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Tehehe… Seriously… Another one? Awww… Thanks ETSY ūüėÄ

 
 

2. Owls

Handmade stationery featuring OWLS by ETSY. Yes, again… Hmmm… People seems to like my little Henry :’)

listing #87327747 mentioned and added on ETSYs curated treasury list by Studio Green Garden… http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTgzNTczNDN8MjAxMTgzMjAyMw/legs
 
This is the second mention Samphire Arts has had in a matter of weeks! ;-)) Better get some new work out soon! Sorry folks been a busy start to the year but I’m already cutting a new print and preparing for an open studio event in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympic & Mayor of London!

Here’s the previous listing added in the Valentines promo and included Henry the owl

(http://www.etsy.com/listing/87317590/henry-the-owl-thinking-of-you-i-love) and Keys to my heart print (http://www.etsy.com/listing/87324530/keys-to-my-heart-wall-print)
 

legs by Studio Green Garden on Etsy

4. Keys to my Heart

Another feature on Blomming’s e mag… (yay!)
This time, it’s the KEYS TO MY HEART PRINT

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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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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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The whirling pine first started with the idea of a dervish and on trying to draw it, I accidentally, ended up with a lovely effect of over lapping curves. It was also one of my first attempts at making xmas cards for clients which I quickly ditched in favour of carving and hand printing my very own greetings cards. I will upload those when I find a way to photograph them well.

For now, here are my twirling /whirling pine. I imagine them screen printed (on a square format of course! “Surprise, surprise!”). Purely to give it a layering of inks creating new colours from transparent inks and when you run your finger over it,I love the texture of the silk that is left imprinted in the print it self.



Remember, you can order a personal colour combination or a ‘pick-n-mix’ selection as a box of 25 or 50… or just the one? (I am not here to judge you by how many friends you have on your xmas list ūüėČ promise!)

Please allow considerable amount of time to print and post. For more details, please get in touch!

Thank you for looking! x