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Sharing skills to make a beautiful memory book

11 Jan

Recently a friend of mine went to a wedding and wanted to make a very special wedding present. Throughout the big day she took lots of photos and, knowing there wasn’t a wedding photographer, she wanted to make a photo album.

We talked together about what she wanted to book to be like. She found and gave me the perfect cover paper for this unique book (Mr Men!) and I prepared the front and back covers using this paper and grey board.

We set a date and my friend came over. I showed her the basics of coptic single sheet binding. We practiced step by step on some paper. Our first job was to get the photographs in order and stick them back to back in that order. We used double sided sticky tape along each edge, being very careful that the edges lined up. We then pushed 2 holes along the edge we will be binding, each sheet in line with each other and with the covers. Then we set to sewing.Mr Men memory book making

Our paper practice really paid off. I used scrap paper to sew along but all of the sewing on the book was done by my friend and she was very proud to have produced something so special.

Mr Men Memory Book spineMr Men memory book inside cover Mr Men memory book front cover I had a fantastic time sharing my skills, my friend loved gaining new skills and producing such a beautiful and unique book and her friends were over the mood to have a wedding album after all, and such a heart-felt one at that.

If you’ve got a book project that you’d like some help or advice with do get in touch.


Fool’s Prints 1 year on

2 Jan

It’s a year ago now that I quit my job to pursue a life of printing and playwork. All in all it’s been a pretty good year.

I started the year screen printing my first ever greetings cards printed using a drawing fluid and screen blocker stencil. I set to work on several card commissions for weddings, engagements and leaving presents. And soon I got to work on my first mass batch of birthday cards. They were printed with the wrong screen, with the wrong paint but none the less, considering I was teaching myself as I went along, I did pretty well to print 50+ 2 colour layer cards in my bedroom.

Each card or project I worked on was a steep learning curve. I made quick progress.

In March I posted pictures of t-shirts I’d designed several years ago. Since then the picture of Subcomandante Marcos has been a massive hit. That post has had over 100 visitors and the picture is right up there in Google image searches for Marcos stencils. So for all those searching for a great stencil of Marcos, you can now print it out from the Making Cuts page.

I then embarked on a series of custom t-shirts. Also a steep learning curve. There was the very popular ‘If I can’t dance it’s not my revolution’ t-shirts, followed by the less successful Whitechapel Anarchist Group t-shirts. From these I learned that printing white on black is nowhere near as easy as black on white, especially when you are still not using the right paint! WAG’s I promise to embark on a new round of t-shirts in 2011…that wont wash off!

Swiftly after that, I went back to what I knew and did a reprint of the original birthday cards, better all round but still with the wrong kind of screen.

I also set up my little online shop hosted by Folksy. It had a fair amount of clicks but only one customer. Folksy is great for enabling makers to get their stuff out there, but it is new and pretty small. Nowhere near as well known as its American cousin Etsy. I’m going to look into better online selling type stuff in 2011. Anyone got any good tips?

In April, election fever started. With my first wholesale order of blank t-shirts came local housing protests and a too true slogan from Emma Goldman. There’s still lots of those t-shirts left in all different sizes and colours. If you’re interested leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

In May the parliamentary fate of the country was sealed. Votes were counted and we were left with the Con-Dem government, who’ve begun the biggest attacks on public services for decades. With cuts to local services already promised, the fight back began.

That month I was uplifted by receiving a copy of Kerrie Jane Stritton’s Crowded Skies graphic novel. Beautiful. I look forward to receiving the Tempest. I’ll review it on here when I do.

Spring saw a burst of marriage proposals and weddings. I got to work custom making cards and printing this very special t-shirt for John and Kim.

I started work for the brilliant Hackney Playbus. I love that bus! I look forward to another spring and summer of play.

June saw the hijacking of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, which kicked off protest across the country. And I got to work making t-shirts for the Wreck Collective’s visit to Glastonbury.

The summer saw less Fool’s prints work as I became a full-time Playworker for the holidays. But I also attended a  print workshop and a book binding workshop at East London Printmakers’ Studios. ELP is a brilliant place. I absolutely recommend it for courses and their Open Access facility is brilliant. It has helped me progress no end. Everything from what type of screen to use when, how to line up colour layers properly, how to use photo emulsion and how to make amazing hand bound books. Couldn’t have done this year without them!

Autumn saw a renewed burst of printing energy and skill. I make my first leaflet design, printed t-shirts for charity in aid of the flood victims in Pakistan, and created a new birthday card design, this time with 3 colour layers.

I got to work producing some note cards and gained more confidence in experimenting and learning in the print studio. Confidence led me to register as Self-Employed!

