Posts made in September, 2015

OLSA textiles and prints: dog in a trough

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Discussion, News | 0 comments

OLSA textiles and prints: dog in a trough

Dog in a trough: all dogs know how to live the good life and Hattie is no exception. This picture was taken when we were on holiday in Cornwall, a couple of years ago, when Hattie found the perfect, simple solution to being too hot. I have used the photograph for both cards and prints and it clearly resonates with a number of people. Some versions of the print are shown below. booth035-img_8034 This one is blue dog, printed on a blue and white screen printed background that I had already prepared (an experiment) then I screen printed Hattie’s image on from another photo stencil. This screen has a much finer mesh (97)  and therefore lets in less ink but allows there to be more detail, like fine blades of grass. I have tried printing it in different ways,   exploring how Hattie’s image might look against different backgrounds – I have also prepared an image where the photographer has been edited out.   happy dog Here is one where Hattie’s image is superimposed on a variegated painted/silkscreened image again using a lower count mesh (47, i.e. with bigger holes (!) which let in more ink.   These have been quite popular, but with requests for some  plain black and white prints too..more of those...

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OLSA at Denbies

Posted by on Sep 27, 2015 in Sales | 0 comments

OLSA at Denbies

My friend Jane did wonderful business today at Shopfest held at Denbies vineyard, in Surrey.  Jane sold my favourite vintage tartan throw, made of wool and silk and a number of prints, as well as some smaller textile articles. OLSA will be selling at Denbies again on 8th November, 2015.  Do come more on our goods this week.

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OLSA at Denbies

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

OLSA at Denbies

Jane will be at Denbies with a friend Emma who has patchwork cushions on sale. OLSA will have a selection of original prints and textile goods. The print of The Hare is taken from an 18th century children’s book ‘The Cabinet of Beasts.’ The original book is in the Houghton Museum at Harvard University, who were very charming when I wrote to them about copyrights and permissions. The screen print uses the image from a photo stencil and I have printed it in two stages – an ivory background and a light brown ink for the hare itself.  A lovely image but reminding us they were thought of primarily as a food. There will be other prints there but only a selection there are many more...

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OLSA at Denbies Craft Event 27th September 2015

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in Exhibitions, News, Sales | 0 comments

OLSA at Denbies Craft Event 27th September 2015

I am delighted that a very good friend, Jane, is going to be at Denbies Vineyard  Craft Event on Sunday 27th September, 2015 to sell some OLSA textiles and prints. These sales (run by SHOPFEST) are a regular, established monthly event  (except August) at Denbies and very popular for finding individually-crafted original gifts for friends and families (and to enjoy in your own home).  Jane is going to do two sales ( the next in October) with items specially chosen to be ideal Christmas presents   
silk – cotton cushions This beautiful pair of cushions is made from the finest silk paired with a strong upholstery cotton to make a versatile look for a modern sofa. Adorn any room with this beautiful pair of cushions in fashionable black  or buy one cushion to enhance any chair.   As well as cushions (of which more later) there will be cards, cafetiere warmers, tea cosies and original hand-prints.   Tartan throw This vintage throw is a real labour of love. the fabric was sourced the needlework stall at the Church sale in Saffron Walden, from the woman who had donated it. It is pure natural wool. I had it dry-cleaned and lined it with silk, slightly marked with tailor’s pen,  then tie-quilted it with buttons and wool. I edged in blanket stitch with a cotton Rowan thread   I almost can’t bear to let it go. Denbies is a lovely setting – an English vineyard in the Surrey Hills with its own delicious wines on offer and a welcoming cafe with delicious, locally sourced produce. We will also be selling some original hand-prints and cards. linocut of Southwold These cheerful linocuts (limited editions and hand printed on archival-standard paper)   remind everybody of summer and sell particularly well as autumn draws in. They are available custom-framed (for £50) by Darryl Nantais (who does all our work) and  mounted and backed with wood  (£25) ready for your own frame. There are a number of colour-ways and pictures available – not all will be there at Denbies but look on the website gallery for other versions. We can send out to you if you contact us and order.   DO JOIN JANE AT DENBIES BETWEEN 10-4pm and enjoy lots of good stalls, but especially OLSA....

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OLSA textiles: wool

Posted by on Sep 19, 2015 in Discussion, Exhibitions, News | 0 comments

OLSA textiles: wool

I am going to be concentrating on giving a little information on individual textiles in the early part of this week, in the run-up to our sale of fine things in fine fabrics (plus some selected prints) at Denbies Wine Estate, near Dorking on the 27th September, 2015. Today I want to talk about wool – one of our most familiar and perhaps most underrated fabrics. I have pictured a beautiful scarf made from a cashmere/silk mix that will be on sale. As I bought a perfect remnant from a tailor it is very competitively priced. Most of us probably don’t give wool a second thought, we  take it for granted.  It is simply a wonderful fabric, versatile, durable and biodegradable. It is used not only for jumpers and coats and clothes of all sorts but also for carpets and it even has industrial uses. From luxurious cashmere scarves to the top of the billiard table, wool plays an important part in nearly  everyone’s life. Humans have been using it for many thousands of years (primarily to keep warm and dry), all over the world. Remember that wool comes not only from sheep but also from alpacas, llamas, goats (who give us cashmere) and Angora rabbits.  Wool is a natural fibre, though not necessarily organic. Wool may have been exposed to hormones, pesticides, and other less desirable chemicals during its production and if you are concerned look out for wool that has been classified as organic by the Soil Association. Sadly wool fleeces (which are laborious to produce) do not command a good price in the market at the moment and farming for wool alone , (at least in the UK) is not economic. Wool from mountain sheep (e.g. Herdwick from the Lake District) may only sell for around 50p per kg and even the finest ‘lustre wool’ £4.55 per kg. Bear in mind that removing the fleece from the animal without harming it,  is hard, skilled work. Then the wool has to be cleaned, combed, sorted and spun,  into either (i) woollen, made from the shorter fibres and resulting in a coarser material or (ii) worsted, longer fibres spun together and producing a lustrous, luxurious fabric, which is more durable and is less likely to snag or pill. (ref The Fabric Selector, by Dana Willard, Search Press, 2011). More tomorrow.  ...

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