Handprinted Studio 2017

2017 has been a busy year in the Handprinted Studio! We’ve been visited by amazing tutors including Ian Phillips, Laura Boswell, Sue Brown, Tom Boulton,
Karin Moorhouse and Nick Morley, all teaching some of their signature techniques. We can’t wait to have these (and more!) tutors back next year

One of our most exciting ventures was the Tea Towel Print Exchange!
Lots of tea towels were printed and sent to us, swapped around and then a random selection of tea towels were posted back to each participant. We saw
some incredible prints and raised lots of money for WaterAid – thank you to everyone who took part!

We hosted our first Makers’ Market with great success at
the beginning of December where 20 local makers sold their handmade wares. We’ll be looking to host another of these events in 2018!

This year we’ve started our Open Access Thursdays and as a result have had the pleasure of seeing lots of wonderful artists use our studio space and printmaking

All that and a packed schedule of workshops and classes –  it’s been a busy year! Next year’s workshop timetable is filling up so book yourself a space now while they’re still available.

Take a look below at a small collection of some of the wonderful work made at our Handprinted Workshops this year:

Book yourself into a Handprinted Workshop here! 

Meet the Maker – Lucie Summers


Hello there! My name is Lucie Summers, I’m a printmaker and I live on a farm with my husband and two boys near Newmarket in Suffolk. I mainly design and
print small panels of fabric for other crafters and makers to use in their work. I also create paper collages and make quilts for exhibitions.


Describe your printmaking process.

I have a few different ways of working, but generally I like to experiment with making marks with black ink – either using drawing pens or paintbrushes.
I scan the design into my computer and use Photoshop to move and clean things up, then I can print out the design in the correct size for making into
a screen. I currently make screens using a Thermofax machine, it’s quick and easy, but it’s expensive and now the screen mesh is being discontinued which is a bit of a disaster! I’m slightly burying my
head about the situation, but I really need to experiment with new ways of producing screens. At the moment, I’m thinking of using the screen fluid
and screen filler method.


How and where did you learn to print?

I learnt to screen print during my A level textile course. The class had to design and produce the costumes for the school production which that year was
‘Bugsy Malone’. My job was to design a motif for Dandy Dan’s gang, who was played by my then boyfriend Sam (now husband! Yes, we’ve really been together
that long!) I produced the yardage for waistcoats for the gang in different colours with a dollar sign motif, heavily influenced by the Pop Art movement.
I loved every minute of that project and once I was at art school in Norwich, I spent my days down in the basement happily printing lengths of cloth,
listening to Mark and Lard on Radio One (which has just aged me….!)


Why printmaking?

I love printmaking, and I also like making collages and quilts and I think all three practices help inform each other. It took me ages to realise this;
I thought I was flitting around not able to settle on one thing until recently I’ve realised that once I’ve made prints by whatever means onto paper
or fabric (either screen printing or monoprinting) I then use those papers to create collages…which in turn are useful exercises to help me design
interesting quilts…which then helps me create interesting textures for fabric design. And so it goes full circle.


Where do you work?

I work from a lovely large space in our farmhouse which was the old kitchen of my husband’s childhood home. It’s got light from 3 aspects so it’s a really
nice space to work in. I’m terrible at keeping it tidy though, there’s stuff everywhere! 



Describe a typical day in your studio.

My working day is typically quite short once I factor in the school run which is an hour round trip. I answer emails while eating my breakfast and then
I usually sneak in a bit of baking (I’m obsessed) I usually spend mid morning printing orders for my Etsy shop so they can be sent out in the afternoon.
Sometimes I work with other companies, so after lunch I work on the computer polishing up designs for them. The most recent collaboration has been
with a local company who make covers for mobile phones and I’m really excited to see the results. I like to go for a decent walk with the dog mid afternoon
to clear the cobwebs, and I take the post with me to pop into the village postbox. I walk across the fields which I find really inspiring so I like
to think of it as ‘design planning’ time. As soon as I’m home I’m out of the door to get the boys from school. I like to design in the evenings, so
I can sit and chat to my husband at the same time. I think when you work at home, you tend to fit jobs around your daily life. I don’t have a routine
as such, but I’ve found what works for me and fits in around my family.

How long have you been printmaking?

