I love the turn of a new season here at Little Beach Boutique - it is the perfect opportunity to source new ranges so we can offer something unseen to our returning visitors and a fresh look for first time shoppers.
While I have one eye on Christmas gifts and stocking fillers (I know, I said the C word, sorry), I am always seeking collections which will surpass seasonal changes and become a feature of what we are best known for - supporting local and British makers, artists and designers.
In September I met Jo from Lucky Lobster Art. She produces stylish and colourful lino prints in her studio in Hertfordshire. She is passionate about lino printing, which started with a lino cutting kit as a birthday gift. Her first design (my favourite) is the 'You Are My Lobster' print, which she made as a gift for her husband - and Lucky Lobster Art was born.
Since then, she has developed a range of prints from her unique designs which are quirky, colourful and perfect for anyone from dog lovers to beach combers, and add a touch of sentiment and humour to a beautiful piece of art.
Lino printing begins as a pencil drawing. The image is transferred onto lino and is carved out to leave the image behind. Using ink, Jo transfers the image onto paper and creates a collage effect by finishing each piece with watercolours.
I was immediately drawn to her dog prints - this one reads 'You're back! I'm so so happy!'
I also love this cheerful goldfish lino cut, featuring a single red fish going the other way in a tide of blue. It is called 'Be Unique'.
The bold carving that produces the wave and water details on this 'Sail Away' print are one of the reasons lino cutting is so striking - the boat image is almost three-dimentional in effect.
All these prints are now available to buy in styish white frames, handmade in West Yorkshire specifically for them. You can find them here - https://littlebeachboutique.com/collections/art-prints?page=1
Meanwhile, I hope the new season is treating you well as the temperature starts to drop and the evenings draw in. Watch this space for new products arriving almost daily!
Bye for now,