When I started offering cards and prints of my embroidery, I got them printed using high quality images I took using my DSLR camera. Since then, I wanted to explore alternative ways of capturing embroidery work, so that the tactile nature of the textile pieces are more faithfully reproduced in print form. During my research, I came across the Cruse fine art flat bed scanner, which is used by museums, such as the Guggenheim and the Vatican Secret Archive, because it is able to produce images far superior to those produced by photography or conventional flat bed scanners. Naturally, I wanted to try it!
Luckily, I found one in the UK, owned by Sally Mitchell Fine Arts Limited. John was kind enough to capture my work using the Cruse scanner and did a great job producing amazingly textured images of my work. You can check out their services here. I received my new cards from the printer yesterday and will be adding new photos to the shop as soon as the sun peeks through.
Since opening my shop in June of 2017, I've had such lovely customers who've been kind enough to leave reviews and share my work with their friends. I'm so grateful to them for supporting my work!
I'm so excited to share with you that we were featured in Soph Talks Science's Christmas Gift Guide for 2018! There are 99 gift ideas for your Science loving friends and family, so take a look here!
I first came across Soph on Instagram. She is close to finishing her PhD in Stem Cell Biology and is a passionate Science communicator. She honestly shares her journey in Science, which you can follow here.
I've had some of my hand embroidery pieces turned into greeting cards. Have a look here! They are printed on heavy paper with a smooth, satin finish. Each card comes with a kraft paper envelope and a cellophane sleeve. The inside is unlaminated, so it's easy to write on.
The Drosophila melanogaster mutants cards include:
Ski wings [Si]
outstretched small eye-outstretched [oso]
There is also a wild type Female.
My latest project for charity was for The Triangle, a community hub in Crystal Palace run by Barnardo's charity for children. The Triangle has a large play area and conference rooms for hire with proceeds going toward their work with vulnerable children.
As part of their Summer programme, they contacted me about making a piece based on the winning designs of their "design a bear" activity and I agreed to take part! I made an embroidery version of the coloured bears and framed it in a green wood, to keep in line with Barnardo's logo colour. Take a peek below!