March I set out on a trip stateside, to visit friends and to present the new instalment of the TALLOWIN Edition Project. What began as a simple decision to return to NYC from Marfa, Tx (where the new Edition work - by Texas poet Caitlin Collins Murray - was presented) quickly turned into a mammoth roadtrip across the southern States with two dear friends. 3500 miles later we made it back to the Big Apple, charged up and inspired. I will be posting separate entries on some of the highlights of the journey over the next week or so, including a trip to the incredible DIA BEACON art foundation in upstate New York, a visit with Frank Turley, one of the finest blacksmiths working in the USA and our impromptu film-shoot in the pristine White Sands desert of New Mexico.

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El Paso, Texas.


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On the road to Las Vegas, New Mexico.


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Between Austin and Marfa : Our first sunset in the West Texas desert.


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Manhattan at midnight.

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March 2016

A Visit to DIA BEACON

One of the highlights of the recent trip to the US was my visit the the incredble DIA:BEACON in upstate New York.

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March 2016

PRESS : TWIN MAGAZINE

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TWIN Magazine Article Written by Mariella Agapiou. Photography by Joe Quigg.

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February 2016

The Norfolk Coast

A few snaps from an atmosphepheric (read misty) weekend trip to Blakeney Point, Norfolk.

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February 2016

A VISIT TO OLD TOWN OUTFITTERS

I have been interested in the work of OLD TOWN, a made-to-order outfitters based in Norfolk, for some time and have always planned on visiting for a closer look. This weekend, prompted by a recent article in AnOther Magazine, we made the trip to their store in Holt.

The article - written by Rebecca May Johnson and published this week - was part of a series on "Radically Slow Fashion". It described OLD TOWN as specialising in "modern versions of 20th century workwear". Their focus is on timeless design, drawing influence from the more relaxed tailoring of the mid century. There are many touches which mark their work as distinctly their own - the particular outline of their patch pockets springs to mind. All work is made to order, the cloth being cut above the shop and carefully sewn by machinists working from home. The quality is impeccable; French seams abound.

The fact that their business model is now considered unusual speaks of how far we have been pulled into the seasonal model of 'fast fashion'. The waiting list currently stands at four to six weeks which seems like time well spent when you expect to have something for many, many years. Imagine the excitement of someone who has just ordered a garment, the 'Unity' jacket perhaps, to be made up in 'Airforce Blue' Merino lambswool and delivered - just for the sake of argument - to a certain leatherworker at 4 Windmill Street in a months time.

The walls upstairs are shrouded with card patterns. Hidden behind are all sorts of research materials - casual snapshots, old photographs, obscure documents. I spotted an image of artist Joseph Beuys' 'Felt Suit' sculpture as well as the incredible 'Sentry', a marionette created by Sophie Taeuber-Arp in 1918.

On rare occasion, OLD TOWN transport their samples to London, setting up a showroom in a Townhouse in the East End which is open by appointment. The next presentation is 11-15th March. I would highly recommend.

MT

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The series features OLD TOWN , UNIVERSAL UTILITY (whose shopfront - IN-KU - is just five minutes from mine) as well as my own work. AnOther Magazine : TALLOWIN. I feel grateful to be in such good company.


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February 2016

A visit to PERFUMER H

Today I had the opportunity to visit PERFUMER H, the brainchild of Lyn Harris, one of the very few classically trained - and most respected - 'noses' currently working in London.

Speaking with lyn it is immediately clear that PERFUMER H is a deeply personal project. Her life as a perfumer begun whilst studying in Grasse, a city considered the perfume capital of the world. For the last twenty years she has worked in some of the most long-standing houses in Europe, inhabiting the mysterious world of 'Accords' and 'Absolutes'. She recently took some time off to reflect on what it means to create scents which live in the wider world we inhabit. Her conclusion - made manifest in PERFUMER H - seems to me to be deeply human. There is a very warm and personal feel to the space. The bottles are individually made by Michael Ruh, a glass-blower who I have great respect for. The perfumes themselves are all composed by Lyn in the laboratory set at the back of the store. She mentioned in passing that her scents are perhaps not for everyone but the few friends of mine who I know wear her work are vocal fans.

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January 2016

The Edition Project, by Pedro de Costa Felgueiras

I am delighted to announce the latest Edition - by Pedro de Costa Felgueiras - is now released. It was unveiled at a launch party at the 4 Windmill Street store to great response.

Writer Chris Newens was asked to offer his take on the Edition Project as it stands at this point in time. His article, which dips into topics from 'Walpole's serendipity' to 'beetle crushing', can be found here. Please do take a look, it is a fascinating read.

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January 2016

Eglise De Varengeville

This weekend has been spent visiting a few friends in a beautiful village by the name of Varengeville in Normandy. The village's church - perched on the top of a hill overlooking the ocean - is nothing short of remarkable. Originally built in the 12th century by a small group of monks and enlarged in the 16th, the church has since become something of a focus for more contemporary design. Georges Braque designed a series of stained glass windows for the church - windows which now continue to flood the interior with waves of lapis and azure.

