New Work

Screen printed shapes onto linen with embroidered detail. The embroidery gives the simple shapes more depth. Hopefully more to come for the small exhibition 'Stitch' at The Guild at 51 in Cheltenham from 11th April.

Cactus © Francesca Chalk

Cactus © Francesca Chalk

More New Cards

I have just had 3 new cards printed.

Here are 'Winter Badger', 'Heron in the Rain' and a 'Chiff Chaff' (also known to twitchers as an 'LBJ' or 'Little Brown Jobbie').

Winter Badger © Francesca Chalk

Winter Badger © Francesca Chalk

Heron in the Rain © Francesca Chalk

Heron in the Rain © Francesca Chalk

Chiff Chaff © Francesca Chalk

Chiff Chaff © Francesca Chalk

Collage workshop

Yesterday,  at The Wilson in Cheltenham, I held a workshop organised by the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. My starting point was the 'paper-mosaicks' of (massively under-appreciated!) Mrs Delaney. We used papers from old newsprint and catalogues, attempting to match found colours and textures with the foliage and flowers I brought in. We worked directly with scissors and glue, deliberately avoiding pencil and paper. My aim was to encourage looking at the plants as blocks of colour, shadow and mass rather than outlines and 3D accuracy. I came up with the phrase 'drawing with scissors' to try and convey the immediacy of this approach.

We had some fantastic results.

copyright © Francesca Chalk

copyright © Francesca Chalk

Watercolour seaweed

My watercolours of seaweed. This was the effect I wanted to recreate onto linen.

Seaweeds Watercolours © Francesca Chalk

Seaweeds Watercolours © Francesca Chalk

More Seaweed

What I really like is the colour and tonal variations you can achieve with stencilling.

Seaweed Stencil © Francesca Chalk

Seaweed Stencil © Francesca Chalk

Seaweed Cushions

My latest designs are large scale stencils of seaweed shapes. Lovely bold, graphic shapes. The stenciling technique allows me to add detail with textures and makes each one unique. These pieces have been made into large cushions, 60cm x 60cm with a thick cotton velvet back. They are currently on sale in the Guild at 51 gallery shop in Cheltenham at £150 each.

Seaweed cushions © Francesca Chalk

Seaweed cushions © Francesca Chalk

Seaweed cushions in the shop © Francesca Chalk

Bookplate Stamps

I recently designed three rubber stamps to be given as very special gifts. These are bespoke designs and reflect the childrens favourite things.

Bespoke Bookplates © Francesca Chalk

Bespoke Bookplates © Francesca Chalk

New Cards

Two new wintery themed cards for Christmas and beyond are now on sale directly from me or The Guild at 51 Gallery, next door to The Wilson (museum) in Cheltenham.

Wintery Hare © Francesca Chalk

Wintery Hare © Francesca Chalk

Barn Owl © Francesca Chalk

Barn Owl © Francesca Chalk

Printed Textile Card

I've just had my Fish Dish design printed as a card. It was originally printed as a cushion design and has a nice retro feel.

Fish Dish Card © Francesca Chalk

Fish Dish Card © Francesca Chalk