Saturday, 24 September 2016

4th RedBubble Front Page & New Designs

Yey, been featured on the front page for the 4th time by Redbubble :-).
My Robots in Space design which I just uploaded yesterday is being featured in 'Found'!



I've also just added a shiny big new banner for my shop home! It would be lovely to hear any comments or thoughts on it?



I'm also quite behind on my 'New Designs' and 'Sales' posts. I've had quite a few great sales lately - huge thank yous to all of the lovely people who have bought any of my designs!

And I've added quite a few new designs. Below are some of my latest designs:




If you have bought anything please share photos on social media with the tag CeccaDesigns…
And if there is a design you’d like to see on a particular product (and I've missed it), please let me know!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Front page & Foxy sales

I had my 3rd lovely RedBubble homepage feature earlier this month and it’s created lots of interest in my Fox design ‘Stargazing – Fox in the Night’. A big thank you to RedBubble & Thank you to everyone who has bought something! I’ve sold skirts, bags, t-shirts, throw pillows, tank tops and cards! Not to mention lots of cards and stickers too, thank you!
Here are some of my recent sold things:

I’ve also been uploading lots of new designs but I’ll save them for another day :-).

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Japanese Garden - New pattern

I've entered my first pattern competition!


This pattern is entered for 'The Sprout Patterns Design Challenge' - For a Japanese Garden-themed design to go on their new Asaka Kimono. The winner’s design will be featured in the launch of the new kimono pattern and all top-ten designers get prizes.

If you have a spare few minutes I would love your vote!
You can vote here: www.spoonflower.com/sprout-design-challenge

And see my fabric design here -
www.spoonflower.com/fabric/5309480-japanese-garden-by-cecca

If you haven't heard of it before, Spoonflower is a great site where you can get your designs turned into fabric, wallpaper and wrapping paper. Sprout Patterns is their partner company where you can have any fabric pattern printed into specific pattern pieces for clothing.

I've also listed a few different colourways of the pattern in my RedBubble store, so it's available on a number of lovely items including:



Japanese Garden - Red & Gold Chiffon Top 
Japanese Garden, Blue, Cushion


 Japanese Garden, Blue Chiffon Top


 Japanese Garden, Blue, green and pink Ipad case


Japanese Garden Iphone case

Monday, 14 March 2016

Number 1 on RedBubble for today!

My Poole Quay print is being featured on RedBubble's home page today. And it seems to have the Number 1 spot! Yey! :-) 


They're also doing 20% off today, just use code GIMME20

Check out the home page here -http://www.redbubble.com/found
Or hope straight over to my portfolio page here - http://www.redbubble.com/people/cecca-designs/portfolio


Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Patterns

Since becoming a full time mum (2 yrs ago) I’ve been taking a bit of a break from printmaking but a few months ago I started to find time for a slightly different kind of art. And I quickly became addicted to digital pattern making. As an art form it doesn’t need too much space, or make much mess, or need long periods of time devoted to it. So it is much easier to fit into my life at the moment.
So far I’ve created quite a number of patterns and uploaded some of them to Spoonflower (a fabric/wallpaper site) and some to Redbubble (who do T-Shirts, mugs, phone cases and art prints etc). I’m hoping to develop some pattern collections in the future. And I’m planning to re-imagine some of my linocut print designs as patterns too. 
My Spoonflower shop is here – http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/ceccaI’ve only got 4 designs for sale at the moment but lots more show up if you click ‘Designs not for sale’.
My Redbubble shop is here - http://www.redbubble.com/people/cecca-designs I’ve set up a number of patterns plus a couple of my linocuts and a watercolour on there so far.
Here are a few of my patterns so far:

Elephants (green & blue) 
 Fish (work in progress)
 Natural forms
 Ducks and frogs in the garden (Teal)
Striped Pigs & Ponies (Peach Melba)

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Exhibiting is Important to me

Exhibiting is important to me
I don't wear make up
Or expensive clothes
I don't make speeches
Or fancy prose

I am no writer
I do not act
I no longer dance on tables
Or compete at poker
I use my time

For a single urge
I paint and draw
I design and create
I carve and engrave
Rolling and pressing

Mixing and printing
Drying and aligning
Print and repeat
Select and edition
Mount and frame

A chance arises
A new selection
Frame and string
Package and deliver
Curate and hang

Promotions are tricky
Like speech or performance
What and how to expose
To who
I don't like to ask

I am too English
Can't presume or impose
Take up your time
Request your presence
And now it's too late

The show goes on
I have my share
Of interest and luck
Passers by and holiday makers
But I wish I had been braver

It may not be
The Main Event
The exhibition of a life time
But it is a piece of me
Two years work

In a few years
There will be another
With different work
I will try harder
Next time



Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Dorset Art Weeks 2014

Dorset Art Weeks (DAW) is one of the largest open studio events in the country, with nearly 300 venues showing the work of almost 1000 artists. It starts this Saturday and runs for two weeks until June 8th. I'll be sharing Ruth Oak's studio which is above Poole Printmakers, who are also having an open studio for DAW.

