I've asked the lovely people of Granthams to print my charity photo cards, as I wasn't entirely happy with the photo finish in their current state. I'm chuffed to bits with how they've turned out! They're on 350gsm silk card, which for those non-technically minded, just means they're super lovely and extra sturdy. For those who placed orders before on the old paper, I'll send you your order of the new finish, just because:)
More business card design - again for Midlands based handmade textiles producer Handmade By Joey, who wanted a full size option to compliment the mini cards I produced for her previously.
A selection of different solutions from illustrated, photographic and graphic, with the final choice on the right.
As the card indicates, check her out.
I promised a how-to guide for the teacup I previewed early, so here it is! (If you can't be bothered to read it all, basically you get your pictures printed, get em in water, put em on stuff and get em hot. Not tricky.)
Buy your blank ceramics. For test pieces I just bought a selection from a popular blue and yellow Swedish establishment. For my "proper" ones, I hope to get them made by a potter so there are no nasty copyright issues! For home use I'm sure Ikea don't mind.
Decide on your designs. To get my head around this I printed lots of different bits and bobs onto scrap paper and blue tacked them to the china, helpful for 3D thinking! I also had the good sense to take photos on my phone of the different arrangements so that I could remember them all!
Arrange a sheet of your chosen designs. I use a combo of hand drawn work, edited and arranged with Photoshop and Illustrator. Mostly because I'm tight and wanted to cram as much on one A3 sheet as possible! Send your sheet to a digital ceramic printer (like normal printers, but instead of ink the cartridges are full of ceramic toner.) I used these guys, mainly as there were no minimum order requirements. If you happen to find a brilliant one, please let me know! Sometimes the transfers are also called ceramic decals, incase you're not finding what you need.
Using a pair of scissors or a scalpel, cut out all your lovely shapes and pictures. Here the earlier phone pics came in useful to remember which shape went with what item. If you're more of a "let's just see what happens" kind of crazy individual, you could always wing it and see what you come up with!
Put your transfers one at a time into lukewarm water. They curled up, which slightly alarmed me, but thankfully not in the manner of cling film (which I'm pretty sure hates me, but that's another matter...) Leave them about 20 seconds, and the backing paper should start to separate from the actual transfer with the lightest rub. They seem fairly robust, but I wouldn't throw them around.
Using a combination of a dry tea towel and a squeegee, put your transfers onto your chosen piece (I thought I'd be a renegade and see if some worked on glass. Turns out, yes!) The aim here is just to get rid of all the air bubbles and creases, as this will affect your final finish.
Once all your transfers have been put in place and flattened properly, leave them to dry for at least 6 hours, but ideally overnight. Don't touch them. No, not even a little bit. The blue around all the images was just the colour of paper from my particular ceramic printer - it burns up without affecting the final image, phew.
Find a friendly potter with a kiln that they don't mind you sneaking pieces into for a small fee:) I can recommend local art colleges like here for this, good luck in your search! I ran several test pieces to fine tune the temperature required, but most transfers come with firing guidelines.
Wait till the kiln is cool enough to break in and fall in love with just how cool your pictures look on ceramics. It's addictive, I warn you!
Sadly the market at the Old Needle Works has been cancelled because of flood issues... So I've signed up to this bad boy instead. Please come say hey:)
I've launched myself somewhat tentatively at some Christmas markets this year... Please come and see me at:
2nd December The Old Needle Works in Redditch
15th - 16th December The Perch in Oxford
If you let me know you visited because you've read this, I'll most likely be so grateful I'll throw free stuff at your face!
A sample piece of my new experimental ceramic range hot from the kiln! (Not literally obviously, that's be stoopid...) The full lot will be available shortly! Spoilers: I'm personally most excited by the espresso cup!
Some left over bird fabric was just asking for some love! I'm the least koumpounophobic person I know!
Someone spotted my buttons and mistook them for earrings. What a marvellous idea I thought, I'll be sure to rip it off shortly!
I've been working on some hand printed fabric designs... They're not ready yet, but I couldn't help taking a grainy phone photo of how they're shaping up! I'll put more effort in for the real ones, I am a photographer, honest...
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!
I've been dabbling with screen and lino printing new designs onto fabric (more of which will be coming soon!) This has generated a lovely pile of pattern fragments, which were crying out to be loved. So, ta-da, here are the very first Kate Moby buttons! My button maker may be my new favourite thing ever. If you agree, pop to the shop! So far sets are available in grey and blue.
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