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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…

Thank you for looking!

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P.S: 

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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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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Henry, is a young Owl whose mother died or left under mysterious circumstances that no one knows about. All he has of her is a woolly jumper she knit for him to keep him warm as an Owlet. It has a red stain on it and a furry collar made from her very own small, soft under wing feathers.

Henry is a happy, playful and considerate owl but with every sunset, his heart sinks and sometimes it makes him cry and the red stain on his jumper turns bright and glows and takes on a shape no one in the forest has seen. You see, Henry is the only Owl in the forest that is afraid of the dark and all the nightly creatures and critters that come out to play laugh at Henry…

Henry was first painted using various mediums (watercolours, pen&ink etc) on acid free 300gsm watercolour paper


Hand cut and printed using non-toxic water based high quality printing inks on 300gsm acid free water colour paper. Available as postcards, greeting cards or as a print for framing. Please specify colour preference if any.


 

Original hand painted Henry on 300gsm water color paper available as a postcards or Reproduction Print available to buy as a print for framing (all prints are sold unframed/mounted unless specified)


Please note: 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 choose type of paper, ink colour etc.

Thanks for looking!

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