December 11, 2017

our Winter Wonderland…

 

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

 

 

And inside…..

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas….!

It’s been a very exciting few weeks with ‘Perry Orchard’ wallpaper chosen by Selina Lake, the Interiors Stylist, to appear in December’s ‘Country Homes & Interiors’.   Selina commissioned it to be printed in this rich Scandinavian Red which creates such a warm, hygge feeling and looks wonderful especially in a country house interior.


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above image courtesy of ‘Country Homes & Interiors’)

 

 

September 10, 2017

Autumn Emporium

Harvestime ‘Living in the Country’!

Look out for the October Edition of ‘Country Living’, which is currently available.    I’m delighted that ‘Oak & Acorn’ Wallpaper has been selected to appear in the Emporium Pages.

Thank You to Alaina Binks for inviting ‘Oak & Acorn’ to be featured there…
‘Oak & Acorn’ Hand Printed wallpaper.  Available to order in your choice of colour to complement and enhance your Interior and Living Space.

Hand Printed Wallpapers are striking and they will create a strong sense of personality for a room.  You will love living with them in your home and you’ll also enjoy receiving compliments about the wallpaper from all your visitors!

Please contact me to talk through your ideas and plans, for a refundable fee I am able to print samples for you, in your required colour.


May 23, 2017

To plant a garden…

A Gardener’s paradise…

This quote is attributed to Audrey Hepburn, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” and I thoroughly enjoyed creating this Letterpress and Linocut poster incorporating these words.

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 done a few years previously, so it was just a question of adapting it for a Linocut and then cutting the image.

The first proof…  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 consistent darker colour.   I’ve found that sometimes it’s best not to rush a job, for the sake of 20 minutes. It’s better to take a breather or sleep on it until the new day and start with fresh eyes and perspective!

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 my ‘go to’ description for fiddling around with Letterpress type in an arty farty way.  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…

Thoughts of you…

“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

A wonderful RHS springtime weekend….

Although springtime is a precious time for gardeners to get out into the garden, put into place all the plans they have made over the winter and to begin to tend & tame this year’s abundant growth.  Nevertheless, there must be time to squeeze in a visit to the wonderful RHS Malvern show.

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

QEST Magazine

On a quest for Craft….


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, for a special mention.

In answer to the question “Which Scholar has captured your imagination?” Steve 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”.

QEST: The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust is an art and craft educational trust created to sustain traditional British craftsmanship. It is a British institution committed to helping support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers. The trust was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Warrant Holders Association  and the 90th birthday of  Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. In 2016, QEST welcomed her Majesty The Queen  Elizabeth II as Patron in her 90th birthday year.

http://www.qest.org.uk/

February 11, 2017

‘Perry Orchard’

Stunning Hallway in a gorgeous 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.

I just adore the ‘Powder Blue’ colourway chosen here by the client, it’s absolutely beautiful.  

Every time I see it I love it just a little bit more! 

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    www.carolinepotterphoto.com

October 19, 2016

Wallpaper a ‘Modern Rustic’

Handprinted wallpapers featured…

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

Uppercase Magazine

I am 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 I feature.

Hugely exciting and gorgeous, ‘Uppercase’ is wonderfully inspiring magazine.

http://uppercasemagazine.com/

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