Thursday, 4 July 2013

Our new Tide Song Collection

Some of the new Tide Song Collection
This year we re-doubled our efforts in our preparations for the annual Artists at Home weekend and decided to launch a whole new collection.
Jonathan, inspired by his love of all things seaside, made some new wood engravings including our lovely Mermaid and Nine Interesting Seaside Things.
These, along with some other fishy wood engravings, formed the artwork for us to create a range of lovely things. Three new large silkscreen prints Mermaid Song, Nine Interesting Seaside Things and the very popular Vermillion Goldfish. The title was based on a quote from Matisse who said, I believe, "I wouldn't mind being a vermillion goldfish."
Vermillion Goldfish
Nine Interesting Seaside Things 
We also created a new set of ceramics, the new Mermaid Jug and two Tide Song mugs.
Tide Song mugs
The Mermaid Jug
New stationery items include the Tide Song Stationery Box, a set of six notecards in a stripy pillow pack and new cards based on the silkscreen prints.
Tide Song Stationery Box
Tide Song Notecards pack
The weekend (14th - 16th June 2013) was delightful. We are always surprised by how much we enjoy it - when hours before the doors open we are wondering why we signed up! It is so lovely to see friends and strangers who enjoy our work and many returning fans!
Jonathan was busy in his shed again, showing people how he does the intricate wood engravings and demonstrating the press. Several lucky Dads received freshly printed Father's Day cards featuring our lovely dachshund, Toffee - D for Dog, D for Dad.
The Mermaid Jug with peonies, sea holly and snap dragons 
The new collection went down very well and many people commented on how it captures the spirit of summer - with the evocative blue and white stripes and the lovely little vignettes of everything from oyster catchers to a bucket and spade.
Young Starch Green fans!
Various of our children were on duty over the weekend with Polly doing a very sterling job front of house when I had to visit Jack's Degree Show in Kingston on Saturday, and Tansy with her ever popular fairy cakes. Thanks to them both.
The artist swigs a quick coffee from his Tide Song mug...