Monday, 19 March 2012

Fame at last (kind of...)

Well, I have been in print before, featured in such legendary publications as the Sudbury Mercury, and the Leavenheath, Stoke-by-Nayland, Polstead and Nayland Community News. In fact the lady at the make up counter in boots even recognised me. And once the Bury Free Press even sent a reporter to my studio, complete with big camera that made those clicky noises you hear outside the old bailey as the van with the blacked out windows drives off. I held up a paintbrush and pretended to paint whilst smiling inanely. But I was of course, just following directions.

However, this is the first time I have been in a publication that is actually sold in WH Smith and Tesco. Yes that is me in Craftseller, March issue! Wow. It is surely only a matter of time before I am on the Jonathon Ross show wearing shoes so high that I can only walk 10 paces in before elegantly collapsing on the studio sofa. Watch this space, and never underestimate my talent for blatant self promotion...

Meantime, until the rewards of fame kick in, I am sadly forced to continue working...

So it's back to the print workshop for my latest get-rich-fairly-quick plan; linoprint cards with matching gift tags. Three designs on the same block to start with. "Look I made Barbie pink" I said to the workshop technician: "That's pink with balls!" she replied. I don't think I will be using that line in my publicity material, but she has a point. For those less keen on pink with balls, these will also be available in red and purple.

After a happy hour playing with ink, it was time to put them on the drying rack, alongside the other printmaker's work:

I already have some of the finished cards out in a local gallery and just need to edit the photos before I can offer them online too.

Here is a preview of the butterfly one, finished with glitter and sequins. More designs are planned, including some a little less girly and suitable for men and kids, because not everyone loves pink!


  1. They look really good Michele, I look forward to seeing future designs :)

  2. Congratulations, Michele! But did you intentionally keep us in suspense about where we can see your article?

    I too have been going quite pink lately - it appears that it's very popular with about 99% of the female population so yours should do very well indeed!

  3. Lol, no just having a stupid attack. It's a wonder I can put my own clothes on in the mornings :-)

    Craftseller, March issue. Not exactly 'Artist's and Illustrators', but nevertheless it is a start!

  4. lovely blog! And i do like the title very much!!!