My name is Lizzie Mabley. Welcome to my website, I do hope you enjoy browsing my designs and products.
Up coming events I am excited to once again be part of SelectTrail, this is an open studio event organised by SITSelect (Stroud International Textiles). Many talented artists and crafts people will be opening their doors on two weekends in May – 5/6 and 12/13. This is a great opportunity to meet the maker, learn more about what they do and buy directly from them. More information including artists contact details and maps can be found at www.selecttrail.org
A little bit about me….
I live and work near Stroud in the beautiful Cotswolds. I have a passion for pattern which I find in nature and my surroundings. After school, I did my Art Foundation and then a degree in Textile Design and Surface Decoration, however soon after this I got married and had two children. While my son and daughter were young I kept up my love of making and drawing and found myself doing cushion commissions and ‘one-offs’, this led on to lino printing which could easily be done at home. My little business has grown organically from kitchen table, to shed, to studio and I am excited about what the future holds!
I love my garden, so inspiration from this inevitably creeps into my work, I also love the coast so much of my work has a ‘fishy’ theme. I translate the things that I love to my lino and screen prints. Some of my designs stay as art prints, but some I develop for screen printing on textiles to create cushions, tea towels and napkins.
My process is simple and low-tech, I use the sun to expose my screens and a hose pipe to wash them out. All my designs begin life in my sketch book, then as lino prints. I love the process of cutting the lino and can retain the ‘hand-carved’ block-printed look and feel with my screen prints. Recently I have ventured into the digital world and now have some of my fabrics printed by a high quality, eco friendly digital fabric printer. This enables me to order longer lengths of fabric, that I would be unable to produce in my studio.
I love to use colour, if I ever go through a black and white phase I always hope it won’t last too long! I love printed pattern in home furnishings and print much of my work on to beautiful linens which I try to buy locally. I am aiming to take my work further in this direction and create a beautiful collection of textiles for the home.
I work in a little studio at Victoria Works Studios in Chalford, Gloucestershire. Nestled in the Golden Valley near Stroud, it is an inspiring environment in a beautiful place – incidentally a valley steeped in the history of its textile mills. I moved there in September 2015 from my pretty little blue shed in my garden at home – hence the name of my business ‘My Blue Shed’ which has stuck!