Monday, 27 May 2013
Friday, 19 April 2013
We just can't get enough of Celia Hart's beautiful designs. Celia works from a small studio based in a humble village within Suffolk. The majority of her designs are inspired by the countryside of East Anglia. She interprets her thoughts and ideas by finely cutting out block prints of wildlife animals, exquisite birds, gardens and vast landscapes. Every print she creates is hand pulled and due to the nature of this method it causes subtle variations, meaning each print she does is unique in it's own way.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Here's a little tutorial on how to create your own tissue paper flowers! This method of making them is low in cost and is easy for beginners. The only equipment you will need is a pair of scissors, a couple of toothpicks and a glue stick.
You can use any colour tissue paper, but I would suggest using green for the stem, to make your flower look realistic. We went with white for the petals and black for the middle of the flower.
Be careful when wrapping the green tissue around the toothpick, as it tends to rip if you're not delicate enough with it. You only need one toothpick per flower.
Cut a thin strip of the black tissue paper, approximately 25cm in length and fray one side of it using scissors like shown. This next bit can be a bit tricky, so be careful not to rip the tissue paper and you glue and wrap the the frayed strip around the top of the stem.
The flower petals don't have to be of equal size, as you'll be spreading them out when they are attached to the stem. If you want your flowers to look more bright and bold, then maybe try a yellow tissues paper or purple. When all the petal shapes are cut out, cut a small cross in the centre of each one, this will help you thread them on easily.
These are the final steps... When threading the petals on, make sure you don't go off the other end of the stem!
Your flower should now look similar to this! We added a little black leaf onto our stem to match the flowers centre. You can easily thread one on just like you did with the petals.
Monday, 15 April 2013
We now have in store a variety of little goodies from the lovely Kate Broughton. Kate is a designer based in Nottingham, UK. From her own studio at home, she makes an abundance of decorative novelties ranging from transferable nail art to illustrated fridge magnets. Below is a small collection of her work that we've got for sale...
1. Owl Nail Transfers 2. Set of four Owl Badges 3. Craft Nail Transfers 4. Mixed Bird Nail Transfers 5. Deer Nail Transfers 6. Set of four Craft Badges 7. Set or four Vegetable Fridge Magnets 8. Four Whale Badges 9. Set of seven Autumn Temporary Tattoo's.
With Kate's eye for illustration and expertise in printed textiles, she is able to create fun, quirky merchandise, which make for great gifts or a little something even to treat yourself!
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
'Aardvark on sea' is the magnificent project run by Lesley and Pea, who have a passion for all things English, old or new. Based in their studio in Hastings, the pair spend their days carving lino, collecting wood types, and drinking gallons upon gallons of tea. Together they create a range of enlightening letterpress prints with words of wisdom and inspirational quotes.
Within their cosy studio in the hub of The Old Town, Hastings, Aardvarkonsea produce a large quantity of their work on a vintage Vandercook press. Each design is set out by hand using vintage wood and metal types to create extraordinary and original letterpress prints.
Feel inspired by these prints? Take a look at what we have for sale from Aardvarkonsea in our shop!
Monday, 8 April 2013
These quirky illustrations are by are brand-spanking new designer, Laura Gee! We just love her unique, simplistic creations, her range of designs are truly different. Whether it's an angry cheetah or a pair of passionate polar bears, there's bound to be a design that expresses what you're wanting to say.
You can get a hold of Laura's prints here on our website! What are you waiting for?