May 23, 2017

To plant a garden…

This quote has been attributed to Audrey Hepburn, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” and I really loved creating this Letterpress and Linocut poster.

It was a bit of a last minute idea for RHS Malvern, and a quote that someone mentioned to me on the Saturday before the show.  Cutting the Lino involved burning a little of the midnight oil but I’m so happy that I did!  Fortunately I had the drawing already from some sketching I had a few years ago so it was just a question of adapting it for a Linocut and then cutting the image. Here are a few photos that give you an insight into the making of the print…. enjoy!

The first proof… but both Martin and I decided we didn’t like the ‘rainbow’ coloured type and so left it until the following morning to run it up in crimson red.  We decided it would look better in one darker colour and I’ve found that sometimes it’s best not to rush a job, for the sake of 20 minutes, but better to sleep on it until the new day and start a fresh!

It took a bit of ‘cooting’ around to ensure that the text fell where I wanted it to be on the paper and didn’t overlap the image of the flower.  Cooting around has become our technical term for fiddling around with Letterpress type in an arty farty way – and as I began my career as a Graphic Designer where all the ‘cooting’ took place on a computer screen, this inky style of type-setting is so much more pleasurable and to my liking!

And below… cutting the Lino

Foxgloves in our garden… I never weed them out but always find a space to move them, for them to grow and flower. They invariably ‘self seed’ into the vegetable patch, where I don’t really want them to be!

Above is the original watercolour of the foxglove painted ‘en plein air’ in the Forest of Dean, with a few other bits of experimental printmaking from my portfolio. The silk screen print with Cowparsley, another of my most favorite wild flowers, says “Many eyes go through the meadow but few see the flowers in it” a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson which I found when I was 18 and I’ve loved it’s words ever since – maybe that should be the next poster?

The final print – framed and in the garden!

May 22, 2017

If I had a flower…

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you I could walk through my garden forever”

One of the quotes that Mark Eveleigh chose to be made up into a Letterpress Poster was this one by Alfred Lord Tennyson.  Tennyson visited Malvern during the days of the Victorian Spa to ‘take the waters’.   For this reason I chose the intrinsically romantic Fern leaves as an emblem of Malvern and it’s beautiful Hills.  All over the hills Bracken and Ferns can be found, the Bracken on the sunny exposed slopes and Ferns in the leafy damp woodland glades.

Below are a few photos of the images taking shape, beginning with photos and hand made prints of ferns which were then adapted into designs to be hand cut in Lino.  Designing and cutting ferns is something I have wanted to do for ages but I had never had the opportunity. They were quite a challenge to cut and I’m so happy to have cut and printed them.

I’ll be printing with them again soon… I find them totally irresistible!


May 21, 2017

RHS Malvern

The last few weeks have been a buzz with excitement and activity.  It all began with a commission to produce three Lino and Letterpress Hand-Printed Posters for Award Winning Garden Designer Mark Eveleigh’s Treehouse show garden for RHS Malvern 2017.

The posters combined quotes that Mark had selected from three visitors who had ‘taken’ the Malvern waters during the hay day of the Victorian Water Spa. Mark’s Treehouse design is based on St.Anne’s Well, which can be found nestled in the fold of the hills directly above Great Malvern.

I designed and hand printed the posters to combine images of plants which are relevant to the quotes.  These were hand cut in Lino and then combined with the Letterpress.  I worked with Martin Clark at Tilley Printing in Ledbury (Est 1870) who assisted me with printing the posters on the beautiful Wharfedale poster press which dates from 1900.

Having produced the posters and delivered them to Mark, they were spotted by Nina Acton, who’s enthusiasm for them was clearly evident.  She was captivated by the fact they had been printed locally on a printing press that dates from the Victorian era and using traditional wooden type from the same period, or earlier.

Mark Eveleigh’s RHS Award winning Treehouse Garden

Above is one of the three Linocut and Letterpress posters commissioned by Mark Eveleigh containing a garden quotation from Florence Nightingale (Poster will be available here soon £40 unframed p+p  original hand printed poster 20″ x 30″)

And some further photographs of the ‘Anneliese Appleby’ stall in the Victorian Arcade next to the spectacular Floral Fountain created by Jonathan Moseley.  I was given a beautiful space to exhibit and sell the Letterpress Posters along with other garden themed prints and my Hand-Printed Wallpapers.

I was delighted at being asked by Nina Acton, and Charlotte the talented and hugely accommodating Interior Designer, to provide the ‘Lupins’ wallpaper for decorating the entrance foyer to the ‘Plant Finder’s Parlour’ in the RHS Floral Marquee.

  with many Thanks to Caroline Potter Photography

March 10, 2017

Spring 2017 – QEST Magazine

I’m delighted (actually brought a few tears – whilst simultaneously jumping around the kitchen!) to have been featured for the Spring issue of QEST magazine.  It’s wonderful to have been personally selected by Trustee Steve Macleod, the Director of Metro Imaging in Clerkenwell, London.

In answer to the question “Which Scholar has captured your imagination?” he says “I’m fascinated by the craft of Anneliese Appleby… Her botanical drawings are often made in the open air and she has both an appreciation of faithful print reproduction and an enjoyment of serendipity.  Her Oak & Acorn pattern is beautiful”.



February 11, 2017

Stunning ‘Perry Orchard’ Hall in a Georgian family home.

One of the most recent commissions I have had is for ‘Perry Orchard’ produced here in Powder Blue for the hallway of a Georgian Country House.  It has been combined with some walls painted in the solid blue whilst the majority of the space is hang in the wallpaper.

The wallpaper has transformed a dark and gloomy entrance into this wonderfully light, calm and welcoming space.  The ‘Perry Orchard’ wallpaper has added the air of distinction and character that the homeowner was seeking to achieve.

