Sunday, 27 April 2014


Selecting just twenty-five favourite images from my notebook pages to exhibit during the Land Sea Sky exhibition is proving difficult, but having to choose just six as postcards has been ridiculously hard! In the end I ran out of time and couldn't faff about any longer. In no particular order here they are...

First: Monterey Cone's remarkable popularity continues, 10,651 page views at this moment. While I do like it - I'm not sure it especially warrants this kind of attention (but I did include it!).

Second: Old Tea Rose. I like this for the drawing as well as the colours. It's discovery on such a cold February day, gave me such immense pleasure and I think I captured something of this in the drawing (which is always astonishing).

Third: Sunflower. "Are there any flowers more full of Summer's sunshine" is what I wrote about this last year in France. I may have even had a glass of wine in my hand at the time...need I say more?!

Fourth: Spider Chrysanthemum. I drew this straight off in pen and ink without sketching which required intense concentration. Now it's screen-printed at a scale of 1.83 metres! It reminds me of my son Josse and feels like only yesterday it/he was only a little plug plant!(x)

Fifth: Bamboo. Elegant, rustles in the wind, reminds me of Sikkim and also 100%Design. Probably one of the most difficult plants I have ever drawn and I really really want a large screen print of it in my living room!

Sixth: Dandelion Seed head - Because I am in love with clocks, watches and therefore of course Dandelions!

...from my Seasonal colour sample notebook. 

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Screen printed block repeat - Ivy

At the risk of sending out Ivy spam - here's the conclusion of the Ivy printing! It's the screen printed version of the Ivy design, transformed back into its block repeat form and which repeats perfectly top to bottom and side to side.

The first two screens printed onto natural linen. The linen is 'loomstate' - meaning it's exactly as it came of the loom and not prepared for printing or dyeing. Loomstate fabrics to be printed or dyed must first be scoured, i.e. hot washed with detergents to remove the natural oils/starches. When I scoured this linen it shrank by 10%. If I'd printed it without washing it first this shrinkage would have happened as I'd printed, the print would most likely have completely mis-registered and while I personally think that slight mis-printing is part of what gives screen-prints a wonderful quality and uniqueness, it's best as far as possible to aim for accurate registration!

The third screen is a infill into the Ivy leaves and intended to lift them away from the soft grey base colour of the natural linen.

Finally the fourth screen/colour, is a green textural overlay onto the infill.
Transformed back into an original block repeat form.

This textile print is part of the work I shall be exhibiting at Land Sea Sky exhibition (at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen) from May16th - June 22nd, 2014.

...from my seasonal colour sample notebook.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Ivy block repeat...

So many plants and colours, how to see the wood for the trees?! I've had to take a break from documenting colours and take a step back to look at my seasonal colour notebook from a different perspective in order to develop new work inspired from it.

Very excited that the finished Ivy (block repeat) design went off today to be (digitally) printed onto furnishing linen, here's the proof paper prints from my printer today...
Purple Ivy...

I've put a linen repeat texture onto the design to simulate how the colours should look when printed over a natural linen.  
Green Ivy...

I'm not planning a wallpaper - just a visual of the full repeating design...

A furnishing designer told me recently that plants on furnishing fabric should always climb up rather than down. Damn! Ivy does have a habit of pointing downwards - but hang it anywhichway you like!

Check-list (for Land Sea Sky exhibition).

Spider Chrysanth - Printed (yellow and green with a grey shadow), framed - in fact even if I say so myself a truly beautiful prize bloom!
Digital Ivy furnishing fabric...

To do
Screen-print of the Ivy design showing the block repeat - or that's the plan. Inspired by the Pattern element of my notebook.
Bamboo screen-print. Its been a tough decision between Dandelion, Fern, Rose or Bamboo (plant v. colour) but I can only do one more panel now, and (I think) (if there's time) I've decided on this. 
Sketchbook. My Moleskine sketchbooks will be in the exhibition (in a glass case), but I'm planning a digitally printed one off sketchbook for the exhibition.
Postcards (?) maybe

...from my seasonal colour sample notebook.