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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: http://www.marimekko.com/ 

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: http://www.ifeelsmug.com/products

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… http://www.raystitch.co.uk/news.html 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.

Owl play

31 Jul

Yesterday afternoon I made time to make stuff. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in work and endless to do lists that sometime these simple acts of creativity can get forgotton. There are so many things that don’t get finished or need staying on top of constantly. It’s a busy world and I feel that by taking up various craft processes you can achieve that sense of completion, of making something and finishing it.
Therefore! Below is a recipe for tapping into your creative side, and having a jolly good time while you’re at it. Enjoy!

Craft Afternoon (serves 1-6)


-An afternoon
– A floor space, or table
– Some ideas: think what you’d like to try and make, whether it’s a project you’ve been wanting to work on, a technique you’d like to try.
– Materials: Use the resources you have around you – fabric, paper, scissors, old carrier bags, printer, pens….the list is endless. You could raid your wardrobe for clothes you haven’t worn for a while. Make one thing into something else!
– A friend or two
– The biscuit tin
– The internet (for reference and looking stuff up quickly)
– A notepad – for writing down the brilliant ideas that may stumble your way.
-A camera – take some pictures of your handiwork and fun!

Yesterday my friend Alex came over, and we spread books and materials all over the floor. When our conversation turned to felt making I remembered I had some felting needles and roving: I found them. So we then had a go at needle felting, using a needle, a piece of foam and some bright turquoise felting wool. It’s surprising how much wool you begin with, but then the more you poke at it the fibres start to blend and get smaller. We made the small turquoise owl. And then realising we had quite a lot of owl-related paraphernalia, took the above photo!

So, schedule a date – maybe next week? – when you can set aside some time for being creative. It’s so refreshing, and very addictive!