Tags: London, print gocco, workshops
Xtina has two all day print workshops lined up for Gocco fans. Firstly, remember remember to visit Shepherds Falkiners‘ fine paper shop in Bloomsbury on the 5th of November – for a day of Gocco printing using hi-mesh masters and oil based inks. Gocco bulbs will flash like fireworks and ooos and ahhs will ring out at a lovely explosion of prints made from your own artwork.
There will be examples of Gocco work, tips for getting the best results and ideas such as how to re-use damaged screens. You can also try out the squeegee printing method. Shepherds will be supplying fine papers to print on. You’ll take home your screen and prints.
Book via Shepherds 020 7831 1151 or firstname.lastname@example.org
£60, max 5 places.
Part two takes place at Xtina’s studio at Craft Central in Clerkenwell on Sunday 4th December, and promises a day of Gocco screen printing and experimentation. Make screens from your own artwork using the Gocco machine and Riso mesh. Stretch the mesh on a thin plastic frame, then print with a lightweight squeegee and water based screen printing ink.
Try out a thermofax machine to make a screen without using Gocco bulbs, and print with texture screens and hand cut stencils onto cards, paper, notebooks and fabric. Registration techniques and lots of tips will be shared. The screens you make are yours to take home. You can carry on printing with them later with supplies easily bought from art shops, and it’s ideal timing for making Xmas cards or gifts!
Sandwiches, tea and cake are included in the price.
£60, max 6 places
Full details & online booking via Etsy
Tags: Kent, lightship, London, print gocco, sewing, vintage fabrics, workshops
Etsy listings are now up for workshop bookings at Craft Central in London, and the fantastic LV21 lightship in Medway, Kent. We’ve put together an exciting programme of activities to accompany our two summer Souvenir Shop exhibitions in these venues. Here’s a peep at some of the lovely things you can make with us.
Full workshop listings are on our Events page.
The popular fabric flower brooch making and souvenir pennants workshops that we ran at Vintage at Southbank will be available on a drop in basis at our exhibition on Lightship LV21.
Tags: brooch, craft fair, festival, London, pennants, sewing, vintage, vintage fabrics, workshops
We had a top time at the Vintage at Southbank festival last weekend. So many beautifully turned out and friendly people, and the Royal Festival Hall looking like it never has before.
Thank you so much to all the lovely people who took part in our workshops making souvenir festival pennants and brooches. Around 140 people made something with us, and as well as being great company, they came up with some brilliant choices and really impressed us with what they made.
Take a look at the new Seaside Sisters Facebook page for more photos from Vintage. We’d love to see your photos of our workshops and stall too. We have more workshops coming up and they’re listed on our Events page.
Vintage was the first time we’d run the pennants workshop, and it was extremely gratifying that this worked so well. We loved seeing an eager stream of makers enjoying putting together fabrics, trim and transfers to create lovely souvenirs. Our idea for this workshop was to tie together the fun of making something yourself, taking something away to remember the event by, and linking the 2011 Vintage Festival with the Festival of Britain 60 years ago. One of our first pennant makers described very similar reasons for wanting to join in, and that made us very happy!
The fabric brooch making also went down brilliantly, our big round table was constantly full. It was loads of fun for us to see people coming up with new innovations in this workshop, as it’s a very popular one that Fabric Nation has run for a few years. We really liked the little clusters of buttons, multi-layered centres, and combinations of colours that were chosen to compliment outfits. Making the brooches is quite a relaxing thing to do and good conversations sprung up around the table as people sewed.
In both workshops we used our vintage and recycled fabrics stash, but we were also delighted to use the offcuts generously donated by Sanderson, from their 50s fabric collection. A lot of people got seriously excited by these beautiful upholstery textiles!
A big thank you to:
Louise Kamara of the Eco Design Fair and Barley Massey of Fabrications, who curated and organised the Upcycling Workshops at Vintage. Thanks so much for working with us!
Wayne & Gerardine Hemingway and their team for having such excellent vision, coming by to personally see to some of the logistics of setting up our area, and generally being fantastic.
Susan Backhouse of Fashion Antidote, our lovely workshop neighbour who lent us an excellent sewing machine when our vintage one decided to have a huff.
Leona Thrift-ola, for bringing us beer and blogging until her fingers nearly caught fire.
Although we were too busy running the Seaside Sisters stall and workshops to get a proper look at everything going on, we did get some nice glimpses on mad dashes away from our post. Crazy dancing on the Style Studio balcony, great vibe and stories in the Down The Back Of The Sofa bar and museum (loved the unlucky dip!), hilarious Bad Art Salon, roof garden area / rooms / balconies we’d never discovered before, the wonderful London Printworks Trust who were doing amazing prints with transfer dyes, and we enjoyed seeing the backstage area where we chatted to famous folk in the lift.
The Upcycling area had stalls set up on vintage furniture supplied by Out Of The Dark. We weren’t sure what to expect, but it worked really nicely. The Seaside Sisters stall was mainly on a pretty 1950s upright kitchen cabinet. We were selling vintage souvenirs to compliment a big theme in our work, and it was lovely hearing the stories that were triggered by them for our customers. Adam Ant stopped by the day he played in the Vintage Revue, to buy an Elvis bag and some beauty spots. We’re not sure if he wore any on stage but would love to find out!
