It’s been a very busy week at Squirrel and Tiffin HQ recently with the Living Names project, Time to Read commission and a weekend away team building with the Boys and Girls Club (more on these later!).
I have managed however to get some solid dates in the diary for the Launch of the Living Names project as well as the first three workshops. If you are free this coming Sunday 28th Feb between 2-4pm you are very welcome to come along to the Pavilion in Memorial Park Fleetwood. There will be a taster session of screen printing, a talk about the project by Volunteer Graham Lougher and a chance to see what the workshops will look like.
Not free on Sunday? Don’t worry there will be a chance to listen to me on BBC Radio Lancashire this coming Saturday (eek!). I will be talking with Gilly about the project at 8.50am so early birds will get a chance to hear me discussing the art work as well as the workshops. (I will also post a link to the show at a later date for anyone not awake at 8.50am!)
The pavilion is situated at Warrenhurst Road, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 7AE and the dates for the diary are..
The launch – Sunday 28th February 2-4pm
Workshop One – Sunday 6th March 1.30-4pm
Workshop Two – Sunday 27th March 1.30-4pm
Workshop Three – Sunday 3rd April 1.30-4pm
A few weeks back I was gifted these luxurious soy wax melts from the nice people at the Valley Mill shop in Wales. I had ordered lots of things online that particular week and waited in anticipation for this little box to arrive. When it did I certainly knew about it as I could smell the sweet scents before I opened the package – what a nice treat dropping through my letterbox!
The two scents I chose were Jasmine (because I love the smell) and Bara Brith a traditional Welsh cake (also the first one I tried out). After lighting my candle it was a matter of minutes before the wax had melted into a clear liquid. The smell was DIVINE! I am completely a cake person but with New Year’s resolutions still lingering I haven’t treated myself as much as I used to. This lovely cakey smell filled my living room without being over bearing with the added bonus of having zero calories.
Lats summer I experimented with the idea of using plants and natural foliage to create my own inks for printing. I also had the opportunity to make some natural dyes for the fabrics I use when screen printing.
Although I found the process quite hard at times I did find great comfort in knowing I could use the allotment (and the wonderful staff at GrowBlackpool) to answer any and all of my questions. There was some small victories in using beetroot boiled for hours and a surprising result with wild grass but never anything solid and that I could rely on.
Today I was able to reignite this passion over a conversation in the Polytunnel sewing Teasel seeds. I discussed my idea with the head of the allotment and she too was excited of the idea that I could grow and use my own produce for printing and decided to allocate me my very own plot!
Yesterday the sun was shining on the North West and I decided that my Sunday stroll should be beside the sea as I hardly get the chance to venture towards the promenade unless I am driving up to Fleetwood or Lytham.
When I arrived it was oh so windy with Storm Imogen rolling into town! The tide was in so there was some crashing waves but not as many now we have the ‘spanish style steps’ that lead down into the sand from the promenade. I love to watch the sea but to get this shot I had to steady my hands on the railings and within minutes my glasses were awash with the salty sea air.
On Friday I launched my very first competition to win a letterpress Valentine’s Day Card and the response was overwhelming. I heard lots of romantic love stories on the blog as well as gaining lots of new interest over on Facebook and Twitter so thank you to everyone who took part.
The winner of the competition is…. Lorraine Brown! (Entered via Facebook) Don’t worry if you did not win this time. I will be holding more competitions over the next few weeks with Mothers Day on the horizon. If you do want to buy any of my letterpress cards they are over on Folksy.
Are we ready for the week ahead and storm Imogen?
Its that time of the year again when we linger maybe more so than usual around the letterbox in hope that a secret admirer or loved one has sent a little something through the post.
I have to say its one of my favorite times of year and I can remember as a child being so excited when I returned home with my own hand made card for my parents. These days I am still making my own Valentine’s Day cards but this time its with the letterpress and usually for lots of other people!
When sending Valentines and Birthday Cards out to customers I try to make sure they arrive at the destination well padded so if the recipient of said card lives in the same house it doesn’t ruin the surprise.
Like all of my letterpress cards this one is simple and to the point – the ‘I Love You’ is in Gill Sans Type and the white un-coated card stock is complimented by the brown C6 envelope.
For the first time on my blog I am running a competition to win one of these cards. To enter all you need to do is comment below with a love story or re-post this link/image to social media with the hashtag #ilovechiefsquirrel. I will pick a winner on Monday and send it out the same day to ensure you get it in time! Good Luck!
Just before Christmas last year I found out I had been selected as the lead artist for the Living Names Project at Fleetwood funded by Wyre Council. The Living Names project was a two year volunteer led initiative that helped to identify the names listed on the war memorial at Memorial Park in Fleetwood. The information found has been uploaded to the Imperial War Museum site ‘Lives of the First World War‘ and the next step is for me to use this information and create a piece of art.
Over the festive period I was able to cosy up on the sofa and start to read all about the 330 servicemen I would be working with. As you can imagine some of the newspaper clippings have been hard to read but highlighted the sensitive nature of this work and how important it is to be created.