Welcome to Ruby Victoria Letterpress & printmaking

Here you will find photos of all my original hand carved linocut prints and letterpress printing.
A commercial printer by trade a printmaker by choice.
I specialize in original handcarved lino block prints with a bit of letterpress thrown in for good measure.
All printed on antique printing machines with that unmistakable bite into the paper that you can only get with letterpress printing

The work that I do is not created on a computer everything is hand drawn then hand carved out of lino then printed one impression at a time on my tabletop letterpress machine

I do not use polymer which limits me somewhat in regards to type but I love to use traditional methods in my printing that involve handset type and hand carved designs and I think this is what make my work totally Original and Unique to what other people are doing right now and it also meaning everything I make is an original work of art
I love what I do and love to share it with others that are interested


Saturday, January 30, 2010

new on etsy

these little note book have just been added to my etsy store printed on post consumer recycled paper and have 20 blank pages inside , it is all held together with a strong hinged ring so you have hang it from you handbag to keep it close at hand for all the list writers like me and because it is held together with a hinged ring as soon as you have used all the paper you can refill it Cool hu!
You can see them here

Just a reminder The Woodbridge Market is on again tomorrow if you are down that way tomorrow please pop in and say hi, you will be pleasantly surprise at what you will find there.
tomorrow from 10am till 3pm at the Woodbridge Community Hall

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

teacup stack

while at the handmade market last weekend I spent some of my time carving out this new linocut of a lovely decorative stack of teacup .
Anyone that knows me is aware that my life wouldn't be complete without cups of strong tea everyday so it seemed like a good subject for a new linocut.
I am so thrill how this one has turned out, it took me a while and a fair amount of fiddling around but it has been well worth the patience involved.

I have just in the last hour posted this print on my esty store
and I have already sold one in the first 15 minutes wow that is the fasted sale I have every made, thanks to Rosemari of walk in the woods here are some of her links

New prints and other little things will be available at the next Woodbridge market this Sunday if all goes to plan
I hope to see you all there
Narelle x

Monday, January 25, 2010

Etsy top 10

last week was pretty special my Cupcake recipe cards were feature on Timothy Adams Etsy top 10
Take a look at all the other lovely items that made the grade.

This past weeks Top 10 items received so far a total of 1914 + hits and one sale !!!!

{1} Yellow Walkman (sold) {2} 3 Little Ninjas {3} Cellular {4} Key Largo {5} Babe Ruth
{6} Winter Braid {7} Wire TTV {8} Humphrey {9} Tsunami {10} Cupcake

The Etsy Top 10 is now being posted ontimothy's Facebook fan page: HERE (2080+ fans) and on the
Handmade Top 10 Fan page : HERE (1494+fans)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

apricot jam labels

just this moment I have lists these lovely little handcrafted jam labels in my etsy store.
I first created and original drawing then I transfer the drawing to the lino then the carving begins.
After I am happy with the carving I then mount it on to a type high piece of MDF and print it using my Adana tabletop press.
when the main image is completely dry I then set the type and lock in in the forme to put the labels through the machine again one at a time to put the letterpress type on them in this case Apricot jam!
I hope you enjoy looking at these and if you are interested like I mentioned they are now available along with lots of other printed products in my etsy store


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

letterpress love from Table Tonic

Images sources from louise Bells blog ,flickr

The lovely Louise of table tonic has done a rather flattering feature on her blog about myself and my work , you can see it here on her blog http://tabletonic.blogspot.com/2010/01/letterpress-stationary-love.html

Louise is from Sydney NSW, is a self professed Foodie, a Fashionista, a frustrated Interior Decorator, a magazine addict, the wife of an architect, the mother and until recently, the Creative Director of Cosmopolitan, CLEO and Dolly magazine(s).
She now finding and restoring vintage furniture business, check out her blog it is truly lovely. http://tabletonic.blogspot.com/
I wish her all the luck with her new venture .

Thank you Lousie for your kind words
Narelle x

Ruby Victoria featured onTimothy Adams blog

This is very exciting for me, Timothy Adams has my work on his blog !!
This man is a machine on the internet, tirelessly helping people get their creative works seen by millions of people over the net through etsy.com and other outlets online,
check out his blog here http://ow.ly/XT9F
Timothy is a self taught metal artist, and a certified Mig welder from Canton Ohio USA. He started designing modern metal furniture in 2004 and went on to change his business to also designing and making very inspiring jewellery, he sells in galleries, salons all over the US and in his esty store online http://www.etsy.com/shop/TimothyAdamDesigns

Thank you again Timothy x

Thursday, January 14, 2010

seed packets , labels and printing with Ruby

hi everyone, yesterday I finally got stuck into the printing some poppy labels and some seed packet packs , the linocuts were starting to mount up so I thought I'd better get stuck in to some new stuff with a little help from Ruby and Dolly
Ruby Has become quite the little printer actually at the last Woodbridge market she was helping me print my little business tags and when anyone walked past she would stop printing grab a card and say scooossme Lady (rubytalk) would you like a business card ! with a big grin on her face .. now how can anyone say no to an adorable ginning little dot like Ruby when she thrusts a card at you insisting you have one ? She cant wait for the next Market so she can help me again !

