What's behind the new range of fabric banners, just launched on the website?
I've often been asked if I'd print one of the Lost Shapes designs on paper, so it could be framed, but always said I was sticking with tops because that's what I enjoy making. At the same time, however, I've been producing fabric banners for fun at festivals, as gifts, for my own branding and as commissions for customers. I realised that I've got a lot of words in my head, and some of them won't work on a t-shirt. And it's not that I don't want to make wall art, I just really prefer the texture of printing on fabric.
So 'Home Sweet Squalid Home' started it - a phrase that kept coming to mind when I came back to my (none-too-clean) home. I wanted it to be simple looking, almost sincere, except for the scrawled 'squalid' messing it all up. As always, I used hand drawn lettering for the slight imperfection I love so much in vintage signs. I developed the painted wooden runners and twine so that it was the complete deal and ready to hang (I can easily have pictures lying around for a year or two waiting to be framed). 'Another Nice Day', always popular as a sweatshirt, got combined with the familiar clouds from 'Rain Likely' to add a bit of question or edge to the statement. 'Wander: Wonder', subtle in light grey on dark grey linen, is just there to remind us what we really want to be doing. 'Party' (and it's fancy confetti-sprinkled cousin 'Party Party') developed alongside the t-shirts and sweatshirts - for real fun parties, and also for finding the party in every day.
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I stopped writing this blog a while ago - social media just seems a more responsive way to share ideas these days (plus I never got 'round to it!). I'll leave these posts up for now for anyone who wants to get a bit more of a sense of what's behind what I do.