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Brogues Hand Print has been picked to feature on ” daily favorites” 02/27/2012 @ PaperStitch website ūüėÄ

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Sorry folks, been quite busy…

So it’s kinda a late wish for you all to have a wonderful day…

But I don’t believe in a day set aside to loving people in our lives.

I believe in everyday, making the best of those with us and those who accept us, love us and hold our trust above all else…

Living + Loving Everyday!

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>> I was busy making a specially gift for someone who wanted an item from my Blomming & Etsy shop… So here’s the final version. With hand printed wrapping paper and a whole load of love + best wishes!

 

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

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Firstly, A very warm Merry Christmas to all the customers, friends and family of Samphire Arts. without all of you all, where would I be? ( I’d have no one reading my ramblings… ;p )

I wish to thank you all for such a wonderful, crazy, busy and eye-opening learning curve of a year! Samphire has been busying itself in all types of new things to learn and make and getting to grips with Facebook & Community pages, advertising and creating a web presence…

Secondly, two / three big developments really, one, I might share with you later in the following year when I do more Craft Fairs (Country Living here we come!!whoop!whoop! Might have to drop the whole “whoop!whoop!” not very country like I guess?). This year has been slower than last but I guess I have had a lot on my plate especially with building the brand up on the web and getting our work out. Thanks to¬† platforms like Blomming.com (who provide such amazing service!), UK Handmade and the community word of mouth and fairs, we are trudging on… with a silent prayer on our lips and dreams in our hearts… (Corny!! I know, but sooo true! It’s been a very hard albeit fruitful journey to get here. I’m told I am being too hard as Samphire has really and truly not even been around for a year…hehe…what can I say, I’m impatient sometimes or at best of times, insufferable when I have an idea and get it into my head to achieve it… tehehe! ;p )

This year has been truly long in endurance and short in time! But I’ve been grateful for my network of friends / family who’ve guided, held my hand and been very understanding when I say “I can’t meet, I’m busy…”. We managed to get our work out and featured on e-magazines and even selected for Ipad covers (yup, I’m still chuffed about that! When you start out, you realise just how such small victories mean… so allow me, I’m milking it… till Kingdom come!! Tehehe!)

Ok, so…

News 1: We’ve invested in a press (YAY!!) so no more painful wrists, knees or smudged bottles and rolling pins (yup, that was me… Sorry Maria…) Now I need a name for Him, Coz’ I have a Victorian one we lovingly call Bertha! So I’m thinking Abe (short for Abraham?) Feel free to post suggestions for names on the Facebook page here>> http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samphire-Arts

News 2: Samphire will be taking part in the cultural Olympiad next year. Details to follow in the near future as we are working on themes, venue, food, music, exhibitions etc… It’s more than likely to be a 2-3 day event.

News 3: Ohhh… Well, I might tell you next year if all works out well… fingers crossed!

 

and at last, I wish a you all a Happy Xmas and an even better New Year!!

2012 here we come.....

Thank you to my wonderful family & friends who keep me going and those who following Samphire-Arts it is much appreciated and loved!

for all the love and support you continue to give

… and while I’m away, I’ll be…

** § Happy Holidays! § **

Remember, keep smiling, keeping hoping/praying and keep making….

All images are hand cut, printed, pressed & photographed @ © Samphire Arts

Thank you for looking! xx See you in the new year!

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Yup, so it’s been a while…

But here’s something I’ve been working on- Adapting a lot of my work for Digital formats as well as items produced independently with my illustrations etc.¬†In this case, Ipad 1/2 as well as Kindle and Nook etc. Covers ( for my first try in the form of my first print- the Brogues. I thought I’d try this simple one before I apply my other designs…) Others images¬†are used as Wallpapers‚ÄĘ (Phones & Computer Desktop images). Here’s what an Ipad cover would look like. And of course, like my other prints, this too was hand cut and printed prior to being digitised.

I’d be lying if I’d say I’m not pleased… I’m embarrassingly chuffed to bits actually… just can’t decide which one to use for my own!¬†tihehehe… ūüėÄ

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‚ÄĘFor Wallpaper/Desktop images, drop me an e-mail and I’ll send you one!

Yup, it’s free… just ask… ¬†ūüėČ

Thank you for looking! xx

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This print was cut after I had a few thoughts about how I perceive my imagination and sometimes my defiance. How people all over the world face various atrocities in their respective country’s, homes and often by their own people etc. It made me think about how amazing the human mind, psychology or heart is. I started thinking about how we have imprisoned people who have stood up for their rights and the rights of others, how people just go missing or get in to trouble for speaking their mind and writing what they believe in (the likes of Ai Weiwei, Hu Jia, Nien Cheng, Aung San Suu Kyi, Parvin Ardalan among so many more!).

But what I find amazing is that you can imprison a person, torture them and hurt them in many ways than one but you cannot exactly hold their minds captive or at least, not for long. In fact, I believe you cannot (fully) restrict their mind and will (unless they let you?). I truly believe our abilities in terms of our imagination, our mind can wander and still be free even when you keep our bodies captive.

We may be restricted by our social, religious or political constraints, but we are and never will be truly imprisoned. And as long as people believe and exercise their right to imagine, create and build, keep alive memories and works of those who struggled and lost their lives and those who are still under some sort of oppression, they will continue to live on in our hearts and mind. No wonder we are declared dead only after the brain gives in…

So, you can lock us up wherever you may seem fit but only we can truly imprison ourselves…

Thank you for looking!

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This is a poem that is very close to my heart. I think it is simple and beautifully written and possibly one of the rarest poems that truly speaks to me. It is a poem by E.E Cummings who has a wonderful way of putting things into words, stuff that your heart would truly feel but your tongue would falter at deliverance. 

I don’t feel there was any other way for me to express
such beautiful words and feelings other than by letterpress.
I think just like love, it is a subtle and an understated art,
not in your face or forceful, but enough to provide a presence (a beautiful presence at that)
and finally, it leaves a permanent, life-long impression
be it in colour or blind letterpress.
 
 

This is the project that started my letterpress ideas lately. I have always loved giving presents more than receiving them. More so when I can make it myself or involve other disciplines that revolve around what I do on a day-to-day basis i.e art/design/craft wise etc. And in doing so, thereby making it as personal and as individual as possible. I used to get requests for special, one-off personalised gifts and seeing that I had been toying with the idea of a poem for a while and I had a birthday looming in the distance, I made this instead. The original poem is written in lower case (without any capital letters) or periods instead, he used parentheses or semi-colons. I changed it a bit but I feel his original way of writing it is the best way to read and understand/feel his passion.

Here it is

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I would like to thank all the lovely letterpress printers I have hassled for a week or two to find out if it could be printed by letterpress. Especially, Dan at Glasgow Press (http://www.glasgowpress.co.uk/), Mrs Margaret Hendry at Piccolo Press Ltd, and finally Cecilia at Typoretum (http://blog.typoretum.co.uk/). All U.K based letterpress printers creating beautifully crafted paper goods! And finally, thanks to Adrian at Redcliffe Imaging Ltd where it was finally realised albeit digitally!

Thank you for looking!

xx

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The music I chose for this particular piece is by my all-time favourite salif keita and the talented césaria évora

Here it is: Yamore by Salif Keita + Cesaria Evora (you can click on the link or right-click & open it in a separate tab/window)

Courtesy of Hulkshare + Chapero

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