Things have been busy of late at Katie Charleson; there was the fantastic Princes Trust pop up shop in May and with lots of workshops, bespoke pieces and commissions in development I've been printing like crazy.
With the run up to summer over (although not reflected by the weather) and a lovely break coming up, I thought you'd like to see some of the bespoke prints I've been working on in the first half of 2016.
This project was a print developed by a dear friend and myself for an equally dear fiery Scottish redhead with a love of all things charcuterie. For an extra special birthday gift, we wanted a fun, hand drawn feel to the illustration, in sharp colours to reflect her excellent sense of humour and her flame coloured hair. Needless to say, Frances Bacon was an inspiration.
The resulting three colour print was wonderfully wild, lively and expressive and just a little bit abstract. The final design was printed as a repeat onto 2 metres of crisp white cotton, which was then developed into an apron and tea towel for her culinary exploits.
You can take a look at the inspiration for the bespoke print on Pinterest here, and see some other Katie Charleson inspiration and ideas too. If you have an idea for a print that you'd like to develop, as a personal project or a special gift for a loved one, you can get in touch with me here, I'd love to help you develop something personal and exciting!
Stay tuned for more posts about bespoke prints and collaborations over the next few weeks!
To celebrate Heal’s Craft Market 2016, I’m going to be at the inspirational Tottenham Court Road Flagship store once again, teaching lovely clients to screen print their own K//M//J//C tote bags. Take a look at the excellent creations and find out more below:
This is the 3rd such event I’ve done with Heal’s and I’ve always come away so happy to have shared skills with absolutely brilliant printers-in-the-making.
Using the bold, dynamic shapes and bright, summery colours that feature in the K//M//J//C for Heal’s limited edition collaboration of printed Tea Towels I help customers to design their own 3 layer print and teach them the fundamentals of silk screen printing. All in a speedy half an hour’s work!
Workshops will be at the Heal’s Flagship Store throughout Monday the 4th and Tuesday the 5th April, and again Monday the 11th. If you fancy learning yourself you can book on the Heal’s website here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
K//M//J//C For Heal's
A limited edition collection of screen prints for the much-loved store
For the last few months I have been working on a very exciting & special project with Heal's, creating a collection of exclusive limited edition printed tea towels.
Inspiration came from collecting different lines, brushmarks and shapes, then collaging and layering them. The most important element, as always, were the colours and how they sit together to create beautiful juxtapositions.
My first love is screen printing and I really enjoyed the process of maximising the tactile quality of screen-printed textiles, coming up with designs that were vibrant, colourful and fun.
The prints, although functional as Tea Towels, I also see as fun, vital and vibrant artworks in their own right. The different marks and shapes give the pieces energy and the colours make them fresh and summery.
This limited edition collaboration with Heal’s was about finding the shapes and colours that combined to create the most sunny energy and vibrancy. I love combining colour in unexpected ways, using tone to make potentially jarring colours work together, creating designs that one would want to keep as a piece of art, as well as being a functional item.
The designs are in store this weekend, when I will be at the Tottenham Court Road Flagship Store, teaching some lovely customers how to screen print their own K//M//J//C tote bag. I'll be doing classes from 11:30am until 4:30pm Saturday the 6th and 20th of February. There are still spaces for classes on the 20th, so sign up and come learn the technique for yourself!