Established by Ursula Hunter in 2013, Little Axe is an artisan print practice producing block printed designs for interior textiles and wall coverings.
For the first collection of designs in 2014 Ursula made a range of block prints featuring rare plants and animals, exploring those that are disappearing from the Scottish landscape. She designed and produced hand printed wallpaper from a single lino block. The wallpaper features some of the most endangered animals in a Rowan Tree. Its repeating forest like design attempts to bring the outside inside and to remind us of our relationship to nature wherever it is hung. Wallpaper is available to order in a range of colourways from Little Axe studio. Ursula also developed a range of bespoke hand made textile products, such as silk scarves, cushions and hand sewn bags. These textiles are digitally printed by Be Fab Be Creative in Leith, Edinburgh and then the products are hand sewn in Scotland.
From her Edinburgh Studio Ursula is currently developing a new series of block printed designs based on Spice Plants, celebrating the history and use of spices in our culinary traditions. These new prints will be available through 2016 as textile kitchen wares. There is also a 'Spice Routes' wallpaper designed from a single repeat lino block. Featuring sailing ships, a Chinese Junk and lots of sea creatures, this wallpaper illustrates the voyages of the Spice traders in the Age of Discovery.
With a love of craftsmanship, colour and pattern making, Ursula is influenced by the Arts & Crafts period and mid twentieth century designers such as Edward Bawden, Lucienne Day, Marimekko, and Charley Harper.
Ursula runs Block Printing Masterclasses at The House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
She studied BA Fine Art (Hons) at Glasgow School of Art and then more recently an MA in Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art.
Year Established: 2013
1. Designed and produced a hand printed repeat wallpaper from a single lino block in 2013.
2. Was commissioned by Ginkgo and artists Dalzeil and Scullion to produce a suite of 32 Linoprint designs for the opening of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow 2014.
3. Awarded Creative Scotland Open Project Funding to research Indian block printing for textiles and to showcase new work at Handmade at Kew in London in October 2015