Our lino cuts at the William Morris Society came out so well I’ve been using them to print tea towels to sell in the gift shop.
The fabric is medium-weight Belarusian linen, bought on one of my trips to Donetsk. I stitched the tea towels on my trusty 1956 Singer machine, printed, ironed, washed and ironed them again to make sure the colour stayed fast. Here are the first four so far, two of which sold on day one!
Finally! I’ve found some worthy tenants of my Christmas present, three pots made by Aunty Penny. In order of appearance: desert rose (from a cutting – hence the one massive leaf), aloe vera (offspring of our big plant which can’t stop cloning itself) and tiger begonia (also a present from Penny).
I had a great plan to document the growth of these tarmac-proof daffodils I photographed two months ago, but unfortunately the local flower-picker got there before me. Here’s the two pictures I did get though. Enjoy the sunshine.
For Christmas, Sayed bought me some solar paper. This is light sensitive paper that you can use to produce monochrome images (called photograms) by placing objects on it, exposing it to bright sunlight for a while and then washing it in water (no darkroom chemicals needed). The photographer and inventor William Fox Talbot used a similar process in the 1840s to produce what he called ‘photogenic drawings’.
Now we’re having a few bright sunny days, I’ve been testing my solar paper out. It seems fitting to follow in the footsteps of the first female photographer, Anna Atkins – who used her images to illustrate a botanical guide – by starting with the houseplants.