Imagine this scene – a new and shy mother with her new-born child enters a coffee house, a sign ‘Breastfeeding welcomed here’ hangs on a wall. Perfect! Her friend goes to the counter to order cool drinks; just the tonic needed for this hot day, while she sits down and begins to adjust her clothing to nurse her baby. Across the room an angry couple stare at her disapprovingly, knowing that an ‘offending’ part of her anatomy is about to make an appearance! – That was me in 2008.
To flat-lay, or not to flat-lay: that is the question.
Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.
~ Barry Finlay, Kilimanjaro and Beyound
It has been a while since I’ve done a print run on my mega table! And, this fabric below is the result of my latest print run.
With this organic fabric I will be making maxi skirts! Yay! I love maxi skirts, they don’t suit me but I love them regardless! I’d like to tell you a little bit about this design. Continue reading
What can I say about this illustration, other that I am in love with it! Pan surprised me with this print, I think I actually cried. Moose was my first rescue dog. He was loving and extremely affectionate, and highly incorrigible! With Moose being my first rescue dog I had absolutely no idea of the challenge that I was in for, and no idea of how much in love with him that I would become. Continue reading
For the past few months Pandora, of iNKIDOT, and I have been collaborating in secret. Pandora is an expert screen printer and an amazing illustrator, so when she mentioned a collaboration I immediately agreed. It is an honor to work with such a talented person.
Granted that when you start up a new business, without any capital, it is incredibly hard! And, in a lot of cases we have to improvise with the little tools that we have. My case I had literally nothing. I’d sell something, and then that little bit of money would go towards purchasing materials to make my own ‘tools of the trade’. No pocket money for me, not yet! Continue reading
Developing a new business is hard! And, if you don’t have the start up capital it is even harder. For a business to begin generating an income you need the necessary tools that enables you to make your product to sell but you can’t sell… until you have those tools. A bit of a catch 22 situation! For Elsie Jayne to continue developing I needed specifically sized screens for printing onto large pieces of fabric on my fabulous handmade screen printing table [I’m slightly in love with my mega printing table!]. But, I had no money left to buy these screens, they cost a pretty penny. So… I made my own!
Have you ever, like me, wondered around designer stores or browsed through social media sites such as Pinterest or Instagram and felt envious of the beautiful displays of stylish home decor? Some people have that awesome talent for decorating their home with such style and grace. I, unfortunately, am not one of them. My home can be described as a hodge-podge [putting it politely] mess at best. As well as having a poor eye for coordination and decoration I simply do not have enough money to fill my home with delicious delights. Instead I forage for scrap! This piece of driftwood was found upon the shores of Wales – such a beautiful place.
THE FIVE MINUTE TUTORIAL
I had a bright idea! An inspiration day. A day of nostalgia, browsing though all the gloriously colourful flowers at our local garden centre. The aim was to take as many photographs of plants that inspired me, plants that would later be incorporated into my fabric designs. Elsie, on the other hand, had a different idea! Continue reading
On the 1st of April 2016 we moved my little business to a creative hub called Banks Mill Studios, in the heart of Derby.