I was delighted to see a feature on Ming and Steve from Pop Press in this month's Caboodle magazine. Their beautiful shop and studio in Nottingham's Malt Cross is a total dream. You can go and browse modern and colourful cards, stationery, homewares, and art, or book in for a workshop and have fun with Letterpress for a day. Preferably do both. In the article, they mentioned plans for a class on exposing the polymer plates they use for making their cards and prints. I might have to sign up to that! Seriously, check them out. They are ace! I pinched a couple of Caboodle magazine's stunning photos to share with you here, but go and have a read of the article here for more.
The out of focus, colourful mess in this photo is going to be in an exhibition soon. I'm not sure how much I'm allowed to say about it yet, but keep an eye out for more news soon!
I've just finished the first phase of a really fun photography job for Caz at Lovely. Her stylish, colourful, wittily titled products were a joy to style and shoot, and we're all very happy with the results, which you can view in her newly opened Not on the High Street shop.
I highly recommend investing in any of her products. They smell divine, and they work wonders!
I've been working on some photographic projects recently. While the camera was in my hand, I snapped these.
For a while now, Ming and Steve from Pop Press, an ace Letterpress studio and shop based in Nottingham, and I have been busy behind the scenes getting ready to unleash our collaborative pieces on to the world. Launch day is close, and we're planning a giveaway. More details coming soon. Watch this space!
We've been renovating our house since we moved in two years ago. At the moment, we're having a bit of work done on the kitchen. It is VERY exciting to have kitchen cupboards! These 1960s ones were found on eBay buy Sean, and we've had them refurbished by Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens, who are also doing some other work. I'll share some more photos as progress continues.
I've been updating my shop with new greetings cards. Each card was designed and printed in happy colours by me, in my home studio in Sheffield. If you enter the code "HELLOBABY" at the checkout, you can get 25%off your whole order. The code is active today and tomorrow (expires on 28/07/2016).
I’m just getting the camera warmed up, ready to photograph some of my new products to list in the shop. You can see some of the sweets that my friend Élodie G brings me back from her visits to France and Italy, some I’ve ordered off the internet, and some I got from B&M. I’m very interested in the packaging.
Today is the day the Herd of Sheffield officially launches. My design 'Sheffield Botanical' was shortlisted, and then Panache Lingerie chose to sponsor it. A good match, I think! Painting the elephant was challenging, but ultimately very rewarding, and I'm delighted with how it turned out.
You can see it on the steps outside City Hall in Sheffield. There are loads of ways to get involved and help raise money for Sheffield Children's Hospital . Visit the Herd of Sheffield website, or search for 'Herd of Sheffield' on the App Store. Be sure to share all your elephant sightings on social media using #herdofsheffield.
I had a fun and very gratifying time last week, getting all my new card designs finalised, exposed onto screens, and printed up in lovely, fresh colours. I found extra joy in adding the little spotty details to the envelopes and brown paper bags. They went down really well at the Peddler Night Market in Sheffield. Peddler is always worth a visit. It's a perfect combination of art (James Green was next door to me selling his ace lino and screen prints), craft, and book sellers (la Biblioteka and Craft Lab Sheffield were in attendance, with their covetable array of publications and Julie's brilliant macrame plant hangers), excellent street food stands, perfect coffee from the Depot Bakery next door, and guest breweries on the bar. What's not to like?
I managed to sample an excellent potato and kale pakora from Fancy an Indian, delicious thai style fried chicken from Buddha Belly, and (possibly my favourite thing to eat anywhere), burgers from the Cow Boys. Now, what's for lunch? Probably some sort of lettuce, I dunno.