Apart from the work I did at school and art collage, I’ve been ‘properly’ designing and printing fabric panels for my Etsy shop since 2008 so next year is my 10 year printmaking anniversary!

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by everything I see. A crack in a pavement, the way the top of a tree meets the sky, an unintentional splatter of paint on a fence. I walk
everyday with the dog and am really conscious of the changing seasons, of the leaves and buds in hedgerows and the marks made in the soil by the farmer.



What is your favourite printmaking product?

My newest toy is always my favourite, and so at the moment, it’s my Gelli Plate.
I’m so in love with it! When I’ve got a few spare minutes I play with it some more, and it’s super easy to clean up. I made all of my Christmas
cards with it this year and they look really good. I’m hoping for the really big one for Christmas, I’ve dropped enough hints!



What have you made that you are most proud of?

Many years ago, I made a quilt which I called ‘Portholes’ using lots of my screen printed fabrics. It was created using a reverse appliqué technique
that hadn’t really been used in quiltmaking before and it got a huge amount of attention. It’s really funny, because the technique itself is now
called portholes, and I see lots of quilts on Instagram where it’s described as being made ‘using the porthole technique’. Portholes won first
prize at The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham and it sort of ‘launched’ me into that world. I’m pretty certain that quilt helped me secure the
design gig with Moda Fabrics (I designed two collections for them) and also helped bring me to the attention of the folks at F&W Media who
asked me to write a book, which is called ‘Quilt Improv’. When I look at the quilt now, I can’t believe I actually made it, so it’s definitely
my proudest creation.



Where can we see your work? Where do you sell?

I sell online, in my Etsy shop, which is called Summersville. (summersville.etsy.com)
As well as fabric panels that are sold to other creatives, I’ve a selection of ready made items such as fabric covered sketchbooks, notebooks,
purses, pouches and phone covers!



What will we be seeing from you next?

I’m hoping to have the mobile phone covers in my hot little hands as soon as possible, and I’ve also designed a wallpaper for an Italian company that’s
going to be launched in January in Paris at Maison et Objet which is super exciting!

Do you have any advice for other printmakers and creatives?

Experiment, play, make stuff. Do it again, and again and again. Show it on social media, gain feedback and make some more. Keep your eyes open and
be inspired by everything you see.



I am @lusummers on both Instagram and Twitter and my Etsy shop is summersville.etsy.com







Easy Block Printed Christmas Wrapping Paper

With our Christmas Makers’ Market and our Christmas Fab Friday Workshop on last week, we’ve been getting in the festive spirit here in the Handprinted
Studio. Our Fab Friday workshoppers printed sheets of wrapping paper that would add charm to any present. Here is a quick design we whipped up for
the occasion that can easily be made for your gifts this year!

Using one sheet of Easy Carve,
we carved four bauble shapes. First, the designs were drawn in permanent marker on the Easy Carve. We then used the V tool from the Japanese Cutting Tool Set to carve around the outside of each bauble as well as to add some patter to the surface of each shape.
Using a scalpel, it is easy to cut the shapes out, following the line of your V gouge all around the edges. For more pictures showing a similar method
of carving, see our Block Printing on Fabric blog post

Cranfield Water Based Block Printing Inks were perfect for this project. The inks dry quickly on the paper and the colours are bright and strong. This magenta ink was used straight out of the
pot for our first colour. Only get out a little ink onto your plate at a time as water based inks can dry quickly. You can add a little extender or
drying retarder if you like. Roll out a small square of ink in a thin suede-textured layer.

Draw a line along the width of our blank wrapping paper on which the baubles will hang (see below picture).  Choose your first bauble and roll
evenly with your first colour. 

Place your bauble face down on your paper and press firmly all over the back. 

Continue to scatter your pink baubles along the line. 

When you have printed enough of the first bauble, ink up your second bauble using your second colour. This colour is Cyan mixed with Magenta. If your inks
have gone a little dry on your plate, liven them up with a little extender. 

Continue to print your baubles on your wrapping paper in this way, alternating colours and patterns. Sticking to one colour for each bauble prevents faffing
around with cleaning. 

When you’re finished, simply clean up your inks with soap and water and get wrapping!

To make this wrapping paper you will need: