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So, among my many loves, I have a huge love for Letterpress!

I cannot imagine a world without it. It would be colourless and most importantly, texture-less and that, in itself is a crime that cannot go noticed (or unpunished for that matter! To the guillotine I say!). For me to truly experience something, it has to be both visually and tactile (oh, and sometimes by smell! especially little goodies meant for my tummy!). I have a habit of touching everything, I have to constantly remind myself not to when I am in a museum. No, really… I stick a thumb under my satchel strap, easing it’s weight off and the other hand holds the exhibition guide.

Anyway, I have been keeping an eye on a letterpress machine for years now. It’s so tempting especially when recently a friend offered it to me for a hundred odd quid!! How do you resist the temptation of creating beautiful, tactile, paper goodies?! I’ll tell you how, live in a small place! Currently over-run by Arthur Roy Fisk (my beauuutiful drawing table, pre-owned by lovely Claire daughter of Roy Fisk, a Lincoln based artist), Bertha– My small but heavy Victorian press, Ben– My lil’ table for the digital stuff… amongst hundreds of books and little knickknacks I have lovingly accumulated over the years and stuffed into this little room! So, you see, adding a tabletop letterpress would be me literally bursting at my seams, so to speak!

And so, I decided to do letterpress without the ‘Press’! Yes… I cheated… But.. but… what can I do? I haven’t the budget or space (yet!)

A friends’ birthday was coming up so I thought I’d give a try… and this is what I managed… I know, it looks a bit pitiful but, not bad i think considering i had to physically press it between two boards to get any sorta impression! Takes lots of muscle this method… and some patience with the trial and error. However, at the end of it, you’ll have something like a letterpress…

p.s: I’d like to assure you only two metal letterpress letters were ‘hurt’ (actually broken in two!sob!) in this instance. It has been reported to the RSPCLP (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Letterpress Printing). And they recommend, should you have any unwanted tabletop letter-presses, fonts etc give them to me to prevent further metal/wood fonts getting hurt (Including my nails, and fingers…).

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More trial and error this time with a pre-factory made plastic ‘letterpress’. Again, I didn’t have the right machinery to ‘press’ these but you can see the general outcome here…

All this was actually brought about by the thought of wedding invites and a poem I read many years ago, by Edward Estlin Cummings. I have been toying with this poem for a while and wanted to produce it by letterpress. Turns out, it’s pretty expensive and so I resorted to a not so old-fashioned way to produce it. (More to follow in the next blog!) For now, I hope everyone rediscovers this beautiful art of letterpress and I wish to convince future brides/grooms to use letter-press for their wedding stationery, Save the Date cards or even to announce the new arrival of your lil’ ones post wedding dates and dramas etc…

Letterpress for me has an understated elegance- A beauty to look at and appreciate both visually and tactile.

 

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I absolutely adore beautifully hand-made… Shoes (I know, so does most of the female population and a handful of men!)

But what better example of this other than the, unequivocally, beautifully crafted Brogues that I dote one. I love the detailing on the leather, the hard soles that ‘click’ authoritatively, the unwaxed laces that look like finely knitted brows or even the fine thin waxed ones, the fine stitching running along the tongue and the tip/curve of the Brogue which has to be just right…

I really detest the badly made shapeless silhouettes that I see a lot of people wearing. I call these ‘Foot Mittens’. I am no fashionista but I love a bit of an attitude and respect certain items demand from the wearer. Instantly making you feel sexier or giving you a kick-ass attitude. (Of course there are days I am more than happy to live off my totes/footsies or even better:bare feet when I am at home!)

This artwork is inspired by my love of Brogues…

It started as pencil drawings, moved to pen & ink and finally settled into hand cut prints. And now, re-invented the old pencil drawings I had done earlier onto lovely cotton bags with  hand-painted brogues on them (I love the simplicity of it when it is done in a single colour on the cotton bags).

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Items can be purchased as Greeting cards, Prints for Framing or Hand-Painted Bags (please allow at least 2-3 working days as I make your order, specifying any colours you would like me to use).

A5 Print on 300gsm non-toxic watercolour paper

Hand painted cotton bags available in single colour e.g black or 2 colours or your choice (definitely bespoke and one of a kind for every item + more designs available)

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Thank you for looking!

Please order in advance allowing time for hand-printing, handmade paper and postage. For more queries or customisation, please get in touch. Please note, hand printed/painted items, products vary as they are not mass-produced on a machine making each item unique in its own rights.

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A variety of paper stock and colors are available. Including one-off prints created on hand made flower pressed paper, water colour paper and recycled (“up-scaling”) paper! For hand printed/painted items, products vary as they are not mass produced on a machine making each item unique in its own rights. Please see the next post to see what is available and if you don’t see what you would need, please get in touch!

Hand cut & printed using non-toxic water based inks, or metallic silver, gold or copper inks,  on water colour paper, hand made flower pressed paper, recycled paper, brown ribbed cards etc. Available as greeting cards, postcards or prints for framing.


 

Upscaling” Henry Print
Grey card (recycled) with blue background non-toxic
ink and metallic silver print. A one off print

 

Greeting cards + Envelope

Printed on white stock card with metallic inks. Available plain or with a message of ‘thinking of you’ or ‘missing you’ to choose from. Various colours available.

 

Printed on handmade paper on various colours available

 

Wall Art/ Print
3 colour, hand cut & printed wall art on handmade paper (sold unmounted/unframed)

Please order in advance allowing time for hand-printing, handmade paper and postage. For more queries or customisation, please get in touch. Please note, hand printed/painted items, products vary as they are not mass produced on a machine making each item unique in its own rights.
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This is the first digital version of my birds series which started as pen and ink drawings and progressed to this. There is an ‘immediacy’ or ‘fluidity’ that adds character to a drawing made in ink that I cannot capture (yet) digitally. I suppose that is also because every stroke and mistake I make with ink, I cannot undo and in the process, build up an image. Or maybe, I am making excuses because my love for brush & ink is far bigger than my digital needs…

I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I have had making them.

PART II:

No.5

No.6

Birds & Bows Part 2

No.7

PART I:

Birds&Bows Part 1

Birds & Bows Part 1

Birds & Bows Part 1