New design and new Silver Birch cushion by Rowena Ardern

Just in time for Christmas a beautiful new design to adorn your home my Kew Borders cushion , screenprint and notebook is available from Zenubian .Prints are also at Freds Cafe in Crofton Park .My silver Birch design is now available as a cushionand is digitally printed onto linen 45/ 45 cms at £55 including feather pad.

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Christmas Shopping by Rowena Ardern

Come and buy !! I shall be at St Peters Church Brockley SE41LT on saturday 24th November with my lovely goods individually hand made cushions , cards, embroidered tea cloths , lavender bags and my new designs !You can also find my silver birch tea towels and London and Bird notebooks at the `made in Brockley stand at Brockley Christmas Market Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 12 PM – 6 PM Coulgate Street, London, SE4 2.

An individual studio visit is also possible if you contact me on 07866591208 or email me at rowenaardern@googlemail.com with your order so come and buy !!

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Pop Up Shop Shoreditch by Rowena Ardern

For one week only you will be able to see and buy my Woodland Screen at the Espacio Gallery Shoreditch hosted by Bluepatch The Original Sustainable Department Store promises

“a fun packed week of sustainable shopping, free talks, workshops, socialising…Blue Patch’s store will be sparkling with beautiful, ethically made products, creative workshops, breakfast talks, pamper nights, bubbly drinks, delicious cakes and late night shopping to 9pm. Buy organic wellbeing products, Fair Trade jewellery, ethical fashion, designer lighting, handmade furniture, ceramics, gifts and toys. Ethical Shopping –  just in time for Christmas !”

Spring at Kew by Rowena Ardern

Although it was a long time coming when Spring finally arrived it did so with a flourish ! The blossom this year has been exceptional and at Kew Gardens the avenue leading to the restored Temperate House is lined with cherry trees underplanted with tulips , absolutely beautiful ! I painted this water colour on site in the sunshine so good to be able to be outside again .

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Peony and Goose by Rowena Ardern

For the last few weeks I have been busy in my studio working on a new design which is from a drawing at Kew Gardens (one of my favourite haunts} last spring . The background them is peonies . There is an amazing specimen bed at the edge of the walled garden with many different varieties . I was also lucky enough to  watch a heron bathing in the large pond . The process has taken a lot of sampling and both a paper and fabric version are at the printers as we speak 

 Sampling , the design board .   

Sampling , the design board .

 

 Applique on cotton the fabric version . 

Applique on cotton the fabric version . 

 Mixed media on paper .

Mixed media on paper .

Basquiat Drawing Day by Rowena Ardern

Yesterday I went to a drawing day at the Vaults below Waterloo station " for a very special edition of the Drawing Theatre as we collaborate with the fabulous Le Filfor an immersive afternoon of high octane drawing and collage 80’s NYC style. Get inspired by the world famous Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel and immerse yourself in the underground industrial interiors of The Vaults-  as we create Drawing Theatre performance and sound scapes inspired by the scintillating Jean Michel Basquiat

An excellent and inspiring afternoon with amazing models and music ! I highly recommend thse events to anyone who loves drawing!

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Silver Birch tea towel design process by Rowena Ardern

 Spent saturday at  Design ME Textiles   (Ilderton Road Peckham ) with the lovely Michelle getting back into screen printing onto fabric ! Excellent facilities I would highly recommend doing a course with them ! Also brought back lovely memories of time spent in the print rooms of MMU and UCF as well . Am working from my silver birch drawings from outside Tate Modern to print onto tea towels etc .The initial drawing led to preparing an image that could be applied to a screen ready for printing . The next step was trying out colours and layering .

Spent saturday at Design ME Textiles  (Ilderton Road Peckham ) with the lovely Michelle getting back into screen printing onto fabric ! Excellent facilities I would highly recommend doing a course with them ! Also brought back lovely memories of time spent in the print rooms of MMU and UCF as well . Am working from my silver birch drawings from outside Tate Modern to print onto tea towels etc .The initial drawing led to preparing an image that could be applied to a screen ready for printing . The next step was trying out colours and layering .

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 In the end I opted to have my tea towels screen printed by a Uk company Countryside Arts but the initial process led to a beautiful product . They are printed onto 100 % cotton and available at Zenubian and potentially at Parlez ( A Brockley restaurant by the station) , from the studio, at fairs they are proving to be a popular choice for gifts and to enhance contemporary kitchens and at  £12 each or 2 for £20 washable at 40 degrees who can resist !

In the end I opted to have my tea towels screen printed by a Uk company Countryside Arts but the initial process led to a beautiful product . They are printed onto 100 % cotton and available at Zenubian and potentially at Parlez ( A Brockley restaurant by the station) , from the studio, at fairs they are proving to be a popular choice for gifts and to enhance contemporary kitchens and at  £12 each or 2 for £20 washable at 40 degrees who can resist !

BOS 2017 by Rowena Ardern

My second successful year of Brockley Open Studios hosted by my wonderful son and family !! Lots of help to set up and food provided along the way , my big thanks to them and all of the lovely people who came and saw and bought my work !Here are a few photos of what you missed if you couldn't make it !!All the Heron work sold at the beginning but I will be making more . The new Silver Birch tea towels sold well and will be in my shop very soon!

 

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