All that glitters is not gold, sometimes it is copper.
Albeit rather late, the copper spell has finally reached me, I have developed a deep fondness for its rich warm sheen.
Now that autumn is here, filled with red copper, yellow and gold colours, I was insprired to experiment using copper in my screen prints. With thoughts of Christmas in mind, I started printing on this black background, once finished I turn them into little lampshades, where copper’s warming glow will really come into its own.
Whereas chrome or silver can seem cold and clinical and gold signals ‘a bit of bling’, copper provides a warming, sophisticated glow that can be easily incorporated into my prints to add an element of understated, cool lux.
Just what I’ll be asking Father Christmas for this year…
I've been making small shades for a little while now, I really enjoy creating these as they add a bit of art to a room as well as being useful by illuminating the darker days of winter.
They also offer a perfect way to upcycle and make a keepsake out of those celebratory bottles.
I have a wonderful collection of bottles I've kept over the years, from vintage port to antique glass bottles, but one of my new favourites is the beer growler (a glass bottle used to transport draft beer), which I spotted at my local Waitrose store a few weeks ago.
Beer is currently available on tap at the Oxford branch of Waitrose, as the company trials initiatives to cut down on unnecessary plastic and glass packaging. I don't drink beer so asked if I could buy a couple of empty ones, which they allowed me to do. I thought they'd compliment my prints as the shape is slightly retro.
The only isssue is that the neck of the bottle is a little too wide for a lamp adapor, so to make it fit and to convert the growler into a lampbase, I used a bit of white tack and wrapped it around the lamp adaptor before pushing it into the neck of the bottle, but you could use some clay instead.
I lined the insides of the shades with copper adhesive, which gives them a warm glow when lit.
And here it is, a dressed up growler!
I'll be adding these, and my other handmade lampshades to the Artisary website soon, to bring a warm artful glow and light to any dark corners of your home!
Do feel free to contact me for commissions.