DIY FUN: PINS & PATCHES

Half term is over, boohoo.  To cheer ourselves up, we’ve put together some of our favouritepins and patches, guaranteed to put a smile on your accessories faces!  Feel free to stick them on your backpacks, jackets, jean pockets, pencil cases and even your socks! The possibilities are endless.

Bels Art - Crazy for cats and love drawing? Then Kitty the artist is waiting to be pinned by you! @belsartworld

Bels Art - Crazy for cats and love drawing? Then Kitty the artist is waiting to be pinned by you!

@belsartworld

Lazy Oaf - Yummy pin alert! We’re sure you’ll droll over this pin, we sure are! *Unfortunately this pin is not edible @lazyoafs

Lazy Oaf - Yummy pin alert! We’re sure you’ll droll over this pin, we sure are! *Unfortunately this pin is not edible

@lazyoafs

Chris Uphues -  It’s a tray of love patches! And we’re head over heels. @chrisuphues

Chris Uphues -  It’s a tray of love patches! And we’re head over heels.

@chrisuphues

Mokuyobi -  3,2,1 Launch off! This patch is for the explorers of the world. Whatever adventure you are going on next be sure to take the space explorer patch with you. @mokuyobithreads

Mokuyobi -  3,2,1 Launch off! This patch is for the explorers of the world. Whatever adventure you are going on next be sure to take the space explorer patch with you.

@mokuyobithreads

Skinny Dip - We were eggstatic to find the egg patch and we think it will look cracking on your jeans. @skinnydiplondon

Skinny Dip - We were eggstatic to find the egg patch and we think it will look cracking on your jeans.

@skinnydiplondon

Fairy Cakes – Say cheese with this pastel coloured pin, it’ll brighten up any accessory. @fairy_cakes

Fairy Cakes – Say cheese with this pastel coloured pin, it’ll brighten up any accessory.

@fairy_cakes

Patchymon Sew – Quack quack! We adore these super cute children patches that are melting our hearts.

Patchymon Sew – Quack quack! We adore these super cute children patches that are melting our hearts.

Cubb Kids – How amazing is this? You can make your own custom patch with your name on it! Perfect for decorating you camp blanket ponchos. @cubbkids

Cubb Kids – How amazing is this? You can make your own custom patch with your name on it! Perfect for decorating you camp blanket ponchos.

@cubbkids

Something MEGA exciting is brewing....

Something SUPER MEGA exciting is brewing at Anorak Towers. We are not allowed to reveal it all just yet but what we can tell you is that it is an exciting upcoming collaboration with a London-based home interiors company..... It involves lots of fun characters including this ladybird clown by Chi He. More will be revealed soon!

filmS and illustrations: oh yes!

At Anorak, we love beautifully illustrated magazines so imagine our glee when we discovered that a new beautifully illustrated magazine is about to launch on the scene!  

Beneficial Shock Magazine is a new humorous and irreverent film magazine like no other and we cannot wait to get our hands on it. Here, we meet its founder Phil Wrigglesworth to find out a bit more.  

What is Beneficial Shock! magazine about?

Beneficial Shock! Magazine is a thematic film magazine. Within every issue the theme is discussed and investigated in as diverse and unexpected ways as possible. We dive deep into the theme to retrieve treasures form the darkest corners of the world of film, bringing these discoveries to life through a pool of talented illustrators, designers, photographers and writers.

What type of content should we expect in it?

There are visual essays, written features, graphic novellas, photography, parody advertisements, typography and much much more. Benny Shock himself is part of the production team, so there will soon be our very own mascot in the making.  

What plans do you have lined up for Beneficial Shock! Magazine? 

We have lots of ideas bubbling away. Our ambition is to make a magazine that you can watch at the cinema with all our lovely illustration and design 'moving' to help create an experiential magazine. We’d like to be a magazine that contributes to the development of editorial illustration and design by embedding progressive thinking through our commissioning process. We want to help lead the discussion around the future of cross-platform content generation while making people smile (and possibly whince too!). With all this said, we'd really just like to get to issue two without both having a nervous breakdown! 

Why should we read Beneficial Shock! magazine?

If you love film then read it, if you love bright adventurous and riotous illustration then read it and if you're an aesthetics junkie this hit will blow your mind! Go on give your eyes and brain a good day out within our printed pages! You might return a changed person!

We cannot wait to read this!

In the meantime, if you fancy a copy of Beneficial Shock Magazine or know someone who will, click here to support the magazine on Kickstarter now.

