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, December 24, 2011

Not one for Christmas carols

I saw this clip of Annie Lennox on Rage this morning and felt compelled to share it. 
a beautiful dark rendition of this classic Christmas carol of which on Annie lennox could produce. 
The clip is especially beautiful in my eyes, if I were to be a film direct this is the kind of clip I would like to make .


Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas thanks

 Christmas Decorations made by naradesign using my printed fabrics

 I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all my lovely customers who have come along to all the markets or found me while browsing the internet .
 Also a big thank you to the all the retailers that have helped make 2011 such a happy and successful year for me.
 I am looking forward to working and sharing lots of new product with you all  in the coming year.  

 2011 saw Ruby Victoria Letterpress & Printmaking grow from a little business that was run from my kitchen table to a studio based workshop in Battery Point which was a huge step for me but a step that I was very happy to make. and so was my husband :)
In the coming year I am hoping to be a little more organised and I will be holding workshop, teaching basic lino carving and printing to small groups this will be another big step for me but I believe it is where my work has been heading for some time and I have just been to chicken to just jump in and do it , but with the encouragement of some of my beautiful creative friends, I have decided to tentatively take the plunge.
I also have some exciting collaborations in the pipeline with a couple of lovely mainland businesses that I am very proud to be working with, one a florist and the other a food importer, it feels wonderful to be going into the new year with work waiting for me to get stuck into.

I will also be take part in a group exhibition at Rebecca Roth gallery  along with Grace Garton, Shane Garton, Elizabeth Barsham and a few other local artists, it is going to be a very interesting show and I am very proud to be exhibiting along side these amazingly talented artists more about this when the time of the exhibition draws nearer just think Autumn symphony :) 

bespoke zine on facebook

 Just one other thing I would like to share with you before sign off  Anna Pateman and I collaborated on a project to raise fund cancer research  earlier this year as part of  an auction over Facebook and to our delight we were asked to contribute a story for Bespoke zine about artist collaborations. Anna's photos look fantastic and Bespoke zine is always a good read and great value at on $10.00 an Issue 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

ICNUSSA Italian fine food imports and Ruby Victoria team up this Christmas

Icnussa Christmas hampers with my letterpress/linocut gift tags
 I am really really proud to announce that Icnussa Imports in Sydney are using a selection of my letterpress and linocut gift tags on their Christmas Hampers this year

Christmas hampers with red flora tags

ICNUSSA IMPORTS - offer quality fine food from Italy, specialising in products from Sardinia.
As some of you may know I have a connection with Italy  and its food through my husband that is Italian and a Chef , he is always telling me how great Italian food is.
Another beautifully presented hamper with a black flora gift tags
So this was an extra special surprise and a great privileged to have my printed gift tags adorning ICNUSSA beautiful products just check out the list of product they offer 
Di Sardegna (Sardinia)
Tanda & Spada (Sardinia)

Olio Sardegna (Sardinia)

Antonella (Sardinia)

BOTTARGA (Sardinian caviar)
Smeralda - Bottarga Sardegna (Sardinia)

PANE CARASAU (Sardinian bread - Carta Di Musica)

Podda (Sardinia)

Salumi Australia

Rau (Sardinia)

SAFFRON (Zafferano)
Monreale - San Gavino (Sardinia)
Karalis (Sardinia)
Mazzer Grinders

Mirto (Sardinia)
Limoncello (Sardinia)

Cantina Di Monserrato (Sardinia)
Gostolai (Sardinia)
Cantina Del Vermentino (Sardinia)

Ichnusa (Sardinia)
Smeraldina - sparkling and natural mineral water (Sardinia)
Abbondio - vintage gourmet soft drinks

 if you are interested in ordering any of their amazing products please follow the links to their webpage where you can order from their online store or you can just give them a call.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Published book of studio images

Just for a bit of fun I decided to make a book of some of the images, I have taken on my printing journey of the past couple of years.
Check it out and tell me what you think !

you can have a flick through by following this link http://www.blurb.com/my/book

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Designed; made this Sunday


Plus there will be loads of other great Tasmanian made and designed products available to purchase in time for Christmas.

