Recent Work



Clare Melinsky's lino-cuts in colour and black and white follow the style of traditional woodcuts. Over the last twenty years her illustrations have been used in advertising, for labels and packaging, and in editorial work for books, magazines and newspapers.

To commission an illustration from Clare Melinsky please contact Benjamin Cox at the Central Illustration Agency, 17b Perseverance Works, 38 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DD
Telephone: +44[0]20 3222 0007
E-mail: info@centralillustration.com

Labels for Steilhead Cider

Labels for Steilhead Cider

Max Nowell needed some labels for his artisan cider. He came up with three birds that reflected the three different types of cider: bullfinch, siskin and nuthatch. Max has been making cider for many years. He has planted a cider apple orchard at his house at Steilhead where all the production takes place. And he also collects apples from orchards locally, up and down Nithsdale. All the apples have been pressed now, and the juice is fermenting away in barrels over the winter, ready for next year's bottles.

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Autumn biscuit tins

Autumn biscuit tins

Bright autumn leaf colour and a sunny afternoon: I photographed my latest biscuit tin labels for the Fine Cheese Company. The theme was the English countryside, and these are the two Autumn tins. Hedgehogs and red squirrels live in my Scottish garden. The apple trees and hills and woods are all part of my home landscape. I don't have a distant lake in my back garden though, that's taken from a bit further afield, the Lake District perhaps. And my pumpkins are never going to get that big.

September 2014 Waitrose Kitchen magazine

September 2014 Waitrose Kitchen magazine

Editor William Sitwell writes about his orchard in the September Waitrose Kitchen magazine. He describes the joys of picking his apples, making cider, and eating apple crumble. All very much a part of my own life style, the decorative border is pretty much the view from my kitchen window. Except I don't have a cider press, just a printing press.
The only hiccup is that I haven't actually seen the article in print, as my nearest Waitrose is fifty miles away in Edinburgh.
So let me know if you have seen it out there.

Open Gardens

Open Gardens

Our village has an Open Gardens day on Sunday 24th August 2014.
Walk round twelve gardens in Gatelawbridge, one of which is mine.
£6.00 per person includes car parking, and tea and home baking in the marquee.
In aid of the Macmillan Fund.
Gatelawbridge, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, SW Scotland DG3 5EA

Two of the postcards for Pollock's Toy Museum

Two of the postcards for Pollock's Toy Museum

I was delighted to be asked to design postcards for Pollock's. I had been taken there as a child by my uncle when I used to visit London. As a student at the Central School of Art I would wander around, and later I took my own children there: nothing has changed. If you have never been, go now. It is a little piece of London history, old style.
Pollock's Toy Museum
1 Scala Street London W1T 2HL
020 7636 3452

Some new postcards

Some new postcards

Robert Smails Printing Works have just completed a set of six postcards commissioned by Mary Fawdry for Pollock's Toy Museum in Scala Street, London.
They are letterpress printed in three and four colours by Tony Niepold on the Original Heidelberg. Installed in 1953, it was the last machine that Smails ever purchased. The National Trust for Scotland took Smails into its care in 1986. It continues to be a genuine working printers using the old technology, and printing to the highest standards.
Here is Tony packing up my cards; on the far right is the Heidelberg, a 'clam-shell' platen.
Robert Smail's Printing Works
Innerleithen Scotland EH44 6HA
www.nts.org.uk/Property/robert-smails-printing-works

Spring Fling studio

Spring Fling studio

The Spring Fling exhibition was very busy. About 500 visitors came to see us at Jane's studio that I share for the three days. Here we are, my lino cuts and myself on the left, Jane Blair and her paintings on the right.

Spring Fling May 24th, 25th, 26th 2014

Spring Fling May 24th, 25th, 26th 2014

Spring Fling is here again.
The open studios event is all over Dumfries and Galloway.
Visit me at Jane Blair's studio: Lannhall Cottage, Tynron, Thornhill DG3 4LA

www.spring-fling.co.uk

Lino cut print making workshop in Kirkcudbright

Lino cut print making workshop in Kirkcudbright

There are still a few places available for my next workshop on Monday 23rd June 2014.
10.00 - 4.00 p.m. Cost £45 including a very good lunch.
A small historic town in Galloway, south west Scotland, Kirkcudbright is an unspoilt treasure.
Deserted beaches, beautiful gardens and empty roads characterise this quiet part of the world.
To book a place, contact the organiser Margaret Milligan:
msm.art@btinternet.com

Artisan Biscuits

Artisan Biscuits

A flowery label for summery biscuits, commissioned by Ann-Marie for the Fine Cheese Company.
www.artisanbiscuits.co.uk
www.finecheese.co.uk