Review: Up My Street by Louise Lockhart

Louise Lockhart’s brand new concertina book, Up My Street, invites you to take a stroll down memory lanes as it celebrates the traditional shops which are disappearing from British towns.

Published by Design For Today, the concertina stretches out to an impressive 139cm and can be both read as a book and displayed as an art print.

The front side of the concertina displays a busy high street housing 8 shops includes a bakers, a sweet shop and a laundrette, each of which is based on a real-life shop. Once you are done gazing at the incising shop fronts, flip the book over and have a look inside where you can meet colourful cast of characters which run them and read some playful poetry too!

Up My Street’s creator, Louise Lockhart, is an illustrator and founder of The Printed Peanut.We first stumbled upon The Printed Peanut last year and since then it has gathered quite a lot of momentum. Not only has Louise released her first book, she recently had a solo exhibition of her work, her signature Pass The Parcel is now sold all over the world, and new Printed Peanut designs for home ware and stationary are being released regularly.

Despite this growing success, Louise has not lost touch with the Printed Peanut’s original goal as Up My Street fits with the business intention of creating traditional toys and games with a modern twist. Up My Street is more than just a pretty book as it endeavours to document and preserve the modern history of the British High Street for future generations.


Of course striking, contemporary design is a huge part of what has made The Printed Peanut a success and with Up My Street, Louise has combined a carefully chosen colour palette, hand-drawn quirks and textures to create a precious piece of publishing with universal appeal.

Order a copy of Up My Street, as well as a selection of prints and cards based on the book, for the Printed Peanut online store.



Posted on Jul 21st, 15 by

Greg McIndoe - also known as Headless Greg - is an illustrator and design writer based in Glasgow, Scotland. He regularly writes for design magazines and online platforms, interviewing fellow illustrators and leading creatives.

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