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


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Lace & Bark, new stockist for Ruby Victoria

I am very Proud to announce that Lace & Bark in Nundah Brisbane Qld are now stocking Ruby Victoria letterpress & printmaking prints & stationery.

Lace and Bark is the home of award winning original timber furniture and gorgeous Australian homewares, sourced from all corners of our vast and beautiful country.

Lace and Bark is the ultimate source of stylish, sophisticated and quality furnishings. From contemporary to classic; furniture styled for your home. Easy ambience….fresh, innovative, distinctive

the lovely Daniele,the owner of Lace & Bark has done a little blog post here about Ruby V. why not go check it out here http://laceandbark.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

2 more Etsy treasuries

Wow I feel very lucky to have recieved another 2 treasuries in as many days thankyou to Wiccked & Redeemdesigns for including me in your lovely selections

Monday, March 29, 2010

East side Makers Market

The inagural Eatside Makers Market was on yesterday and we had a fantastic day meeting all our new customers on the otherside of the Derwent and all the new and regular market crowd .
The venue was perfct so big and light and stalls were spaced out so we all had plenty of room to move.
This time I was lucky enough to be placed next to the Arkmetal guys.Pig & his mate brad together make the most mind blowing creations out of found metal objects and put them together using welders and drills and all matter of wonderfully dangerous power tools.
I particularily like the candle arboura made out of a huge Valiant manifold and Pigs very beautiful little mirrors and to top it off these guy are funny as ! do yourself a favour and have a look at their blog here ,very inspiring stuff.

Anyway I had a great day but I must say I was very happy to get home and just zonk after a very busy and tiring weekend of markets

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Mathildas market a huge sucess !

Ruby Victoria Letterpress & Printmaking (aka Me)

The very talented Isis with her upcycled journals

The most beautiful dresses I have ever seen

Little snorings stall

Mathildas market was here today and what a lovely day it was too
There has been a buzz around Hobart for months about Mathildas coming to Tasmania and from what I could see customers were not disappointed.
There was a steady flow of parents & grandparent with their little ones tagging along all day so the times flew by and before we knew it it was all over and time to pack up and go home .
I would like to thank the Mathildas market organisers for giving Hobart a chance to shine and be part of their very exciting national market place for kids and their parents and I look forward to Mathilda's return later in the year

Thursday, March 25, 2010

beautiful things

After printing my babushka dolls I have decided it is time to do something different something a little different, something a little loftier and stunning colour wise.
I have always loved peacocks and I was thinking yesterday that a peacock would be an idea subject for my next screen printing project so yesterday in between printing, packing and amusing Ruby Galooby I did this very quick drawing to work from when I wasn't so busy.
I always find it amusing that most of my best design ideas seem to pop up when I am incredible busy and don't have time to think to much about them, in hindsight this is probably a good thing as it make me have to quickly draw thinks out so that I don't forget them and I end up with very spontaneous scrawly drawings that I actually really like .
I would really like to keep the spontaneity of the original drawing in this print so I am going to have to have a bit of a play with how I make the final screen that will pull all the other colours together so it is going to be interesting to see how it all turns out

I would love some feedback on this new project if anyone would like to share


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Etsy treasuries

woke up this morning to my surprise over night I had been included in not 1 but two treasuries .
how exciting ! I especially love the retro kitchen treasury
I can never seem to snare a treasury of my own they have proven to be a bit elusive to me and I have given up trying now but I am very sure they would be alot of fun making maybe one day I will try again

Thank you to Carrie & Tracy for including my work you can find their etsy stores carriedawaybags & here rubyspiritdesigns

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

And the winner is .....................





Monday, March 22, 2010


Does anyone know where I might be able to find a good range of quills envelopes in Hobart
My usual suppler Office works it seems has started cutting back on envelope stocks and aren't actually getting as many colour as before and only getting a minimum of each colour at a time I can't believe it aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
I have tried looking at the Quills website but I can't find the envelope section, could it be they arent making them any more? surely not !