I am very very proud to be part of this fabulous market please come along and support some of the best Artists and Crafts people in Tasmania 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Cheer at Rebecca Roth gallery

For the next couple of week Grace Garton  Aka little black crow and I  will be taking over the front window at Rebecca Roths gallery at the Salamanca Art centre,

 bringing some handmade Christmas Cheer to the shop front Grace has been busy knitting little Christmas decorations and I have printed up some lovely long Christmas garland and gift tags.

one of Graces creations 

Pop in and see Bec at the gallery she has a fantastic selection of jewellery and art works by Tasmanian artists.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Christmas at the Barn

That's right I am off to the Barn market again this weekend over on the Eastern shore just before the eastlands shopping complex on your left hand side of the road
for their big Christmas Shindig!
It's going to be huge, bbq and face painting for the kids,  loads of  handmade Christmas pressies to be spotted and bought.
I hope to see lots of people there I will have my stall outside this time in one of the gazebos just before you wander in to the actual barn so please pop by and say hello 


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Christmas Niche Market home and hosed

Here are some of my favorites from this weekends Niche all wrapped up Christmas market,  I hope you enjoy the photos
feltjob - Darren & his daughter neddle felting

Samspiration - felt creations


Pilli pala pieces

Isis made


honey Tasmania

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Christmas Niche here we come

letterpress mini tags ready for making in to mini Christmas decorations /bunting

 We will be packing our bags & getting eveything organised for our trip up the launceston for this years Niche market at the tramsheds at Inveresk next door to the art gallery and art school.
I am very excited to be back at Niche after so long and I am looking forward to seeing all my friends from launceston who will also be selling their Handmade product. 
larger coaster card Christmas decorations/bunting strung up and ready for sale
Please come along and see if you can find something beautiful and handmade for Christmas pressies this year, the quality of the products are second to none and many of the makers are fast become quite well known around Australia & internationally for their fabulous designs and products.

I hope to see you there

Thursday, November 10, 2011

beautiful people and treasures

today has been full of beautiful things and people
Today Ruby and I took a trip out to Richmond with my good friend Grace.
Grace and I had planned a trip out there to see the teddies on the green shop as I had never been there I bought the cute little pink Teddie bear and the little worry doll brooch so sweet .
The weather was so lovely out there we took a walk around the town, we has a beautiful garlic pizza for lunch then drove back to Graces for a cuppa.
to my glee Grace gave me one of her beautiful handmade elephant dolls and one of her print as a trade for some of my new bookplates and paper bunting, I chose this particular print as it reminds me of grace and I love Crows so I thought it was a good pick.

  Another lovely surprise when I got home was my lovely big bag of handmade notebooks  i bought off etsy,made by my friend Isis were sitting on my doorstep waiting for me to get home, I love getting mail espacially when it is something I can print on :)
I hope you have all had a day as nice as mine has been
Narelle x

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ask and you shall receive

While at the Boutique market this past weekend and for the last couple of months at Salamanca market I have had customers asking for the longer lengths of lino cut  bunting,  I was only making smaller one and they have been super dooper popular but people saw the ones I decorated my market gazebo with and wanted to buy them so after Meeting Rachel of Boutique markets I decided it was time to do it.
Rachel had asked for a red and forest green one so here it is!

I think these look lovely strung up

I will also have them in the red and aqua flora tag design as well as a red snowflake design if all goes well and I don't sell them all first, I will have these for sale at all the upcoming Christmas markets 
red snowflake design also available

Aqua flora design

Friday, November 4, 2011

Christmas Is coming Yipee!

With Christmas fast approaching now is the time to find beautiful things for your loved ones and what better gift than a locally made handcrafted gift.
I have no less that 15 design/craft markets in the lead up to the big day so there really is no shortage of fantastic markets to buy handmade.
Here is a list of the markets I will be personally at over the festive season along with loads of other crafters, artist,designers and makers from all over Tasmania

So please come along and have a look at what a fantastic array of local product there are to buy and in most cases what you will be buying will be either a one off or a very limited run of a product which makes it all the more special to the person who receives it. 

