Tuesday, 19 March 2019

New Stockists

At the start of 2019, I made a New Years resolution to try and get five new stockists for my work - to most be brave and put myself out there more! I'm really happy to announce my new stockists in Leeds, Wakefield, Hull, Loughborough and Huddersfield - you can check them out here on my website. In each I have a selected of prints, some homewares and postcards. 

All these - and more can be found at Hey Form in Hull, The Bowery in Leeds, Modern Painters New Decorators in Loughborough, The West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield in Huddersfield. 

At the Art Shop in The Art House in Wakefield, I currently have a limited edition (of ten) four colour screen print chickens available. These are only available here and 50% of the sale of each of those prints go directly back to The Art House to help buy new equipment in their print studios for everyone to enjoy and access! (I have another vacation in my etsy shop - just in time for Easter!) 

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Hull Print fair 2018

Last Saturday I was at the Hull Print fair in the Humber Street Gallery - selling printed textiles, illustrations and screen prints to the lovely people in Hull (and I really mean that, everyone I met was so nice)! It was a fun day meeting lots of makers and creatives from the North, sampling the new GF Smith stock and playing with print presses. I thought I'd share some snaps of my stall, including new products - new printed cat and pigeon pillows and owl prints! Uploading the new stock on to my Etsy later today in case anything takes your fancy. 

Now we are fully in market season - I have also updated my events on my website, check out new workshops and markets I'll be at over the next month here. 

Friday, 2 November 2018

MATS : tealeaves

I keep forgetting to share these on my blog! But - here is a design I made for MATS - to design a journal cover based on reading tealeaves. This was the first design that I created on my iPad Pro - I've printed a batch and have made them into handmade notebooks which I will be selling at the Hull Print Fair tomorrow! 

Halloween 2018

Halloween is over for another year - and here is my redesigned range for 2018! I updated some older designs and added three new cards into my shop and stockists this year. I also remade some spooky patterned notebooks which I will be taking with me to the Hull Print Fair this weekend at the Humber Gallery in Hull. I am really excited to be heading to the city of culture (I haven't been since I was about nineteen I think - to visit friends at university and the most I saw of the city then was the inside of a rock club called Spiders and a Hip Hop gig at the Adlephi - which is an amazing venue by the way, if you ever get the chance to visit!) If you still want to hang on to spooky season (and like me, are holding Christmas back at arms' length) then come and visit me at the Humber Gallery this weekend and get a late spooky treat! I love Halloween imagery so much, I hope you enjoy my range for this year:

Friday, 10 August 2018

Slowdown Studio

For the past two July's the wonderful Slowdown Studio (I love their throws, mixtapes and vibe) run a competition over on instagram, where you can submit a design which they might select and make into a throw! What a dream. The winners were announced in early August on their instagram, and they are all lovely. Here are my submissions: 

My designs weren't selected, but I really like them anyway (I'd certainly have these as throws!) so I am going to try and rework them over the next few weeks!

Monday, 23 July 2018

Mary Lee

A painting of Mary Lee, an Irish- Austrailian suffragette for the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp, editorial brief. 

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Lucky black cat wall hangings.

I have been using the laser cutter at the Art House to cut out wooden versions of the Chewy (the cat who inspired my appliqu├ęd bags) I really enjoy painting on wood and I thought that my characters would lend themselves well. I cut out a few of these, and handprinted them. Then I screwed in a ring and placed a ribbon as a hook so that it can be hung - anywhere. They are also vanished so that you can hang them outside or inside with no worries. I believe - I know some people don't - but, I believe that black cats are lucky (beautiful mini panthers they are) so you can hang one in your home and feel lucky all the time! They are up in my shop now! 

The Art House

I have been spending a lot of time at the amazing Art House in Wakefield recently. It's this great studio set up, where artists, designers and makers can rent studio space and create, but also it is home to an amazing print studio, where you can become a member and use it - which I've been doing. They also run a variety of workshops and classes, which I've been involved with! I ran a placard making workshop with the TUC recently and in September I will be running creative workshops for children. You can read more about that on their website, where the classes are regularly updated. The ethos of the Art House is so great - they give artists, designers, makers and hobbyists time and space to make, play, experiment and nurture their practice. The building, as well is beautiful, full of quirky windows, wonderful open spaces, large ceilings and luscious green victorian tiles. It's just opposite Wakefield Westgate train station, which is less than fifteen mins from Leeds, twenty five mins from Sheffield and lots of other places up and down the country. The Art House is such a gem in the city - I have loved making work there, the space and the community of artists and makers that work there have really inspired me recently and the well equipped facilities enable me to be such productive. 

If you want to check it out, the Art House is open late on the bi-monthly Wakefield Art walk, where you can explore the creative going ons in the city. Check out their website to find out more. 

So, what have I been making at the Art House? I have been taking advantage of their printing facilities and my expanding obsession with Staffordshire pottery to add to my Staffordshire pottery collections. I have been drawing my positives and layers by hand using Posca pens on to tracing paper and then exposing them in the Art House....

... to make three colour A3 prints...

... and repeat patterns of the dogs on to 100% cotton which I have made into household items in my shop! All prints and items are now listed online, if you'd like to look!