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


Monday, May 30, 2011

River Song at St Georges Church, Battery Point

from left to right Jane Rucket, Racheal Walter,
Heidie limebeer,Georgina Richmond,
Allan Badalassi and Rodney Alexander

I thought I would just share some images from my husband Allans group River Song,
a collaboration of 6 like minded friends that just like to make music and together
wanted to share it with others.
Their music was very well received by those who attended , they played a mix of original compositions, collaboration by members and traditional Celtic music.
They will be holding another concert this coming July , dates and venue I am unsure of just now but I will post them on here for those who are interested a little later on.

Allan Badalassi on Piano

Rodney Alexander & Heidie Limbebeer

Georgina Richmond

Racheal Walter

Jane Rucket

Thursday, May 26, 2011

linocut & felt brooches

Today I decided that I was going to use some of my handprinted fabric to make some felt brooches.
I used iron on adhesive to stabilise the printed calico to the felt then cut around them,
I then stitched around the flower with a back stitch in a complimentary coloured thread.
To Finish the brooch i blanket stitched the back on, stuffed and then finished stitching to close up the seam.
I will have some finished brooches at Salamanca Market this Saturday for sale
Narelle x

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wonderful generous people on Facebook

Yesterday I posted a message on Face book stating that I am afraid of my sewing machine and if anyone would like some of my linocut printed fabric to play with that I would send them a little pack to play with as long as they sent me back some piccies of what they had made with their packs to share with customer along with their packs of fabric.

To my surprise I got some takers,
thank you to
Michelle walker - Belly Designs blog
Carmen Bernstein - Oscar & Rabin
Kate Montgomery - What Kate did Next
Julie Gibson - Tractorgirl
Anna Pateman - King Billy
Annie Inglis,
Danielle Harvey -Fibre & Iron
and Tess Korten - Bou-bi girl

for putting your hand up to save me from the indignation of trying to sew something acceptable to photograph :)
Tess has even offered to make my Ruby a little skirt out of the fabric that would be so special to have something like that made out of my fabric .
I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with once some photo start coming in I will be posting them up on here along with a bio of the maker and where you can find them.

Monday, May 23, 2011

printing on Fabric

So here are some photos of my fabric printing effort of the last week or so,
They were printed with a lino block onto natural calico fabric using my table top letterpress Machine, What do you think?

I am just trying to work out what I will actually do with them now .
I thought they might look nice as bunting or sewn to the front of a plain white t-shirt for a little girl or even maybe used for sewing together to make a pretty little quilt.
I have been wondering if they would be ok to sell as little packs of assorted coloured squares so that people can decide themselves what they might like to make with them this way I won't have to embarrass myself by attempting to sew :)

I would love to hear some suggestions on how and what I should use these pretty little squares for.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Ruby Victoria Images on etsy

Yes that's right I have opened another Etsy store,yipee !

This one is called Ruby Victoria images I will be posting my original photography for sale I am not sure how this will go but I thought I would give it a try anyway I hope people like my images and support my new shop by adding it to their Favourited and maybe purchase an affordable piece of art
You can find it here on Etsy just click on the link Ruby Victoria Images
some feedback would also be very welcome

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Ludlow has Landed

So here are the first photos of the Ludlow type caster .
It was delivered here today, crane and all alot of heaving and a couple of swear words and we finally got it into place .

the next phase is to save some more money up to get someone in to service it for me and give me some tips on how to use it safely and correctly we are talking molten lead here baby , so no mucking around.

The ludlow finally home

The book of knowledge

A small part of the draws with matrice for typefaces

top of the machine

side view

Monday, May 9, 2011

fun & experimentation

Yup I have been into town to collect some supplies

Looks like it is going to be fun week of experimenting at the studio :)
Hope your week will be full of fun and new stuff too
Narelle x

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Kitty Taylor 's visit to Ruby Victoria Letterpress & Printmaking studio

I had a lovely visit the other week by local artist photographer Kitty Taylor

To see more of Kitty's stunning work please follow the link below, I particularly love her kitchen series.