Friday, 22 August 2014

New Stockist- The Time Travellers Bookshops


I am delighted to announce that I have a new stockist for my Greeting Cards in the West Cork area- The Time Travellers Bookshop in my hometown of Skibbereen. This is easily my favourite shop in the town, and is a very unique bookshop specializing in rare books from the 16th – 21st century.


This place is a real gem for any book lover, and also houses a lovely vinyl collection for music lovers. The selection of art books here is truly amazing, and some of the book covers are so beautiful they could be framed as pieces of art! As you can see, it is situated next to the Church Restaurant in the centre of Skibbereen town (great coffee and I recommend the Strawberry Roulade!), and is also next to Skibbereen Mart where you can find Skibbereen Farmers Market every Saturday. The market has a brilliant range of fresh and local produce and a diverse selection of quality local art & crafts, antiques, books and bric-a-brac. There is also parking space in the market, so The Time Travellers Bookshop could be in the best location in Skibbereen town!


My Greeting Cards are also available in the second store, The Time Travellers Bookshop in the beautiful town of Westport in Co. Mayo.

Image © Iris Malina




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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

New Studio Space/ Packaging orders & Poppy!


Here is a little peek at my new studio space in West Cork. I finally have some more storage shelves up so the space is coming along nicely :)


I have just finished packaging a large order for a very special new stockist in the West Cork area. More to come on this soon!




As I was working today, Poppy had a very relaxing time snoozing under my chair. I took these photos over time as she gradually moved about. I think that she likes hiding from her very energetic little sister, and the studio is the perfect place as it's nice and quiet. The life of a cat :)!




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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Stockist photos- Schwesterherz Berlin


Thank you to a lovely friend in Berlin for sending me these images of my new greeting card collection!  Isn't this range of cards and wrapping paper just beautiful!? It's at the lovely Schwesterherz store.



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Friday, 8 August 2014

Summertime


You may have noticed that it has been a bit quiet on here lately. I have still been updating the inspiration section to ensure that you have that little snippet of inspiration for your coffee break, but things have been quite hectic here behind the scenes.

My lovely fiancĂ© had an accident and had to go to hospital for surgery so we were up in the city for a while as he stayed in the main hospital there recovering. All is going well though, and he should be able to dance at our wedding ;)

I think it's possible that I may have wedding fever, and I have been coming across some amazing creatives online that I will hopefully be featuring when I'm back to a normal routine next month. The features will be more irregular instead of on the usual days, so keep your eyes peeled!

I hope you're all having a relaxing Summer... just like our new kitten Mia is..!


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Sunday, 3 August 2014

More Greeting Card Images


Here are some more images of my newest collection of greeting cards. I have been busy packaging them and posting them out to some lovely stockists. 







You can read more about the cards here
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Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Wonderful work of Molly Ellis (Ewe Sir)


Ewe sir is an Irish paper goods and textile range by Cork based artist Molly Ellis. This unique wildlife art is designed with the individual character and personality of each animal in mind and animal lover Molly aims to awaken nature in the hearts and homes of the owner.

Molly has a unique method of creating her artworks- the process includes stitching together materials such as raw wool fibers, Irish moss, and vintage fabrics. She then captures the image and prints it in 2D onto paper and card. The result is something that is beautiful and delicate and it appears to be so textured and tactile that you just have to try and touch it!

These endearing and unusual and collectibles are the perfect gift for an art and animal lover, dreamer and nature enthusiast.

1. How did your business come about (and when did you start)?

Molly = art + animals. That’s just how I was made. I need both of these things to be me. I was teaching art for a few years which sparked an interest in the craft side of things. I loved the buzz around fairs and experimenting with materials. It seemed like lots more fun than exhibitions and galleries and parent teacher meetings.


Images © Ewe Sir

2. Can you give a quick insight into your working method? (ideas, techniques, etc.)

Each piece has a process. I usually study the animal through sketches, photos and generally interaction. I want to capture its essence not just its likeness. I sketch out the outline on pre-felt and then pop it under the sewing machine. I completely free hand it from there. Often I work on several pieces at once and come back to it a few weeks later. I like to work on all the stitching at once or all the felting or dying at the same time. I think I get better work that way.
I turn a lot of my originals into prints and notebooks. I have to photograph each piece really carefully to get the texture and detail just right. I am always looking for the print to fool the buyer. They should go to touch it, even though they know it’s just paper. I am as precise about my pocket notebooks as I am about my originals.


Images © Ewe Sir




3. What has been the hardest single obstacle to your life in design (apart from a shortage of time, which seems to be universal amongst creatives!)? 

If I can’t say time as that’s non-existent, I would say space! I work from home so trying to squeeze it all in is just mind boggling. Last time people visited I spent three days perilously stacking boxes of paper, ink, and wool so they had a bed to sleep in. 


Images © Ewe Sir

4. How do you stay motivated? What inspires you?

I am always buzzing with ideas. Its because I love nature and have filled my life with it. I live 3 minutes from an amazing beach. I have surrounded myself with chickens, dogs, horses, wild rabbits and donkeys. I built a life that inspires me.

Motivation is different. That’s tough, there are aspects of the business I am just pure stubborn about. It takes a lot of chocolate to get me through that.



Images © Ewe Sir

5. Describe your creative space

At present it's in my head! The actual space is in my kitchen as it has the best light. If I looked around I might have to tidy or cook or something and I wouldn’t get much done. I have a lovely old table and a tree branch over my head to hang my ideas from.

Image © Ewe Sir

6. What is the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

To say “I” rather than “we”. I used to say stuff like “sure we all think that..” now I say “I think that”. It's empowering, and confidence building. I own my own opinions, dreams and thoughts. I do not need to validate it.



Images © Ewe Sir

You can see more of Molly's beautiful work on her Facebook page and buy her original artworks, art prints and stationery in her Etsy Store

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