I really enjoyed my most recent collaboration with The English Stamp Company to create a range of personalized dog breed rubber stamps.
The use my original pen and ink drawings of different dog breeds from my Dog Tag series of prints and they can be personalized with the name and breed of your canine companion.
The English Stamp Company have been making rubber stamps for over 20 years. The stamps are beautifully made and mounted onto a traditional beechwood handle so they look great and are easy to use. They also stock a range of ink pads, blank tags and cards so you can get started straight away.
There are 12 breeds in the range so far, with more to come.
They are available online from Not on the High Street
A local printing business recently contacted me as they were closing down. They kindly wanted to know if I could use any of their left over paper and ink stash. When I went to have a look I spotted a wonderful old workbench and asked about it.
They told me it was a Printer’s Stone used in the days of letterpress printing when metal type had to be laid out and set. The top is a completely flat surface which was needed to ensure that the type was set accurately. This workbench has solid iron top however historically a flat stone was used, hence the name – Printer’s Stone.
This was one of the original pieces that was bought for the printshop when it was set up in 1922. Although the wooden frame bears the scars of many years of use, the iron top is in great condition. It seems incredible that it is probably over 90 years old!
Now I am excited to say that, after much scrubbing of 90+ years of printshop grime, waxing and polishing, it is has a new life as an island in my kitchen.
The iron top will need oiling or waxing to keep it from developing rust spots.
The huge old drawer opens from both sides. I’m not sure what I will store in there yet but not anything edible!
I’m very happy to have this wonderful old piece of printmaking history in my house. I love it!