Ruth is a painter and printmaker whose work has a strong element of drawing: "I have always been inspired by landscape, while much of my current work takes inspiration from poetry and works with words, sometimes taking the form of artist’s books. The “vessel” is a subject which frequently emerges in my work and I see it as a symbol of myself, a person making a journey, a life or a view of the world, the self in relation to God, the inner and outer world. It is a personal but also universal symbol to which I hope all can relate. I use a wide variety of painting and printmaking media and techniques"

Ruth has recently been working on a series in wood engravings to illustrate “Step in Anywhere” a book of poems by Jane Wilson. The original engravings will be on display along with the finished book during the open studio.

I will be showing prints and paintings from three main series that I have been working on over the past couple of years. The first is linocuts of Dorset views including Gold Hill, Poole Quay and the Red Arrows flying over Bournemouth pier.
My second theme is illustrative animals, from milkshake drinking monkeys to crocodiles nibbling on cucumber sandwiches. And lastly I will be showing a small selection of the portraits I have painted, many of which were the result of my membership of the inspiring international portrait artist's group JKPP.

Our open studio for Dorset Art Weeks runs 24th May – 8th June 2014, open daily (except Tuesdays) 11am – 5pm. To see details of our venue and all of the others visit the Dorset Art Weeks site.





Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Red Arrows, Bournemouth - The new Dorset Magazine cover


Thrilled to see my linocut 'Red Arrows, Bournemouth' on the cover of the new Dorset Magazine!!
The cover was chosen to promote Dorset Art Weeks which is on 24th May to 8th June. I'll be showing my work alongside Ruth Oaks' beautiful prints and paintings at her studio above Poole Printmaker's studio, we are venue 11 in the DAW brochure or website.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Printer Wonderland!

It's Printer Wonderland at the Red Hot Press this friday evening! Among lots of other great printmaker's work I'll have a load of original prints, cards and handmade sketchbooks for sale and it should be a great event ~

Join us on Friday ...29th November 6:30pm - 9pm at our annual Christmas sale here at Red Hot Press.

Have a glass of mulled wine and see all our lovely handmade wares prints, cards, gifts, books... all made by members of Red Hot Press. We will also be displaying (and selling) the 20:20 2013 print exchange and original works made for the Cowprint Artists' Calendar.

Buy local and handmade this Christmas!

For more info see the Facebook event page -
Some of the prints and cards I'll have for sale:
 





 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Animals in Art

During September and October some of my animal linocuts are part of a great group exhibition at Storm restaurant in Poole. The exhibition features work by six artists with very different styles. Below are examples from some of the artists and a lovely little article that was in last Saturday’s local Echo. Yes, that’s me in the paper, urgh!

 
Egyptian Cat by Linda Sale  ~ http://www.linda-sale-fine-art.com/
 

 
Chicken by Sarah Lou Goy - http://www.pinkspiral.co.uk/
 
 
Dog portraits by Katherine Cromwell - http://www.facebook.com/KatherinesPaintings
 
 




A big thank you to Linda Sale who organises the exhibitions at Storm and to Frances Miles the restaurant owner who does a great job supporting local artists. Also, thanks to Katherine Cromwell for arranging the Echo article! I was also lucky enough to have work on display at Storm last summer, when they were filmed for the series 'Harbour Lives' with Ben Fogle. I know it's not a huge claim to fame but some of my watercolour still-lives were on the walls of the restuarant in a few shots of the series!

More info and shots of the exhibition here - http://stormart.webs.com/


Saturday, 7 September 2013

Poole Printmakers exhibition at Highcliffe Castle

Poole Printmaker’s next exhibition is at Highcliffe Castle from 11th September until 3rd November. There will be over 40 framed prints on display, with even more mounted prints and cards available to buy.

Highcliffe is a beautiful building in a lovely location and on the 18th of September they are having a Heritage open day which means it’s free admission all day (normally £3.25 for adults) and they will be opening later – with last admission at 7.30pm and the doors closing at 8pm.

