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.
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').
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.
My watercolours of seaweed. This was the effect I wanted to recreate onto linen.
What I really like is the colour and tonal variations you can achieve with stencilling.
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 in the shop © Francesca Chalk
I recently designed three rubber stamps to be given as very special gifts. These are bespoke designs and reflect the childrens favourite things.
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.