So…we have a little shop on Amazon (Handmade at Amazon section – which sadly doesn’t allow us to sell our quirky clothes and Tshirts yet) where we showcase some of our arty farty stuff. In the shop are some of our hand-painted and hand-appliquéd handbags and briefcases, and we also sell prints of Lee’s awesome artwork. Every print is strictly limited edition and with Elvis, Bowie and other icons we have lots on offer. However our top selling item in our shop is this awesome Doc Marten’s print which has been in high demand. Just recently one was bought as a wedding present for a couple of old skinheads. What an awesome wedding present huh?
I love that Lee’s artwork is displayed in homes all around the country. Lee thonks that like all good artists his art will probably be worth more when he is dead … I much prefer the thought of people enjoying his art whilst he is definitely alive and kicking (in his Doc Martens of course).
Oh and if you would like to order amy of Lee’s prints just drop us a message direct … it will save Amazon robbing us of 25% 😄
So … yesterday I was mostly creating little 6×4 greeting cards using Lee’s amazing Icon artwork. Originally the artwork was created for our Tshirts (£13) but we realised that they are also pretty cool in mounts (£15 for a mounted 10 x 12) or on blank greetings cards (£3). Each design has been hand drawn by Lee using an iconic image as inspiration, even the fonts on these have been hand drawn. My job is to trace and carefully vinyl cut each images. I blinking love them … what do you think?
Next two weekends ‘Trashcan Emporium’ is going to be busy! Picton Castle Victorian Christmas Market on 19th and 20th, and Manorbier Castle Christmas Fayre on 26th and 27th.
Unfortunately Picton Castle only had outdoor space available. We just got our gazebo out and it looks incredibly flimsy …. please please please let the weather be kind to us!
I have made a lovely selection of cards for our stalls and I really don’t want these ace cards getting drenched in our lovely Welsh weather!
I just finished this very sweet Marilyn shoulder bag. It’s so cute and has a little wrist strap so you can use it as a clutch too!
I absolutely love Marilyn … and if you do too then you can even have the Marilyn Tshirt from our Icon range to match the bag.
What more could a girl want … apart from diamonds of course!
So I saw a little comment on Facebook that made me want to write this post. A lovely regular at our studio had shared a photo of our Two-Tone man T-Shirt that Lee had designed as a present for the son of our dear friend. The comment had been that our designs were not as unique as we were claiming. So … I want to explain what we do …
Lee pulls an iconic image off the web, he then draws it out and shades it in a particular way so that it cuts well onto vinyl. So as an example here is Neil Diamond under construction …
Lee then passes his hand drawn design to me and I scan it into my design programme and trace it. I then feed it into my cutting machine, hand weed all the teeny bits of detail out and pass it back to Lee. Lee places it onto our high quality “Fruit of the Loom” Tshirts and places it under our huge heat press machine to embed our design into the Tshirt.
The concept of our ‘Icon’ range of Tshirts is that the image is instantly recognisable, and so of course we use popular images. However, I think, that translating an idea from a photo image into scraps of vinyl that then emerge as the ‘icon’ is one helluva talent! Soooooo … to clarify … our Tshirts are ‘unique’ in that each vinyl image we cut is Lee’s own artistic interpretation of the iconic photo.
Here is our collection … what do you think?
So … today we have been mostly making Tshirts in our brand new and exciting Icon range.
Lee has been busy drawing up the images of some really cool icons, that either we came up with ourselves or someone suggested to us. Lee’s images are simply wonderful … seriously I just want them all!
Once each drawing is complete my task then is to scan them in to my design programme, cut them out, and for the finishing touch I sew our Trashcan Emporium label onto the sleeve.
These are Tshirts individually produced with love and care, with unique hand drawn images. None of your mass produced stuff but something pretty special for those who dare to be different.
Reasonably priced and easy to order.
We will even create a Bespoke Tshirt with a photo of your choice for just £25.
What do you think? We make a good team huh?