At last a few minutes to create a new album on my website with Lizzie’s beautiful work! Here is a quick insight to the very talented and creative maker, Lizzie Mabley. She began her business working from home in her blue shed, hence the name which has carried over so well, My Blue Shed.
She now works from her studio at Victoria Works in Chalford which is small but perfectly formed, every inch covered with materials, sketches, watercolours or fabric waiting to be ironed, totally and utterly inspiring! I love the way she captures the natural life around us with her simple but stunning watercolours, she makes them sounds so effortless to do. Her firm and confident hand pushes the sharp lino cutter along each individual line which she drawn onto the lino, in return a smooth and perfect groove is left behind, ready for the inks to be applied and pressed onto paper. The lino block looks beautiful just on its own, but once the ink is applied and pressed down onto paper, it is unfurled and the finished print is revealed.
Her collection of work covers almost every inch of her studio and everywhere you look, the eye captures another detail that could so easily be missed. Lizzie creates mounted prints, cushions, cloths, delightfully mackerel toys, wrapping paper, in fact during open studio weekends, events or to order, she’ll put her hand to anything.
As you can tell, I’m a great admirer of her work and fell in love with her teasel print, it completely captures the essence of the countryside left at its best. I had a huge clump of teasels in my garden which I nearly pulled down until I saw a pair of goldfinches visiting it and feeding on the seeds..I realised they were regular visitors so left it well alone, now of course my garden is covered with thistle seedlings, which I will have to edit!
Please do go to Lizzie’s wordpress site to see where her inspiration comes from and to see new work, also take a look at her work on Folksy, where you can purchase her prints.
Thanks to SIT Select who commissioned these image for the Trail Brochure. The SIT Select Trail takes place in May this year around the Stroud Valleys.