A Dog is the Best Medicine

Ta Da! Here is my latest piece of work…

A dog is the best medicine linoprint and collage by debbie kendall

Ask any dog lover and they will tell you how good their dog makes them feel. Whether we are feeling sad, grumpy, irritable or under the weather, somehow dogs have the ability to make us feel better about life.

My dog, Figo, can immediately smooth over any family rift — at the first sign of raised voices he comes rushing over wagging his tail and never fails to get us all smiling again.
I created this print in honour of a dog’s gift to make us feel better, whatever our situation.

But there is something that makes this print really unique — it is printed onto an ephemera collage of vintage, original pharmacy labels from old medicine bottles. These are very collectable and have a wonderful array of old typefaces, both scripts and block letters. They are the lovely, aged, mellow colour of old parchment.

dog inspired linoprint detail on collage by debbie kendall

This is not a pre-printed digitally reproduced background – I make a unique, individual collage of actual, original labels for each print, so each one is different.There will only be 100 of these prints and each are individually signed and numbered on the reverse.

medicine bottle label collage by debbie kendall

The size of the paper (the labels go to the edge) is approx. 300 x 300 mm (11 3/4”) square.I have chosen to make frames for these prints out of reclaimed wood, which echoes the vintage appeal of the labels.

The frames are made from what ever wood I can source and each frame has its own pattern of knots, grain, dinks, scratches, nail heads, rusty staples, wonky edges and aged patina.

The size of the framed print is around 43 cms (17”) square.

reclaimed wood picture frame by debbie kendall  recalimed cedar wood picture frame by debbie kendall
Linoprint and collage in handmade frame by the enlightened hound
Prints come ready to hang and are fitted with crystal clear acrylic glass.
Available unframed or framed from the Enlightened Hound’s Website

Craft Fair Stall Design Preparations

Subtitled: The benefits of vastly underestimating the complexity and time needed for a craft project!

I have decided to try and sell my Enlightened Hound dog inspired art prints at local art & craft fairs and country shows and have been accepted for my first one at the end of May – the Milton Keynes Handmade and Vintage Show. So I started thinking about how my stall should look… very cute, totally hand-made and obviously doggy! I realized I would need (amongst other things) a very large tablecloth, a banner and some bunting.

That’s easy, I thought … I can make these quickly (underestimation no.1) and cheaply (underestimation no.2) and easily (underestimation no.3) at home!

I wanted to make a banner with my logo like an American collegiate sweatshirt, with Abercrombie and Fitch style cut out and sewn-on letters. It was a fiddly, painstaking and time-consuming task, and had I known just how fiddly, painstaking and time-consuming it would be, I wouldn’t have even started… but I’m glad I did as I am very happy with how it turned out!

The Enlightened Hound Banner

The finished banner

The Enlightened Hound Banner

Close up of letters

It was hard to find good quality felt in anything other than kiddie primary colours but Gertie and Mabel have a fabulous selection of felt online in gorgeous muted, grown-up colours. I got a very sore hand cutting all the letters out and then sewed them all onto some heavyweight natural canvas with my grandmother’s trusty Singer sewing machine.

Cut out felt letters

The cut out letters

Sewing the banner

Sewing the banner

The bunting was next. I found some great doggy fabric online and co-ordinating stripy material from which I cut out almost 150 triangles which were then pinned together, stitched, ironed and sewn onto some cotton tape.


Dog & Stripe Bunting

Now I have over 15 metres of great homemade bunting!

I bought some good quality hessian for the tablecloth – I needed about 8 metres for it to drape fully to the floor (a stipulation of the craft fair organisers) – and it has the dual benefits of being both cheap and fitting in with the homespun vibe.

So if you live nearby, stop by the fair on May 26th and 27th and come and say hello!