Hi I’m Vanessa and I run inkblok from my sunny (sometimes), Brighton studio on the south coast of England.
My background is in Art, Architecture and 3D Design although I have been creating and drawing since I was a very little girl!
I love detailed drawing, pattern and typography and I hope for inkblok to become my main creative outlet for my illustrative prints and stationery.
This week’s Shop Local features the beautiful countryside of Suffolk, England. While a geographical search on Etsy didn’t reveal a lot of crafters, it did reveal some real eye candy! I loved the three shops below and think you will too. And if you can’t get enough of Suffolk, check out the Suffolk Craft Society for more fine crafters creating modern art with traditional techniques.
With this year’s World Cup going on, there is plenty of friendly rivalry going on among the participating nations. With this in mind, this product showcase has an England theme, to demonstrate my support for my country in this important football tournament – at the time of writing, we are still in but hanging by a thread!
This cute little guy is hand-sewn by Emma of Squigglymonkeys, and was originally a pair of socks! Emma was drawn to the red and white stripes of the fabric and decided to make him in honor of England’s participation in the World Cup.
Show off your inner queen with these regal earrings! Designer Lindsay of Trash Superstore says, “Although I was too young to be a part of the punk movement, its attitude and creativity is a constant source of inspiration and I love Vivienne Westwood as she embodies the idea of a true British original.”
Continuing with our regal theme, this card by badbooks came from a project on anti-littering. The summer of 1858, during Queen Victoria’s reign, became known as The Great Stink because lack of a proper sewer system meant that raw sewage was being washed into the river Thames. Helen wondered what Queen Vic would have to say about littering today, concluding that she would not be amused!
After something more traditional? Lucky Penny Books from sweetscarlett make the ideal graduation gift this summer. Maggie combines recycled materials with beautiful fabrics and embellishment. The book is made with recycled cardboard covered with vintage fabric purchased at a vintage fabric fair in Stroud, UK.
lizplummer’s London Bus notebook has been hand-printed using a Print Gocco machine and is perfect for tucking into your handbag. Liz loves to travel by bus and created the image from a photograph of a traditional red London bus.
Bring some London style to your home! This photo print by EliseShop was taken near Buckingham Palace and has been post-processed to emphasize the true British red. Elise has a multitude of London-themed prints on display in her shop.
This project bag from nicsknotsandstuff is perfect for storing knitting – and demonstrating patriotism! Nic is exhibiting at Knit Nation in London in July and decided to make some limited edition prints bags and needle rolls – something that would say London and the UK to all the Brits but also the many knitters from all over the world who are planning to come to the event.
The inspiration for the afternoonoutings cards comes from exploring new areas of London. Alice says, “The city is vibrant and constantly changing, but the pace of life means that amazing places can be overlooked. I think that everything good should be shared, so I hope that Afternoon Outings cards will be shared amongst friends looking for a new place to have lunch, get inspired or take a stroll.”
For more great finds from the UK, why not try Best of Handmade? Feel free to post your best discoveries here!