In October I published a post called ‘What is Playwork Anyway?’ which took me by surprise by attracting LOADS of views. It turns out that it had been in the SkillsActive enews bulletin! (Thanks for letting me know Lisa).

I ordered my first bulk load of aprons and set to work thinking what to print on them and got stuck into more anti-cuts protest.

November brought the inevitable beginning of Christmas-type activities, the aprons were printed, the Christmas cards where prepared. By December I was in full Christmas mode. I made loads of beautiful retro notebooks and hauled my heavy stock to stalls at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club and Brick Lane.

In November and December I made my first monthly profits! (£5 and £30). Overall I’m still in deficit but what a great way to end the year.

BIG THANK YOU to all those who encouraged and inspired me. To all those who I am pleased to call customers, friends, family and fellow Fools. Follow your dreams in 2011. Lets fight these cuts together.

They did it against a 500ft wall!

13 Jun

…So said the t-shirts warn by the team who absailed off the 500ft tower at Guys Hospital  yesterday morning to raise money for the Myasthenia Gravis Association. As a team the 6 colleagues from EDF Energy (including my Dad) raised over £1300.

Congratulations to:

In this team was also John, who asked me to print the proposal t-shirt to help him pop the question to his partner Kim whilst on his way down the 500ft tower.

As you’ll see in the picture of John above, he didn’t wear it on the way down. He’d let the cat out of the bag that he was going to propose at the absail and Kim didn’t fancy it in front of a crowd.

So john, in stead, used the t-shirt to propose while on Southend sea front. (He had to use the excuse of wanting to walk on the beach to get chips as a clever ploy to walk in front of Kim to reveal the t-shirt because the question was printed on the back!). She said yes!

Congratulations John and Kim and well done again to the EDF 6.

Congratulations also to Paul and Sarah who got married last week. I hope the camper van card finds you well.

And now as we make our way into summer, I have received a delivery of some more wire to weave, I have some t-shirts to print and I’m officially on a break from all things wedding.


Enjoy your journey together…

11 Jun

So here we have it- the camper van themed wedding card. I’ve kept the paper stencil for the camper van so look out for more camper themed things soon!

If you’ve got a wedding coming up I’ve got just the card for you complete with woven wire hearts, clear beads and a hand-made envelope. Click on the image to go to my online shop.

My mission now is to create some beautifully the same but different t-shirts for the Wreck Collective. They’re gearing up for this years Glastonbury Festival. You’ll find them in the Green Futures Field so don’t forget to drop by if you’re going to Glasto.

I’m also looking forward to tomorrows t-shirt based proposal!

Also, thanks to Zak to coming along to life drawing at Candid Arts in Angel on Wednesday. Here is the best of my drawings from Wednesday. I’m a little rusty…

One card to print, one for sale, a proposal on the horizon and thinking about Gaza

8 Jun

Today I’ll be working on a special camper van themed wedding card especially for Anna’s brother and now wife. I’ll put pics up as soon as I’m done.

I’ve also got a beautiful A4 sized wedding card for sale, complete with wire hearts, beads and a handmade envelope. I’ll upload a picture for you to see asap. It can be yours for £6.

This weekend the famous proposal t-shirt will be in action in a secret location somewhere in London. I’ll be there with a camera ready to let you in on the secret!

And after the news of the deaths aboard the Freedom Flotilla I’ve been thinking about Gaza a fair bit. I’ve just ordered a copy of Rachel Corries’ journal. Rachel Corrie was a member of the International Solidarity Movement from America. Rachel went to Palestine to take part in Palestinian led resistance against Israeli occupation. She was killed by an Israeli bulldozer while acting as a human shield to prevent yet another home being crushed. I’ll let you know how I get on.

My thoughts to those killed and injured on the Flotilla and in occupied Palestinian territory.

Spring Wedding Card

24 May

Here is a wedding card I’ve been working on.  The weather this weekend has been absolutly beautiful and for a change I’ve been out enjoying it. Got back to printing today and a sunny yellow card seemed like the perfect thing, complete with woven wire hearts and clear beads.

Hope you all had a good weekend too.

Weddings, weddings everywhere!

17 May

It’s Spring again!

I’ve been busy making this wedding card a friend asked me to make. It is large A4 size with wire hearts, screen printed message ‘Congratulations On Your Special Day’ and hand-made envelope.

I’ll be setting to work on another wedding card soon as well as printing a very special t-shirt so keep an eye out for that!

It’s looking like it’s going to be a busy few weeks of printing. Projects currently being whispered about include;
T-shirts for the Wreck Collective at Glastonbury,
Invitations to the breakfast launch of the Hackney Oral History Collective’s housing research project,
A birthday present,
I’m also going to do some fun t-shirts experimenting with paper stencils

Lots to do!

There are lots of prints available to buy at my  online shop including birthday cards and t-shirts.