I thought it was about time that I wrote another blog post. I’ve been busy doing various things for Whinberry & Antler…
Firstly, a little while ago after realising that i hadn’t done any drawing for months, I decided to set some time aside each week in order to get some drawing done. So now Thursdays are known as ‘Drawing Thrursday’. It was quite hard initially to get back into being creative, but I find that it is one of those things, that once you start getting the creative juices flowing it becomes much easier and thats when things start to get exciting! Being able to draw and design was the reason why I set up Whinberry & Antler and is my true passion, so I felt like my interest was flagging slightly by not making sure that I make the time for this incredibly important aspect of the business.
Once I started drawing I thought it would be good to buy a small screen and experiment with making stencils by hand using a scalpel. If you have had chance to look over the ‘Behind The Scenes’ page, you will see that my images have previously been put onto screens using a UV Light sensitive emulsion. Whilst this is fantastic for getting beautifully detailed images onto a screen, if you do not have the equipment to do this, it is not very flexible in terms of experimenting with new artwork.
It has been on my mind now that I have wanted to create a whole new range for W&A… So I have turned my drawing to the subject of meadow flowers and grasses. I love how delicate some of our meadow plant life is and it has been really lovely to draw this subject matter with my ultra fine pen! Here’s a sneak preview of what I have in mind…
These images will also be put onto a screen soon using UV emulsion, but before that I have been creating some basic silhouettes using a scalpel and Mylar (a trademarked polyester film)… this can be a fiddley process but I have been pretty happy with the results so far. I’m going to have a go at printing some of these designs onto lampshades tomorrow.
|Hand cut stencil featuring delicate meadow flowers|
|This stencil design works well running the length of the rectangle cushion in muted natural colours|
|This classic chair upholstered by Polliander in our Badger Badger Badger fabric|
|Medium Hare lampshade|
|Medium Hedgehog Lampshade