A special commission to celebrate my friends new baby girl, Rosa!
I created original designs and hand printed them using lino on coloured paper to create a striking spine for the book and sections inside.
The front cover was also designed, cut and hand printed on buckram book cloth to reflect my friends love of all things letterpress.
The book was then bound using an exposed coptic stitch, leaving lots of room for adding bits and pieces as Rosa grows up.
War Horse Illustrations
I created 3 original illustrations with binding for the House of Illustration 2016 competition. Sadly I didn't make the cut this year, but I'm really pleased with the results.
All of the illustrations are block printed to create 3 original plates. The different elements of the binding were also cut and printed and then edited in photoshop to create a suggested binding layout as per the competition guidelines. This image shows the front and spine.
I grew up only a few miles from where this book was set - and the author lives - and loved it as a child, so it holds a very special place in my heart.
I wanted to create images that evoked a classic style of book illustration, and to reflect the open, unconditional friendship and bond between Joey and Albert, whilst also being able to portray the raw emotion and challenges both faced. Keeping the images in black and white makes them much more striking to the eye, supporting the stark reality of war.
New blocks for hand-printed wrapping paper and a custom label.
I’ve been sitting on this for a while, as it was done especially as a gift for someone. It worked out so well though, that I’m going to do more in a similar style and hopefully get a run of prints done and up for sale!
Long term plan is to get some screenprinted in fact - registering nightmare, but a good challenge non the less!
‘Film Noir’ - Lino print on Hosho paper for a private commission.
Not only did I have the pleasure of being chosen to illustrate Melanie Arora’s debut children’s poem, A Cat Called Panda, I was also given the chance to create a limited edition run of prints for the launch event on the 9th April 2015.
While working from the original plates, I didn’t have access to a press this time, so each one was to be hand-burnished in my home studio.
I wanted to prints to be like actual pages from the book, so I printed onto Hosho paper cut to the same size as each page.
I also discovered that a great way of registering the prints was using a quilting ruler - by having loads of marks, it was easy to see where each should be placed.
However, hand burnished equals elbow grease and sore palms!
No matter how many different implements I use, nothing seems to transfer the ink better than my hand - so a combination of this, a balled up old silk shirt (slides easily on the paper) and a good layer of ink resulted in some nice, even prints. The Hosho paper is also great, as its grain density means it’s thin enough to take the ink well, but it’s incredibly strong fibre structure can withstand a lot of rough treatment. Particularly evident on the ‘Panda in the dark plate'…
Only 6 editions of each plate were printed, especially for the launch event for A Cat Called Panda on 9th April 2015.
This also marks the end of this particular illustrated journey, but the start of many others. Huge thanks to Melanie Arora for her lovely words and Button Books for giving me the freedom to experiment.
Hmm, paper sample conundrum… there’s too many good ones! #Artshophove #printmaking
Art-Book project #1
Using a combination of watercolour, screen-print and embroidery, I’ve created a Spring-inspired book using classic natural indicators of the changing season.
I like the idea of symbols in folklore. Like the classical elements, they hold a huge amount of spiritual and emotional weight. A small logo that is elegant and simple, but can carry the idea of something as big as the seasons themselves.
I’d love for this to be one of a series of four art-books, each with its own original symbol at it’s centre, illustrating the change in the natural environment as the year passes.
Today’s mission - Business cards.
I’ve always found this area tricky. Starting out, it’s difficult to know what design to settle on and what details to give, my email, website and blog have changed various times, plus, in a virtual world there seems to be less and less demand for an actual business card. However, as a print-maker and lover of tactile things, the idea of being able to give someone a card seems only natural.
I’ve wasted time and money on getting cards ‘professionally’ printed in the past, but this time I decided a more relevant, personal and inexpensive way of making a card was to print it myself. This way, I can make as many as I want (or need) on any paper or card stock I want and change it as and when I want to t'boot.
Yeah, it might take a little extra time and effort, but this time and effort is evident in the unique finish of each one and offers a quality that gives the card genuine value to it’s receiver.
Although its not a classic, or terribly elegant binding, the scope for illustration, art and craft is pretty overwhelming with this style of book. There’s something inherently mysterious and curiosity-inducing about a peephole, we cant help but look into peoples windows, through keyholes, under beds and through trees, so being able to create a whole array of different worlds and convey different ideas using this concept is very exciting indeed.
Here, I’m just testing out the idea with some quick papercuts to get a feel for how the book should work. The moon at the back is hanging in the gap by thread to give it more movement, which I think works nicely, although it could do with some extra space and maybe a more interesting design so it draws the focus better. The distance between pages needs to be longer too, so more light can get in to add depth and so everything can be properly seen.
My brain is already awash with ideas for this style of book. However, I’m currently working on a specific project, so will attempt to keep within those parameters for the moment!
Things to do when you have insomnia.
Late night sketching for a selection of children’s letter-based illustrations.
I also learnt about Inca agriculture and the importance of the gravitational pull of the moon…
thank goodness for the iPlayer.
One of my prints packed up and ready for delivery to the Grant Bradley Gallery… only a week to go…
playing about with colour blending on lino plates for a background effect… hope it works when I do the final print!
My progress for today - colour mixing relief ink in preparation for some hardcore printing over the next few days and testing out some of the plates in question…
more progress to follow I’m sure.
I didn’t have time to finish the cut, so I printed it anyway.
The colours were courtesy of my lovely friend Jess (who did all the hard work of mixing), and I think they work really with the recycled paper.
Now to scale it up and get it onto acetate for the silk screen next week…
More test prints for textural/patterned backgrounds.
Lots of potential for a seascape design too perhaps?…
Experiments for my third and final ‘cosmos’ themed project start in earnest….
I’ve been messing about with transparency in intaglio ink and lino-press pressures to achieve a vintage style print.
Photos don’t do it justice (as per) - but I’m pretty pleased with the result so far.
Pretty chuffed that my collage and prints got selected for framing and displaying in the entrance at college.