Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Big & Botanical - two new interior scale prints

Waratah in Coal & Snow - photo by Sean Fennessy

Over at I&S we've been dying to release a couple of new designs but we've been holding off, waiting for our new website to be launched! However, things have taken a little longer than expected in that department and in the end our impatience has won out.

Introducing two new & rather large prints - Waratah and Silver Gum!

"Inspired by the beautiful, unique Tasmania variety of Waratah, this print was originally carved and printed from a lino block, retaining all the beautiful and irregular textures of lino printing."

I (Lara) designed Waratah late last year, inspired after a trip to the spectacular Capturing Flora exhibition in Ballarat. I knew that I wanted to firstly develop a lino print and capture the beautiful texture of that medium in a screen print. The carving was done over one rather warm weekend down at Fairhaven, perfect weather to soften the lino!

Waratah - original line drawing & carving the lino

Waratah - lino carving almost complete and made easier with Abby's fancy Japanese carving tools

The final lino print. This was scanned and doubled in size before being turned into a repeat

The final result! Waratah in Coal & Snow

Waratah in Turmeric & Snow

"Silver Gum came to life one morning during a bicycle ride to work through Royal Park. Enamoured by the leaf forms, Lara picked these almost-flowering stems and popped them in her pannier for photographing later in the back yard. Both colours in this design are printed from a single screen – the second colour is printed with the screen rotated 180 degrees."

Silver Gum is another one of those designs that spent a lot of time brewing in the back of my mind before finally coming to life. The tricky bit was finding the perfect shaped leaf, but once that happened the rest of the process was fairly straightforward. I can't wait to see this print turned into some gorgeous curtains or upholstery.

Silver Gum - laying out stems for photographing

The final result - Silver Gum in Eucalyptus & Moss

Silver Gum in Almond & Snow

xx Lara.


Claire - Matching Pegs said...


They are both so beautiful, and Australian.

Jill Butler Design said...

Wonderful new designs!

Unknown said...

LOVE the silvergum ... such beautiful prints, as always :)

Bianca said...

Stunning, as usual ;) xx

Amber said...

Gorgeous! I love your use of Australian flora Lara!

Amber said...

...sorry Tegan, just realised the silvergum is your design! Love it!

Lara said...

Amber oops sorry you were right the first time, there was a typo in the shop!

patchworkoncentralpark said...

Well Done Lara and Teegan. I haven't looked at blogs for quite a while so thought Id have a bit of a look tonight. I will come an speak to you about having your fabric in my new look shop in a month or so. Lynn

Anonymous said...

Wow, I just found your site.

Your textiles are absolutely
exquisite - a feast for the eyes.

Alicia said...

You've done it again guys, beautiful work! Especially love the waratah, how great would curtains be in this fabric?

Lynette Weir said...

Ooh Linocuts!! And Natives!! Love both of these designs & especially the more rustic quality you have retained from the linocut process.

Kels said...

I love the little stripes in the background of the Waratah, and the idea of tipping the screen sideways for the Silver Gum is genius. I may have to incorporate these ideas into my own printing...