Thursday 29 June 2017

Charlotte's Garden production day

Yesterday was production day at the factory for my new Charlotte's Garden wallpaper. 

I'm always a bit awestruck by the huge machine that it is printed on.

We watched as the deep blue ink was siphoned out of the huge buckets and into the trough with my gravure cylinder in it.

It winds through the machine so fast 

and ends upon this huge 150 metre long roll.

I love the suction wall which holds the paper while you check that the design/colour is working. It's always the first moment of seeing it over a large expanse at the proper scale.

So I have my three colours...

The green is called 'Heath'..

The soft grey is called 'Mist'.

and the blue is called 'Inkwell'.

They are currently being packed and labeled and rolls will be available after the 15th July.

Samples will be available on my website right now.

I'm as happy as this printing machine :)

Thursday 15 June 2017

Charlotte's Garden colour day

Yesterday we went to the wallpaper factory to colour test my Charlotte's Garden design. 

My papers are printed with a gravure cylinder which is where the design is etched into metal. 

It's always lovely to see these cylinders. They are works of art in themselves.

This is Shane, our colourist, hiding behind the print machine. He also worked on the colours for Paper Meadow so it was nice to work with him again.

Ahead of time I give him some rough ideas of what I would like to achieve with my colours and on arrival we are greeted with a few first go's as a jumping off point.

Throughout the course of the day we gradually refine the colours. A little warmer, cooler, greyer, dirtier, brighter, up, down, thicker or thinner.

It's incredible as all the colours are mixed by hand. A squeeze of yellow, a squeeze of blue, a blob of red. he is highly skilled and can find the colours you want just by showing him a photo or a paint chip.

The colours are mixed in paper cups

and the ones we like are diligently stored and recorded on these test cards.

I wanted to find a rich green like the ones used on all the Bronte Parsonage products so we played around with that first.

My Mum had the idea of creating a blue, like you find on cyanotypes ( I made some years ago using the same fritillary motif) and we refined that until we found a blue which I loved. It has a cyanotype feel with all the silhouettes in different tonal varieties. It was my favourite of the day. I'm going to call it 'Inkwell'. It is Bronte inspired after all.

Then I wanted to create a soft mid grey and we spent a lot of time experimenting with that playing with the subtleties of different greys.

We also hit upon a much softer green which still fits in with the Bronte products but is much softer on the eye.

By late afternoon I had found the three colours that I set out to find but with some time left to spare we experimented with some yellows too.

I really like the yellow and I love how it sits with the grey and the blue but I'm not sure I will take it to print.

I'm very excited to go back to the factory for the print day on the 28th June. 

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