Friday, 24 July 2015

NEW Woodland Tea Towels

After our recent trip to Sweden I wanted to design something with a Scandinavian feel and came up with the idea for these rather jolly tea towels.  Both available on 100% cotton, either white or natural unbleached.

I've always loved the combination of orange and lime, so these will be sure to brighten up any kitchen.

I also wanted another colour-way that was perhaps a little more subtle, so added the red and jade option.  This one accidentally has become my most 'Christmassy' design in the range.  All available through by etsy shop or website, priced £9.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

My 20th Year of Open Studios

The first year I took part in Cambridge Open Studios was 1996, so that makes this my 20th year!  I hadn't realised I'd been doing it for so long, how time flies.  The first three years were at my parents house in Hoadly Road in Cambridge.  They then moved to Ely, by which time we'd moved from our tiny cottage in Waterbeach to a larger house in Milton.  The detached double garage was an ideal place to house my etching press and the space was big enough to use for displaying my work.

I started off with just a few paintings and some hand-made lino-printed cards and it's steadily grown over the years with a huge range of cards and stationery for various publishers most notably Phoenix Trading.  My first publisher was Stone Marketing and I did several hundred products for them until they changed direction around 2002/2003.

Green Pebble also produced a range of six of my fine art seed head cards and Artists' Cards have just released two of my bird themed cards (above).

I still enjoy creating my drypoint prints both framed and unframed, but it's my range of tea towels and coasters that have become the most popular product.  They make ideal gifts and are affordable, whereas a picture may be out of some people's price bracket.

I continue to enjoy working towards Open Studios each year, even though it is a tremendous amount of work and my long suffering family are neglected throughout July.  Here's to many more years putting up the yellow flags!

Friday, 10 July 2015

Cambridge Open Studios 2015

My studio is open this weekend, 11th & 12th July and next weekend, 18th & 19th July, from 11am - 6pm.  Directions from Cambridge: cross the A14, turn into Milton Village, pass Tesco on left, continue through village, over zebra crossing, take next turning on the right (Fen Road) and follow the bright yellow flags.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Flower Garden Tea Towels

The first of my new screen-printed tea towel designs arrived this week.  The orange and cerise pink ones will certainly brighten up any kitchen.  And I think the Scandi-chic blue ones create a calm air of retro sophistication.  I will certainly be using this one at home.

Both colours are available on either white cotton or unbleached cream cotton through my etsy shop or website, priced £9.  I will also have them at my Open Studios which starts on 11th July.