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Last week I was lucky enough to be invited along to a screen-printing workshop by East London screen print studio Print Club London. Located down an industrial but very trendy back alley in Dalston [aren't they all], Print Club is a members only screen-printing club for illustrators, designers and artists and provides a laid back and super creative environment for anyone who wants to screen-print.

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I’ve never done any screen-printing in my life and have always been totally in awe of those who do, an art-form simultaneously creative and technical. My workshop was for beginners [costing £50 for the day] and introduced our small group to the basics of screen-printing with the aim of getting you up to a standard that allows you to print on your own in their studios. The workshop takes you through every stage from the history of screen-printing; from art working, exposing your screens and printing your image. By the end of the workshop you will produce an A4 image, approximately 6 copies.

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It was a super relaxed environment and I felt like I was back at art school again. Our two very cool teachers Craig and Marco took us through the steps to achieve our desired print.

We were all asked to bring a piece of artwork on a USB stick which was projected it onto a large computer and we were shown how to sharpen the image for the best result for printing [beware of leaving any other material on the USB. I was left very red faced when large scale photos of myself posing with my pregnancy bump for my grandmother were projected up on screen!!!]. The correct image was then printed onto tracing paper. We spent the morning being taught the history and science behind screen-printing and exposing our screens in a dark room to burn our image onto the screen. Your image transferred onto the screen was really exciting to see!

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After a lunch-break we spent a fun afternoon in teams getting messy and printing our designs. I was really worried about what to bring along to the workshop but drew a family tree the night before in anticipation of our baby [due in May] with the intention of inserting passport size pictures of family into the spaces.

I thoroughly recommend the class as a gift to a friend or just a new experience to share – it honestly felt so rewarding to learn a new skill and I left feeling inspired and very proud of myself! You can check out various Print Club London workshops here and membership options here

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Sydney graphic designer Vanessa Bean‘s [real name Holle] Totems are beyond charming. The graphic influence of her profession is so evident in these adorable stacks of ceramics.

Vanessa discovered ceramics 2 years ago after doing a community college evening course in porcelain jewellery and has been experimenting with different techniques ever since. “I have a tendency to put a face on most of the things I make and the totems allowed me payday loans no faxing fax to work on small components that could be put together to make a bigger piece.” Says Vanessa.

Vanessa uses a simple, decorative and graphic approach to the pieces. “Because the rings are not complex to make I can focus on the painting and I purpose glaze selected elements to highlight the contrast between matt and gloss.”

A small selection of totems is currently sold through Koskela in Sydney and Klopper in Melbourne.

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I’m always on the hunt for the perfect piece of art for our home – because I am so picky, to date we only have one – a striking Giclee print by Marco Crivello that takes pride of place in our living room.

When I came across this mesmerising body of work by Californian artist Clare Elsaesser, I just knew that one of these would be next. Clare’s prints walk the iowa cash advance and payday loans perfect line between the contemporary and the traditional, featuring delicate portraits of women overtaken by  flowers. Blooms twist around their bodies and burst through their arms obscuring their faces. They have the wonderful nostalgic quality that fine-art portraits do but their surprising narratives make them perfect for a modern home. You can buy these and other portraits from £10 in Clare’s Etsy store Tastes Orangey.

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Love the look of bell jars but find them essentially pointless unless maybe you’re a collector of some sort [or you enjoy dusting every day]? Well UK based Bulgarian artist Marina Munn’s fantastical series ‘Collecting’ might be just the thing for a beautiful and uncomplicated relationship.

Munn’s series illustrates sometimes surreal and sometimes mundane objects captured under bell jars in softly psychedelic colours. From an entire cosmos hovering under a glass dome – to a Victorian key and an ombre hued chunk of coral – each scene draws you into a tiny magical world. You can see the rest of Marina’s work on her site and on her Tumblr and buy fine art prints from Auguste Clown Gallery.

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How amazing is this Graffiti made using cake icing by Montreal-based street artist Shelley Miller? Miller creates beautiful, non-traditional graffiti & murals – adorns city walls with ornate scrolls and delicate motifs.

Her latest installation, which is part of the September 2012 Nuit Blanche
project, is currently showing outdoors at Metro Hall in Toronto, Canada. I love the colours and cracked reliefs and textures in the icing.

How would you resist licking it?

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