Latest from the Studio: Going Where the Inspiration is.


Every so often it's good to take a side step and try something a little bit different. 

The project I was planning to print last week simply wasn't coming together, I found myself filling my sketch book with drawings which weren't really speaking to me. I had an idea of where I wanted to get to, but pushing myself, to get something (anything!), ready for my scheduled print day, I seemed to be getting further away from it.  Instead of flogging the proverbial dead horse I decided to go with a little nugget of inspiration that's been bouncing around my brain for a while.

On my Japanese trip I bought a bundle of postcard sized sheets of paper; hand made but with a beautifully smooth surface and deckle edges. Just begging to be printed on!  For the last 18 months they've been sat in a drawer, patiently waiting for me to decide exactly what to print on them.  Last week I finally bit the bullet, and these are the results.

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I've been thinking more about consciously using the white of the paper. The idea of these little prints is for the shapes to sing out. The thing I love is the way this paper takes on the ink. It's far more porous than my usual paper stock, sucking the ink deep into its fabric, giving a rich, textural surface.

I've yet to decide exactly how I want to present these prints, possibly framed as a set of three, vertically, set against plenty of white space. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time,  Rosie x