I enjoyed working with a lovely group of ladies on Saturday, teaching my simple screen printing method, and was very impressed with their beautiful results! Seems as though they enjoyed it too.
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Another lovely afternoon of teaching screen printing the simple way yesterday... Here are the results the lovely ladies came up with!
The image in the bottom right corner was kindly sent through from one of the ladies. She was so inspired that she went out and bought the bits and pieces needed for printing, and added text, a sun and buttons to her design of the leaping deer. I think it looks cracking! And it's so lovely to see people enjoying and using what I have taught them! Ace all round.
I suspect another workshop will be in the diary soon... Get in touch if you want to know more!
Due to continued interest, I'm running another wee screen printing workshop at The Banyan Tree.
May 18th, only £45. You can see the marvellous results from past workshops just here! The 4 spaces tend to book up fast, so get a shimmy on if you fancy it!
I was super chuffed how well my first screen printing workshop went, and very impressed by the creative outcomes the lovely ladies produced! I hope they're all happy with their beautiful tote bags, and feel inspired to try the technique again.
The next one is pencilled in for the 18th May, confirmation coming soon. Please get in touch if you're interested!
A lovely lady got in touch to see if I could create a laptop bag out of KateMoby fabric... Some designing and international ordering later and, yes I can!
My most useful tool was a cereal packet "laptop" I made to match the size - it's nerve wracking making something to fit a specific object if you don't have said object in your possession!
The final design incorporated a button closure, zip front pocket, lining and padding, canvas and leather handles and a good sprinkling of Beech Leaves! Not a bad foray into construction. Personally I'm most chuffed how the button I made lines up with the pattern so nicely.
How I did it:
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The Banyan Tree in Brackley - home of Fair Trade products and artisan crafts.
Plus now some illustrated and photographic cards and hand printed fabric Kate Moby goods.
Plus they are connected to some pretty exciting workshop news coming soon... Watch this space!
I've discovered today there's not much that's more stressful than doing low tech screen printing in a rented house...
Apart from trying to clean up in a white bathroom, getting bleach in the eyes and somehow the plug mechanism falling down the drain... Note to self, find a workshop!
Hopefully these totes with birds in Midnight will seem worth all the pain!
Here is the bundle winging its way to the lucky winner of my birthday inspired giveaway. Sad to have missed out? I'm sure there will be another chance in the future - it's nearly Christmas after all!
If you can't wait that long, everything is available in my shop.
Details: Hand printed Tote Bag - Hedgerow Seeds in Summer Sky
Water Droplets Panoramic Greetings Card
Scilly Skipping Stones Square Greetings Card
Thin Bamboo Dip Pen
Hand printed Buttons - Grey Collection
Tres exciting, the lovely people of Envelop have agreed to stock a range of my work with the woodland themed surface pattern plastered all over! You can see a wider selection here.
I'll add the full range to the shop here very shortly!
It would appear people do look at my website! Out of the blue, after seeing images of my bags for the market fairs on this blog, I received this email:
I would like to invite you to submit your tote bag prints for a new book title called, Tote bags. The book is to be published worldwide by Laurence King Publishing in 2010.
If you are interested in submitting your work for the book, please do contact me and I can send you more information regarding the project. You may also find further information on my blog, linked.
It would be great to be able to feature and promote your work in the book.
They wanted some blurb from me, so to make my designs sound all very interesting in print, I submitted this statement:
My work is multifaceted, which I think is reflective in my tastes, influences and design style. I’m currently getting into surface pattern design and decorative illustration. I am inspired by the natural world that surrounds us, and the beauty of minimalism and subtlety.
I’ve always felt like a jack-of-all-trades, but I believe that is now referred to as a portfolio career! Generally though, I am drawn to simplicity, striking visuals and creating calming atmospheres.
I think artwork becomes something else when it can be carried round in a functional role. Why shouldn’t we surround ourselves with beautiful, but usable things? I couldn’t come up with a reason, which is why I created my tote bags.
Tote bags have become popular over recent years because green is the new black, and everyone wants to look like they are contributing, but not sacrifice design in the meantime.
You can see the web version here, the book is still under construction.
It's a shame I've sold out of them now, when I've printed more, I'll add them to my shop!