In the first of our blog series to introduce our Summer Show makers we hear from Ursula Hunter who creates a range of bespoke hand-made products for the home. Her work is inspired by endangered animals and their natural habitats in Scotland:
"In 2012 I began a creative business called Little Axe, specialising in Linoprinting for illustration and homewares. I was interested in applying my linoprints to a range of materials and surfaces in different contexts and so I produced a repeat Linocut design for wallpaper and a range of printed fabrics to make textile products.
Little Axe designs illustrate rare or endangered Scottish animals, for example the Capercaillie, the Wild Cat and the Wild Boar, drawing attention to Scotland’s delicate ecosystem, and to the vital connections between flora and fauna that maintain a natural balance.
In 2014 I moved into a new studio where I have more space and huge south facing windows, so plenty of natural light to draw, cut lino and do test prints with my small press. There’s nothing better than a day in the studio with the radio and a pot of fresh coffee.
I was thrilled to be accepted to exhibit my work at the Craft Scotland Summer shows this year in London and Edinburgh. I will be showing a range of hand sewn and piped cushions with original designs including the Endangered Animals repeat, Hazel and Flood. The cushions are all unique, with linoprint designs digitally printed onto cotton linen union or cotton drill. The cushion backs are natural unbleached linen. I wanted to keep a retro, rustic look and feel and where possible use locally sourced materials.
For the London show opening on 11 June in Clerkenwell I will be launching a new product. Alongside the cushions and tea towels there will be a small lined zip bag in a range of bright Little Axe fabrics with contrasting coloured zips."
Ursula Bevan Hunter
For examples of Ursula's work please visit her website: http://www.littleaxe.co.uk
Ursula will be taking part in both the London and Edinburgh Summer Show. Find out more here: www.craftscotland.org/summershow