Friday, 8 January 2016
it's early january and i'm already longing for spring.
so with that on my mind i've printed some notelet cards using one of my favourite printing blocks i carved/designed a few years ago - snowdrops.
this time i've simply printed in a different repeat pattern.
these are available in packs of three cards and can now be found on my etsy shop & not on the high street.
Monday, 4 January 2016
happy new year! hope you survived christmas?! a crazy house move just before christmas and the dreaded lurgy shortly after for us here, we feel we could do with another holiday! we are currently shifting and sorting through stuff, stuff and more stuff. loudly coughing, blowing each others noses and distracting ourselves with so much play-doh, but we are still ploughing on...just.
i think the children are much tougher than us, they seem to be moaning less than us adults. ha!
with the arrival of a fresh new year, it feels good to have re-opened my on-line shops and to have added some new things.
here's a new large 45 cm ceiling / lampshade design inspired by the beautiful, delicate plant honesty.
this plant conjures happy memories for me as a child-my lovely mum bringing me a vase full for my bedroom windowsill. so whenever i see them as the silvery seed pod, almost paper like form, i think of my wonderful mum.
this larger shade size is available in my other designs with other colour choices available on request - commissions welcome and free shipping!
Friday, 4 December 2015
with thoughts turning to the big event this month - finally a new festive design popped into my head. nothing quite like a mad dash of last minute carving and printing!
(please excuse the lame mistletoe sprig in the background! our apple trees are covered in the stuff by typically the best berry branches are right at the very top! no ladder tall enough to grab and you really won't catch me tree climbing. maybe i could send up one of the little'uns...)
'mistletoe' original block-printed christmas cards are now in my on-line shops
Sunday, 8 November 2015
Saturday, 26 September 2015
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
'bullfinches & berries' block-printed by hand ceiling and lampshades.
these three new designs - 'sea holly', 'queen anne's lace' and 'bullfinches & berries' can be found in my online shop on etsy - commissions are welcome, so please feel free to get in touch with your shade requirements.
oh i could watch this video all day long...marthe armitage's work is truly beautiful, her designs and printing methods are brill. i simply love the fact she's doing everything by hand and yes there are 'imperfections' where you can see the joins of the pattern repeat but that is the beauty of printing by hand, it's unpolished and charming. for me this highlights just how much work and skill is involved in producing her colourful, intricate wallpapers.
i hope i still feel as inspired to be block-printing by hand when i'm her age (and maybe even lucky to say my daughter works along side me!) - she is an inspiration and i admire her talent immensely, what a clever lady she is.