Printmaking Workshops

  • By Kate Guy
  • 06 Mar, 2017

New venture - teaching and sharing skills

Last Thursday was the first of my new workshops; sharing and teaching my skills in traditional printmaking techniques.
We concentrated on linocut, most people were complete novices but a couple had tried it before. It is quite hard to get to grips with the way of working - thinking in reverse, cutting where you don't want your image, all very inside out and backwards.
There were some great results and a lot of fun had by all. 
I am doing a further two in Putney this week and next which are completely booked up but there are spaces in my pop up workshop in Queens Park, London NW6 over Easter - click here to find out more and to book a space.
First drawing out ideas and practicing using the tools
Inking the plate and trying out the cast-iron Victorian Albion press - dates from 1852 but still works perfectly
And is fun to use too!

Linocut and Letterpress; a blog about life at Cardabelle Design

By Kate Guy 15 Sep, 2017
It's starting to feel very Autumnal back in London, and so my thoughts turn to markets, the open studio and the Christmas build up - the busiest time of year for me. It's less about the making , designing and printing now and all about SELL SELL SELL!

I start tomorrow at The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane - The London Artisan is a great event, organised by DesignerMakers I particularly like it because all the stalls are real people selling their own stuff - nothing mass produced and nothing imported! 
By Kate Guy 23 Jul, 2017
The lovely little market 'Cabbages and Frocks' in the churchyard at the top of Marylebone High St (opposite the Conran shop) always goes a bit quiet in the holiday time, especially when it is as wet as it was yesterday. Even the tourists just hurry through on their way to the warmer and drier shopping on the High Street.

Despite this, my new 'Rebecca's Cupboard' tote was a hit - everyone needs a good bag for shopping these days; my little contribution to the war against plastic. They are also also great for holidays and travels.
Available to buy HERE   quote BAG BLOG  at the checkout for 10% off until the end of August.

My good friend Anna has been making her very own Bag Blog with her 'Soupe de Poisson' tote - A selection of the best pics are below - truly useful and versatile bags - Take a tote on your travels this summer!

Soupe Poisson tote available to buy HERE and also eligible for the discount code for the holiday season.
By Kate Guy 16 Jun, 2017
After my unplanned extended stay in the South of France my summer season belatedly kicks off this weekend with the fabulous Wimbledon Village Fair. Spread across the South side of Wimbledon common it is one of London's biggest free outdoor events. With everything from jousting to a dog show, delicious food stalls and of course a whole shopping village of interesting stalls. 
By Kate Guy 08 Jun, 2017
Unfortunately I have to cancel my markets this weekend (Primrose Hill and Highgate) as my car broke down the day before I was due to drive home from Cardabelle headquarters in the South of France.

 Although I am sad to miss my markets and I hope no one was banking on seeing me this weekend, there really are worse places to be stuck.
It could have been worse - we could have broken down on the motorway on the way home, someone could have been hurt - no real damage and this is the view from my studio today, I am feeling lucky.
By Kate Guy 13 May, 2017
I am in the process of developing a range of linocuts on a London theme for a new range of products. I want to concentrate on everyday London imagery rather than the famous landmarks which, to be honest, as a Londoner, I don't see very often. (Well yes, I know that is Tower Bridge)

It is something I have been thinking about for a long time but only just now finally finding the time to get around to actually doing. I love the day-to-day imagery of London and have always been frustrated that if you want to buy a postcard of this wonderful city all you can get are the predictable landmarks. In other parts of the world, e.g. The South of france, you can buy postcards that represent the area with just iconic images not famous landmarks; cypress trees, vines, sunflowers etc... so why not in London?

So this is my misssion for this design - to represent this glorious city through a range of individual images that I can combine together into a whole, giving a feeling of London. I currently think it will become a repeating pattern on tote bags, aprons and of course - tea towels. 

Watch this space for more developments.
By Kate Guy 27 Apr, 2017
I usually print my bakewell tart recipe in a pale-ish brown and then paint it either a range of browns (like the tea towel) or I might add a hint of pale blue and yellow.
A couple of weeks ago I recieved a request for one in a dusky purple and pink.

So, I printed three,  just in case one goes wrong, the cat walks on it or one is ruined by some other event beyond my control. All three came out well and I was able to offer my client a choice, each one subtly different - my prints are never exactly the same as they are hand painted.

The client chose no.2 the pinkest one and it arrived with her safely today, I just recieved a happy email -
'I received the print today. It is superb! Thank you very much.'
It is always nice to get good feedback - I do love a happy customer.
The other two prints will now go into my Etsy shop to see if anyone else likes a purple bakewell!

All my designs can be printed and painted to order in the colour of your choice.
By Kate Guy 22 Apr, 2017
43 workshops over 14 days - 42 printmakers (one lady came twice - for a whole day!), hundreds of prints, a hive of creativity and plenty of cake.

I am very proud to say that my first ever pop up workshop / shop has been a great success and although a little tired I have really enjoyed it. I will definitely be doing something like this again soon.

There is still a couple of workshop spaces left - CLICK HERE for details and E MAIL ME ASAP if you are interested.
If you missed it - join my MAILING LIST to be sure to catch me next time!
By Kate Guy 11 Apr, 2017
It was a very busy day in the pop up today, linocut workshops with Year 12 A Level students in the morning and year 13 in the afternoon, as well as a bustling cafe and shop. A lot of lovely prints made, a lot of laughs and quite a lot of flap jack was had by all.

I couldn't have wished for a better first day - one down, twelve to go - a few workshop spaces left, dont miss out, email me!

I also made a great time lapse film of me setting up yesterday but cant paste it here - but here is a link to it on Facebook
By Kate Guy 31 Mar, 2017
My beautiful 'new' press! I bought it at a 'Marchéau Puces' (Fleamarket) in the South of France in January. I had travelled down that time by plane and so could not bring it home, so I have just been back down in the car to collect it ahead of the pop up next week. I also got to spend a lovely week in the South seeing family and friends and enjoying the sunshine.
By Kate Guy 18 Mar, 2017
Last night was the private view for the 2017 Contemporary Textiles Fair at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington. Resaonably busy, although nothing like it has been int he past, this was my first time at this fair. Not, however my first time at the Landmark; I took part in their first ever Art Fair twenty years ago. Prior to that I remember it as a crumbling relic next to the hall where I went to brownies in the 1970s.
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