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Handmade Hobart yesterday

I think everyone had a positive day at the market yesterday some familiar faces and new one saying hello
It looked like rain at the beginning of the day but luckily the rain blew over and just left us with a few big gusts of wind that almost created a Dorothy moment for me a couple of time with the new gazebo so I quickly tied it all down nice and secure.I have to admit I really liked having the stalls outside this time around, lots of fresh air and natural sunlight and with all the gazebos that people bought along it actually looked fantastic we even had room for more people to have stalls as we set up in the much larger space at the St Marys Basketball courts.

I hope the ladies at the handmade market will consider taking the stalls outside on a more regular basis in the warmer months it just give the whole thing a much nicer feel I think, but this is just my opinion, I seemed to feel less tired at the end of the day yesterday than when I have done all the other indoor markets ,.anyway I had a lovely day sitting in my new gazebo out of the wind carving my new linos for Mathildas this coming weekend and chatting to people.
This little guy in the photo was creating alot of interest yesterday as I was carving him out, so I thought I'd add a photo here of the finished print Ithink I will print him in red also, what do you all think ?

Friday, March 19, 2010

recipe cards have been given a face lift

From this

To this.....

I decided to give my recipe cards a little bit of a face lift
first I changed the type to something a little less heavy and lighter in colour made the edges of the cards a bit more elegant and changed the plain white cotton string to a much nicer blue & white candy strip cotton twine then package in a cellophane bag to protect them
I think with just these few little tweeks to their appearance and these look so much more inviting
what do you all think ?
If you would like to purchase a pack they are available in my Madeit store here

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pretty little envelopes & business cards

This week has been pretty much taken up with getting rid of the last remaning bit of a very yucky flu, a trip to launceston, filling wholesale orders, returning lots of emails from people I dont know printing business cards ( see photo) and with getting ready for upcoming market.
I have 4 market in the next 3 weeks and I guess it doesnt sound all that scary but I as usual I am doing cartwheels in my mind like that song on the muppets, sang by a funny little blue monster with spining legs, anyway Mathildas has turned out to be the biggest worry as I am not really known for my children orientated wares and I have felt obligate to come up with some new stuff to fill that gap enter my new upcycled envelopes that I have been making out of little golden books I have been buying from the Vinnies stores and I think I have kind of fallen in love with themall over again especially the ones that were printing in the 1960s, the Illustrations are just so beautiful and the paper they are printed on is heavier weight than is used now, even the binding is stronger and better quality I guess it is just a sign of the times .

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A celebratory Give Away

I thought it would be fitting to have a little give away to celebrate my first groups exhibition inclusion at the Mill Providore titled EAT THE VIEW
I am one of 20 hand picked artists chose from all over Australia to exhibit at this special
re opening of the Gallery and to celebrate I would like to offer one of my very popular red teacup stack prints that will be hung at the Gallery from the 28th of March till the 6th of May

To be in the running to win one of these prints
you have to be a follower of my blog and you need leave a comment on this post

If you know of anyone else that might be interested in this give away please let them know about it and where to find me here

Entries are open till 7 pm 23rd March 2010 after which I will pull the winner out of a hat

Good luck

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Handmade Hobart
Saturday 20th March

(please note that our March Market is one day only)
10am till 3pm
Next to St Peter's Hall
Harrington Street, Hobart

It's on again Handmade Hobart market, but a little different this time around all the stall holders will be outside in the adjacent netball court to make way to the polling booths for next weekends State Election.

This Market is going to be a super dooper one as there will be more room for more stalls and there will even be a sausage sizzle. Now who can resist a good snag & onion off the barbie.
So if you will be voting at St peters Hall on the corner of Harrington & Brisbane street Hobart next weekend make sure you come over and say hi

Saturday, March 13, 2010

My beautiful Babies

These are my two beautiful babies Christopher & Ruby most of you that visit here would have seen Ruby on my blog but you might have missed my son Christoper in past posts.
These photos were taken today at City Park in Launceston, we did a quick trip to launceston to drop some work off at The Mill Providore & Gallery and then went to the Park for some Lunch and to let the kids have a run around and a ride on the train.