February 6, 2017

Country House Interior

Bringing in the Oak; historic country house

This beautiful breakfast room stands to the side of a stunning Tudor Hall and Dining Room, complete with oak beams carved and engraved with emblems and dates.  It is also adjacent to a modern everyday family kitchen.

The old and the new are linked by the breakfast room which is now wallpapered in a lovely version of my ‘Oak & Acorn’ hand printed wallpaper.

The wallpaper was commissioned here in a spicy cinnamon pink to compliment the existing soft furnishings.  The ‘Oak & Acorn’ wallpaper design relates a distinctive and traditional ambience whilst at the same time creating a wonderful warm atmosphere in this more personal and homely space.

This beautiful country house is a heritage property dating back to the 12th century.  Many of the rooms have a more formal function so it’s important to create a strong sense of ‘harmony & home’ in this family space.

…the wallpaper blends beautifully with the existing colours and soft furnishings

…the attention to detail by the home owner and decorator is exquisite.

….just a hook on a door can look beautiful!

photography by Caroline Potter

October 19, 2016

Wallpaper featured in ‘Modern Rustic’

My handprinted wallpapers featured in Country Living ‘Bookazine’

October 2016 sees the publication of the latest issue of Country Living’s ‘Modern Rustic’ bookazine.  It’s my absolute favorite “look book”, a six monthly publication, which provides a sumptuous view of contemporary interior design.  It has the Country Living feel, and is produced by them, but also brings in some cutting edge and avant garde interior design.

I am completely delighted that my ‘Oak & Acorn’ hand-printed wallpaper has been featured in the ‘Objects of Desire’ pages.

Oak and Acorn is one of the original wallpapers that I first designed and printed.   All of my wallpapers are drawn, created and printed by hand. I hand mix each colour to meet the needs of my client’s Interior Design plans.  

….and I’m happy to advise on your interior space if you would like some designer input from an artist.

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( Country Living – Styling by Alaina Binks – Photography by Nato Welton )

October 19, 2016

Profile Artist in Uppercase Magazine

We are delighted to have been selected from the International Printmaking community to be a ‘profile artist’ in the fabulous Uppercase Magazine….  ‘The Printmaking Issue’ (issue 25).

Uppercase is an inspiring publication which informs and inspires creative individuals around the world.  Each issue follows a theme selected by its editor Janine Vangool and is beautifully compiled and designed in Calgary, Canada.  Last year saw an issue based on Printmaking.  This issue is a real treasure chest for anyone interested in Print, with an A-Z of Print and articles on printmakers from around the world, including the profile section in which we feature.



July 18, 2016

Carousel Horses – handprinted wallpaper


I’ve been working away on two exciting bespoke wallpaper designs for a Glamping site here in the gorgeous Herefordshire countryside.  They are ‘Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans’ and they have a beautiful site near Ross-on-Wye with exquisite vintage vans.  The next vehicle to join in the fun is a vintage ‘Showman’s Wagon’, hence the hand printed wallpaper.

In the next couple of weeks another paper, on the ‘Circus’ theme, will be rolling off the proofing press.  We’re still at the designing and proofing stage but it looks as if it will be a busy summer.

I’m so excited to see this on the walls of the beautiful wagon – it’s been such a fun project and a bit of a departure for me in terms of subject matter – but a wonderful challenge to bring together these patterns in the Interior Designs!

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June 20, 2016

‘Perry Orchard’ wallpaper in Cheltenham

I’m delighted that in the last few weeks my wallpaper ‘Perry Orchard’ has been hung as part of an Interior Design scheme in a beautiful 1930s home in Cheltenham.  The clients have chosen this hand-printed design to naturally enhance the architectural features of the property.  We selected the bespoke colour, and it was mixed by hand, as a colour-match to complement their chosen decoration plan for their new retirement property.

It provides a striking statement as a feature wall in their lower hall and it is the perfect backdrop for their stunning Antique Longcase Clock.  The designer wallpaper endows the hallway with a decorous air whilst creating a natural talking point when welcoming guests into their elegant home.

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B & M hallway

‘Perry Orchard’ enhances the collection of botanical themed wallpaper designs.  It began life with a series of drawings that were made in the Gregg’s Pit Artisan Cider and Perry Orchards in Much Marcle, Herefordshire.

“I spent a long morning perched at the top of a six foot apple picker’s ladder… I wanted to be ‘up close’ to the tree in order to draw straight from life.   The tree that I drew in the studies, is of the variety ‘Winter Burgundy’.  It is a huge old tree that stands majestically at the foot of the long Orchard”.

“James Marsden, the orchard owner, had given me full instruction on the ‘safe’ use of the three footed ladder, which at the time I felt was a little ‘belt and braces’. I mean, I know how to use a ladder, don’t I?”

“I had left it a bit late into the year to draw and it was a very still, but cold October morning. After sitting, concentrating hard and drawing for several hours I must have become slightly ‘trance’ like.  I suddenly realised that I had the very subtle feeling of ‘tipping’ and before I knew it I was on the move, with the ladder, at some speed towards the floor of the orchard.  I hurled the sketchbook away, not wanting it to be damaged or any of my closely observed drawings, and I proceeded to cartwheel from the top of the ladder.  I like to think that this was a graceful and balletic manoeuvre but I doubt very much that it was.  Fortunately nobody was watching although for some reason, I made a slightly red cheeked and embarrassed confession to the hilarious incident, when I saw James a short time later.”

“Intact, I took the drawings home to develop a design for wallpaper and the Mistle Thrushes were added to create an image that would work well in a repeat-pattern.  It has taken further modification and development of the image to ensure it flows seamlessly across the wall.  After some considerable refinement, I am now really delighted with the final design.”

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