Hello Studio!

And a hello to anyone who stumbles across our blog or buys our hand-printed items. This lovely creature is Gypsy, one of two pygmy goats who live outside our new studio. The other is Pheobe, and so far we have discovered that they don’t like apples but are very partial to a carrot.

Pygmy Goat

Did we mention we have a new studio? I’m sure we are not alone among artists and other creative types living in Guernsey to struggle to find affordable studio space. We have found some temporary lodging in a fabulous setting in the South of St Peter Port. This has been important not only because it has enabled us to be bolder in our creations and saves time setting up and clearing away each day, but also because our dining tables no longer look like this:

Dining Room / Studio

Thank you families for your patience up until now!
It’s been an interesting process moving to a new studio. So far we have learned:
1. We, and others, take ourselves more seriously now that we have moved out of our homes, not least because we now have overheads! Nothing like a bit of financial need to get the creative juices flowing…
2. It’s very enriching to be able to invite people in to our studio. Seeing the way we work seems to trigger ideas in our visitors about things they want to create or things they might like us to create for them. Conversations with other artists and makers at our studio have suggested future projects and joint creative endeavours. 
Which leads us to think that we need some subsidised studio and workshop space in Guernsey for artists and makers to get together and create. We have some thoughts… get in touch if you do too. 
Our last few days have been STRIPY! We are layering our screens and experimenting with colour:

Screen Printed Fabric

Layered Fabric

Papercutting

The first thing we do is to photograph and sketch our chosen subject,

sketch of Delancey Park

sketch of Delancy Park in Winter

sketch of Delancey Park in Winter

Sketch of Cobo Bay

Sketch of Cobo Bay

Sketch of Cobo Bay

Then when we feel the design is ‘looking good’ we start to cut

Cobo Bay cutting in progress

Cobo Bay cutting in progress

This is a long process which can take a few weeks to complete

Cobo Bay papercutting in progress

Cobo Bay papercutting in progress

papercutting Cobo Bay

papercutting Cobo Bay

the papercutting of Cobo Bay

the papercutting of Cobo Bay

papercutting of Cobo Bay

papercutting of Cobo Bay

 

The further papercutting of Cobo Bay

The further papercutting of Cobo Bay

 

The Papercutting of Delancy Park

The Papercutting of Delancy Park

Once the cutting is completed we scan our very delicate papercut to create a digital copy.

From this we can then produce lovely prints of our designs and re-produce papercuts which are then framed between two pieces of glass which beautifully shows off their delicate and intricate nature.

papercut of Guernsey

papercut of Guernsey

 

close-up of framed Guernsey paper cut

close-up of framed Guernsey paper cut

framed paper cut of Guernsey Map

framed paper cut of Guernsey Map