genevieve – print and pattern

print and pattern

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print club london

I’ve been meaning to check out Print Club London in Dalston ever since it came on my radar, and Blisters – the Director’s Cut was the perfect opportunity.

It’s a great idea – 40 artists, 40 editions, 40 pounds – which all adds up to a brilliant chance to get your hands on an original graphic design print from the heart of Dalston. All the prints are inspired by films, lots of them cult classics.

I was bowled over by the venue MC Motors – all industrial warehouse cool, illuminated vintage signs and exposed brickwork.

Here are some of my faves:

marty mcdouble by RYCA

star wars by concepción studios and the wild one by colourbox

I very nearly took home the Back To The Future print by RYCA but decision paralysis drove me to leave empty handed (always a disappointing and ironic side effect of wanting everything). But one thing’s for sure, this is an event I won’t be missing next year.

You can check out all the other prints here.

I spotted this kitty just outside the gallery



introduction to screen printing

I don’t even want to think about how long I waited to do this workshop at the Make Lounge, taken by Helen Rawlinson. But I’m so glad I finally did. After all the designing, careful cutting and finally printing, the results were fantastic. If I had a bigger flat I would lose no time in buying the kit to do it at home.

There are a few types of screen printing but the simplest description of what we did is 1) cut out a stencil from paper, 2) place stencil on the fabric and put the permeable screen on top of the stencil, 3) apply paint to the screen.

Cutting the designs out from paper took quite a long time (and gave me arm-ache for a few days), but the actual printing bit – with aprons, big pots of colourful paint and squeegees – more than made up for it in pure hands-on fun. You can’t argue with that satisfaction as you slowly peel off the screen to reveal your design perfectly printed on the fabric. I was surprised how clean the designs came out, despite some messing up on the cutting.

The red triangles was my first design, which was inspired by a Design Sponge project I did a couple of years ago decorating terracotta flower pots with masking tape and spray paint.

where my love of triangles all began

My design came about through messing about with lots of black triangles on a white page on a long train journey from Cornwall to London.

Design number two is probably my favourite as it brings together the knitting and Scandinavia obsessions I’ve been developing over the past two years. It’s a block version of the classic repeating Scandi Fair Isle pattern, which I would, nay, will, knit absolutely everything in once I learn how to do it. It’s hard to know whether I liked it before The Killing came on the scene and Sarah Lund’s jumper-clad anti-heroine swept me off my feet (and made me cancel all plans to leave the flat) but it’s fair to say that the TV series cemented it in my mind as the ultimate knitting pattern nirvana. So, it was a joy to be able to create it on fabric, and I dare say I like it just as much as I do knitted.

It was a great introductory course and my only frustration was not being able to cover the whole tea towel with one pattern which wasn’t possible due to the size of the screens, and the time available. But I’ve left with an appetite for more and I can tell my foray into screen printing will not end here.

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eye candy at the chocolate factory

I’ve long been intrigued by the Chocolate Factory N16 in Stoke Newington and was not going to miss the bi-annual open studios event the other day. I really fell for the combination of cosy cobbled yard, friendly community feel and range of creative work on offer (the great weather and chocolate Rice Krispie cakes were an added bonus). Not bad for a place to work!

Three of my favourites were Jo Davies’ salt and pepper pinch pots, Sarah Hyndman‘s graphic prints and Helen Rawlinson‘s screen printed tea towels.

As it happened, Helen Rawlinson ran the screen printing workshop I went to at the Make Lounge the other week (more of which coming up), so it was great to see her own prints in all their glory:

I was instantly drawn to Sarah Hyndman‘s bold, colourful Dalston- and seaside-inspired prints. She also has an interesting project on the go where anyone who would like to can design and submit a postcard (inspired by a random word) to her growing collection, which she will exhibit at Rich Mix this summer.

postcards as part of the random project