I was really pleased recently when I happened across the Textile Forum (textileforum.org.uk) and noticed that one of my favourite customers, Jodie Ellis, was currently their featured artist, with an installation at One Marylebone (pictured right). Jodie was one of our first customers, and always sends something interesting for printing. So we asked her to write an article for us, and here it is. Thanks Jodie!
Many years ago I trained as a Textile Designer in New Zealand. Back then screen printing was the only production fabric printing available and jobs were almost non-existent in the Textile Industry.
Although I was a carpet designer for three years, after that I worked in offices for many years, travelling and working around the world until I ended up in the UK. I have always had an insatiable
need to know every textile technique there is and love learning and teaching myself new skills.
Fast forward to a holiday workshop in France – my ears pricked up when the American participants were talking enthusiastically about how they were sending digital fabric designs off to a website to be printed. On my return to the UK I decided to investigate and soon found Lacuna (then Liberty) Press online. To my absolute astonishment my first digitally printed textile (above) arrived on my doormat the very next day!
As a recent Fine Art graduate, my work still involves textiles although in a more sculptural form. But every so often I feel the need for a fabric print, or see or think of a great idea for a printed fabric and that’s when an order is despatched to Lacuna Press and I excitedly await the post arriving. Printing and designing fabrics is so much more accessible and sophisticated now, and my selftaught
skills in Photoshop open up so many avenues for exploration and experimentation.
I love Lacuna Press for being so quick, friendly and helpful and happy to take small scale orders – it opens up such a world of textile printing possibilities – it’s absolutely light years away from messy screen printing!