Letterpress Christmas bunting by me :) will be for sale at all the lovely Tasmanian markets this festive season starting this weekend

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ruby Victoria at Finders Keepers Brisbane

I am super excited to announce that Ruby Victoria will be having our debut at Finders Keepers market this weekend in Brisbane thanks to Jen as part of Bluecaravan's pop up shop on Saturday 5th and 6th of November at the Old Museum.
I will have a wide range of my printed work there for sale , linocut /letterpress greeting cards, bookplates, gift tags, packs of notecards and don't forget lots of Christmas tags to pretty up all your Christmas pressies. 

Image courtesy The Finders Keepers   
So if you live in brisbane or near by please go along and have a great day of shopping and entertainment
I just wish I could be there in person, maybe next time.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Items just listed

Hi everyone 
I hope you are all having a lovely day , the weather is just beautiful here today, great weather for printing but before I shoot off down to the studio  
I just wanted to share with you a new listing have have just posted up on my Madeit and etsy stores 

I have decided to finally offer  mixed packs of letterpress printed gift tags in pack of 5 and 10, printed in great unisex colours so they can be used for any occasions or person  and they really are great value considering they are printed with traditional vintage lead type and are printed on beautiful soft 100% cotton rag paper 
If you are interested please follow the links to my Madeit of Etsy store 
I hope you like them  

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Just a little update

I just want to apologise to you for my long absences here at the moment, things have been abit busy here of late with moving house and other things. 

I have been busy reprinting alot on my most popular greeting cards, a couple of weeks ago at Salamanca market during an insident when we were packing the car to go home, I had a fall and during the commotion some one helped themself to a box of my greeting cards, so the past couple of weeks have been spent at the studio reprinting approximately 600 greeting cards to replace the ones that were stolen.
I have also been busy drawing and printing some new bookplate those of you who follow me on Facebook will have already seen the pictures of them but I thought I would share here also 

I am really happy with how they have turned out, I really hope you like them too

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Thaumatrope: bird in the cage Illusion

Wow its been a bit of a long time bewtween posts on here by the looks of it, lots been going on here at home and at the studio
I have been getting ready for the Christmas season getting all stocked up for out trip up to Launceston for Niche and  other local markets around the place as well as filling  lovely wholesale order for Oatlands handmade, The Queen Victoria museum and art gallery bookshop and for Annie of Sanctum in Launceston. 
I have also been kept bus with all the local markets which are all hotting up which is wonderful and have attended a couple of new market for the first time like the Longford makers market up in the north of Tassie and at the lovely Nook market in North Hobart.
 I have been printing  lots of lovely festive greeting cards, notecards, and mini paper bunting/garlands as well as some new things that I haven't printed before and decided I just wanted to make them for the fun of doing something a little bit different.

Enter the Thaumatrope, A thaumatrope is a toy that was popular in Victorian times. A disk or card with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to combine into a single image due to persistence of vision.
thanks for that description Wikipedia.

both sides of my handprinted linocut Thaumatrope   

 And here it is in action

I have always been fascinated by things like this since I was a little dot and thought it would be a fun think to make and have for sale at the market this coming weekend and in my online stores so if you would like one keep your eye on my etsy, Madeit  and Bluecaravan stores :)
 I will be posting more photos later this week of a new greeting card design and three new book plates with images channeled from my more child like side.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mother & Son Printers

Christopher and I spent a lovely couple of hours down at the studio together today without any interruptions 
ie. Ruby, doing some printing together.

Christopher carving the finishing touches to his lino block

We have Printed some greeting cards that Christopher will be selling on my stall this weekend at the Longford Makers market this Sunday, I think it is going to be kind of fun to have Christophers linocut printing next to mine.

The Look of a seasoned printer

The concentration !

The printer hard at it.

The look of a happy printer

The end product
Christopher and I will be at the Longford Makers Market at  the Longford Town Hall, Wellington Street Longford,  this Sunday selling out cards and other linocut and letterpress art works and stationery,  so please come along say hi  and buy one of Christopher's new cards I think they are Fabulous !

Friday, September 2, 2011

Rubys pretty room

Beautiful bunting by my friend Luisa of Dance in my garden   and the crocheter blanket Nonna made.  

Ballerina mirror an op-shop find I had to have it

Bunting by Dance in my garden

Collections of tins I have found at various markets

Baby cradle from the tip shop &  flying V ukelele what little girl doesn't need one of these !