Friday, 20 August 2010
After a busy month of printing, folding and binding, I am delighted to launch a new range of products from The Book Tree Press. The range includes screenprinted handbound notebooks, seed packet cards, sculptural books including paper hot air balloons and our popular book trees. The focus of this range has been celebrating the sculptural form of the book and its tactile nature: special attention was paid to printing process, paper selection and the quality of every stage of the design. It includes several artist's books inspired by place, as in the case of Kirkcudbright - an artist's view, and inspired by narrative in The Red Shoes based on the tale by Hans Christian Anderson.
The launch of the new range coincides with a number of new shops kindly stocking products from our little press. In an earlier post I celebrated the launch of Craft House Concept which is up and running filled with a range of beautiful homeware. The Spider and the Fly is another new shop opened by Emily Chandler where the new products are also stocked. Edinburgh Printmakers continue to support the work of the press and products can be found in their gallery shop.
Finally last week I delivered a nice package of cards, notebooks and artist's books to The Marchmont Gallery. Thanks to the team in Marchmont who not only provide all my framing needs but also provide valuable support to both established and emerging local artists in Edinburgh.
Monday, 16 August 2010
A quick post to tell you about a recent interview I did for the blog Creative Boom which appeared today. How exciting! Take a look...
I recently had the pleasure of working with a new shop which opened this month in Edinburgh. Steph Marsden is a local furniture and product designer and maker with a passion for craft and sustainability. Not content with her design business, Magpie Design Industries, she has created a shop which sits at the centre of the community, but which also bridges the void between and home interiors and craft. The result is a space in Newington filled with high quality, carefully designed and crafted furniture and products. Notable designers includes to beautiful woodwork of Sarah Thirlwell, who launched her first table at the shop opening, and the textiles of Lorna Syson who launched a new cushion with is entirely natural. The shop also stocks the playful and fun ceramics of Studio at 37.
I worked with Steph to develop a bespoke gift box illustrating the shop and some of Steph's favourite products. Each box is screenprinted on recycled paper, in keeping with Steph's sustainability values, and hand folded. This lovely little project was great fun to work on and upholds the philosophy of this new business which promotes craft as a viable solution in design.
Craft House Concept
31E Minto Street
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
The Book Tree Press will be selling at two exciting events this Saturday. Both events allow you to see brand new stock from the press including artist's books, hand bound notebooks, cards and other papery goodies.
Date: Saturday 7th August
Venue: Bellevue Chapel, Rodney Street
The first event is the Summer Fair at Bellevue Chapel. There will be an opportunity to purchase home baking, local crafts, superb photography and support local charities, along with lots, lots more! Alternatively, relax and have a cuppa and a chat in our cafe. There will be face painting and other activities for children.
ECA Graduates at The Fringe Market
Saturday 7 August to Friday 13 August.
Trading hours are 11am - 8.45pm.
The second event lasts for the whole of next week. I will be selling alongside other graduated illustrators from Edinburgh College of Art. Come along and see what happens following the degree show and see where these designers go next. On show & sale will be original prints, limited edition digital prints, cards, hand-painted ceramics, ceramic jewellery, illustrated coasters, sculptural books. We will be on the Royal Mile in the Market right next to St Giles Cathedral.
The illustrators involved are: