Archive | April, 2012

Pictures: lino printing at the Milgi Lounge

30 Apr

A week ago I was asked to design some lino-cut wallpaper for Milgi Lounge, to be printed on a series of large boards as a repeat pattern. Here’s the finished stencil, ready to be printed (what turned out to be over 400 times!) over the weekend. The running greyhound (Milgi) and it’s accompanying birds give the piece some movement, whilst curious trees with faces hover around some remote cabins.

Below is the tried and many times tested printmaking technique, in which you ink up the print and stand on it to up the pressure….most of the prints are in brilliant green (which has washed off everything bar my hands)!

The maroon colour was then added to fill in some random gaps left, and the use of this darker tone has brought out the detail of the print very nicely.

And here’s are the 6 boards in all their printed glory:

They will be mounted onto the Milgi Lounge outdoor canopy walls later this week and installed for the bank holiday markets / events at the weekend. Do come and have a look if you’re in the area.

Following all that printing, the lino is very  battered but there’s enough life left in it to print some tiles individually onto paper as a limited edition run. These will be on sale in Milgis – or do let me know if you’d be interested in getting one….

Two links, related to the image above:

1. Free Cabin Porn. Yes, that’s right – a website devoted entirely to photographs of remote and beautiful cabins! Fits in wonderfully with my fascination for all things Scandinavian. I’ve been drawing quite a few cabins including the little ones in this lino print – there is something so mesmerising about the way they enable you to be cosy, enclosed, protected – in such a massive expanse of weather, mountains and forests.

Below is an example of the exquisite photography. The cabins are submitted by all kinds of people: this image has been submitted and photographed by Tim Sengstock, of a brightly painted structure in the Melrakkasletta Region, Iceland.

2. Here’s a tutorial for designing a repeat pattern that was very useful when planning the piece for Milgi – it enables you to design a tile that, when repeated, joins the images together. It’s just a case then of matching them up properly! I look forward to trying out some more tessallating ideas.

I would write more but I’m shattered after a weekend of non-stop printing, which reminds me to give a huge shout out to my Matthew who helped enormously with the job!

Next up – forthcoming markets, trip to Paris and an exciting new collaboration just begun, coming soon…

Market day

17 Apr

Thanks to those of you who came along to the Art Carbootique at Chapter Arts Centre on Sunday. ‘Twas great to catch up with everyone and find enthusiastic homes for my prints / books. The girls on the pitch next door were painting faces, so once the queue of kids started to tail off I had them paint an owl on me!

Here are a couple of action shots, for those of you who couldn’t make it –

Top photo by Matthew Simkins, bottom by Chapter Arts Centre. You can see more pics of the day on their Facebook page.

The Gorilla’s Guides (to Guerilla Kniting) went down well, as did the owl canvas bags and my friend Emma Levey‘s screen printed cards and illustrations (above you can see a man pondering her snazzy spaceships) which I had on the stall as well. Also sold a few of my new print below, entitled Reykjavik. 

I only decided to do 3 colours after I’d made the screen, so ended up embarking on a fiddly masking business with parcel tape to create the separate areas. This print is in a limited edition of 9 so I’ll soon arrange some giclee prints of it.  The same goes for my Gorilla’s Guide – once these prints arrive, I’ll get them up on the Big Cartel store.

Next I’ll be working on some colour experiments of the owl print, in 2 colours, some wedding stationary for an old friend, the brief being ‘Pigeons’ and a deck chair collaboration with Matthew. Sketchbook snippets coming soon!

On Saturday I’m teaching the Letterpress Course at Howard Gardens and I think there’s a few spaces left, still, if you fancied having a go at a classic printing technique. Often, what people spend the most time over in class is deciding what to type set – a quote,  a headline, a greeting… so for this class I’m going to bring some snippets with me to start sparking ideas…

And now for some recommendations:

Marimekko is a Finnish textile and clothing design company renowned for its original prints and colours. Here is one of my favourites, a mechanical, folky number with vivid yellows and deep teals which sit upon oatmeals, a bird in control.
Their website: 

Laivakoira fabric

SMUG is an independent shop in Islington filled with 1950s furniture, handmade toys, gorgeous stationery, quirky kitchenware, and chic ceramics. Their animal of choice is a guinea pig, featured as a screen print on this beautiful canvas bag and there’s a Pop-up print shop upstairs. Have a browse through their online shop:

Also in London is Ray Stitch, a stunning haberdashery which also has a delicious looking cafe. This Friday night, Janine of Uppercase Magazine is holding a meet & greet at the shop… I’m unable to make it, but feel a trip to London / Islington is certainly on the cards soon. So much to investigate and be inspired by! I bought my copy of Uppercase Issue 13 today from their website, can’t wait for it to land on the doormat.

Here’s the link to the news page on their website… and there’s some rather natty bicycle cotton from Birch Organics on there that I’m eagerly eyeing up!

Speaking of sewing, I came across a project very much worth sharing called 100 acts of sewing. The aim is to create 100 dresses over the course of 2012 in attempt to revalue and nurture those skills required to make garments, which are very much displaced from the point of purchasing clothing on the high street. These designs are all so thoughtful and just the tunic-style I like to wear.

May well get the sewing machine out and work my way though the archive of fabric building beneath the table…
That’s all for now! More soon.