Exploring traditional printmaking and pattern design methods is a strong passion of mine. Particularly inspired by the great work of William Morris, I wanted to step away from the computer and design a repeat pattern which was hand-carved and could be hand-printed.
In its planning, the design would work as a one-color pattern as well as having the ability to be expanded and digitally customizable with more complex color ways.
1. I apply india ink to the block to give a contrast when I'm carving. I use carbon paper to transfer my design to the block.
2. The block is inked (I use water-based block printing ink). I registered it by hand, taking care to align the overlapping parts of the design.
3. A close-up of my carved block.
A few weeks ago I carved some bees and beehive block print stamps after watching Vanishing of the Bees on Netflix. After playing around with some gold ink I took to the computer to create a collection of prints that I've just released in my Spoonflower shop.
Another stamp I made this week. I also created a repeating pattern to coordinate with my popular Camping in the Wild fabric (middle).
I recently added some more summer themed prints to my Spoonflower shop. I've been updating and adding my patterns to my tumblr pattern blog here.
Another piece in my Silkscreen bird series: Puffins. These delightful birds were really fun to create. This limited edition of 25 prints is a 5 color print.
After carving my floral block and creating the Butterfly Garden collection, I knew I wanted to continue with that process. Spoonflower's sewing notions contest seemed really appealing and I got my tools out and began carving some of my favorite vintage inspired sewing notions. The block is 6"x 8" and I'm also offering it as a print in my shop.
In thinking about opening an online shop featuring my printmaking I knew I wanted to contribute to the long tradition of block printing textiles. Here's a look at some of my experiments on a variety of fabric types. I'm currently narrowing down a line of pillows, clutches, and tea towels for my new shop.