Before the festivities really get under way I'd like to show you a preview of a new range of greeting cards that will be available in the new year. 'Crystal' features six typical forms of crystal systems or families named according to the number of points within their natural structure...or if you fancy, just pretty geometric designs based on crystal structures. Above are Cubic and Tetragonal (top).
Those creative cats Unlimited of Brighton have released their second bumper issue of the Unlimited mag stroke paper. It's full to the brim with colourful artist and designer profiles and a great takeaway that showcases what they all get up to and what's on offer at Unlimited...pick up a copy today before any Big Freeze sets in.
My Wings series of cards, featuring six British Butterflies, have emerged from the printers and are available in my online shop. The designs has been digitally printed in the UK onto a high quality, smooth white card from a sustainable source. Each card has been left blank for your own message and is supplied with a brown fleck, gummed envelope and individually packaged in a cellophane wallet. The series includes my favourite - the Orange Tip.
Uppercase publishes books and magazines for the creative and the curious. Uppercase magazine is a popular, international publication now in it's fourth year. It's packed with profiles on new artists and designers with an eye on emerging trends.
Issue 19, released this Autumn, has two major themes - exploring rocks and gems used in creative projects and an investigation into the aesthetics of work. I managed to have a few prints featured.
Following on from the feature of my Forestival cards I thought I'd add a little behind the scenes imagery to the project. Nick Hand and his team at The Letterpress Collective managed the printing very well and it was very interesting seeing the Heidelberg in action as it applied the ink and shifted about the paper with mechanical majesty. The Collective also run workshops teaching both type composition and printing skills.
I picked up two letterpressed A6 card designs from The Letterpress Collective, Bristol. Nick Hand and his team printed them last week on their trusty Heidelberg. Each festive 'tree' design uses four colours including black for the reverse text. The card is a GF Smith smooth white stock and both are available now at my online shop.
Quartz is a new series of screen prints that explore the geometry of quartz crystals. The design is one primary image printed in two colours then rotated 360 degrees and reprinted in another two colours. This series was also an exercise in mixing and printing transparent colours. These gems are on the shelves in-store. Quartz Festival uses fluorescent orange and pink which may not interpret well on screen.
Bottom left to right - Quartz Festival and Quartz Polar. Middle left Quartz Candy and right, Quartz City and top is Quarts Love.
New hand pulled screen prints feature a geometric cut diamond design. Each is printed using three colours that create a further three when overprinted. Shine on is the main title taken from Pink Floyd's song 'Shine on you crazy diamond'. They are available now online.
'Shine on' above top was printed using three of the four process colours - yellow, cyan and magenta and 'Shine on 2' below blends candy pink, red and deep aqua.
This is another charity shop find and the pick of my daughter Belle's bookshelf. It's written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Her bold, richly coloured paper cut style illustrations show us how to make vegetable soup from scratch including the tools we need to grow the veg to eating the best ever soup all up!