Other really interesting illustrated magazines we love reading at Anorak are: Bone Shaker Magazine and Amuseum Magazine. Check them out below!

Boneshaker Magazine. A sideways look at cycling for bicycle lovers of all stripes, full of the passion, poetry and politics of life on two wheels.

Boneshaker Magazine. A sideways look at cycling for bicycle lovers of all stripes, full of the passion, poetry and politics of life on two wheels.

AMuseum The playful magazine that sees objects differently. Crammed with original illustration, comics, essays and contagious trivia.

AMuseum The playful magazine that sees objects differently. Crammed with original illustration, comics, essays and contagious trivia.

Reasons To Be Happy! Vol 8

Woohoo it's half term! That is definitely a reason to be happy and put a smile on your face (we can see you grinning from here!). We hope you enjoy our round up of happy things & happy places to go this half term. Enjoy your adventures!

Woohoo it's half term! That is definitely a reason to be happy and put a smile on your face (we can see you grinning from here!). We hope you enjoy our round up of happy things & happy places to go this half term. Enjoy your adventures!

Happy Valentines. Happy Valentines Day for Tuesday 14th February everyone! Anorak would like to say thank you for the love so far this year, you've all been marvellous. Stay tuned as next month we have lots of exciting things happening... just for you!

Happy Valentines.
Happy Valentines Day for Tuesday 14th February everyone! Anorak would like to say thank you for the love so far this year, you've all been marvellous. Stay tuned as next month we have lots of exciting things happening... just for you!

This Is Not A Dream. We highly recommend trying out a Rainbow bagel, choose from toppings such as Nutella, salt beef or cream cheese or you could have them all together!

This Is Not A Dream.
We highly recommend trying out a Rainbow bagel, choose from toppings such as Nutella, salt beef or cream cheese or you could have them all together!

Crafting With Love. In the mood for some creative creations? Why not visit Mr Printables, where you can download free fun printables for children and families. You'll be glued to your chair.  

Crafting With Love.
In the mood for some creative creations? Why not visit Mr Printables, where you can download free fun printables for children and families. You'll be glued to your chair.  

Scrapbook Fun. Get scrapbooking with this 'gigantissimo' scrapbook that will keep all budding artists nicely entertained. Cut, glue, stick, draw and colour in. Let the fun begin! 

Scrapbook Fun.
Get scrapbooking with this 'gigantissimo' scrapbook that will keep all budding artists nicely entertained. Cut, glue, stick, draw and colour in. Let the fun begin! 

Amazing App. A new app from BBC Earth featuring some of the most incredible work on the natural world has been released on iOS and Android - absolutely free! Search by species, habitat and behaviour. How cool is that?!

Amazing App.
A new app from BBC Earth featuring some of the most incredible work on the natural world has been released on iOS and Android - absolutely free! Search by species, habitat and behaviour. How cool is that?!

Magical Lanterns.  The Magical Lantern Festival is an annual event full of art, heritage and culture to mark the end of Chinese New Year. It has the most beautiful light installations that your eyes will ever see!

Magical Lanterns. 
The Magical Lantern Festival is an annual event full of art, heritage and culture to mark the end of Chinese New Year. It has the most beautiful light installations that your eyes will ever see!

Bear-y Cool. Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, in Newcastle has a bear-illiant teddy bear adventure. Inspired by the clawsome world of Bears in children’s literature, the exhibition has beautiful, inspiring illustrations. There's also room for your teddy too!

Bear-y Cool.
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, in Newcastle has a bear-illiant teddy bear adventure. Inspired by the clawsome world of Bears in children’s literature, the exhibition has beautiful, inspiring illustrations. There's also room for your teddy too!

Hug A Tree. Go get some super fresh air and take a magical wonder to your local park, you'll be surprised at how many tress are just waiting to be hugged. Don't forget to say hello to the squirrels for us!

Hug A Tree.
Go get some super fresh air and take a magical wonder to your local park, you'll be surprised at how many tress are just waiting to be hugged. Don't forget to say hello to the squirrels for us!

Animal Mummies. This fascinating exhibition at Liverpool's World Musueum explores ancient Egyptian animal mummies. Discover the history of life in ancient Egypt and the animals that lived there too. You won’t be able to wrap your head around it!

Animal Mummies.
This fascinating exhibition at Liverpool's World Musueum explores ancient Egyptian animal mummies. Discover the history of life in ancient Egypt and the animals that lived there too. You won’t be able to wrap your head around it!