My printmaking collection, No.2 Mariann Johansen-Ellis

Mariann Johansen-Ellis , this amazing lady is the 2nd in my list of artists /printmakers that I adore and am seriously proud to say I have one of her gorgeous prints in my collection.
She lives between Singapore and Spain & my teacup prints will be jetting off to live in Marianns kitchen in Spain ,how nice for them.

A couple of weeks ago I recieved a convo from marianne on Etsy asking if I would be interested in doing a swap with her one of my prints for one of her, I jumped at this right away I have been a fan of Marianne work for sometime and was thrilled that she like my work as much as I liked her.

Mariann creates some of the most beautiful etching and other prints on etsy
Wonderous, Whimsical, Fun, Interesting and just plain Beautiful .

I print that I chose was The daisy tree, this print really spoke to me on a personal level and i wanted it as a reminder of how different my life has become in a more positive way.

I am sure you will love Marianns work as much as I do

You can find her here
and here

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A new print for Mathilda's

Hi everyone I would love some feedback on colours for this one I am planning on printing them on a larger piece of paper and then offer personalised baby details letterpressed on the bottom.
Something like baby's name ,date of birth, weight & length that sort of thing.
If anyone has and ideas of colours that will look great together please leave a message with your ideas

Mathilda Market preparations

well its less than a month now before the Mathildas market lands on our shores for the first time in Tasmania and I thought I would share some of what I have instore for the big day .

Because Mathildas Market cater mostly for the little people I thought it best to come up with some more little people friendly images, I hope everyone likes them and I will post some more pics once I have gotten around to printing them.
I know very slack in deed but I have been very Ill the last week or so and have only just gotten back into the swing of it so fingers crossed I will be ready .

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My printmaking collection, No.1 Alfred Stark

I thought I would share some of my Favourite artists that I have found on etsy and have either bought prints of or done swaps with.
These amazing woodblock prints are from the extremely talented Illinois artist Al Stark I first came across Als work on etsy and instantly wanted to own at least one of his incredible works .
You can find his etsy store here http://www.etsy.com/shop/alfredstark

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Mill Providore Gallery reopening in Launceston

I have had some wonderful things happen to me this year already but I would never have thought in a million years that I would receive an email asking if I would like to be one of the Artist to show at the reopening exhibition at the Mill Providore Gallery, formerly Ritchies mill gallery.

Way back when I was still studying Art I would take trips to Launceston alot to visit all the Galleries and artist co ops around Launceston and Ritchies was one of my favourites,
I remember thinking to myself way back then, one day I want to have work here but I thought it would never be, looks like I was wrong !

This gallery has hung work by some of my favourite Tasmanian & Australian artists, one that is still vivid in my mine it John Worseley he was doing an artist in residence stint at the Mill. it was wonderful meet & talk to him about his work it was very exciting to me to see him work.
So this is a real dream come true for me to have my work hung in a space where Kit Hiller, Ray Arnold & Tom Samek have been hung.

The exhibition will open at 3pm on Sunday the 28th of March and will run until the 6th of May

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

personalised note card packs

I am really happy with how these turned out, a very simple idea and design but it works perfectly. The lead type just love the recycled card and leaves a lovely impression that you can only achieve with letterpress printing

The note cards in the photos were printed for a local lady as a gift for friends but would be equally good as a thank you gift at weddings and other special events.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Keeping Busy

personalised note cards with matching envelopes
with letterpress type address printed red on the back

Coaster tags for Railway Street Clothing on www.madeit.com
Letterpress type on one side linocut business monogram on the other side

I thought I would share a few little things I have been up to lately in photo rather than in words , as right now I am battling a chest infection and I don't really feel like doing much of anything but as we all know life must go on and we have to keep up with everyday stuff that isn't going to just do themselves
so here are the photos hope you enjoy them
Cough cough wheeze splat!
Narelle x