It’s a wonderfully rainy Autumn-like day in Sheffield today, I just love this weather.  The only slight downside is the fact that there is no sun in my studio today which means my screens aren’t drying very quickly.  I’ve not let a little thing like that stop me though.  After a quick trip to the opticians to pick up my new glasses (hubby calls them geek-chic!) we were off to the studio to fit in a full days printing.  Today is a special day though, my full day of screen printing will be followed by an evening of letterpress and I can hardly contain my excitement.

Cast your mind back to last November.  The Folksy team went off to Hallam University for the afternoon for our Christmas afternoon/evening out and we got to play for hours with the letterpress equipment, I was of course instantly hooked.  I’d always been a huge letterpress fan but never thought I’d actually get to have a go myself.  Tonight me and Andrew, our Folksy designer, are off to Butcher Works to sort out some equipment for our Brighton Maker Faire trip.  We’ll be demonstrating and letting the lucky people of Brighton have a go with the letterpress machine too.  Heaven!

Seeing as these are my last few days in my studio (sob again), I’m finishing off a few bits of work for Christmas Crackers, the Christmas selling exhibition at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield.  I entered some work last year and was lucky enough to be asked again this year.  This year there will be more of my small printed notebooks and two new items, some fabric bound notebooks and organic cotton scarves, here are some of the scarves in mid print.

I haven’t made scarves in ages but managed to source some of the wonderful organic cotton percale that I originally made my scarves from back in 2008.  It’s a wonderfully soft fabric and works really well for a nice small neck or head scarf.  I’ll be printing these in Purple Pods, Aqua Bows and Black English Insults, there will only be 2 of each though, here’s hoping the lovely folk of Sheffield love them.


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