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Many years ago, sitting in a café, I sketched this as quick and as discreetly as possibly. Whilst having a hot Mocha with a gorgeous, soft, moist slice of crumbly Lemon and Poppy seed cake at a café next door in Norwich where I often went to when I needed to get away from my drawing board (in hindsight, the two reasons I went there was to hide and have some poppy-seed cake with their excellent Mocha! which somehow tasted better from their paper cups! weird… I know!). Every other day, a lovely friendly gentleman would drive up, park it across from St.Andrews and come in to read the paper and have a coffee and we almost always sat next to each other on the same spot over the 3 or so years I spent in Norwich. This piece was a product of keeping a sketchbook (ah… those were the days eh? Those little pleasures you could afford to have… now I struggle to keep a pen/paper in my hand or even find the time for it). But I am hopeful  that one day, I will return to my sketch-a-day habit. Even if it is on an ipad… ;-p

Anyway, years later, here I am. This was my first ever print even before Henry, The Owl. I badly wanted to cut a print and so went through my old sketch books and found this and it brought back all the memories and love I have for a Morris Minor. I later found out at the DeBeauvoir Xmas fair that it was actually a Morris Traveller and not just Morris Minor. Either way, I have fallen in love with these super cute, sturdy little buggers. The traveller even had a back made of wooden ‘slats’. Another reason why it ticked my box- Wood! Now, if only I could get my hands on one… * Sigh!*

 

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© fatima jamadar“Upscaling”/ Printed on recycled cereal box card with Bronze metallic ink

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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…

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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!

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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)

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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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Time and again, I revisit Eleni-Sophia –My first illustration after a very very long hiatus from hand making any sort of artwork let alone a simple sketch. I used to have a sketchbook on me everywhere I go but after returning to work and taking on more studying, I was lucky if I got out for a coffee + sketch. My sketches almost always record whatever time I found to myself, my thoughts or just a doodle. So it was a pleasant break when going about my day-to-day, I could clearly visualise her. I had already named her Ella and slowly she grew from my mind to paper on a single sketch! I hadn’t accomplished anything this fully conceived and executed in years. As usual, before I did the final version I thought I’d do a test run and see what it would turn out as. I took some left over but lovely water-colour card and sketched her directly and later painted her with pen and ink, water colours and other medium to bring her little details to life etc. The supposed draft felt so finished I have never made another one like it.

But something wasn’t quite right yet.

Until my pal mentioned: “She can’t be ‘Ella!’ She doesn’t look like a ‘Ella'”.

That was it! She isn’t ‘Ella’  she’s…

Eleni…

I added Sophia after her name just because I love that name. She finally feels complete my little Eleni… (Well… until I find something else for her to do like this bag!). Her pockets have little Yellow stitching and Pink buttons with Green ribbons at the top for that little extra something… I even added a little companion for her-a little Duck as I didn’t want any cuddly toys and it reminded me of my ol’ faithful Blue and yellow truck…

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The original Eleni hangs in a silver frame above my desk with the two corners at the bottom of the frame with two lovely ‘sayings’ that came stapled on a tea bag. I loved them! And promptly tucked it in my sketchbook for ‘another day’ just like so many other little things I have accumulated…

The ‘sayings’ are:

“On with the dance,

let joy be unconfined…”

– MARK TWAIN –

and

“Choose well, your

choice is brief and

yet endless.”

– GOETHE–

I couldn’t agree more…

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The bags are made from lovely durable cotton and have extra long straps that can easily be carried over your shoulder or for cyclists…If you or someone you know would like to order one, please drop me a line allowing time for hand-painting + delivery. 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. Ta!

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I normally use recycled fabric but in this case, I was preparing for a Christmas fair that I had decided on last-minute and had to order the bags in all ready-made. Saving me time to stitch my own from the reclaimed textiles which we had acquired sometime between painting the house and changing the soft furnishings.

As it was my first time to ‘paint’ a fabric, I started with sketching a scene made of birds on some  plant or something, anything to give me an idea of what I could do with the medium. I realised I needed some inspiration rather than to draw every single bag at a whim especially with such little time. So I rifled through to my sketches which gave me the idea of using them as simple sketches and either leaving them as a sketch or painting in bits of it and maybe time permitting, add the extra touches like the stitching around the brogues, buttons and ribbons…

The night before the opening, I managed to sketch and paint all the bags but didn’t get a chance to do more (lack of time and tiredness from lack of sleep making me highly irritable). I wasn’t convinced they looked nice. But in the morning, when we set up our tiny stall, I must say I was chuffed! I actually secretly hoped no one would buy the brogues and the bike as they were my favourite ones (and the first of the batch). Unfortunately, the ones I had done in colour sold before I got a chance to take a picture… So here’s trying to replicate what was done on a tired short night! (The bike bag was sold painted in green, white and silver but the brogues were left as sketches in Black.)

p.s: If you’d like to order one drop me a line or fill in the comment form! I make each order individually and to your tastes…

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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.