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!
Fred & Eric love nothing more than collaborating, which is why every month we change our logo banner to showcase a new ampersand we’ve been sent.
If you’re a fellow lover of this curly form, please send us an ampersand. It could be an illustration, animation, 3D or even made from spaghetti! F&E will post your design on the blog along with a little something about yourself.
If you’re short of inspiration, click back through the pages of our blog to see past submissions.
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…
Today’s ampersand comes from London based photographer, Andrew Meredith. Although the characters aren’t quite to brand… we are assured by Andrew he’s not trying to get rid of Eric.
The story goes that he spent a good few hours rummaging through a drawer of old type but alas, it seemed like there were slim pickings when it came to F’s. So he settled with another E. We’re just happy these lovely letters made him think of us and now we know which of F&E is Andrew’s favourite…
Budding animation and illustration student, Mateusz Napieralski has this just delivered this handmade ampersand to our inbox, giving Fred & Eric an insight into Mateusz’s characterful and crazy world of illustration and we love it!
Mateusz is currently studying Motion Graphics at Ravensbourne. Check out more of his work at www.gustofwind.co.uk
The very talented Katie Wharton has followed up her ampersand book with a beautiful embroidered cushion. Going a step further and creating Fred & Eric’s entire logo by hand!
Katie’s creation is making F & E want to curl up with a cup of tea under their desks as summer draws to a close. Now where did we put those hobnobs….
This chunky ampersand was not strictly handmade especially for Fred & Eric… but it was bought especially for them. Which is equally appreciated!
Given to us by one of Fred & Eric’s surrogate mums, Christine Pigram - this wooden beauty has already firmly bedded down as a valued addition to the collection here in the studio.
No… it’s not Fred or Eric’s birthday, but they still love presents! Especially ampersand shaped ones courtesy of Paul Campbell.
Eagle eyed visitors to the blog may recognise its form underneath that lovely wrapping, as Paul’s previously posted concrete ampersand. Which inspired us to reprise it for September’s banner.
Follow Paul’s world of concrete and tips on wrapping unusual shaped presents on Twitter @pauljcampbell
Proving ampersands can be found in unlikely locations, Helen Foers found this tiny form while painting her walls. The only good thing to come of a brush with shedding bristles! Fred & Eric are happy it made Helen think of them.
Catch up with Helen and her amazing world of handmade at her Storeyshop Store on Etsy and follow her on Twitter @storeyshop.
What better way to mark the first day of August, than with a brilliant new ampersand creation by Katie Wharton. We are assured she fully studied her Latin text book before cutting it up in her homage to the ampersand’s humble origins.
Katie’s design was inspired by tracing the history of this much loved character to the first century AD, where it was originally a ligature of the letters e and t (‘et’ being Latin for 'and’ if you slept through your Latin lessons).
The finished product is a result of carving through the book using a mixture of machinery and hand carving, alongside a lot of patience and dedication. This mutual love for the ampersand hasn’t gone unappreciated, as it is now sitting in the top spot of Fred & Eric’s book shelf. Thanks Katie!
Katie is currently studying at Nottingham Trent University. Follow Katie on Tumblr here.
Thea Morris has constructed our very first origami ampersand! Fred & Eric have great appreciation of the patience that has gone into this design, after spending the week making paper creations of their own.
We are pleased to welcome Thea’s Ampersand into the fold!
Fred & Eric have that summery feeling, which has happily coincided with Nicky Hartnell’s latest ampersand submission. It’s her second contribution to the blog, the first being a knitted ampersand. Fred & Eric think Nicky’s crafty creations might be strongly influenced by the weather!
Follow Nicky and her world of crafty lovliness on her Tumblr Blog, i love making stuff
Photographed in Corfu, Greece.
A heavy contender for ampersand of the month already, pictures of Paul Campbell’s concrete ampersand have just arrived at Fred & Eric’s feet. We think it would make the perfect doorstop, if we can ever lift it out of the garden…..
Paul currently works as a Commercial Digital Delivery Manager at Guardian Group (not a concrete sculptor as you may have suspected). Find out more on his website or follow Paul’s world of web geekery on Twitter @pauljcampbell
Laura Hopewell Wins June’s ampersand race! Taking top position as our latest logo design.
Fred & Eric have been keeping Laura’s hand-cut ampersand design under their top hats for a few weeks. When this dropped through our letter box we knew it was going to be the front-runner for June’s banner design, so we’re pleased to finally unveil it.
Now the only question is, whose desk will it get to go on?
Laura is currently studying Graphic Design at NTU and you can see examples of her work and follow her Tumblr at demographic.tumblr.com