is that the rotunda?

it’s been a while since I posted anything, but that doesn’t mean nothing’s happening!  As we gear up to our Handmade Bearwood Christmas fairs (24 November and 8 December, St Mary’s Church Hall), my head has been buzzing with ideas of what to make.

I have been longing to follow up on an idea I had months ago, and an article in Mollie Makes over the summer inspired me to have a go.  I had been sketching “cartoon”-ish versions of Birmingham landmarks – the rotunda, Selfridges, the New QE hospital, spaghetti junction – you get the idea.  I wanted to have a go at carving them onto lino and printing from them.  The Mollie Makes tutorial did exactly this with London icons, so I figured I’d better get my arse in gear before someone else did it up here.  So I took these original ideas and had a go.  The first rotunda carving shows they were a bit, ahem, primitive….

So at Mr S’s suggestion I tried to simplify them more, and, with the aid of some softer (easier to carve!) lino I produced something I was happier with.  I really like the finished results – the pink ones on paper show the new improved rotunda, and Selfridges.  The triptych on floral fabric includes spaghetti junction as well, and I am still trying to get my head around the new library as it’s all fine circles, rather than solid ones like Selfridges, which is difficult to do simply when you have as little control over the blade as I appear to! 

I have printed some onto baby vests (“Brummie baby”) and have ordered some plain white cotton tea towels, so will do some in a variety of colours, plus on some natural shopping totes.

What do you think?  Any suggestions for Bearwood landmarks we could immortalise in VERY SIMPLE(!) shapes?!



3 Replies to “is that the rotunda?”

  1. Hi Madeline – yes I wondered about the bandstand perhaps but not sure if anywhere in Bearwood is so instantly recognisable as places like the rotunda or selfridges! Not giving up yet!

  2. This is a great idea;I particularly like the spaghetti junction one. But that fabric is freaking me out – I know it! From way back. I think I must have had a duvet cover or something in it as a child!

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