Monday, 30 July 2012
I was wondering what to do with a stack of lovely yellow recycled card I ordered a while ago. Finally I decided to reprint my old 'Cakes Versus Fruit' design which was originally produced as a gocco print. It is true to say that 'Cakes Versus Fruit' is a constant dilemma in my life and unfortunately the cakes usually win. I like to think that a few hours screen printing actually helps to burn off the extra calories but who am I kidding?
Friday, 6 July 2012
I should really be fed up of my 'You Are My Sunshine' design as I've been printing it since January 2010 but it's still one of my favorites. And as if the cards aren't enough there are also different sized 'You Are My Sunshine' silk screen prints, so all in all this design keeps me pretty busy.
The Magic zine and colouring book is still one of my favorite publishing projects and it features allsorts of talented illustrators including Ruth Green, Mina Braun, Beth Morrison, Helen Entwisle and Sarah Lippett. I drew a series of Hopi Indian Kachinas for the Magic Zine and the cover was drawn by Gemma Correll. There is also a colouring book cover which was designed by Kate Hindley. I've lost count of how many covers I actually screen printed, it seemed to take forever but was worth it in the end because both designs look great. The inside pages were beautifully litho printed in dark green by Tuckey Print in Birmingham.
I don't like traditional sentiments so always try and come up with more original ideas for traditional occassions. These 'Yummy Mummy' designs were created for Mother's Day but it was really just an excuse to draw more pictures of food. It's hard to say which I like more, eating, drawing or printing, I couldn't live without any of them.
I spend alot of my time designing and printing greetings cards so the range is gradually increasing and sometimes takes over my life. There are boxes of cards and coloured envelopes stacked up in my house and the living room floor is littered with cello bags. Despite this I still enjoy making cards and these are just a few of my favorite designs, or at least the ones I'm not sick of printing, yet.
Following the 'Contemporary Printmakers Exhibition' I was invited to take part in the first ever 'Nothing But Navy ' Pop-Up Shop. The shop opened in Stroud, Gloucestershire, during December and was just in time for Christmas. As you can see I spent alot of time screen printing a range of Navy Blue products including mini prints and greetings cards. I also tried my hand at fabric printing and printed my first tote bags and tea towels, hard work but a good learning experience. I don't think it would have otherwise occurred to me to print my designs in Navy Blue so I'm really happy to have been involved in the project.