Thursday, 5 May 2016

Screen Printed Linen Purses - Jane Foster

I've really enjoyed adding more purses to my existing range this week. All of these are hand screen printed and made by me in my Devon studio - each one has originated from my illustrations. They can be found on my Etsy shop here.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Jane Foster's Vintage Fabrics going on sale! Thursday May 5th

Those of you that have followed me over the past 10 years or so will know that I have loved collecting fabric. I used to make and sell vintage fabric cushions before I started to take my new career more seriously. Gradually, my time has gone over to illustrating and screen printing and I no longer spend hours (and often days!) searching over the internet trying to source the fabrics I like, staying up to some ridiculous hour to win eBay bids buying fabric from countries with a different time zone etc.. I still love fabric but have a new rule with myself - unless I'm going to use it or enjoy it in some way on a daily basis, I cannot keep hoarding it! We moved got our current 60s home nearly 2 years ago now and have only limited wall space for pictures and framed pieces of fabric. (Our previous home a 4 storey town house that was more spacious for displaying more items).It seems a shame that I have a few suit cases full of fabric that I don't get out and enjoy so my life now moves on and I'm going to part with some of them. I've decided to open  'Vintage' shop section in my Etsy shop this coming May 5th at 8pm. I shall be listing very special fabrics from my collection that although hard to part with, I know will go to good homes for others to enjoy. Much of the fabric will be rare Mid Century pieces - all originals (I know some of these have been re-produced in the past few years but mine are all from the 50s and 60s). Here are some snap shots of examples of what I shall be listing  - some yellow Marian Mahler, some Swedish Pythagorus fabric by Sven Markelius
( an original 18 colour screen print!) and some Conran children's fabric. I shall also over the next few weeks be adding some more affordable pieces too for those of you that cannot afford the rarer pieces.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Simply Sewing Magazine Feature - Jane Foster

I'm thrilled to be featured in Simply Sewing Magazine this month - (Issue 16). There's a 4 page feature on me and my work and also a lampshade tutorial from my First Craft Book Fun With Fabric.
Here are some snap shots - it's a great magazine brimming with ideas and projects and is available to buy in WH Smiths and other stores.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Living room makeover in our 60s home - Jane Foster

We moved into our 60s house over a year ago now but hadn't time to renovate the living room until this past week. My partner did the renovations - first he added a wide window sill and tongue and groove cladding under the windows to create a wide shelf (and to also insulate under the windows.) He then painted the floor white with a large roller before we moved all the furniture in again. (Well, not all of it - we wanted it to look more spacious so left a side board out!) Here are some snap shots  -  it's looking very calm at the moment - not my usual style of filling every bit of wall space with all our pictures! I imagine more colour (and clutter!) will creep in gradually.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

B baby magazine - issue 6 Spring 2016 - Colours book giveaway!

It's been a while since I've looked at a baby magazine as my daughter is now 8 but I did however really enjoy receiving this new baby magazine 'B' through my letterbox recently. I loved looking at all the beautiful well designed products and photographs and was extra thrilled to be featured on a few of it's pages shown here below. The current Spring issue 6 has a special feature on the Best of British.
 The magazine are giving away five copies of my new 'Colours' book  - visit their website to enter.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

My day in Porthleven, Cornwall - Jane Foster

My partner and I took a spontaneous trip to Porthleven yesterday. We'd not been there before and once we we there we fell in love with the area and the wonderful light. Here are a few snap shots I took. My heart skipped a beat when we came across a wonderful old guy (who'd lived there all his life) who collects old life buoys and other old fishing bits and bobs. He sold me a few which I've added to my growing collection outside the studio - gives me the feeling of having a coastal garden.
I especially loved the light in Porthleven and all the little cottages, granite Georgian houses and cute little cafes and galleries.

Monday, 4 April 2016

New Bridget Screen Print by Jane Foster

One of the first artists I was immediately drawn to as a child was the Op Art screen prints by Bridget Riley. I still remember them from the Tate when my parents took me and have loved her work ever since. This fun screen print is called Bridget as it's been loosely inspired by her work.
Here are some snap shots - I've printed 4 limited edition prints and have printed some fabric to make into cushions.