Just when we thought this curly form couldn’t get any better, an edible shortbread ampersand turned up at our door courtesy of Maid of Gingerbread. Each section of this typographic treat contains more mini biscuits! If anyone fancies commissioning an edible animation we have the perfect team assembled and some willing tasters to erm… dissemble the sets when we wrap.
Fred & Eric’s pet biscuit takes a dunk in our finest crockery.
Move over Mr Whippy, there’s a new ice cream maker in town….
One of our very talented collaborators, Ashley Pay has created this ampersand car specially for Fred & Eric’s outdoor pursuits. We think this may be the first car design made from our favourite curly character? Now how can we get this vehicle on the production line?!
Art and Design fabricator, Neil Lemaire has created this freehand ampersand to add to our curly collection, using a mixture of waxes in a melting pot.
This is just a teaser of Neil’s talents, which include mould making, bronze casting, steel fabrication and armature making. He even finds time to run courses teaching all of these skills.
Find out more about Neil here: www.neillemaire.com
Fred & Eric recently met with the very talented illustrator and Animator, Ben Cady, who brought this offering to our ampersand hall of fame; a building site ampersand. We thought this very apt, considering there is a building site not too dissimilar currently filling the view from our studio window.
Sharing our love of the handmade, Ben specialises in hand-drawn films. Creating simple and expressive animations which are made using traditional pencil-on-paper techniques.
You can see a handful of Ben’s animations on his Vimeo page.
And keep an eye out for Ben’s latest work at this year’s animation festivals.
Despite the frosty winds and freezing temperatures, Fred & Eric dusted off their Easter bonnets with excitement when they received this latest Spring ampersand from Kim Richardson.
Created entirely from moss, spring flowers and a glue gun - this ampersand is certainly brightening up Fred & Eric HQ.
Follow what Kim’s been up to on her website: http://cargocollective.com/kimrichardson
Animator and Illustrator Rosanna Wan caught our eye this week when her lovely ampersand popped into our inboxes. It’s the first we’ve had to take on human form. Perfectly adapted into a waving character and very aptly dressed for this wintery weather!
Rosanna’s tactile portfolio features an array of collage, hand drawn and stop-motion work. Particularly catching the attention of F&E are a beautifully flowing inky animation about a whale, as well as Rosanna’s graduation film featuring a cast of brilliantly characterised retired cowboys, called Skip Town.
Check out Rosanna’s work here: www.rosanna-wan.com
And more of her animations on her Vimeo page: vimeo.com/rosannawan
Known for their signature dance moves, F&E love nothing more than to put on their dancing shoes and throw some serious shapes.
So it must have been handmade psychic intuition that led 3D designer Thomas Bird to create this super-shiny multi-layered ampersand. Giving F&E’s ever-changing marque a disco-chic makeover. Now the party can begin!
Take a look at Thomas’s paper creations on his website: www.thomas-bird.co.uk
Fred & Eric love nothing more than things that come in twos, so were over the moon to be sent this knitted ampersand by the incredibly talented twins Olivia & Maisie.
Creators of their own blog ‘Twins & Needles’, these girls love everything handmade, and created this ampersand with nimble fingers and a keen eye for knitted detail.
F&E were especially impressed with the detail of the knitted flower and all of the tiny hand-sewn beads, which must have taken an enviable amount of patience to complete!
It’s already pride of place in our studio’s ampersand shelf-of-fame. F&E are looking forward to what the girls create next…
Take a look at Olivia & Maisie’s fantastic blog here: twinsandneedles.blogspot.co.uk
In celebration of Fred & Eric’s double award winning month; our Promax award for the Channel 4 Competition Spot and The Squeakiest Roar winning Best Animated Short Film at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, our favourite cake-baker Phyllis Knowles has created this yummy edible ampersand creation. Needless to say it didn’t last too long, but this photograph will guarantee to make us hungry for more every time we see it!
In her second addition to our ampersand gallery, designer and illustrator Laura Hopewell has created this hand-cut navajo inspired ampersand. Proving her paper-cutting prowess and expert eye for colour.
Native American arts & crafts have officially arrived in the F&E studio and we’re championing this papercut trend!
Check our Laura’s work on her website:
Chris Anderson popped in to Fred & Eric HQ this week to share some of his fantasticillustrations and cardboard creations.
Not only were we super impressed with his lovely work, but also thrilled to receive an excellent gift in the form of this monster ampersand!
Our cyclops friend sits proudly on the F&E mantlepiece, growling at any unwanted intruders. Visit the office at your own peril!
See Chris’ work here - www.andoillustrates.co.uk
An ampersand for all seasons. The latest addition to our ampersand collection in the form of an animation created by our intern, Mateusz Napieralski.
Fred & Eric’s brilliant intern Mateusz has hatched this inspired chicken ampersand design, ready for our Easter break.
Needless to say Mateusz’s eggcellent design is now pride of place in F&E’s collection, but strangely enough… the chocolate egg is nowhere to be seen.
Catch up on the world of Mateusz on his website.
Happy Easter from F&E!
Fred & Eric Celebrate their first Birthday today! In true F&E style, we thought it only fitting to mark this momentous date with an ampersand candle.
Thanks to everyone who’s emailed us ampersands over the past year. We’re really proud of our blog and excited to keep adding to it over the next year!
Lots of love from Fred & Eric (AKA Jamie, Sarah & Maggie)
(photograph by Andrew Meredith)
Craft lover Nicky Hartnell has come up trumps with this little fella. Seems like her love of ampersands might rival Fred & Eric’s as this is Nicky’s third submission to our blog. Find out more about Nicky and her crafty creations on her website I Love Making Stuff.
And a special mention to our intern Mateusz for his inventive photography!
Katie & Will (not that Kate and Will) have taken a break from their world of film and documentary making. Swapping live action for stills, they’ve illuminated Fred & Eric’s ampersand collection by light writing on long exposure photos behind an ampersand stencil.
Fred & Eric think the photographs are magical.
Happy New Year from F&E! And what better way to celebrate our first working day of 2012 with a new ampersand inspired by the glorious weather…
Whilst rummaging around the thrift stores in New York City, Jamie Pigram, Fred & Eric’s Head of Production discovered an unexpected gem. Hidden in a back street in the East Village, this rustic looking ampersand was waiting to be discovered by an eagle eye.
Now, just to find that vintage designer handbag…