Tag Archives: Printing

Hot off the press: tea towels, canvas bags, summer workshops

12 Jun

Here are some photos from Sunday’s screen printing session at Emma’s, which was wonderful fun.  Many tea towels and canvas bags were adorned with Scandinavian horses (based on my recent paper cut design). Almost by accident the original design worked well as a repeat pattern, so we have a mixture of repeats in a fiery orange, and a single, larger image in a rich chocolate brown. ‘Vilda Hästar’ is Swedish for ‘Wild Horses’…

All designs copyright : Sarah Edmonds

As I’ve previously mentioned, I love Scandinavian design, and have enjoyed experimenting with a paper cutting technique to inform the look of the finished print. Maybe the forthcoming cabins will take a similar route?

While researching (alongside the arranging and rearranging of my Mum’s Swedish horse collection), I came across the wonderful website that deserves a share:  ‘From Scandinavia With Love’. It is truly inspiring. Click on the image below (these are just a few of my favourites on there) to visit the site. Searching ‘Print’ brings up some nice things and then you may, like me, spend hours lusting after a home of multi coloured chairs and procrastinating on the internets for a Very Long Time.

The tea towels and bags will be launched at the forthcoming market at Milkwood Gallery in Cardiff on Sunday 8 July. There will also be prints, both 5 colour and 1 colour, available.

Following that they’ll be on sale in my online shop… 

I am running three workshops this summer at the Cardiff Open Art School.  They’ll all take place at the Howard Gardens Campus up in the Printmaking department. Places are limited to book soon to ensure you get a place…

Saturday 28 July 2012, 10am – 4pm
Creative Collage
During this one-day course you will explore ways to work with a range of media, from paper to found objects, magazine pages to rubber stamps. Taking inspiration from life, the media, collage practitioners and your imagination you will create several collages, and learn about the ideas behind this fun and fascinating medium of cutting and sticking.  

Saturday 4 August, 10 am – 4 pm
Handmade Books
During this class you will explore several approaches to making a book, from traditional Western and Eastern stitch bindings to one-sheet books, concertina and pocket books and also more innovative and surprising ideas for what books can be.

Saturday 11 August, 10 am – 3 pm
Letterpress Printmaking
Come and play with a range of original wooden and metal type and learn how type was designed, set and printed before the rise of digital technology. For all font enthusiasts and those wishing to try out a new process that is being brought back to life by artists and designers across the world.

All of these courses can be booked over the phone: 029 2041 6628 or click here to book online. Do share with friends etc – the more, the merrier!

Laters x

Yarning, printing and April places

30 Mar

This week I have mostly been designing a poster for the Just Yarn It project in Salisbury. Here’s the finished piece, inspired by the colour and composition of 1930s Russian book covers and propaganda. I also used a section of my  ‘I want to leave the city’ screen printed book.

I’m sensing a knitting theme coming on (having recently completed the Gorilla’s Guide to Guerilla Knitting screen print), and may even start adorning some more railings and lamp posts and bike racks soon.

Earlier this week I discovered the bright designs of Saul Bass, having spotted his children’s book Henri’s Walk to Paris, recently republished by Rizzoli/Universe Books. Written by Leonore Klein, who penned only a handful of children’s books, the story is about a young boy who lives in a small French town and dreams of visiting Paris. I love the bold colours and typography which falls off the page, each spread looking like a retro film poster.

In other news, today I am officially becoming a member of the Printhaus, which means I will be continuing my growing screen printing habit for at least six months! It’ll be great to be among fellow printmakers and illustrators making stuff, and I’m planning to branch out into screen printed canvas bags and even crockery if I can get the right transfers.

Some places you’ll find me in April:

1. My Garden. Digging and raking and planting and watering fruits, herbs, vegetables… already the garlic, basil, coriander, lemon balm and raspberry canes are growing like mad, and I can’t wait to get my hands in the soil again over easter weekend!

2. Art Carbootique at Chapter Arts Centre
Sunday 15 April, 11.00 – 6.00 pm
I’ve got a pitch at this! I will be showing and selling my prints, illustrations and books alongside running experimental book making, folding and drawing workshops throughout the day. Fingers crossed for sunny weather!

More details here: http://www.chapter.org/26527.html

3. Teaching another Letterpress Printmaking course, back by popular demand:
Cardiff School of Art and Design – Howard Gardens Campus
Saturday 21 April, 10.00 – 3.00 pm

Spend a day learning how to set and print type, using a range of smaller lead and larger wooden fonts. Great for creating birthday cards, business cards, postcards, artist books or type-inspired illustration, this course is suitable for all abilities.
Book your place & more information: http://cardiff-school-of-art-and-design.org/coas/courses/ 

More soon!

Letterpress Day in pictures

12 Feb

Here are a few photos from the Letterpress course I taught at the Cardiff Open Art School, where we explored both traditional and more playful approaches to the printing of type. ‘Twas a pleasure to run this course – and there’ll be more of these coming in the spring. Keep an eye on the COAS website for future courses (dates to be confirmed shortly).

Two of the people on the course were graphic designers / illustrators, so we had  a lot to talk about. So this weekend’s recommendation is the work of Lucy Daniels, greeting card extraordinaire and Matt Joyce, who works at Cardiff design studio See What You Mean. 

There’s to be a printmaking exhibition… showcasing work produced in the print-related evening and day classes run by COAS. It’ll be held at Howard Gardens campus so you can see some of the photographed work for real. Plus I’ll be putting some of my screen prints in which is exciting – at tomorrow’s class I’ll be printing an 8-fold book called ‘Did you know that flapjacks can rhyme?’ – pictures to be posted here soon.

“Outside a dog…” the first of many lino prints

22 Dec

“Outside a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. But inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

Groucho Marx said this gem. Very wise man. I have printed it as a lino cut in an array of colourways using the Breton printing press. It was a joyful sight to peel the first proof away from the sticky ink on the lino and find that it had worked… and then the production line began! Here is the lino: it looks pretty cool, I think, dyed with the ink so you can see the relief of the surface carved away.

And here are the proofs printed so far. I printed onto coloured paper, using inks that are of a similar colour to the base. My personal  favourite is the burgundy / dark purple on the rich brown, and also the dark green on ochre (which was a Photoshop experiment using the original below).

Lino printing is very theraputic – I’m still deciding how many of these prints to do properly and will most probably select about five colourways to go into production with! In the new year I plan to set up a shop, to sell these prints, the Verb Garden and digital prints of my illustration work.

Also in 2012 I’m going to be doing some art work for band Hotel Yeboah, as well as developing the picture book The Rocket Dog with my friend Kath Latham. Following a conversation with the lovely Nick from Hotel Yeboah I’m planning on sketching out some strange animal / weather combinations (a nice thing to do next week, perhaps). Other things include combining my love of printing and book making to make some artist books which combine illustration, lino cut and letterpress / typography. I’ll post developments up as I go!


in perusing the internets I stumbled across a few artists / shops worth sharing. I do this quite a lot. So… this is the first in a new section I’ll be adding to my blog in 2012 called I WANT THIS IN MY LIFE (or something along these lines). It will be a cooking pot of illustrators, textiles, books, webshops and other e-phemera which I feel are worth sharing and recommending to you. 

Firstly, this slug risograph print by illustrator Eleanor Meredith.  It’s sold by Howkapow, a design store showcasing unique artwork and gifts. , . I love the loose lines and the smile of the slimy creature!

– The screen printed books, cards and limited edition prints by Brighton artist Alice Pattullo, sold through the Shop Floor Project. I especially like this one:

The hand painted, illustrated ceramics of James Ward – cups which stack to make animals various, always satisfying! Click here to check out the full range of drawn-on crockery…

And last but not least, I really like the look of The Midnight Folk by John Masefield, with illustrations by the incredible Sara Ogilvie. I love her work. Originally published in 1927 it has been beautifully reprinted by the Folio Society. I want it in my life!

I hope you enjoy following these links, may they inspire you / tempt you to buy them!

2012 Evening Class

From Monday 9 January, for 10 Mondays from 7-9 pm, I will be teaching the Introduction to Handmade Books course again for the Cardiff Open Art School. I’ll be combining a range of binding and folding techniques with an opportunity to develop your own artist book using illustration, printmaking and mixed media. Find out more and sign up here!

So, without further ado, I hope you have a cosy Christmas full of mince pies shiny baubles sloe gin and festive merriment! May 2012 be awesome. thanks for reading x 

Ladies of Letterpress: a weekend workshop in pictures…

7 Aug

Fonts galore! Messy inks turning our prints into all kinds of colours on an old Adana 6×4 letterpress and a cute little flat bed. Welcome to a peek at this weekend’s Letterpress workshops, as part of the COAS Summerschool. Big thanks to Heather, Ruby and Nanna for taking part and creating some fantastic prints and designs. Below are some pictures to give you an idea of what we did…

All pictures copyright Sarah Edmonds / the artists!

The Letterpress weekend course at Howard Gardens will run again next year. Keep checking the WORKSHOPS page for news of forthcoming classes / creative get togethers etc. We four ladies of letterpress from this weekend hope to meet again (sounds like the witches of Macbeth!) for a crafty catch up!

I was pleased to win a load of interesting type on eBay last week, which should be arriving in the post very soon. Expect some further letterpress play coming soon from me!

An evening of letterpress…

5 Jan

I have had a delightful time tonight playing with my letterpress. The picture shows the Adana 5 x 3 in action, with the first few lines from Edward Lear’s poem ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ set in 12pt Times Bold in the chase. Card, tracing paper, old book pages, fabric – even wall paper – are all great surfaces upon which to press type.  A few of the things in the picture are in preparation for some small books. Others are for fun, as printing  is very addictive! to the point that I was mischievously searching around the room for further things to print upon. I also have an 8 x 5 press which needs a new roller and a good oiling on a rainy afternoon…

WANTED: Large metal type above 30pt in size, or any wooden type. Please contact me if you, or you know of anyone who has some to sell / swap / barter. Thanks!