May 24, 2016

Strawberry Fields

It is May, my favorite month!

The verges are burgeoning with cowparsley, the Oak Trees are lightly veiled in a trace of sap green, this year it is racing ahead of the Ash, and the hedges are clothed in green and bursting with blossom. Everything is fresh and new!  The birds burst forth in song at the crack of dawn and busy themselves all day long collecting morsels of food for their young prodigy.

This abundance of fresh greens will, over the next month, mature into the rich, deep vibrant hues of summer. It is in the month of June that all sorts of treasures will blossom including the glorious Foxgloves along with the architectural splendour of the Lupins.

Amongst the vibrant explosion of growth will come the humble Strawberry plant, stumbling low down in the fruit bed, lifting it’s head only to reveal it’s modest blooms.  And yet who can wait to sneak the first of it’s fruit from the garden, sun warmed and dripping with juice, stolen and eaten whilst no eye glimpses…. with all the indulgence of the first Eden?

As the swallows are the harbinger of summer’s arrival, so Strawberries are the evidence of that return!

I remember going strawberry picking, years ago, on a gorgeous bright warm day, in early June.   I grew up near Upton upon Severn, a town on the River Severn in Worcestershire, which has a strong association with Jazz and Blues music.  Upton hosts a fabulous Jazz festival each year in early summer. We were in a field overlooking the rooftops of Upton; including the tall slender church spire (itself a Jazz venue) and the historic ‘Pepperpot’.  We could hear the Jazz blown on the warm June air as we picked and stuffed ripe strawberries into our mouths and a few into the basket!  How English… blissful memories!

So here today, the Strawberries are ripe in my small cottage garden, I’ll pick some for our tea… and we’ll have a Pimms to celebrate the arrival of summer.

This is it’s first proof.  It is still in the editing phase and I must go back to the Lino and refine and cut into a ‘fluent’ design.  And then I will share with you more photographs at the stage that I paste it onto my bedroom wall.  Maybe I will print it on metallic gold, perhaps in this vibrant shade here or another warm hue that captures the rich summer’s glow.

And so, here it is… ‘Strawberry Fields’…. forever!

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October 19, 2015

Wallpaper for a Georgian Dining Room

Hand Printed Wallpaper sets the scene in a Georgian Dining Room –  I’ve recently hand printed the ‘Lupins’ wallpaper in a beautiful grey, to be hung in the Dining Room of the Clarke Family Home.

They live in a beautiful Georgian House set in several acres of land in rural countryside near Ross on Wye.  Until recently Alison and Phil ran their business from home, but having moved into offices in Gloucester Road, Ali was quick to reclaim the room and she has spent the last few months transforming it into a beautiful space, with new oak floorboards, new lighting including a central chandelier and hand printed wallpaper!

BEFORE …..and…..

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AFTER…..!!!

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It’s a brilliant transformation!

 

September 10, 2015

Paper-cut for Malvern Priory

I’ve recently completed a paper-cut for Malvern Priory restoration fund for the Bells and Belfry. It will be produced as a tea towel and sold to help bring in the remaining balance for the work on the Bells.  It has been an enjoyable project and, although a little unsure about how I would get on making the paper cut, it was relatively straightforward and really fun… something a little different to what I’m usually doing at my work table.

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Above, completed artwork.   Finally I scanned the image of the paper cut into Photoshop, cleaned it up and now have a digital image from which to produce the tea towels

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Above, the paper cut in progress

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Above, the paper cut just before it is sprayed with the final colour

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Above, this is the scrap backing paper used  behind the sprayed paper cut to protect the surface from the paint.  It’s a beautiful thing in it’s own right and if I have the time I’d like to work into this some more, re-cutting into the more dense areas of colour.  I really love the way that the focus fades in and out where the image has been close or further away from the paper – wondering how this could be used in future works!

It will make a fantastic teaching project with plenty of historical and contextual examples to study.

If you’re interested in paper cuts have a look at Rob Ryan and Su Blackwell, two of my inspirations.  There are also many great books available, I recommend ‘Paper Cutting’ by Laura Heyenga and Rob Ryan and published by Chronicle Books.  Papercutting was a common practice in households and nurseries and is recognised historically by the paper-cuts and storytelling of Hans Christian Anderson.  He would visit his partons and entertain the children of the household before dinner with stories illustrated by cutting paper scenes that depicted places and characters.

September 10, 2015

Mice in the Wheatfield!

Having completed the ‘Red Squirrel’ cushion I’m now working on the next two designs.  I’ve started to put a sketch down on paper for ‘Mice in the Wheatfield’ and I have drawings ready to go for ‘Jenny Wren in the Strawberry Patch’ just working on the composition in my head before I start to formulate it on paper.

