Tea towels for Autumn fairs - real life and virtual...

Stocked up with a new batch of British Wildlife and Bristol tea towels in these amazing zingy colours - great timing as I have a few dates in the diary for the Autumn in real life and also in virtual life.

I have added them to my ETSY SHOP too if you want to hop over and take a look there - at the moment they are available in Pink, Yellow, Blue, Grey and just a couple of Peach.  Looking forward to seeing which colours are the popular ones this season!  A bright pop of candy pink could be just the thing...

 The Bristol tea towels are going to head off to our local Etsy Pop Up shop this Christmas, but I am sure they will find their way online too before the month is out.


Lino Prints for sale - and Artist Support Pledge news...

Three Foxes at the Disco - lino Print

Lino Prints for Sale

Thanks so much to everyone who has been browsing and buying my lino prints via Etsy and Folksy - it has been fantastic to be able to send them out by using our local Parcel Post Box and know that they are turning up at front doors around the world!  I can't offer any Tracking services at the moment, but everything has made it through so far (with a little patience as shipping times are now longer than we are all used to).

It has been fab to be able to send lino prints directly to people with birthdays or who need a bit of dancing animal cheer too - so I have been writing cards with messages from the sender too...sometimes cryptic, sometimes just really lovely...in a little hand printed card.  What fun.

Artist Support Pledge 

Artists Support Pledge is a great initiative that has been set up recently by Matthew Burrows (mostly on Instagram) which is well worth taking a look at if you are interest in art and craft and want to discover some amazing artists from around the world...and maybe even make a purchase!  I have made a couple...

The idea is to help artists and makers replace the income that is being lost due to the current shut down of art galleries, art fairs, makers markets and also lots of art and craft teaching that artists usually undertake.  Artists pledge works for sale for up to £200 $200 etc and when they have reached £1000 $1000 in sales they pledge to spend £200 $200 themselves on another artists work.  It is creating a small but really dynamic art market and helping lots of creatives get through this tough time.

I have been lucky enough to make sales through the initiative and also therefore some purchases to help other makers navigate this tricky period - really worth taking a look, even if you aren't in position to buy anything as there is some really inspiring work being pledged.


Lino Print postage update

I am still sending out lino prints to wherever they need to go - I am lucky enough to have a Royal Mail Parcel Postbox really close to my house, so I can buy online postage and then feed the into the box - so still sending out lino printed tapirs, dancing dogs and lines of hares ready for birthdays, cheer up post, sprucing up your home office or just because you fancy a golden Pilea in a Pot...

...thanks so much for all recent orders, it has been great fun writing birthday cards on behalf of friends and family and sending them off into the world!


Lino Printing workshop - Bristol - 27/03/2020

Really excited to be hosting another lino printing workshop in my studio space in Bristol - this one is on Friday 27th March - and it is always lots of fun!

Here are the details:
We will try out the different lino cutting tools, materials and different inks in a step by step way so that you can explore the areas you are interested in. These are all provided in the ticket price.
These workshops are perfect for those who have no experience, those who haven’t made art-work since school, artists who would like to try printmaking, or anyone needing a bit of a refresher.
Feel free to bring anything for inspiration (sketchbooks, doodles, photos, etc) but I also have lots of things around that we can use as a starting point.
Tea/coffee, savory nibbles and cakes/biscuits all provided to keep energy levels up!

and here is the link to TICKETS if you fancy coming along


Lino cut print - Wolf Nursery School

Inspired by the wild weather, recent super moon, winds and storms - a little lino print of wolves...

These are the friendly ones though, not the wild beasties of the night - these are the jolly young ones playing at the wolf nursey school!

Trying to achieve wolfish body language in a little lino cut - without making them ferocious and snarling, that is my self imposed lino challenge.


Lots of lino printing events coming up this Spring...

I have just updated my website with some of the lino printing events that I have got coming up and it is a great list!   Take a look below or check them out on my site where all the links are sitting...I might try to fit a few more in too if I get the chance.

Workshop - Sunday 9th Feb - Lino Printing Workshop at We Make Bristol - suitable for all, an introduction to Lino printing using Bristol landmarks as inspiration.  Details HERE
Workshop - Tuesday 11th Feb - Lino Printing beginners workshop at my Studio in Bristol BS3 10.00am - 1.00 pm £30.00 - with snacks and tea/coffee
Try out the tools, make a lino block and print on greetings cards, gift tags, lovely printmaking papers etc - lots of help if needed, no drawing skills needed, just come and play.  Contact me on melaniewickhamlino@gmail.com to book a place/find out more...
Frome Independent - 1st March - I will be with my trusty suitcase, so come and say hello! First Frome Independent of the season...
North Wales Print Fair - Sat 7th March - Really excited to be heading to NORTH WALES PRINT FAIR at MOSTYN - will bring lots of lino prints, come and say 'Hello' - details HERE
Workshop - Sunday 29 March - at We Make Bristol - suitable for all, an introduction to Lino printing using Nature as an inspiration.
Southbank Arts Trail - 16 & 17 May Southbank Arts Trail - My local Arts Trail in BS3 - always a good one!
Manchester Print Fair - 23rd May - Manchester Print Fait at Manchester Cathedral - lots of printy goodness, all day long!
Shopcreative Pop Up Market at Cabot Circus - 30 & 31st May - looking forward to this fun weekend in Bristol, lino prints, tote bags, enamel mugs - I will bring them all...


Lino Printing Workshops 2020

I have started adding a few Spring lino printing workshops to my website - keep an eye out...

They are suitable for beginners, improvers, craft explorers...so come along even if you think you can't draw or if you want to try something new - it is so much fun making your own printing blocks.

Website link is HERE

Feel free to send a message too if you can't make the dates that are listed or have something in mind as a project as I am often able to fit in extra slots at my studio in Bristol for some printy play!