Monday, 7 September 2015

Screen printing

Stack of screens
A shelf of cooler colours
A shelf of warmer colours
My favourite squeegee!
Hand printed paper bags
A close up of the 'Atomic' hand printed notebook
Screen printing is what I do.  Regular blog updates- not something I am so good at! But screen printing, that is something I work with in some shape or form pretty much every day of the week.  Here's a few photos from a selection taken by wonderful photographer Kirsten Platt during a studio visit.

I'm currently working on a number of projects including new bag designs, Christmas illustrations and a number of new limited editon art prints and stationery products.  To keep up to date with the day to day goings on in the Memo Illustration studio head over to my Instagram account and Facebook page.  There you can see a video of me screen printing and sketchbook extracts amongst other things. I find it much easier to post a quick update using those platforms whilst at work, but will be back soon with more blog news.

TTFN!  Helen

Wednesday, 20 May 2015


After an overly long pause in blog updates I thought it was about time I made amends!

I wanted to share with you some of the new work I've recently created for my spring/summer 2015 product catalogue (which you can view in full here).  In the run up to the British Craft Trade Fair that took place in April I created lots of new designs including two new card ranges 'Magic Numbers'  for milestone birthdays, and 'The Neon Series' a set of occasions cards inspired by the neon signs of vintage America.  Here's a few of the new designs...


All of the new products are now available to purchase direct from me via my Etsy shop and my NOTHS shop. There's lots of colour in the new work and a bit of a party theme... 
Which ties in well to my next topic.  On the 27th June I am getting married!  It seems to have come around very quickly, and taken more planning and time than I could ever have imagined.  Sam and I decided to tie the knot a couple of years ago and chose to do it this summer.  I designed and hand screen printed our invitations and will be hand printing items for the tables and favours too.  After the event I'll post images of the printed wedding stationery amongst other things. In July we are going to America to explore Tennessee, a trip that I cannot wait for.  I don't get many days off, generally one a week if I'm lucky, so three weeks in a row will be the ultimate holiday!

At the moment I am preparing for Hebden Print Fair which is happening this Saturday at the town hall in Hebden Bridge, if you're in the area come and say hello!


To finish here's a recent photograph from our engagement shoot taken on a walk to Scout Scar which is just outside of Kendal where we live.  My good friend Kirsten Platt is our wedding photographer, you can see more of Kirsten's wonderful photography here

Bye for now!


Monday, 6 October 2014

A busy summer!

A hand painted wooden doorstop for my studio door.

I can't believe three months have passed since I last updated the blog! Wow- I've been busier than I thought!  Here's a few snapshots of recent goings on.  New products and seasonal cards to be announced very soon...  TTFN

Monday, 30 June 2014

June roundup!

Screen printing in the studio...
My garden is coming to life, lots of colour!
A great write up about my work in the July/August issue Craft & Design magazine.
And here's a two page write up in Gift Focus magazine, July/August edition.  Thrilled to have such kind words said about my work!
A new limited edition screen print: 'Good Times Roll'.
'Good Time's Roll is currently being shown in Cambridge Contemporary Crafts as part of their Tour de France exhibition.  It's also available online in my Etsy and NOTHS shops.
And finally, here's a highlight of my month... a kiss from a baby owl!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

House Plant Heaven

 Today I've added two new products to my Etsy and NOTHS shops, 'House Plant Drinks Coasters' (shown above) and 'House Plant Notepads' (shown below). 

These two came about after a series of drawings I created based on my collection of cacti and succulent house plants.  Both are fully hand screen printed including the packaging.  The notepads come in mint/black and green/black colourways and the coasters come in a pack of five containing one of each colour shown in the photos above. 

A little injection of kitsch colour suitable for any table!

Here's a sneak peek of a new feature started today over on my Facebook page, Novelty Print Thursdays!  I thought this one seemed appropriate to include with the new House Plant range.  I'll be showing a fabric pattern from my personal collection of vintage clothing every Thursday, why the heck not?!