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IMG_3660 copy‘Mice in the Wheatfield’  this design is on my dining table and I’m gradually developing it into a design that I will cut into Lino ready to be printed onto a cushion.

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And here it is the finished Cushion!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cushions available in the ‘STORE’ page of this site.  All are 100% pure linen, Hand Printed and Hand Stitched by Anneliese Appleby.  They are available in Stone or White Linen in a bespoke selection of colours  (the white linen is also available with a limited selection of ginghams on the reverse side – please enquire for available colours).

August 2, 2015

Cushions & Lightshades

Lampshades……

‘Oak & Acorn’ printed onto Linen in Navy Blue and made up here as a 30cm lampshade for a central hanging pendant lamp or side lamp.

Made to order

Colours to order

 £75/30 cm and &  £85/40 cm 100% Pure Linen available in Stone or White

Please contact me to discuss your requirements.

 

….and cushions!

Also on 100% Linen in Stone or White 18″ x 18″

£50 including Feather Cushion pad

(White Linen is available with a choice of gingham backing)

Cushions only available in colours below

Bespoke ‘made-to-order’ colours are available with an addition charge

Order here in ‘The Store’ or please contact me direct

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Boxing hares, an iconic image from the English Countryside… I couldn’t resist but design a cushion (maybe a hand-printed wallpaper on the same theme will follow!) with these beautiful creatures set in amongst native meadow buttercups and other flora.  These are printed from a hand cut lino onto a lovely pure linen.  Out came the sewing machine which has been sitting in it’s box for far too long, and I have made up the first of a series of cushions.  There will be more to follow, I have other designs on paper and one or two still floating around in my head waiting to be pencil sketched onto paper.

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They will soon be available for sale on the website but please email me if you can’t wait for them to appear.  100% Linen in Stone or White – it comes with a feather pad as standard.

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May 23, 2015

‘Oak & Acorns’ in a Country Pub

I have recently printed ‘Oak & Acorns’ wallpaper to The Alma Inn in the picturesque village of Linton, Herefordshire.  The hand designed and hand printed wallpaper fits perfectly into the setting of this country Inn.  The bespoke colour was hand chosen by Gemma and has been mixed to colour-match with their Interior Design plans.

Rather than opt for a ‘feature wall’ they have taken the plunge and wallpapered the whole room and the effect is stunning.  It definitely has impact whilst creating exactly the right ambience for a Country Inn.

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‘Oak & Acorn’ hand printed wallpaper by Anneliese Appleby with Tartan lamp shades by Jim Lawrence looking gorgeous on the existing wrought iron light fittings

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Gemma and Dan Evans, the new proprietors, are refreshing the interiors to suit their tastes and to sensitively redecorate and give a fresh feel.  The smaller bar, also used as a snug Dining Room and on occasion for local meetings of the Bridge Club, is now featuring ‘Oak & Acorn’ wallpaper and it has created a distinctive atmosphere in this cosy room with its stripped Oak bar, fireside chairs and inviting log burner.

I will do another feature, with more photographs, at ‘The Alma’ when the room has been fully furnished, then I’ll return with my wonderful photographer and stylist Caroline Potter.

March 15, 2015

The Beginning….

Hand Printed Wallpaper..the adventure begins Summer 2015

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The start of 2015 will see the development of a new website to launch Anneliese Appleby hand printed Wallpapers.  The site has been beautifully designed by Hayley and Tom at the The Sketch Collective.  They have skillfully combined all the elements that are needed to bring the hand printed wallpapers spectacularly to the eyes of the discerning collector.

Our wallpapers are all hand designed from detailed drawings and pencil sketches made, often in the garden or in the Herefordshire countryside in which I live. Each of these drawing is then carefully developed, again by hand, into a design that will translate into a repeat pattern for wallpaper.

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‘Lupins’ on the landing at Marsh Cottage

Then begins the task of cutting the design into a Lino block. This is a hugely satisfying process but it does take a huge about of care and concentration, one careless slip and some chunk of Lino will go missing causing an imperfection in the design which will have to be redesigned on speck, if possible.

Once the Linocut is complete a first proof can be taken and refinements made to the Linocut if required.  The design is then printed, in the customers selected colour, onto a 10 metre length.   At this stage we get a true feeling for the new wallpaper design in that bespoke colour.   The wallpaper truly comes to life when it is papered into the chosen interior and becomes a striking component of the room’s new character and transforming the Interior.

Our latest wallpaper will feature a Victorian Tile design. The initial sketches and designs are complete and the Lino is being cut.  We are looking forward to seeing this printed as a wallpaper as it is a striking design, when compared to the others in our current collection.

‘Lupins’ wallpaper in the studio barn hanging over an old wooden orchard ladder