Tags: exhibition, Kent, lightship, London, seaside, workshops
Seaside Sisters will be celebrating our love of seaside souvenirs, haberdashery and mid-century modern design with two exhibitions this summer.
First we’re returning to Craft Central with a selling show of our work, a fine display of our fabric and ephemera inspirations, and a souvenir shop of vintage collectibles.
Then it’s off along the Thames to Medway, where our show opens on the beautiful lightship LV21. This 40 metre ship is great fun to explore and will be full of our work and installations made specifically for the spaces.
An exciting programme of workshops accompanies both shows.
CRAFT CENTRAL, 33-35 St John’s Square
, London, EC1M 4DS Map
Tue 16th – Sat 21st August
Exhibition & shop: 11am – 5.30pm. Free
Wed 17th, 10am – 5pm, Vintage Inspired Fabric Printing Summer School £45 Details & booking
Wed 17th, 6.30 – 9.30pm, Print Your Own Souvenir Tea Towels £25 Details & booking
Thu 18th, 6.30 – 9.30pm, Make Pin Cushion Jars & Haberdashery £25 Details & booking
Fri 19th, 6.30 – 9.30pm, Gocco Screen Printed Cards & Notebooks £35 Details & booking
LV21 LIGHTSHIP, Gillingham Pier, Pier Approach Road, Kent ME7 1RX Map
Exhibition, pop-up shop, activities & a chance to explore this stunning lightship.
Bank Holiday Mon 29th August - Sat 3rd Sept
11am – 5pm daily. Free
Honestly is there any place cooler than a lightship to do a craft workshop in?
Mon 29th, 2 – 5pm, Print Your Own Souvenir Tea Towels £15
Sat 3rd, 12 noon – 3pm, Gocco Screen Printed Cards & Notebooks £25 Details & booking
All week, Make Fabric Brooches £3 Drop in any time, no need to book
All week, Make LV21 Souvenir Pennants £4 Drop in any time, no need to book
Tags: festival, London, vintage, workshops
The Seaside Sisters’ Souvenir Shop is coming to the Royal Festival Hall, as part of Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway’s Vintage festival.
There will be a stall of our handmade wares upcycled from souvenir tea towels, tablecloths and wooden jigsaw puzzles, as well as bags purses and accessories made from retro, seaside-themed fabrics. We’ll also have a collection of sweet vintage British souvenirs for sale, and free drop in workshops with a Festival of Britain theme.
Sanderson have kindly donated offcuts from their 50s fabric range and we’ll be helping festival-goers to craft souvenirs that celebrate the Festival of Britain, or their own vintage!
Use textiles from your favourite era to make a fabulous brooch or hair accessory that compliments your Vintage outfit, or a fancy souvenir pennant to hang somewhere special.
Raid our exciting stash of fabrics including funky 70s crimpelene salvaged from the loft, pretty flower power cottons thrifted from car boot sales, and of course the lovely Sanderson 50s fabrics, and create your own unique souvenir of Vintage. If you come along you can also help us to build a seaside town style floral display with flowers made from recycled plastic bags!
See the Seaside Sisters Events page for details.
Tags: craft fair, festival, London, printed wonders
Come and visit Xtina’s Printed Wonders stall this weekend at a big new North London, community street festival. The Cally Festival takes over a 300m section of the Caledonian Road on Sunday and closes this big busy road to traffic for the day. There’s music, over 70 independent trader market stalls, food, workshops, and lots of activities for children. It’s a free event and looks like it will be a lot of fun. Many local community groups have joined forces to organise the festival and they’ve managed to get some impressive sponsorship. Fingers crossed for the fine weather to hold, but there are marquees and places to shelter from sun or rain, and they’ve even got a big screen showing the tennis.
Noon– 6pm, Sun 3rd July 2011
Caledonian Road between Offord Road and Bingfield Street.
Tags: craft fair, London, Lucky Bag
Xtina has printed up a small batch of bags with the same motifs as her Lucky Bunting. The unbleached cotton bags come as a light weight tote with long handles, or a thicker canvas weight with shorter shopping bag style handles. Screen printed in red, black and green with symbols including a horseshoe, back cat and wishbone on the front, and a four leaf clover on the back. Great for carrying off the best boot fair treasure, or bagging the very last packet of chocolate hob nobs in the supermarket.
Available tomorrow Sat 16th April at the fab Crafty Fox Market in Brixton (The Dogstar), where the lucky first person to buy one will get a bonus gift.
Seaside Sisters have a stall and are running a drop in workshop where you can hand sew one of these lovely fabric brooches from vintage fabrics.
Tags: Brick Lane, design fairs, gifts, hand made, London, markets, old truman brewery
The Seaside Sisters stall at the Old Truman Brewery is open for business. Come along to pick up some lovely hand made Christmas gifts, and try your luck on our tombola.
You can find us on the 1st floor, above the Up Market, entrances from Ely’s Yard and 81 Brick Lane, look for the All I Want For Xmas banners and posters. Map here.
We’re open: Thur 5-9pm, Fri 12noon-6pm, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm