Exciting News!

Guess what me lovelies?

 

I will be participating in the UK’s biggest outdoor sports and apparel convention!Image

 

So what does this mean? 

I’ll have a shop front to advertise me brand and also have gift bags for sale and special give away opportunities. I’m aiming to have a collection of small branded merch for sale or available in a gift set ranging from £5-£25.

  • Eco Friendly – Hand Printed – PonyoSquid T-shirts
  • Hand Printed -PonyoSquid T-shirts (assorted colours)
  • Homemade – Environmentally Friendly Waterproofing Wax Sample
  • Homemade – Natural Ingredient Lip Balms (assorted flavours)
  • PonyoSquid Buff
  • Ponyosquid Ski Carrier

And I’m working on more…

 

Things to do this week:

Messing about with my wax recipes, finalising payments for the ski show and for all my samples before I start production.

 

Excited for me yet?

I’ll be needing PR staff and some hot mamma models.. Watch this space x x

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Printing and inking while blinking

Working towards out assessments we took part in week blocks of intense workshops as a taster to our possible specialist areas. I’ve always kept and eye on printing because it’s wild and playful.. And you get to be messy and end up with truly stained hands 🙂

Turner judged artists by how dirty a persons hands and finger nails were and believe that art is animalistic and you must get fingernail deep in paint to be an artist.. I love it, it’s how a live me life, head first, tongue out, work fast (to save getting attached because at any minute you could destroy your efforts by bravery tests).

Unfortunately during my print week I damaged my foot with a large metal drawer and was taken to hospital.. Ouch. Missed my print week because I was unable to stand so instead I got to do all my printing in my own time. Also got half a table all to myself..

Playing with disperse dyes, my own mixed acid dyes, and lots of other weird and wonderful colours.. Played with my exposed screen

With lots of masking techniques with stencils for bold dramatic structure or for emphasis on colours.

My key pages and themes were taken from my quilling development; creative my designs in a more illustrative way as opposed to abstract. I was also led by my early obsession with colours bleeding and blending which was a difficult task to pull off without looking as though I had just messed up a print. All colour schemes were taken from my Natural Pattern research…. More photos to follow 🙂 x

Rockin’ the print lab

Yet another print workshop done! And another workshop success. Today I mixed my own dye with the lovely David Ramsey and it was great fun, not just for the charming aprons.

I found if difficult remembering everything Norrie had told us in the induction but everything came swimming back thanks to the helpful instructions posted all over the walls. I mixed 400ml DS Acid dye with 2% strength (1% Violet, 1% Scarlet).

These to make this!

I remembered where all the boats, floats and goats were kept and tidied after myself but the most fun was mixing it all together.

Starting by measuring out all of my components then following the 3 simple steps to glory! Mix the Dye (4g) with Glyezin BC (16ml) and urea (8g) until there are no grains and you have reached a comfortable consistency before adding boiling water (80ml). Continue stirring while marvelling at your very pretty colour in a beaker or your bought tub.

Measure out your indalca (140ml) without making too much of a sticky mess, it has the same consistency as honey but I’m pretty sure it’s not edible. Then finally mix your ammonium sulphate (Thank you David for point out I was in the wrong cupboard)  with  boiling water (20ml).
Mix all together, without licking the spoon, and you have a pot of your very own DS acid dye.

Much fun especially when there’s a camera involved xD

Big thanks you to David for the images.