Friday, 27 July 2012

Now Open

The electronic ribbon has been cut and my Etsy shop is now Open! Go over and check out a selection of products that I have available, with more cushions to be added over the weekend! I am available to do commissioned cushions upon request and feedback on the shop is always welcome.

Thursday, 26 July 2012


Jennifer Babey Etsy Shop opens FRIDAY 27TH JULY!!
That's tomorrow folks, so watch out closely for links to the shop. There will be typography and there will be screen prints from my early stages of experimentation(but only the best bits of course!!).

Monday, 16 July 2012

Hinge Clamp

 With my pursuits in trying some screen printing, I have made my own printing set up, with use of a pair of hinge clamps and plywood.

I was also playing with screen printing a new logo.. I moved the screen again(which shouldn't be a problem anymore) hence a shadow on this first print.

Larmer Tree

 I have just returned from a great weekend of mud covered fun at Larmer Tree Festival, just south of Salisbury. I applied as a volunteer and worked in shifts in the Adult Workshop tent, where people could come and be creative, with the guidance from a collection of various artists over the whole weekend.

 On arrival Friday morning, I was greeted with the inevitable slurry of mud, which I was thankfully well prepared for. My weekend, aside from working, consisted of taking in as much music, comedy, street theatre and art. I even managed to do an hour of Charleston dancing (a dream come true) as well as watch Jaws as part of Mark Kermodes Larmer Film Club- a great treat.

Pics from the creative Adult workshops:
 Bath Bombs being created (I made one myself before I left)

Flower Corsage workshop

 Mad Hatters Felt Party ready to roll..
 Mad Hatters Felt Party in full swing, with lovely bunting to brighten the tent up!
Peacock from twine, with feathers made by festival goers.
Pics from Street Performers:

 3-Piece Sweet by Small Pond Theatre.
Hilarious due who pulled up near the Adult Workshops(the tent in the background).
 DJ Ceril and The NanaMuffins bynThe Bureau of Random Acts.
A crowd pleasing act which got everyone dancing to their grooves.
 Strong man lifting weights as part of Le Navet Bete group who took various potions to entertain the crowd.
 The crowd from our tent.
 Big Rory and Orchie by Surreal McCoy. A lovable dog, who urinated on the crowd as he led down and let us rub his belly!

Pics from around the festival:
 Main Stage left and Garden stage right.

 Tea Bus
 The Happy Tree
 Dream catchers that were made in the workshops on Friday

Other noteworthy people I saw:
Singers Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou
French comedian Marcel Lucont, who crowd surfed past me after taking part in The Horne Section- A musical comedy band.
Beth Porter and the Availables- A fantastic of arrangement that comprises of musicians who are available to be a part of the band.
Fun and energetic Police Dog Hogan, who sung about Shitty White Wine to a family crowd at 11am
Mali couple Amadou & Mariam, who are both blind and put on a great show.
 Swing Zazou, who had a tent dancing away to their set.

There was so much great music, enough swing and dance to get anybody dancing about.

See you again soon Larmer Tree!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Gweekend Away

Belated and a bit off track, but I wanted to share the beauty of a little trip I went on a few weeks ago just before I exhibited in Birmingham. My boyfriend wanted to get away for his birthday weekend, and not one to say no to an adventure, we ventured off to the coast of Cornwall. We stayed in a great little B&B called The Snug in a harbour village called Gweek and on our first night we got to experience the outdoor theatre near Penzance, the Minack Theatre. We spent the rest of the weekend driving to St. Ives, Falmouth as well as Tintagel on our way home. 

 Minack Theatre- From the top looking down towards the seating and stage.
 View from the second row to the very unique stage.
 Left side of the stage

 An amazing vintage boutique in St. Ives. We wanted to buy a lot of the stock.
 Tintagel beach area
 More beach and lovely skies.

Cornwall is such a pretty county and we hope to adventure there again in the future and maybe do some body boarding/surfing.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Happy 2 B Sad

I have blogged about Natalya before(have a peek here), but I wanted to blog about her again as I adore her work! Her simple text and illustration designs are empowered by her great sense of humour. The image I have discovered today involves a bit of feminism (of course) but go have a look at her fabulous collection of illustrations at her tumblr Happy 2 B Sad

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

 I have continued my screen printing escapades this afternoon with a template I cut out in preparation. I used my new frame and squeegee and created this type based design and this pretty pastel fabric.The greatness about screen printing is how easy it is and like so many creative techniques, how creative you can be with it!

 Two attempts with the design.
The design
The first attempt, I moved the screen(Bad Jenny), which created the lighter shadow. Also, I learnt about the right quantity of ink and the pressure you need to apply.

Another spontaneous small tester which I did using mesh with the hoop. The white paint I used was some Dylon fabric paint that I have and worked just as well as the screen ink. I might try and use some of my fabric paints up first before purchasing more screen printing inks just yet..

Spontaneous design, where I first choice white to create a background on the fabric, then I used small cut out triangles from scrap paper randomly dispersed on the dried ink and printing the purple over the top. Voila!
 Details- I love the colour contrast and how bold the design is.

Very happy, and will keep at it!

Screen Printing

Having found a great basic guide to screen printing and having been fascinated by it for years, I have finally begun screen printing!! (see previous blogpost here)
I have previously tried screen printing at home using a very basic technique which includes an embroidery hoop and a pair of unwanted tights. Having rekindled my passion and urge to screen print, I retried using this simple technique.

 Equipment for basic home screen printing:
scissors, PVA, ink, old tights, fabric, embroidery hoop, pen and sturdy card(for squeegee).
The results. To create the quick and cheap technique, take a big enough piece of the tights and stretch them in the embroidery hoop. Draw the design on the tights and use the PVA to paint in the negative space. Wait for the PVA and to dry and pop it on designated fabric and use a sturdy piece of card to bring the ink from top to bottom over the design. Quick, cheap and easy.
Flower print
Flowers and buttons
Close up of button design.

Already today, having received my squeegee and 43T mesh, I have crack on with testing out the mesh.

Firstly, I have decided to use the hoops again, to make the mesh taut as I am still working on a bigger design for the newly large screen I have made!

Equipment for screen.
 Stencils and templates for the designs before inking up.
 Using the mesh in the hoop.
The results, including ink seeping onto book was using as backing.

Purple on green

 Purple on floral

 The ink that seeped through and onto my book.

More to come soon..