Tuesday, 23 June 2015

My fabrics are on my website

I have spent a lovely day photographing my fabric and I am pleased to say it is now on my website and available to buy! Hooray!

Here is the Blush.

It's really pretty.

And here is the Teal.

And here is the charcoal.

Samples are available too so you can match your colours.

Now my eyes are square from hours on the computer. It's just too much fun pinning new images to Pinterest (new fabric board) and sharing them everywhere I can think of! Please feel free to take over from me. I need to go and cook my tea :)

Friday, 19 June 2015

My fabric is HERE!

Yesterday was a happy day. My long awaited fabric arrived from the factory.

Meet my three new babies. Charcoal, Teal and Blush.

It's nearly as tall as me.

It's very lovely and I am ever so pleased with it. The printers have done a fine job indeed.

I love the selvedge. 

So today we have been getting to know it. It a new thing for me.  It's not paper! I have little bits of fabric fluff all over my leggings but I have some neat piles of samples waiting to find their way into the hands of some creative customers...

Next week we will be taking photos and as soon as they are ready I will be putting them on my website ready to go!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Emma Linney's final show

This is Emma Linney. She's having a well deserved glass of fizz at the preview of her final degree show on the Surface Design course at Huddersfield Uni. Emma did an internship with me on her placement year and we all loved her. During her final year I wanted to keep her on so I offered her a job and she has been working in the studio two or three days ever since. She has built one or two lamps and posted an odd parcel here and there (okay there have been LOADS) and been a bright spirit in the studio in general. All the while we have shared the journey of  her last year at uni and how she brought together her final show. 

Her course is the Surface Design BA and the students can experiment with a huge range of techniques, printers and high tech machinery. Some students create finished products and some, like Emma create a collection of samples to inspire interior designers to use them in their projects.

The results were stunning. I'm glad Emma was there to talk me through the processes that each piece went through; U.V printing, laser cutting, screen-printing, laser rasterisation and more...

She now has many possibilities to explore with regards to her future. She is hard working, bright and creative. She will do well whatever she decides to do. I will be sad to lose her but super proud when she flies the nest and goes out into the world.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Wallpaper at Elmet Farmhouse

I just visited Lesley Jacksons Elmet Farmhouse to see my Teal Paper Meadow wallpaper which has been used in the upstairs bathroom.

And very fine it looks too with her lovely Ercol chair which happened to be painted that colour already!

It was lovely to have a tour of the garden in bloom. Last time I was there installing lamps it was the dead of winter and the garden was just a promise.

I love these cute things.

Beautiful Astrantias. My Mum calls them Hatties Pincushions.

Lesley has a garden gate that opens out onto a meadow. How utterly perfect is that!

I walked home through the fields

which are bursting with detail and loveliness. 

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Wild Woods

The woods were astonishing today.

Deep, fresh, new, unfurling.

It took us a while to get going today. Ffion is revising for her last exam (EVER) and felt inclined to stay at her desk. We were both a bit grumpy. But with some effort we made it and out and walked to Colden Clough. It was like heaven.

 We saw the bluebells in all their spectacular blueness.

The wild garlic filled the air

and covered the forest floor.

It's just so inspiring. This valley is just so stunning at this time of year. It makes me want to get out as much as possible and enjoy every drop of it.

We concluded that going for a walk is ALWAYS the right thing to do.

Friday, 15 May 2015

The Print Fair

I'm going to be taking my wallpapers and fabric samples to the Hebden Bridge Print Fair at the Town Hall next weekend. It's the first one they have done and the lineup is awesome -lots of  fabulous local printmakers, including The Egg Factory, The Printed Peanut and Julia Ogden who I share my studio with :)

Saturday 23rd May 11-4. Hope you can come.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

TEN at Arteria

Another lovely thing about yesterdays trip to visit the fabric factory in Lancaster was popping into Arteria Gallery

I wanted to see their TEN exhibition. They are celebrating having been open for ten years and exhibiting all the artists they have been selling in the shop for that long. Myself included.

It's a lovely space and so nice to see it after working with them for so long. 

Sharon welcomed me with a big hug and a cuppa. I love the craft world I am lucky to be a part of!

I loved that they had made origami tulips out of my wallpaper

and rolled up my samples in a pretty jar.

It was altogether lovely. I wonder what the next ten years will bring.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The Fabric Factory

Today my mind has been blown by a trip to Standfast & Barracks fabric factory. It's in Lancaster and it's the sister company of my wallpaper factory.

A very nice man called Craig gave me a thoroughly impassioned tour of the factory taking me on the journey that each fabric makes around the factory from when it arrives in it's raw state to when it is wrapped on a roll ready to be sent out into the world.

I had no idea that every length of cloth is 'singed and de-sized' to remove lumps, bumps and loose fibres that would mess up the printing process.

There's real fire in there!

Then it dipped in this solution and wrapped up in plastic on a rotating roll, like a hog on a spit, where it soaks and fizzes until it's ready for the next part of the process.

Then it goes in this big machine to scour or bleach the cloth.

more fire in this one too!

How's this for a control panel! In the olden days (the factory is 90 years old) somebody would have the job of checking the weft of the fabric as it moves through the machines to make sure it stays level and straight which is crucial when printing the designs. 

Nowadays it is done with this machine which keeps an eye on it and straightens where necessary.

I was really lucky today as I got to see just about every process in action. I have seen the most incredible fabrics coming hot off the press but couldn't photograph them for reasons of privacy. Let's just say Liberty are launching a new collection! I watched the most exquisite eight colour rotary print unfold right before my eyes with colours being siphoned out of huge vats.

 They are mixed to an exact formula.

 I saw the flat bed screen printers in action too. It was incredible to watch the big table top rotate while the screens went up and down and printed with automated squeegees. Ahhhh.

Regardless of the type of printing the fabrics go through more processes to fixes the molecules to the fabrics. This really makes the colours sing. We compared the before and after and it was an incredible transformation. The colours were so rich afterwards.

The digital printers are awesome too. They have special rooms of their own so they can control the temperature.

Every length of fabric is checked by eye for imperfections. What doesn't make it can often be found in their amazing factory shop!

It was an incredible place. It is such an in depth process and I am much more informed after my visit, Even if this post isn't completely accurate it gives you a rough idea of what goes on. It is a complex process with skilled people doing it.  Everyone who we talked to was so passionate and excited about their part of the process and there is a friendly culture around the factory. I was made to feel very welcome. 'This is Hannah, she is a new customer...(fork lift truck behind me)..don't run her over!' 

I feel 100% like I have made the right decision to put my fabric in their hands and let them work their magic.

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