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:

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  • 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!

 

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  • 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.

 

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Find out more about East End Press here  - http://www.eastendpress.com