Four-colour screenprints on paper

Guernsey artist Frances Lemmon recently invited us to participate in a group show at St Peter’s Church. It’s always a challenge to come up with new work and a deadline is always helpful. Plus, it was the perfect excuse to try out some fabulous, thick, Fabriano pressed-cotton paper. LOVELY! Oh that it were a little less expensive…

Here is the set of large (50cm x 70cm) four-colour prints made for the show. These start out as pen and ink drawings on four layers of acetate, each of which is exposed using photo-emulsion onto a screen. They represent Guernsey hedgerows in the four seasons.

Guernsey hedgerow in Spring, four colour screen print
Guernsey hedgerow in Spring, four colour screen print
Guernsey hedgerow in Summer
Guernsey hedgerow in Summer
Guernsey hedgerow in Autumn
Guernsey hedgerow in Autumn
Guernsey hedgerow in Winter
Guernsey hedgerow in Winter

 

This was a group show around the theme “Organic”. There was some very strong work, including this by Maryjane Orley, who bottled different sources of water over the course of a year.

Bottled at source
Bottled at source

 

There was also work by Frances Lemmon and Bridget Spinney, who we admire very much. Take a look at their websites if you have a chance:

www.bridgetspinney.gg

www.franceslemmon.com

 

We’re back! (And this time with Edna)

Lots of news here at Iris and Dora Designs, which I think explains our silence…

The biggest change in the studio is our new addition. Baby Edna is 23 days old today, and today participated in her first business meeting. She is adorable and is small enough to fit next to our printing table (what was that Cyril Connolly, about the pram in the hall being the ememy of art?).

Edna

edna2

 

We’ve been busy coming up with new products and designs which we are looking forward to showing you soon. Here’s a sneaky preview of images taken by our new pal with great interior design taste  — thank you Hayley!

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We finally have some decent equipment…

And when I say decent, it’s still pretty rudimentary to be honest. But it works, and we love it, and it makes life MUCH easier, and it’s taken hundreds and hundreds of tea towel sales to buy. So here it is, a massive screen washing unit (no more washing our screens in the dark/rain/snow, standing in puddles!) AND a drying rack (no more covering every surface in our studio with fresh prints that we then proceed to smudge/trip over/drop on the floor).

We’re coming up to our first anniversary of moving into our studio. It’s way too small and quite messy, but it’s ours, it’s affordable and it’s removed from family life (well, apart from baby Edna, who is tiny and doesn’t yet commandeer our drawing materials/complain about being bored/terrorise the resident goats/demand an audience for her rendition of ALL of the ‘Frozen’ songs).

If anyone wants to try their hand at printing, please contact us. We run workshops throughout the year and can open our studio in the evenings if you want to work on your print-making.