So I had filmsbyben in the studio today snapping some pictures of me printing 'Scrabo Tower' tea towels for Ards Craft Council in Newtonards, County Down. It was a glorious day in the studio as I made NO MISTAKES! I find this a cause for celebration as I did'nt waste any of my lovely linen union tea towels, yay...Go Foxy.
Every time I print 'Scrabo Tower' tea towel the tower becomes a different shade of blue as I am rubbish at keeping colour recipes, but hey thats the joy of hand printing gifts. Each one is unique and slightly different (some may even have a smudge or two).
This flat bed printing table is normally used for paper prints however very soon Flax Fox will have it's very own twirly whirly carousel which will make printing tea towels much much easier and quicker....bring it on.
Sometimes the tea towels can stick to my screen so it can be a bit hairy lifting the table and 'unpeeling' the cloth from the screen. Thankfully today the towels were not too stubborn and I managed to lift them with ease.
I printed 60 of these bad boys today and only two more layers to go, black and a yellowy gold. You can see the finished product on my website very soon.
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So every time I book my enterprise train ticket to Dublin I manage to choose the most horrendous day weather wise. The first time I made the trip was just before St Patrick's day. I got off the train and was greeted with gale force winds and hail storms. Clearly I did'nt get too much drawing done. This time was slightly different, I had a lovely morning BEFORE the torrential rain in the afternoon. It was just in time to get a photo shoot done with the lovely Nathalie from Image Interior & Living magazine. It is a piece called 'meet the crafters' which will be in the July issue. So keep an eye out for little ole foxy.
My boyfriend (and foxy photogrpaher filmsbyben) asked me to get a photo of myself being photographed if that makes sense?? I always forget when I do these shoots which really annoys him so I took one of myself outside Christ Church Cathedral which is my next print.. He does'nt approve, he thinks I should just just stick to the drawing.
I'm very fortunate to have talented friends in Dublin. They have jumped on the Flax Fox band wagon and decided to take some pictures of my new organic cotton t shirts. They really are so comfortable to wear and part of an earth positive supplier headlined by Lily Cole. You can check out my www.facebook/flaxfox.com page for the video blog about sustainable cotton.
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So, Flax Fox is getting around Belfast rightly. One of my main stockists the Belfast Welcome Centre asked me to do a photo shoot to launch their new product development competition. I'd urge any budding designers/crafters/makers to get on board and click on Belfast City Council website for more details!
Me pretending to work in the Belfast Print Workshop! When I'm really working, I screen print all my original prints here. Having not went to art college and having no formal training I completed a screen printing class here in 2010 and taa daaaa here I am today....printing as my job. Wow, how life can change. For more info an any classes click on The Belfast Print Workshop website.
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