Tags: open studio, printed wonders, workshops
Join Xtina next week for an open studio as she prints new work on paper and fabric with British celebratory themes. Motifs ranging from May Day green men to Jubilee diamonds, British cultural icons and lucky symbols will be printed on bunting, flags and artworks and used to decorate Craft Central’s Showcase gallery space, foyer, and window.
You can get your fingers inky too if you want to join in. Book an evening workshop for the chance to make prints from your own artwork with Print Gocco screen printing machines. Or visit during the daytime and you’ll be invited take part in the printing in progress, or just enjoy taking a peek at how Xtina’s colourful products are made.
Printed Wonders Open Studio
The Showcase Craft Central, 33-35 St. John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS – Map
1st – 4th May 2012
11am – 5.30pm Tue – Fri, Free entry
Gocco workshops, Wed 2nd & Thu 3rd May, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, £40
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 email@example.com
£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: exhibition, printed wonders, workshops
Xtina is busy getting ready for her show next week and clambering over all her new stock. The first delivery of vinyl lucky tape arrived today, and next week there will be a very colourful new wrapping paper design with the same motifs. It’s fun sending out parcels when you have such nice packaging to play with! The lucky tape can transform a plain wrapping into something that looks really special. Xtina has even wrapped some parcels in newspaper and stuck them down with lucky tape, and they look really good.
The show and shop at Craft Central runs from Tue 14th to Sat 18th June. New lines are being launched during this week, including seaside and wedding themed bunting banners, the lucky tape and wrapping paper. You’ll also be able to see the full Printed Wonders range of lucky bunting, alphabet pennants, vintage fabric bags, and stationery.
Come along and be cheered by this colourful, positive collection of textiles and paper goods. The foyer will be festooned with bunting and there will be free cake, if you’re quick!
See more about Printed Wonders on Facebook
33-35 St John’s Square , London, EC1M 4DS
11 – 5.30pm, Tues – Fri
11 – 2.30pm Sat
Free tea and homemade cakes on Tues 14th June
Private View: 6.30 – 8.30pm Wed 15th June
Tags: crafty pint, hand made, letterpress, print gocco, printing, screen printing, workshops
Xtina likes printing just as much as she likes finding a big box of beautiful 50s tablecloths and curtains at a boot fair! She also loves infecting other people with her enthusiasm for printing, so roll on June and July because there are some great print workshops coming up.
To accompany the Printed Wonders showcase at Craft Central in June, Xtina is running three workshops that reflect the processes she uses in her work. You’ll be able to create fast screen prints with help from a Print Gocco machine – perhaps printing a design onto bunting or making artworks on cotton paper.
Then with a bit of heaving, Adana machines will be at your disposal for the letterpress workshop. You can lino cut your own design and print it onto stationery or fine papers, and have a go at setting some movable type.
Finally in that venue, we have a lovely fabric printing workshop, taking inspiration from mid-century British textile designers, carving soft rubber blocks and using rubber stamps specially designed for the workshop to print lengths of fabric and a tote bag. Take away your creations and let us know how you use them!
Shepherd Falkiners have invited Xtina to run a day-long Print Gocco workshop at their marvellous shop in Bloomsbury, a wonderland of fine papers and treasure trove of bookbinding supplies. Taking the participants through the process of creating their own Gocco prints, Xtina will show examples of her work, pass on many tips for getting the best results, demonstrate screen registration, and share ideas for re-using damaged screens and some experimental techniques.
Mid-July brings another Crafty Pint North event, and this time Seaside Sisters will be hosting a fabric printing workshop inspired by the Festival of Britain. As with all Crafty Pint events, these are low cost workshops run by local designer-makers, and held in pubs for a relaxing creative afternoon. Places have been booking up fast for this one, but there are still a few left.
Craft Central Workshops:
6.30 – 9pm Thursday 16th June: Screen Printing with Print Gocco FULLY BOOKED
6.30 – 9pm Friday 17th June: Screen Printing with Print Gocco Details & booking
3 – 6pm Saturday 18th June: Vintage Inspired Hand Printing on Textiles Details & booking
Lino Printing & Letterpress with an Adana has been cancelled
10am – 4pm Saturday 2nd July: Print Gocco Workshop
Book via Shepherds 020 7831 1151 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tags: brooch, corsage, crafty pint, sewing, workshops
Seaside Sisters ran a workshop at the first Crafty Pint North event at the Stapleton Tavern in N4 last Saturday. The staff at the pub made us very welcome, and soon the crafty pinters arrived to rummage through the fabric stash and enjoy a relaxed afternoon making pretty brooches with a drink or two.
First we made flower brooches, and then a sort of half pom pom frilly style that looks particularly good in felt. There were variations on yoyos, ruffles and some simple twists of felt to add, and people combined the fabrics in really interesting ways, using layers of contrasting fabric and different types of centre.
It was great to see several people make a bee-line for the pretty 70s crimpolene. Often shunned for making clothes these days (unless you are Lorraine Bowen), this polyester miracle fabric proved to be a fantastic choice for plump, colourful brooches. It always delights us to see what different colour ways people choose – there were some great muted greens & browns, and brilliant pink & purple combos.
We each baked a cake so there was flapjack, rhubarb & custard cake, and lemon madelines for the crafty pinters to tuck into, and with some help from the bar staff we managed to leave only crumbs.
We’re now looking forward to the Crafty Pint North in July, it’s all about printing on fabric. If you pre-book you’ll get the bonus freebie of a tote bag to print on.
Tags: brooch, crafty pint, workshops
More textile brooch making opportunities coming up with Seaside Sisters, as we’re running some Crafty Pint workshops in both North and South London.
Crafty Pint is a collective of local designer makers, encouraging people to shop local and teaching new craft skills in affordable and informal settings.
In this workshop we’ll be taking it a bit further than our drop in flower brooch sessions. You’ll be able to make several pretty styles of textile brooch over three hours. All the designs are deceptively simple to sew, and you can choose whatever you like from our stash of vintage, upcycled and contemporary fabrics. Use them to brighten clothes or bags, wear as a hair accessory or corsage, or make them as gifts for lucky friends or family.
As the Crafty Pint venues are pubs you’ll be able to sip drinks from the bar, have a chat and relax while making lovely things. Suitable for all levels, whether you’re already handy with a needle and thread or have never sewn before.
Crafty Pint South workshops take place on the first Saturday of each month at the Tooting Tram & Social, 46 Mitcham Lane, Tooting, SW17 9NA, 2pm – 5pm
Saturday 7th May Textile Brooch Making with Fabric Nation
Crafty Pint North is at The Stapleton Tavern, 2 – 4 Crouch Hill, London N4 4AU (Stroud Green/ Finsbury Park), 2pm – 5pm.
Saturday May 14th Textile Brooch Making with Seaside Sisters
Saturday 16th July Printing Fabric Designs with Seaside Sisters
All tools and materials are provided, homemade cakes are included in the price and drinks are available from the bar. Children age 10 and over welcome with an adult. A place on our three hour workshops costs £15.
You can turn up on the day, but pre-booked places will receive a free gift. For some courses there will be a limit to the number of places, due to materials and space available.
To book a place, click on the Paypal link below or email email@example.com