Friday, 15 January 2016

New Black Cat Tea Towels!

My least favorite printing job has got to be tea towels! They're expensive to buy and tricky to print so I'm always worried about making mistakes. Luckily these new Black Cat tea towels turned out pretty well. It must have been all the practice I had printing them for Christmas fairs and last minute pop-up shops.

Winter Russian Dolls

My red Russian dolls now have some winter companions. I screen printed these dolls in pale blue and metallic blue on recycled card. Each one is made from three screen prints folded, glued together and cut out by hand. They make good decorations and also pack flat so are great for posting to people!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Sheffield Print Fair 2015

This Saturday I'll be exhibiting my screen prints at Sheffield Print Fair alongside printmakers from Yorkshire and further afield. There is going to be some great work on show and I'm particularly looking forward to seeing some of my favorite screen printers. As well as meeting printmakers and buying prints the fair is also a great opportunity to pick up some printing tips as there are demonstrations running throughout the day. I will be taking my Japanese Print Gocco machine and if all goes to plan I'll be showing visitors how it works and producing some new Gocco prints.

There is a Sheffield Print Fair blog which lists all the exhibitors and a Facebook page

Prickly Customer

Another new animal print I've been working on is of a patterned hedgehog surrounded by flowers and mushrooms. It wasn't too hard to choose the colours and mix them so I thought things were going pretty well. I screen printed the first ten hedgehogs to see if I liked the design and colours. 

Then I decided the hedgehog would look better with a plain face instead of a brown one. So I tweaked the artwork, printed out a new positive, exposed it onto another new screen and printed thirty hedgehogs with plain faces. 

Now I can't decide which hedgehog I prefer. Maybe the face should be brown and the spines should be white!

New Feathered Friends

I've been working on some new animal and bird themed prints for autumn and Christmas fairs. After working on The Big Hoot during summer the first in my new series of prints had to be an owl! I really enjoyed drawing the feathery patterns and leafy background. I mixed up some autumnal coloured inks and, after a couple of attempts, screen printed an edition of 30 little owls I was happy with. My new feathered friends will be accompanying me to fairs in Birmingham, Sheffield and Wakefield over the next few weeks.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Bring Me Sunshine

Originally I only screen printed 14 copies of my Sunshine Everyday design and most of them have now sold. It's one of my favorite designs so I decided to print a second edition. This is the new version and it's slightly different from the original prints because I had to re-cut all the paper stencils by hand. The design is made up of layers of different colours; there are 7 in total and each one was printed with a separate paper stencil. 

The Whole Owl & Nothing But The Owl

At last I can properly introduce you to my finished Owl of Athena created for The Big Hoot 2015. This is my owl while it was still in the studio in Digbeth but it can now be found outside Kings Heath library in Birmingham. I would love it if my owl makes people smile when they walk by and brightens up their day. If it inspires anyone to draw, paint or discover more about Athena and Greek Mythology that would be even better! A map showing where all the owls can be found around Birmingham is on The Big Hoot website