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Handmade Hobart is coming & newstuff

The Hand Made Market is almost upon us again and It is going tobe yet another fantastic event. This new market has created quite alot of positive vibe around the artists and crafters that I know for its easy going , friendly atmosphere , open spaced out stalls and beautiful warm natural light that stream into this lovely Hall.

This coming market another great line up of local artisans all hand picked especially for their beautiful work and dedication to their chosen craft.
Here Is the list some have link some why not have a click through and see what you can find I am sure you wont be disappointed.

As the market is looming thick an fast I thought it was about time I got out of the Christmas holiday rut and finally do some carving there in the photo is a poppy bookplate/labels havent decided yet,these will be printing on the Adana letterpress then I will add some type to them.
The other is a little idea I have been tossing around for a while now, these will be seed packets first I will print the lino the add some letterpress type to them , SEEDS into the little plaque and then things like name, date, spacing and planting instructions to finished them off, well something like that I will work it out as I go I guess like I tend to do with most of my work .
I also have some new greeting card and gift tags in the pipeline as well but there aren't any photos of these just yet I am hoping to print them today and with any luck these will also be for sale at the next couple of market.

I would love to see as many people come to the Handmade Market It truly is a wonderful market and all the stall fees are donated to the Mutaho Children's Foundation - the brainchild of a young, local Hobart woman who seeks to teach sustainability skills to AIDs orphans in Kenya.
So please if you are in Hobart on the 23rd -24th please drop in and say hi

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I can completely relate to this right now!

I just thought I would share this fabulous little Doodle from a blog I found called Food & Doodles http://foodanddoodles.blogspot.com/

I am at about the little dude at number 5 there are just time when as an artist/creative soul you just have so many wonderful ideas and plans and they just don't stop and it can make you feel a bit like you are getting over run and over whelmed by it all.
Mind you I wouldn't want to be any other kind of person I like having lots of ideas and plans going on and dreaming of realising a few of them is a wonderful thing.

Dreams are where wonderful things start from!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Woodbridge country Market

That's right another Woodbridge Market this coming Sunday.
we enjoyed it so much we are going back again!
It is just the most lovely little country market, stall holders were very friendly of us, the new comers from outta town and the customer were many and varied, I have to admit I was surprise at the amount of people that visited the market and food that the ladys in the cafe make is outstanding the Caesar salad was awesome.
So If you arent doing anything this sunday why not take a drive out to the very pictureque woodbridge and come say hello .

woodbridge community Hall
Channel highway
sunday 17th jan 2010
11am till 3.30pm

Friday, January 8, 2010

I love Good news and Suprises!

I received the most wonderful convo on etsy yesterday it was from a lady who is putting a book together for Rockport Publishers in New York City no less! , entitled 1,000 More Greetings.

She found me while looking through all the thousands etsy stores and contacted me to put in a submission pronto if I wanted to be part of the book as the closing dated was NOW !

The book looks to be a very swish publication and a seriously great reference book for paper artist of any kind this one will be from what I can see the 3rd issue of this type, go check them out here Amazon.com: 1,000 Handmade Greetings: Creative Cards and Clever Correspondence (9781592534739): Laura McFadden, Deborah Baskin: Books definitely worth a look.
The books will include everything from cards to invitations to posters and announcements from designed and makers from all over the world .

I am positively thrilled to be asked to contribute.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Shared studio space expressions of Interest

Hi everyone
I have decided it is time for Ruby Victoria letterpress & printmaking to expand and move out of the home and into a studio space this means more room for my bigger machines, room to hold workshops and space for people to visit and experience how print was once done.

This also means that I will have space to offer to other creative people situated in a very high traffic area with the potential for lots of exposure and sales.

I have also got plans to hold a handmade market on the site in the warmer months, hold exhibitions and art sales there are endless possibilities.

I would love to offer this opportunity to others that are looking for studio space and have something unique and handmade to offer.

Right now I am just looking for expressions of interest so if you are looking for a site and you think you might be what I am looking for send me your details, your blog or website if you have one and we can go from there

I look forward to seeing who is out there

kindest regards
Narelle x

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The woodbridge Market

The first market of the year for Ruby Victoria Letterpress has turned out to be at the Woodbridge Hall
Sunday the 3rd January
11am till 3 or 4pm .

Tomorrow will be the first time that I have attended this market with my Ruby Victoria letterpress printing but I have been thinking about it for some time now and after seeing the signs today on the way into Hobart I thought ...... why not !
So if you are down that way tomorrow drop in and say hi and be sure to let me know you found out about the market from my blog, I love meeting people off blogspot.

Above Photo was borrowed from fellow blogger http://www.vintagehouseholdtas.blogspot.com/