Friday, 26 September 2014

Inky Fingers...

It's been another busy week here in the Studio with lots of visits to the press and much messy mixing of inks. Before we reveal what has been taking up so much of our time let's get on with this week's...

 .. Fabulous Folksy Friday Finds!

'T' has been the letter of inspiration and offered up a very eclectic mix of lovely wares. All shops are well worth a browse around, their url's are under their photo's.

  'T' is for...

Ssh...Don't let the hounds know where he's hiding...

T is for Tea cosy - and what a jolly character perches aloft the teapot, his tail is one of the bushiest fox tails ever! Linda has an assortment of woodland chums adorning her fun tea cosies. Find them all back in her Folksy shop:

Nearly time to get the lights and baubles out

T is for Trees -  This dainty ceramic brooch decorated with a mini forest of pine trees puts us in mind of Christmas. Would add a hint of seasonal cheer to any lapel. Julia's Folksy shop is bursting at the seams with all things ceramic including some very handsome plates decorated with bicycles, well worth a visit:

Perfect pocket Pal

T is for Teddy Bear - This tiny Teddy stands just 9cm high. His purpose in life is to fit neatly into someone's life and be there as a bear friend when they need a little companionship. Think we could all find room for him or one of his colourful friends. Mandy does request that guardians of her pocket teddies do send updates to her Facebook page of the many travels each teddy takes. Fill the void in your life back at Mandy's Folksy shop:

A bag for the all the wordsmiths

T is for Typewriter - This satchel style shoulder bag decorated with rows of pink retro typewriters is beautifully made and certainly one of a kind. Lots more original bags and purses back at Jenny's Folksy shop so if you want to stand out from the crowd a trip over there is advised:

The garden hasn't cottoned on that it's meant to be Autumn. Think the pleasurable pastime of deadheading and the most welcome September sunshine is extending the flower season in our floral garden beyond any expectations. The Cosmos have now been flowering for four months.

Bees still busy among the White Purity Cosmos

In the Studio the inks and press have been seeing lots of action. It's taken a great deal of time, a gouged digit and 11 colours but, at last, Gary's latest reduction linocut print can now be revealed as finished!

11th colour just pressed - a rich chocolate brown

Peeling the print away from the plate slowly...

..Nearly there... is that a hint of red on the tail?

And finally the completed print

Feel there should really be a fanfare of trumpets - here it is, in all it's glory - a very handsome wading bird titled 'The Secretive Snipe'. It is a limited edition linocut reduction of just 30 prints. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil by Gary and supplied in a cream mount.

Secretive Snipe hidden in the reed bed

While researching this shy bird we found the collective noun is a 'wisp of Snipes', lovely. And one of the many folklore names for the bird is a Heather Bleat, seems appropriate here.
It will be available in our online shops this weekend.

Enjoy your weekend.

'If it weren't for the last minute, I wouldn't get anything done'.


  1. I wish I could make my letters larger for this normal WOW doesn't express my wonder at Gary's print..a wisp of Snipes is lovely..

  2. Your prints are beautiful, I adore the Badger one, absolutely gorgeous.
    Thank you as well for featuring my Little Miss Foxy tea cosy on your lovely blog. she's really chuffed to be in such talented company!

    Linda xx

  3. I loved the big reveal! You are so clever in how you find your letter-of-the-week finds!

  4. Very nice Folksy picks, the tea cosy reminds me of Basil Brush which is probably giving my age away!
    Stunning print of the snipe :D

  5. Good Folksy Finds and the print of the snipe is really Marvellous!

  6. Hi Heather, love that foxy tea cosy! Your snipe print is simply stunning! Our garden doesn't realise it is autumn either and I'm not sure I do as it has been 20'+ here recently. I have started planting my patio pots with their winter plants this week, although it seems a shame to throw away the summer bedding I'm sure it's not long before we will have the first frost. Best wishes, Pj x