Spring blooms

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Monday, February 21, 2011 5 comments

Beautiful crocus blooms signal that Spring is nearly here.... hurry up! Pics taken with my iphone last weekend.

New silk prints

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Wednesday, February 16, 2011 2 comments

Elephants, printed silk clutch bag

My new batch of original silk prints are here. They all feature my own textile designs and this time I thought I'd try heavyweight dupion silk as I like the idea of the natural slub and weave of the fabric showing.

My only concern with this finish is that it would affect the quality of the print but this wasn't a problem at all. As ever the company who print my silk designs came up trumps. The colours are rich and true, and because the designs are printed using acid dyes (the correct dye for the fibre) the black tones are a dark inky black rather than pale charcoal. So much so that I'll be running down the stock on the panama cotton and replacing it all with printed silk in future as I just can't get this print quality and depth on the cotton.

It also means I've been able to bring back a couple of my favourite designs, the two swans and bamboo as they have solid black backgrounds. Yay!

The designs are now available in my Etsy shop (US dollar), Dawanda (Euro), and of course my own shop (UK sterling).

Which is your favourite?

Forest lights, printed silk clutch bag

Golden lion, printed silk clutch bag

Blue peacock, printed silk clutch bag

black bamboo, printed silk clutch bag

green fern, printed silk clutch bag

Angelica lace, printed silk clutch bag

Blog redesign & shop reopens

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Monday, February 7, 2011 3 comments

Flowerwheel 8x10 photogram photographic art print

Feathered feather, 8x10 photogram photographic art print

My blog has had a spring clean, thanks to Dionne at Studio Chic Design. I've also finally reopened my Etsy print shop Polaroids and Pinholes after an extended break. I was finding it tricky to juggle two Etsy stores but I'm going to give it another go as it was sad to neglect the photography. As well as the traditional darkroom photography techniques, polaroids and pinhole prints, I'm planning on branching out and adding some of my recent cross-processed and iphone pics and I hope this will also feed back into new textile designs.