We are making the most of the open day to hold our Private View which will be from 5:30 to 7:30pm on Wednesday the 18th of September. There will be wine, soft drinks and nibbles and it should be a great evening!
 
 

Friday, 23 August 2013

Red Arrows come to Number 83, Westbourne, Bournemouth

Thrilled to have my Red Arrows linocut in Number 83's fab window display!
They've also taken 4 other framed originals, some mounted prints and some of my new Dorset linocut cards, which have started selling already!
 
Here's a pic of the window and some of the other prints and cards they're now stocking:
 
 
Number 83, Westbourne - Beautiful Red Arrows window display with my framed linocut on the right
 


Poole Quay, original reduction linocut


Happy Cat - Original engraving


Red Arrows, Bournemouth - blank greetings card from my original linocut

 
Gold Hill - blank greetings card from my original linocut
 

Friday, 8 March 2013

Poole Printmakers at the Lighthouse

Poole Printmakers are exhibiting at the Lighthouse in Poole for 6 weeks starting next weekend. And I just managed to get my latest linocut finished in time to go on the poster! It's a reduction linocut and I've kept to almost monochrome colours (which is quite a change for me), but added some small touches of blue and red. You'll be able to see my 'Poole Quay' linocut and the other linocut that I've been working on 'Bournemouth Gardens' at the Lighthouse exhibition.
 
Poole Printmakers Exhibition at Lighthouse, Poole

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Folksy front page!

My Valentine's selection is on the Folksy front page!

Happy Valentines day!

Sunday, 6 January 2013

New Year, new site!

I've discovered Society6, and it's beautiful!
Having tried out a few similar sites in the past, Society6 is a really good-looking, and easy to use site, full of beautiful artwork and a slick range of products.

In their own words:
"The artwork on Society6 is created by hundreds of thousands of artists from around the world.
When you buy a product from Society6, we produce it using only the highest quality materials, and ship it to you on behalf of the artist."

I've decided to start with just a few of my favourite prints to begin with, and try and add a new one once a month... Here is a preview of what's in my store so far:

Happy Cat

Tiger teatime cushion
 
Hello Bear print

To see my new Society6 store, go here

Friday, 23 November 2012

Black Friday & Cyber Monday - Weekend Sale

For Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend I've reduced 12 of my favourite original watercolour paintings by 20%!


Have a look at my sale section for a closer look.
 
AND I'm also offering 10% off your whole order with the code 10OFFBFCM2012.
 
Sale ends on Tuesday 27th Nov.
 
I've also just added a new selection to my range of cards which I'm quite exciting about. Here are some of my favourites:
 
 
 



 
 

You can see all of my individual cards here and all my card and postcard sets here.

 

 

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Craft Coffee Cupcakes - Christmas Fairs!

Craft Coffee and Cupcakes are an exciting new art & craft venture that are coming to Bournemouth this November! They will be at the Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth Gardens on Sunday 11th and 18th of November, and the best in local art, craft and design will be on offer.

The jewellery, clothing, accessories, tasty food, beautiful cards, art and more will be accompanied by a lazy Sunday afternoon feel. The events are being sponsored by local hero’s Jimmy’s Iced Coffee and Lulubelle’s Cakes, who will be providing the 'Coffee and Cupcakes' of the title.

I'll be there on the 18th with a stall full of all my latest original prints and cards, check out my page on the Craft Coffee & Cupcakes website http://craftcoffeecupcakes.co.uk/francesca-whetnall/.

My latest reduction linocut


And I can't wait to have a browse through all of the other fantastic looking stalls! Some of my favourite local artists and crafters will be there too ~

Lisa Berkshire of Cheery Deary - http://craftcoffeecupcakes.co.uk/cheery-deary/

Beautiful mixed media mirror by Lisa Berkshire


Jill & Martin from Jilly Bird - http://craftcoffeecupcakes.co.uk/jilly-bird/

Fab Christmas mug from Jilly Bird


Karen from Print & Repeat - http://craftcoffeecupcakes.co.uk/print-and-repeat/

One of Karen's beautiful prints

Elanor McBay - http://www.elanormcbay.co.uk/hand-made-cards.html

Some of Elanor's crochetted and knitted creations

Craft Coffee and Cupcakes is the baby of Neil and Sarah Leonard. The couple, who together have a wide wealth of experience of craft and design incorporating everything from textiles and print to web and film, are now concentrating on event organising, creating collaborations across the creative sector.




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