Friday, 2 June 2017

New Baking tea towels

These have been in the planning stage for about a year, so I'm really pleased to finally have them finished.  I was asked to design a bread/flour themed tea towel to sell at Anglesey Abbey National Trust shop.  In the gardens is Lode Mill, a working watermill that produces it's own stoneground flour.  I already sell cards and coasters in the shop that feature the exterior of the mill (just visible top right in above photo), so these make a nice addition to the range.

It was really good fun setting up the photoshoot, with visitors asking if they could buy some bread (they could only buy the flour), listening to guided tours telling the history of the mill and watching the machinery turning every now and then.

I was lucky to be able to borrow some of Nadine Anderson's beautiful rush bread baskets and willow cooling/serving trays which really enhanced the composition.  They are also for sale in the NT shop and details can be found on her website Ely Basketmaker.

My daughter did a great job with photography and editing and hopefully can be persuaded to do some more promo work for me.

The tea towels are screen-printed onto either unbleached or white cotton and the design features lots of hand drawn illustrations showing various types of bread and pastries.  There are also calligraphic words associated with baking, grains and flours.

If any galleries, gift shops, bakeries or coffee shops would like to stock them, please get in touch.  They are also available from my online shop and my etsy shop.

April & May

Eek have just realised I haven't posted anything at all for April or May!  It's not that I haven't anything to show, I tend to use instagram for more instant images these days, so pop along there for a visual treat.

'Wren' - relief print 7cm square by Alison Hullyer 

Here is a quick summary of what I've been doing:

  • Designing a new baking themed tea towel (click 'shop' to see)
  • Working on Christmas images
  • Finishing prints ready for Cambridge Open Studios
  • Pricing and getting samples for possible new mugs (but hoping to licence them)
  • Delivering prints to The Robin's Nest Gallery and Haddenham Galleries
  • Carving a new relief print 'Wren'
  • Demonstrating printmaking techniques at Babylon Arts, Ely
  • Having a little holiday at Easter