Thursday, 29 July 2021

Psychedlic Sunset Screen Prints!

These sunset and mountain screen prints are a bit psychedelic! But they show exactly what screen printing with hand cut stencils does well. It is particularly good for printing bold shapes and layers of lovely flat bright colours! Designs don't need to be complicated, infact the simpler they are the better. Cutting the stencils for this sunset and screen printing it was fairly quick and easy. Here is each layer in the order they were printed to show how they combine to create the finished prints.

Summer Screen Printing Workshops

Snip, snip, snip and rip, rip, rip! To celebrate a summer of screen printing workshops I created this bright coloured sunshine print using simple stencils made from cut and torn pieces of paper. It was screen printed with just three colours; fluorescent pink, process yellow and ultramarine blue. But the overlapping layers also created purple, orange and green. I love the combination of bright contrasting colours and also the effect of torn paper edges. Lately I've been working on lots of new examples for workshops... hoping to inspire people and show what can be done with hand cut stencils.

Yesterday was my first screen print workshop at the RBSA Gallery since February 2020... just before lockdown! The workshop was sold out but will be repeated on the 18th of August so there's another chance to learn how to screen print using hand cut stencils if you are local to Birmingham. A few days later I'll be heading to Leicester Print Workshop where I'll be teaching for the first time, eek! The workshop has been rescheduled several times due to various lockdowns so I can't quite believe it's finally happening! 

More details about my workshop on the 18th of August can be found on the RBSA Gallery website https://www.rbsa.org.uk/workshops

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Pretty Patterned Folk Bird Decorations

These patterned folk bird decorations have been keeping me busy lately! One design is screen printed in metallic green with blue details, the other design is screen printed in metallic red with the details added in a darker shade of red. All the birds are glued, then cut out by hand and threaded so they are ready to hang. This year I have been selling the birds online and they have also migrated to shops around the country!

Blue & Silver Angel Decorations

Only got as far as screen printing samples of these new angel decorations... I didn't have time to print the finished version. They are screen printed in silver and blue on A4 sheets of kraft recycled card. Each angel is made up of three A4 sheets so they stand upright. There are just ten finished angels and if anybody likes them... they are £12 including UK postage! If you would like to buy one email me at karolinemadethis@gmail.com and £10 from every sale will be donated to a local food bank.

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

MAKE 2020 Contemporary Crafts for Christmas

During this month's lockdown it was nice to receive some good news... MAKE 2020 Contemporary Crafts for Christmas was installed and photographs were already on the Devon Guild website. It had taken me a lot of time and effort to get everything ready for the exhibition including three new screen prints. I had only just posted a big box of framed prints to Devon when the second lockdown was announced. It was such a disappointment to think the prints might not get seen. So it was great to see photographs and films of the exhibition shared online. Thank you to staff at the Devon Guild for working so hard to showcase the work of 50 exhibitors even in lockdown! Hopefully the exhibition will open from the 2nd of December (tbc) 2020 until the 10th of January 2021. Meanwhile you can see photographs of the exhibition on the Devon Guild website; https://www.crafts.org.uk/all-exhibitions/make-2020



 

Angels & Folk Birds for Folka

Making angel and folk bird decorations has been keeping me busy lately! The angels are screen printed in bronze and teal on kraft recycled card. Each angel is made of three screen printed sheets of card so I need to print sixty angels just to make twenty finished decorations. Once the ink is dry the prints are folded down the middle, glued together and then every angel is cut out by hand. It's alot of work but after years of practice it gets easier and I can make about twenty angels in eight hours! Recently I've also been printing gold and green angels aswell as more folk birds. The birds are made from one sheet of kraft card screen printed in blue and metallic green on one side and then metallic green on the other side. As soon as the ink is dry they're glued together, cut out by hand & threaded ready to hang.

These decorations are now on the way to Folka in London. You can find out more about the shop and the hand made work it sells here https://www.folka.co/



Leicester Print Festival & Print Fair!

From Monday the 23rd of November until Sunday the 29th of November it is Leicester Print Festival; a whole week of online printmaking activities, demonstrations and events all organised by Leicester Print Workshop. For my contribution to the festival I visited the workshop just before lockdown and did a demonstration of screen printing a two colour print. There was alot to remember as I had to take all the equipment and materials needed, then set up to print in a space I've only worked in once before. It was a little nerve wracking but I'm glad to have tried something new especially as so much is taking place online at the moment. You can watch the film of my demonstration here: https://www.makeprints.co.uk/festival-programme/silkscreen-with-karoline-rerrie
As part of the festival Leicester Print Fair is also taking place online this weekend on the 28th and 29th of November. There will be virtual stalls from nearly 30 print makers from around the UK and a colourful selection of my limited edition screen prints will be available to buy from the print fair. These are just some of my prints which will be for sale on the website this Saturday and Sunday. Leicester Print Festival including the print fair can be found here: https://www.makeprints.co.uk/