As always it seems I am racing about trying to get things ready in time for Saturday and the start of for Open Up Sheffield. I have a wall of prints in various stages of completion. Lampshades and covered sketchbooks are nearly ready and my studio is semi-tidy. It always comes together in the end!
I will be donating 10% of any sales from Open Up to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
I’ve been very busy doing lots of photographing and writing about my work recently. I’ve also had greetings cards, mugs, etc to design and order. What I really want to do is get back into my studio to begin PRINTING! Anyway, all in good time. In the mean time here are some photos of some items soon to be for sale on line, at fairs and in various shops.
It’s that time of year again. I absolutely LOVE Open Up Sheffield.
If you haven’t heard of it or have not yet visited any of the Artists studio’s across Sheffield and it’s outskirts then I really recommend you give it a go. Here are a few I hope to visit on the one day I am not open this year:
Suzi Thompson (unfortunately open when I am)
Only two weeks to go now….I’m really looking forward to it.
I have been busy over the last few days hand-printing fabric, most of which is to be turned into ‘one-off’ lampshades for table and standard lamps as well as lampshades to be hung from the ceiling. I am pleased with how the fabric looks and as I print I have that exciting sense of anticipation as my imagination begins to spring into life with lots of new ideas for future work.
I’ve been in a very reflective mood over the past couple of weeks following the busy rush of producing stock for fairs and shops. My school has been a sad and rather frustrating place for various reasons as well and so I have cheered myself up by having some fun designing and screen-printing tea-towels as Christmas presents for friends and family. Mind you, it won’t be much of a surprise if they read this.
I spent this morning decorating the wall of the wee space I’m going to have to sell my printed wares in a rather nice shop in Sheffield town….here is a sneek preview of the decorative background while it was on my table in my studio. I’m really excited about moving in properly, which I’ll be doing on Friday. Ooh, I can’t wait to tell more…..not long now!
These rather lovely (if I do say so myself) hand-printed lampshades made their debut at Penistone Artisan Fayre today. Here are some photos including showing them as lengths of printed fabric before their miraculous transformation into lampshades courtesy of Nightingale and lamp. They will be available to buy from my etsy shop soon or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about purchasing.
I am really enjoying using silkscreen to print some of my babygrows and t-shirts. I know this is probably the most common way of printing onto clothing but for me it is unusual as I usually use wood or MDF cuts and of course good old potatoes to make my prints. Not that I’ve stopped using them mind. Here are a few new examples combining either wood block print and potato print or silkscreen and potato print. Now I’ll have to find a way to include all these methods together. Each item of clothing is a ‘one-off’, that way I can mix different colour combinations and generally have a good play around with the designs. I prefer working that way, I find it much more fun although it is rather labour intensive!
Anyway, these fair-trade babygrows and t-shirts printed with environmentally friendly inks and washable at 40 degrees or lower, will be for sale at fairs, in one or two select shops and on Etsy very soon.
I had fun making these bags out of old prints today! I watched this youtube clip to help me.