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Using Hawthorn Process Colours

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Meet the Maker: Ian 'SWIFTY' Swift

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Even if you have never heard of Swifty you will probably have seen or even owned a piece of his artwork. In the late 80s he was plucked straight from art school in Manchester by Neville Brody to work on The Face  - the most influential magazine for music and graphic design. He has worked for record labels like Gilles Peterson's Talking Loud and James Lavelle's Mo Wax, designed TV titles such as Smack the Pony and Peep Show, was the art director of Straight No Chaser magazine, designs Fonts, club night flyers, T-shirt designs and skateboards. 

Swifty's is a very hands on graphic designer - equally at home with a Rotring pen and a stack of paper to designing in Photoshop. To create his iconic artworks he mixes up to the minute design tools with lo-fi production techniques. 

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Thermofax printed garments

Thursday, March 09, 2017

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Meet the Maker: Miesje Chafer

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Hello! My name is Miesje Chafer and I am textile designer, screen printer and maker. I live down in Southsea and work at The Sorting Office studio in Eastleigh, Hampshire. I have an unquenchable thirst for fabric, pattern and colour and love nothing more than knocking up a prototype that's been niggling away at the back of my brain.  Read more

Multi Block Printing on Fabric with Easy Carve

Thursday, February 23, 2017

This project uses just one block of Easy Carve to create a two colour block print on fabric. This is an adaptable technique that will have you printing yardage in no time!
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Meet the Maker: Eric Gaskell

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I’m Eric Gaskell, born in Wigan, going through school in 60’s and 70’s. I was always good at drawing but only really finding out about art as a 17 year old sixth former. Before then I’d never heard of even Van Gogh or Picasso (let alone anyone else). For the last 37 years, since leaving art college, I have been making “things” for myself, other people, publishers and companies in one way or another. Illustrations, graphics, typography, design and art. I have always made the effort to draw, whatever else was happening, and whenever possible to exhibit work in open, group and one-man shows. Read more

Carve a Stamp Kit

Thursday, February 09, 2017

This is Maisie on work experience at Handprinted. Shirley and Holly have very kindly let me try out this Carve a Stamp Kit and write about my thoughts on it. The kit contains: An ink pad, carving tools (1 V shape fine tool and another V shape wider tool) and 5 blank stamps. Read more

Testing the Differences Between Lino Blocks

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Here at Handprinted we are always getting asked to explain the difference between all the lino relief blocks available. It can be very confusing knowing whether to choose traditional lino or try an alternative such as Softcut or Vinyl.  Read more

Thermofax Découpage Chair

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

We're really getting stuck into using our new Ready-Made Thermofaxes. Two weeks ago we showed you how we used some of them to print patterned papers in bright colours to make all the pieces seen here:
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Meet the Maker: Elizabeth Harbour

Thursday, January 19, 2017

My name is Elizabeth Harbour.  Read more