It is incredible to consider the depth of human presence here. The southern nave was likely built under the patronage of Jehan Ango, a native of nearby Dieppe and a powerful associate of the King of France. He owned a fleet of ships and would often set them forth to new lands on voyages of conquest and discovery. The southern pillars date from this period and are carved with images of scallop shells, strange sea creatures and what are believed to be depictions of 16th c. south americans, evidence of the far reach of his vessels. Years later Jehan Ango would be imprisoned, destitute, for failure to pay tax on his profits as a privateer, a form of state-sanctioned piracy.

Raoul Ubac, a friend of George Braque and a fellow artist, was commissioned to produce a second series of glass windows, the almost calligraphic panels high in the Southern wall. Perhaps the most striking paintings hung on these ancient limestone walls are those of Michel Ciry, the local artist who gave a large piece called'Christ the Redeemer' to the Church in 1998, around 800 years into the history of this building. The piece was later joined by two other canvasses which now flank this first work. At first glance I would admit these felt slightly jarring in such an old setting, but the more time I spent in their company the less incongruous they felt. After a while, their un-forced manner and blunt, heartfelt humanity felt like a fitting continuation of this ancient church of priests and pirates.

MT

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December 2015

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Tuesday 22th Dec : The Winter Solstice

The Edition : Pedro da Costa Felgueiras

The Winter Solstice : The sun - having reached its nadir today - starts to rise a little earlier and retire a little later. From this point things begin to feel a bit lighter and a little brighter. This pivotal moment in the astrological calendar has been celebrated for millennia as the beginning of the return of light and colour to dark winters.

Aside from the celestial connection, the Solstices - as well as their counterparts the Equinoxes - are of special importance for the label. On each of these turning-points we release the latest instalment of the Edition Project, the series of limited edition works by individuals invited to contribute their unique talents.

I am delighted that the renowned historical paint-maker and lacquerer Pedro da Costa Felguerias is contributing to this project. For the last twenty years Pedro's world has been one of pestle and mortar, pigment and medium. It is fair to say he is one of the leading experts in this ancient practice and I am honoured he is involved. He has created sixteen unique works which, as of today, are available at 4 Windmill street.

As Pedro is currently working on a project in Lisbon we will be hosting a presentation on his return, offering people a chance to see the whole set of works in their combined configuration. I know there are many of you excited to see this work in person so I will be happy to offer private previews between now and then.

There is so much to talk about with this project, from the methods and materials used, to the discovery of "Walpole's serendipity" but I fear I'm not the man to truly do them justice. I'll stick to leatherwork and let the other specialists, be it in lacquer or in letters, take care of the story. Writer Chris Newens has agreed to craft a narrative around this project, featuring behind-the-scenes photographs of the series coming together in Pedro's studio, which will be published alongside the event.

(ed. The Edition is now released - please see here for the full article )

For a closer look at the #TallowinEditionProject

As ever, if there is anything I can help with or to organise to view the work, please make contact directly at mt@marktallowin.co.uk or editions@marktallowin.co.uk

MT

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November 2015

Three Years Strong

This week we celebrate three years since the launch of the label. I'm feeling very fortunate that I am able to do what I love on a daily basis. I often say that TALLOWIN is a one-man-band, and while I continue to be responsible for every facet of the label, it is only through the involvement of others that this has become a reality. I would like to whole-heartedly thank everyone who has helped make this possible, from early supporters to long-standing clients.

MT

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November 2015

Unveiled : The Carta Collection

I have been developing a collection of minimal wallets for quite some time. After a year's development, today I launch the Carta Collection.

The Carta Collection is comprised of five models, all created in the finest Italian leather and individually hand-stitched in French linen thread. All work continues to be crafted by myself, to order, on the bench at 4 Windmill Street. My aim is to produce small numbers of items to the very best of my ability - items which will last, and I hope be cherished, for decades to come. Please take a look at the Carta Collection.

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November 2015

A VISIT TO BLENHIEM FORGE

This weekend I visited a few friends - three knifemakers who work together under the name Blenhiem Forge. They specialise in hand-forged chef knives in the Japanese tradition, predominantly using Hitachi Blue and White-Paper steels in their blades. Recent experiments with pattern-welded iron/nickel Damascus have given rise to a new offering - their fourth archetype, the Gyuto. All their work is completed in-house, from hand-forging, through the numerous dramatic processes needed to breath life into steel.

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November 2015

WALPOLE CRAFTED PROGRAMME

I'm delighted to announce I have been selected to join this years Walpole CRAFTED programme. The programme was founded seven years ago by WALPOLE - Britain's luxury goods association - as a way to develop the role that craftsmanship has within the luxury world. This year just seven participants have been selected to form the small cohort of craft businesses which will be offered mentorship by some of the long-established members of the organisation; companies such as Gieves & Hawkes, Alexander McQueen and Rolls-Royce. MT

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Walpole CRAFTED Programme


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November 2015

FROM THE SMALLEST OF ACORNS...

Today sees the launch of a new endeavour - a journal offering a look behind the scenes of the label.

The aim of the Journal is to bridge the gap between the more day-to-day excitement in the studio, as viewed on Instagram, and the intentionally slow and steady rate of change with the collections themselves, presented on the website itself. I imagine publishing something every couple of weeks, sometimes more sometimes less.

Around a year ago I took the plunge into the world of Instagram with a single image, just as I start the Journal today. The photograph above is from my recent trip to visit to Sweden to visit friends and discuss an upcoming project.

"From the smallest of acorns..." as the saying goes.

MT

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