A haven for the bees
Saturday, 4 June 2016 | Admin
When Thermofax Screens relocated at the end of last summer, the bees moved too! On the farm they used to live beside a very large pond and at this time of year, their main source of nectar was the golden yellow Rape in the fields that surrounded the hives. The honey they produced was very pale, with a delicate taste and set very quickly.
Now the bees have settled into their new home beside a smaller pond and there is a much wider range of plants for them to choose from (and no Rape for miles around) so we are curious to know what this year's honey will be like.
The gallery image has been printed on watercolour paper using two of our Ready-made screens - Beeswax 1 medium and Vintage Bee 1 mini and two inks - Black and Fool's gold (we mixed some of the black and gold together roughly to get the mottled effect on the beeswax print).
Spring at last!
Saturday, 7 May 2016 | Admin
Spring weather at last! It is very good to be working in the studio with the doors flung open, the sun streaming in and blackbirds singing loudly. All of which makes summer feel much closer and I hope you like our gallery image of fabric printed with Birds 1 medium and a card printed with Birds 3 mini and Boat 1 mini.
All this is such a contrast to last month when lightning hit our neighbours' beloved beech tree taking with it our broadband supply for several days - not good for an online business! Fortunately only a very few orders were delayed - apologies if yours was one of them. In the same week, totally unrelated but with astonishingly bad timing, the laptop died but our local Computer Shop came to the rescue in record time. We are still mourning the loss of the tree as it was very stately and provided dappled shade in our garden too, but everything else is back on track.
A refuge from the wet and windy weather!
Monday, 1 February 2016 | Admin
The weather seems to dominate everything at the moment! Rain and wind (and even a few hours of snow) have lashed the new studio during January. Fortunately it is very sturdy and well insulated so I have been able to enjoy the spectacle from the lovely big windows.
I think this is the perfect time to get creative - the garden jobs can wait until the weather is a little kinder and there is nothing nicer than immersing yourself in some printing and/or dyeing and a bit of stitch ................. the occasional glance out of the window at the swaying trees and rain soaked ground will confirm you are in absolutely the best place!