Strike offs part one

The first set of strike offs are now complete – we started with the two colour prints as they are the most difficult, next we’ll move on to the single colour prints.  It’s always hard to get the perfect two colours to work with the two colour designs, especially as I often use transparency in my… Read more »

Working on a new palette

The post New Year period is always a time of reflection and changes and this year has been no different, although now we’re in March and I have no idea where the time has gone. Since Bella, my apprentice, started last August things have been very different in the studio, it’s been great having another… Read more »

May Stack

I recently started a subscription to Stack and just had my first delivery, the latest edition of Wrap magazine. I’ve never come across Wrap before but fell in love with it at first flick through. Sheffield has a serious deficit when it comes to good magazines, our local WH Smith’s has all the usual suspects… Read more »

May print-fest

May has been a none stop print-fest, from custom orders to commissioned work then the culmination of my AA2A artist residency at Sheffield Hallam. It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind really.  Here is some of the work I’ve been doing… I can’t share with you some of the commissioned work I’ve been doing… Read more »

New design launch offer

We’re delighted to announce that we have a new design launching for Spring 2015 – Clouds is printed on our British Woven linen and organic cotton mix fabric and is suitable for a range of interiors and crafts uses. This new design was developed from mark making sketches, part of a new exploration into accidental… Read more »

Unfortunate week

Last week I worked like a crazy lady and had a small team of helpers, also working like crazy ladies. This week I’m stuck at home and not happy about it.  I had a stupid accident last week which meant that I had a nasty bump on my head, gash to my eye and a general good… Read more »

Hepworth Print Fair

I’m delighted to have got a place at the new Hepworth Wakefield Print fair, it’s on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st March at The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk Wakefield, WF1 5AW, 10-5pm, free entry. I’ll be there with a new range including new colours of my Thorns and Thunderbolt prints. I’ll also be bringing my new Clouds… Read more »

Colours in the park

I took a walk in Millhouses park to try out my new camera and snapped a few photos which I hoped would give me some inspiration for my new collection colours. Not only was I taking photos of natural greens, browns and oranges but I found a bit of inspiration in the graffiti of the… Read more »

Knitting Challenge

This is always the time of year when I go crazy just trying to get Christmas presents knitted, this year I just have the one though – a jumper for Owen. After Christmas 2012 I decided to stop knitting presents for the whole family and I must admit, it’s led to a much calmer December.  This year I… Read more »

Open Studios November 2014

We had our annual Open Studios last weekend and this was our busiest year yet. Yorkshire Artspace do a fantastic job and all the studio holders make such an effort  to show their studios off to all the visitors.  Unfortunately I was still struggling to shake this virus that arrived, went away, and then came back 3… Read more »

  • From Elle to Kaffe

    Friday in London went by in a bit of a whirlwind but what a brilliant day it was, and a stressful one I might add, here is the tale. A while ago I printed up some samples of the AW13 collection as Elle Decoration had asked me to submit my new collection fabrics for possible… Read more »

  • Sheffield inspired prints

    A few months ago I started work on some Sheffield prints which would form part of the work to be submitted for Christmas Crackers this year.  One of the prints had been a long time coming, it’s a follow-up to my English Insults print.  English Insults still proves to be one of my more popular… Read more »

  • Is ‘sustainable’ an ugly word?

    One of the most interesting things about taking part in craft fairs is the amazing feedback you get directly from the public.  I used to write down every comment, things people liked, things they didn’t like and any questions or comments they had.  You miss that when you stop doing retail fairs so it’s always… Read more »

  • Autumn Winter, rub tests and other things

    It seems a strange time to be thinking about an AW collection seeing as we are having such glorious weather here in the UK but that’s what I’ve been doing.  The past 2 weeks have been spent getting sample screens made, choosing and mixing the colours and then printing up some samples.  I then packaged… Read more »

  • Weekly round up

    It’s been busy busy busy in the studio this week, there have been plenty of late nights, it really is a home from home so it’s a good job we have a nice comfy sofa.  I’ve extended the printing table from 6 to 8 metres, printed up wholesale orders, done lots of designing for some… Read more »

  • Failure…is an option

    One third of the way through the BEDM challenge and I’ve failed miserably. I knew May was going to be a busy month, so it would be difficult, but I did think I’d get a little further ahead to be honest.

  • Instagram, my love

    My favourite social media channels tend to be image based.  Pinterest and Flickr are other happy places to share but nothing compares to Instagram.  I’m very picky about the things I post though, usually no more than one or two things a day, but in my kind of work, it’s a great way to document the… Read more »

  • First job

    I really can’t remember how old I was when I started my first job as it’s a place that become a permanent memory from my childhood.  It was at the shop my mum worked two days a week, ‘the famous Sheffield shop’ selling all Sheffield made cutlery, scissors, tools and more.  To use this as my… Read more »

  • Pets = Pugs

    M Y  F A V O U R I T E  S U B J E C T.  I do talk about Lola a lot, I know I do, so bear with me as there is no getting away from the fact that today’s BEDM post is all about Pets.  I did think about showing… Read more »

  • Bank Holiday Fun

    It’s bank holiday here in the UK (and the hottest day so far this year) which usually means that the roads are nice and quiet as everyone has got in their car and/or caravan and gone looking for a nice bit of peace and quiet away from the city.  Life in the Waterhouse family just… Read more »