These are the latest Bath softies screen printed using deliciously bright Permaset inks. The colours are beautiful and the fabric stays quite soft, even with layers of printed ink. I’ve just bought lots of other colours so I’m hoping to move away from yellow for the next designs!
Here are some more block houses, including a design with a balcony. There are lots of these beautiful balconies around Bath, with a range of ornate ironwork and curved roofs. I wanted to include a balcony in one of my printing blocks, but it was hard to get the details right at first. This design is the third attempt, as the first two ended up looking too clumsy!
The second photo shows a lovely balcony in Somerset Place – a Georgian crescent which used to belong to Bath Art College but was sold to developers a few years ago.
I was looking at an old Batsford book about Bath and found this photo of Lansdown Place East after a bombing raid during the Blitz. There are still visible craters in the grass in front of Lansdown Crescent, now grazed peacefully by sheep.
Below this pic is a photo I took earlier today of the same road – all looking much healthier now!
This image is from Joseph Gilmore’s Map of the City of Bath 1694 – 1717 (available from www.bathintime.co.uk, along with lots of other beautiful images). Apparently this was drawn in the style of the tourist maps we have now, with lodging houses illustrated around the edge.
I love the slightly wonky way the houses have been crammed into the streets, and the beautifully drawn trees. Central Bath must have looked so different before the Georgians arrived! Judging by this map there was a bit more green space than we have here now.
The second image is a little block print I made after seeing this map – using this block to print a street of houses:
Here’s a picture of my stuff in the Bath Tourist Info Centre shop (thanks very much to Donna!). I’m really pleased with how it’s been displayed, and it’s great to see it all together. I’m feeling inspired to get printing again, having just splashed out on some more Permaset inks in some delicious colours. Watch this space…
Good morning! First day of school for some people, so lots of sympathy going out to them…
These are some screen printed buildings I’ve just finished. I like the idea of house softies!
I only made 25 of these, and some of them are in the Bath Tourist Info Office shop so hopefully someone else will like the soft city idea too…!
Below are some pics of the first and second colours printed. I’ve discovered Permaset Aqua textile inks, which give a beautiful finish and have some gorgeous colours. The bottom image shows a bit of overlapping, which is an effect I really like, and I’m planning to explore this more in the next prints I make.
Welcome to my blog! I love printmaking, and making objects, and I’m particularly obsessed with little houses.
I live in Bath, surrounded by lots of amazing buildings and I use these as a theme in my work. I’ve always loved making tiny buildings, and I started making these little block houses about a year ago, using printing blocks I designed and carved.
I’ll be using this blog to share my inspirations, designs and printing processes. Please get in touch if you have any questions. I’d love to hear from you!