Talented illustrator and print maker Ellie Hodesdon set up East End Press, a creative screen-printing studio in the east side of Glasgow. We love Ellie's products so much that we now stock a selection of her decorations, prints and clocks on our website.
Fi caught up with Ellie and chatted about all things screen-printing and her inspiration behind East End Press:
What inspired you to start East End Press?
I've always loved printing and making and drawing and a few years ago I returned from a couple of years living abroad and had no job so printed some Christmas cards for a small pop up shop. They went down well so I started making and printing more things and thinking about how I could make a living doing what I love. That was two years ago and since then East End Press has grown and become what it is now.
Which challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
Initially it was having the confidence to know I could support myself fully through my craft. Keeping going in the early days was tough. More recently it has been balancing work with having a life outside of the studio- I am reaching the point where I can't keep making and printing everything myself but don't feel in a position or brave enough to expand the business. It's a challenge I can face in 2017 I think!
What is a typical day like for you?
It depends! Printing days involve starting early and wearing my most disgusting clothes as I know I will be covered in paint. Other days may be a bit more relaxed- I have a short concentration span and tend to flit between jobs rather than focussing on one thing at a time but I always start each day with a to do list and am lost without it!
Can you tell us a little bit about the screen printing process?
Screen printing is essentially creating a stencil on a mesh screen that you print through using a rubber blade. The stencil can be created from cut paper or vinyl or exposed on the screen using a process similar to dark room photography, with negatives of the printed area being exposed onto the screens surface. Each colour is printed as a separate layer from a different stencil, meaning generally screen prints are created from a few colours with no tone, just flat blocks of colour.
We are both colour lovers - what do you think it is that makes you love colour so much?
I have always loved bright colours and I think growing up in a colourful house started my obsession! I think colours can express so much, I don't understand why anyone would not love colour! Colour makes me feel happy and inspired.
Find out more about East End Press here - http://www.eastendpress.com