A ribbon of Bath houses

Inspired by the long rows of Georgian houses snaking up the Bath hillsides, this screen print is printed on to  acid free watercolour paper, which gives it a bit of texture:

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Here are some giclee prints of these screen prints. I tried lots of different colours, and couldn’t decide which I liked best! I’ll be putting these in my Etsy shop (as soon as I take some better pictures of them)

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Long time no post!

Many apologies for not having posted for so long! I’ve been working on lots of new stuff, and being a relative newbie to blogging, I find it so much quicker to post on instagram (@blockhousebath). I’m going to try to post more regularly on here now, so perhaps that will speed me up a bit!

Here’s a picture of one of the new doorstops with hand screen printed house and handles. I wanted the pattern on the handles to echo some of the details on the houses, and I also used the same delicious green colour. Permaset printing inks are so good to use, and look beautiful when printed onto cotton canvas (Permaset available from Handprinted or Hunt the Moon).

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And here’s a make up bag in the same fabric. I just used hand-cut paper stencils to screen print these. Putting in zips has been a steep learning curve! As you can see in the doorstop above, I’ve  put zips in these too, so that they’re a lot more postable, and customers can add their own rice (2kg for about 80p in Lidl when I last looked!

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Bath balconies

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.

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Bath Blitz

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!

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An old map of Bath

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.

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The second image is a little block print I made after seeing this map – using this block to print a street of houses:

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