Tag Archives: art

Exhibition at Candid Arts

27 Jan

I was very fortunate to be able to assist fantastic artist Zulema Lily to prepare and display her art work at Candid Arts’ recent exhibition.

The exhibits were a real mixed bag with a wide range of media. There was a real buzz about the private viewing which was probably the busiest I have ever seen a gallery.

Zulema’s sculptures took prime position; her thoughtful and evocative towers created out of found objects attracted lots of curiosity and interest.

And it was lots of fun loading the items carefully into a taxi in the ice and snow to get them home!

Well done Zulema for such a fantastic show! May there be many more.

Check out all of Zulema’s beautiful work here.


Assisting art in the making

30 Oct

I have had the pleasure of working with my very good friend and fantastic artist Zulema Lily on a series of sculptures and instillations recently.

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Zulema works accross many mediums. Check out her beautiful work here

I’m looking forward to lots more constructing, light play and whatever other adventures of inspiration come our way. Thanks Zulema.

Experimental Book Making

15 Dec

I’ve been getting stuck into making some notebooks covered in beautiful fairy tale inspired notebooks. You can find several sets for sale in my Etsy shop but here’s a little taster

Because I’ve been busy making books, I’ve been thinking about books alot. When I go anywhere that has some interesting looking books I can’t help but have a good look and try work out how they were put together.

So, in my over excitement about book making, I’ve put together a prototype of a different type of book. Considering I didn’t really know what I was doing, I think it’s come out very well. Here it is…

I made the cover from some scrap curtain material and added a pocket into the inside of the front cover. The  stitch work on the spine is not only used to keep the book pages together but also to attach the cover, which means you get that beautiful stitch detail. What do you think?

I’m going to work on some ways of fastening the book, I’ve got some ideas already. I think I’ll also keep an eye out for some other cover material as this is quite flimsey…could add to the charm though. Anyone know of any material that might be good for this?


Look out for some interesting books popping up in my shop sometime sooooon!

Fool’s Prints’ Chaplin featured in Etsy Labour Day selection

5 Sep

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London Print Studio: The secret of great screen printing

19 Apr

Last Friday I went to Harrow Road, London to a workshop at London Print Studio. The workshop called ‘Scan and Expose’ promised to unleash the secrets of the four colour print process. It didn’t disappoint.

Several times now I’ve been at an Open Access Session at East London Printmakers’ Studio and seen other people printing with massive levels of detail and in full colour. ELP have brilliant beginners level courses about no follow-ups. London Print Studio, as well as running courses, also boasts a digital workshop.

Arriving at 10.30am I was impressed by the space at LPS. They’ve got a wonderful print gallery in the foyer. The tuition throughout the day way brilliantly delivered by Lucy and Ed and I was pleased to find there were only 3 of us on the course.

We had a brilliant crash course in Photoshop where we learned the amazingly simply printing solution of turning images into bitmaps (pictures made up of lots of dots) which holds on to the detail in the image far far more that turning up the contrast and using a photocopy. In step two we learned how to split a colour picture into the 4 different colour elements; Yellow, Magenta, Cyan and Black. Each separate colour bitmap was printed out and exposed onto the screen using photo emulsion.

When the screens were ready we set to work printing, yellow layer first, then magenta, then cyan and finally black. Each colour layer of dots sits next to and over each other creating endless shades of colour.

Despite the extra space at LPS compared to ELP, there were only 2 workspaces for screen printing (there are 4 plus a fabric printing space at ELP). The rest of the workshop is given over to other very exciting looking print techniques…that I know nothing about.   

Here’s the print I did on the day. Can’t believe I hand printed this…


It was a small print run of six but if you like the picture there are a couple available to buy on Etsy now, just click on the image above to take a look.

So, now I know the secret of printing in very fine detail. I’m excited to give it a try at my next Open Access Session! Thanks LPS. Look out for much better print quality coming this way soon.

Screen Print Revolution on Etsy

22 Feb

As a new member of online shop Etsy, I’ve been taking a look at the rebellious screen printers on there.

Take a look at this selection of hand printed brilliance

Todays Printing in Pictures

18 Jan