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


Thursday, June 30, 2011

The 1st of July

What a great day the 1st of July is turning out to be firstly there is the fabulous Apron Design Market on at the Seaport tomorrow from 4- 9pm and Saturday from 9-4pm
where yours truly will be selling my product

There is also the winter brooch exhibition

opening at Rebecca Roths Gallery at the Salamanca Art Centre tomorrow night and finishing at the end of this month go check out the creations by some wonderful local artists including
Phil Mason, Arkmetal and Grace Garton of Little Black Crow and I will have a couple of my brand new snowflake brooches feature YAY
One of my brooches that will be exhibited

my linocut printed fabric from which my brooches were made from .

so check it out guys if you are in Tasmania this weekend .

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The big reveal

Some of you may know that I have been playing with printing on calico fabric and you probably know I am not a sewer so when I finished printing my first fabric I began thinking of way to show case what can actually be made with my design, I decided top put a call out to anyone on Facebook that:

1)could sew to safe themselves
2)wanted to get their hands on some of my new fabric to play with
3) agree to send me photo of what they had made with the fabric

Well the photos have started coming in and to my delight these clever women have made some beautiful creation with the fabric I sent to them and so quick as well
I wanted to share them with everyone and I hope you all click on the link and take a look at what else these creative marvel get up to.

Julie of Tractor girl with this lovely little tote bagTractorgirl

Anna of King Billy with her fabulous cushions
King Billy

Michelle walker of Belly Designs has made this lovely cluck and credit card holderMichelle Walker Designs

last but not least Tess of bou- bi girl clothing she made this stunning little skirt for Ruby

Bou-bi girl designs

I want to thanks these amazing and generous women for helping me out so kindly and showing me what can be made with my humble little piece of fabrics.
Please do your self a favour and go check out their Facebook pages and follow their links there to their online stores.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Introducing Bruce

We finally got a little fur friend, I have been wanting to get another kitty for along time but was a little worried about Ruby being too young to understand how to behave around a kitten, I am glad I waited as it is easier to tell her why and what for of alot of things that would have been impossible to teach her before, not that she listens alot of the time but we are getting there with her.

So anyway this is our very handsome little Bruce , cute hu! We love him and I think he is going to be one very spoilt kitty even Allan seems to be very fond of him, well with a face like Bruce's resistance is futile.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

something new

while I have been busy playing with printing on fabric in the last couple of weeks I have also been working on some new linocuts to be printed on paper and here is one of them .

Hand coloured with Windsor and Newton water colours I have decided to paint these in different colours so there is a bit of variety and it makes it a little more fun for me.
I will have these available for sale at Salamanca market (near the ball & chain grill) this Saturday and I will have them listed in my online stores shortly
I hope you like them:)

Monday, June 13, 2011

love a productive day

It has been another productive day today.
First I dropped into Rebecca Roths Gallery this morning to drop off my brooch for the upcoming winter brooch exhibition and to my surprise she loved it so much she bought it funny ! and very flattering considering I do not class myself a jeweller by any stretch of the imagination so this was wonderful after lots of worrying if anyone would like it !

The brooch is totally hand made and no two are the same, the red print is a linocut in calico that has been fused and sewn onto wool felt then blanket stitched and stuffed to give it a puffy feel and appearance, each printed felt/calico piece is then attached with metal jewellery links.
I will be making more of these special one of a kind brooches and they will be for sale at Rebecca s shop after the Exhibition.

After I left Rebecca it was off to the studio for a full day of printing was a great day for it not too hot or too cold, the ink on the press was behaving itself and the printing was done in no time.

This left me with time to play with another new linocut to be made into Christmas Decorations I managed to get the black and the red printed .

I am planning to print this in a few more colour if you have any colour recommendations I would love to hear them.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Giveaway on fabulous Faberuna

that's right I am having a give away you can win one of my linocut printed Moleskin note books great for sketching your next masterpiece in or just to write your shopping lists in, also you will receive one of my handmade linocut brooches .
So if you would like the chance to get your hands on these goodie shoot over to FABERUNA to find out how to enter, but be quick entries close soon :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Sneak peek

I thought I would share a sneak peek at what has been occupying my time and thoughts the past week. I have been planning to make these into hanging decorations and little brooches.

A little sneak peek at what has been happening at the studio

It has been a very busy past week thinking up new ideas, carving new blocks and printing new stuff for upcoming markets and Exhibitions.
Namely the Apron Design market on the 1st of July in Launceston

and the

winter brooch Exhibition at Rebecca Roth Jewellery's gallery in the Salamanca Art Center in Hobart If you are an Art and would like to be part of this exhibition you will have to be quick entry's close on the 10th of June

Close up of lino cut printed calico on felt ready to be cut out a sewn

Friday, June 3, 2011

Christmas in July with the Apron Design Market

With the next Apron Design Market looming I thought it best to get my thinking cap on and have a think about what I could make to get in the Christmas Spirit.
I came up with this new linocut design of these press snow flakes I have plans to make these in to pretty little brooches similar to the flower ones I have been making.
I thought I would also print these on calico and sell in packs to be used for quilting or any other craft project for Christmas or whenever.
Below is some photos of what will be available I hope you can come along and join us for this lovely market.