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Hartley Hall Greenisland

Posted on Oct 02, 2013

So I was invited to take part in a show house project called 'Hartley Hall' by Maureen Collins. As an Interior designer she was given the brief to decorate this house above with local crafters and designers products. She chose well and it was a great idea, I hope more show houses around the country start doing the same. I was pleased to see many artists from St George's Market there including Deborah Toner, Andrew Coombes, Chantalle Coombes and Deborah Campbell. Abigail*Ryan had their new beautiful fabric and wallpaper collection on display and Refound furniture complimented the master bedroom beautifully. We were also treated to an amazing spread by the Belfast artisan deli Sawers

You have no idea how good this ham tasted with smoked apple chutney and cheese and mixed olives. There was a few super hot peppers thrown in there too (much to my tastebud delight). This is a man in the food industry I greatly admire. He is always offering new and exciting foods and has a great way of displaying it. Artisan food at it's best!

Mr Sawer holding up my (slightly crinkly) Trinity College tea towel below. It worked really well in the Kitchen made by Terry Designs. Another great design company based in Northern Ireland. You should click on the link above to see all the fabulous things they design. 

So I was really impressed with Maureen Collins and her lovely seamstress. I gave her my tea towels and they transformed them into big fluffy pillows and cushions. This was the Belfast Public Library tea towel which was used in the Teenage Room. They also used The Cranes, Queen's University and The Merchant Hotel as pillows. 

So you can guess what Flax Fox is going to have on their website very soon....? Yes, some lovely new cushions & pillows. Now, the tricky question is which ones will I make first? 

This was the young/teenage room that showcased Flax Fox products. Refound was also featured in here alongside Flax Fox Original Screen Prints. The idea was that it was non-gender specific and that it could be used as a young persons bedroom or a chill out room. They also made a storage curtain over the bed so you can fit itty bitty things behind the Ulster Hall, which became almost like a pocket. A great idea for hiding clutter or storing bits and pieces.

This is the Merchant Hotel Pillow appliquéd onto a fab dotty fabric. It has given me lots of ideas of the fabrics I might use on my pillows.

and yes, I can confirm the pillow is ultra comfy! zzzzzzzz

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Launching T-Shirts

Posted on Sep 19, 2013

Photography is not a skill I have mastered yet, and as I build my website I have come to realise just how vitally important it is. At my St George's Market stall I rely on merchandising to show off my products. Customers can feel, touch and experience what I have to offer. Trying to translate that onto a screen is a lot more difficult than I anticipated. So I have had to ask for help along the way. One of these kind helpers is Michael Leckie. Click on his name to see his amazing work, not to mention the impressive people he has photographed. Thank you Michael....next question, do you reckon your model could do a shift on my stall?

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Screen Printing Scrabo Tower Tea Towels

Posted on Jun 27, 2013

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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Foxy hits Dublin

Posted on May 22, 2013

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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Belfast Welcome Centre Competition

Posted on May 01, 2013

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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