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“OMG it’s just like Christmas!” groaned one of our packers as the 20th anniversary sale got into full swing and even some old customers we haven’t heard from for some time turned up to grab some of the rare items that we, in our usual fit of madness, included in the sale.  We also managed to list one item based on an old retail price giving the customer rather more off than had been planned so he got a really good bargain, not that he knows it unless he compared the retail price on his order confirmation with the current section for that artist.

Anyway, it was fun to celebrate the 20th Birthday of Artists UK and I expect the next twenty years will pass just as rapidly and as long as there are walls to hang pictures on, bodies to wear t-shirts, art books to read … you get the idea … we’ll be here, even if those walls are on spaceships, Mars or in some far-flung galaxy … Artists Andromeda, now there’s an idea ….. 🙂

On some of our internal documentation Artists UK has sometimes abbreviated Artists UK to AUK but we are having some second thoughts about this since learning that the Great Auk was a large, flightless alcid that became extinct in the mid-19th century!

It lived in the North Atlantic, and bred on rocky, isolated islands with easy access to both the ocean and a plentiful food supply, a rarity in nature that provided only a few breeding sites for it. The Great Auk was 75 to 85 centimetres (30 to 33 in) tall and weighed around 5 kilograms (11 lb), making it the largest alcid. It had a black back and a white belly. The black beak was heavy and hooked with grooves on its surface. During summer, the Great Auk had a white patch over each eye. During winter, the auk lost this patch, instead developing a white band stretching between the eyes. The auk was a powerful swimmer, a trait that it used in hunting. Humans had hunted the Great Auk for more than 100,000 years, and by the 19th century, its growing rarity increased interest from European museums and private collectors in obtaining skins and eggs of the bird. The last two confirmed specimens were killed off the coast of Iceland on July 3, 1844.  Hopefully, the Great Artists UK will survive rather longer than the poor Great Auk.  More about the Great Auk here.

Well, all our customers who are on our updates mailing list were notified last weekend of the start of our Summer Sale and this has caused a bit of a “feeding frenzy” despite the hot weather, or maybe it is just too hot to go outside for fear of melting 🙂

One or two items have already sold out in the Summer Sale but there are still many more fabulous bargains on popular items available so if you haven’t already had a look the direct link to the Artists UK Summer Sale is here.

If it gets any hotter we’ll have to start wrapping everything in asbestos 🙂

A bit more snazzy !

Over the years at Artists UK we have improved our ecommerce software for www.artistsuk.co.uk several times to give our customers a better shopping experience.  We’ve made the site work faster, smoother and made it more logically organised.  It has a powerful SEARCH facility and there are buttons all over the place allowing customers to contact us by email if they have questions.  We then built up this information site with a brand new logo designed by the excellent team at Farbweiss Media in Germany who also designed the website for us.  Somehow along the way we never got round to updating the original Artists UK logo and we realised for some time how static and dated it was looking, especially compared to the Artists UK DotNet logo so we’ve finally gopt round to vamping it up into a more dynamic modern version.  We hope you like it.  You can see it here.

A Hot Hot Summer!

We’re not quite sure where the credit crunch is crunching because we’ve been rushed off our feet all summer with orders from our customers and various trade projects!  So busy there has been a substantial Blogbreak here but hopefully we’ll be writing a bit more over the coming week’s than has been the case recently.  If you haven’t visited our ecommerce site recently at www.artistsuk.co.uk then you might like to take a look as there are lots of new items all over the place.  Use the SEARCH function because not everything has found a home on the Updates Page yet although you will probably find a few things there you didn’t know had arrived.