Sarah Ruff
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Screen Prints

I particularly enjoy the planning aspect that goes into making a print.  With screen printing textiles I try to make items that are useable.  I print on duvet covers, t-towels, baby vests, t-shirts, dresses, shopping bags, laundry bags, shoe bags, zip bags - whatever that is 100% cotton.  Almost always I use ordinary copier paper to cut out my stencils, I can usually get up to 20 prints from one sheet.  If I intend to print several colours I have to plan which ones to print first so that I am able to see through the screen to register the next colour as accurately as possible.  Each one is individually printed by hand so obviously the degree of accuracy is variable!

I love printing lengths of fabric, sometimes for a specific project, for example when planning a single bed quilt based on a seaside theme, I printed fabric with blues and greens to suggest sea, grass, waves for the bits separating the images.  Then I also print squarish images such as beach huts, crabs, oyster catchers, sailing boats, seals, ice creams for the pictures in the quilts.   Or puffin themed quilt.  Or tropical themed quilt.  Or birds quilt.  

I hope to soon start fabric based on a recent visit to Costa Rica with colourful foliage and frogs and toucans.

I particularly enjoy running workshop sessions where students can see how the process works and successfully produce items that they will be able to use and enjoy at home.

Water Colours

I have been painting with watercolours for many years now and really enjoy using vibrant colours, seeing what happens when paper is wet and how different colours sometimes react with each other.  I usually use transparent colours to keep the luminous effect on white paper.

Sometimes I draw with pen and ink and add colour afterwards, the contrast with the control of the pen and more random results of the wash are very pleasing.

I usually prefer to paint big but the challenge of tiny is also interesting for a change and sometimes I use these tiny paintings for cards.

I always get my ideas from what I see around me, in the garden, around Britain or abroad.  I love visiting foreign places, seeing different ways of life, communicating with people who speak different languages.

Knitting Brooches

It's a pleasant activity of a winter's evening to do a little knitting!  I use fine sock wool and cocktails sticks, then have fun finishing off with beads and ribbon.

My Events

Ely Cathedral Green Fair
31 Jul 2021 - 10:15 to 18:00
Items individually hand printed in Ely. Useful art such as tea towels, shopping bags, beeswax wraps, cushions, pillowcases. Also hand made quilts and bunting.
Ely Cathedral Green Fair
1 Day Screen Printing Course Cambridge Art Makers (Linton)
27 Jun 2021 - 11:00 to 17:00
Screen printing onto textiles is exciting and useful. Designs can be intricate, random or abstract. Finished items will be colourfast and machine washable. A tea towel + bag or pillowcase will be provided but different items will be available to purchase because the printing is quick! You can bring your own fabric to print on - t-shirt, clothing, sheets as long as it is 100% cotton and light coloured.
1 Day Screen Printing Course Cambridge Art Makers (Linton)
1 Day Screen Printing Course Cambridge Art Makers (Linton)
31 May 2021 - 11:00 to 17:00
1 Day Screen Printing Course Cambridge Art Makers (Linton)
Mad Hatters
Repeats every day 3 times.
18 Jun 2021 - 11:00 to 17:00
There will be items printed on re-cycled fabric such as beeswax wraps, bunting and quilts. Also many items made from re-cycled paper. You can print on items that you bring along, such as t-shirts, pillowcases, clothing as long as it is 100% cotton and lighter coloured show up best. We will be there on Sunday with all the low tech equipment needed to screen print.
Mad Hatters
Screen Printing Course Cambridge Art Makers (Linton)
Repeats every day 5 times.
12 Jul 2021 - 10:00 to 13:00
As in the day course but 5 weeks will enable students to layer colours and plan and made larger projects, such as material for dressmaking, duvet covers, themed designs for quilt making.
Screen Printing Course Cambridge Art Makers (Linton)
Haddenham Galleries Workshop
11 Sep 2021 - 11:00 to 17:00
Haddenham Galleries Workshop

July Open Studios

Cambridge Open Studios 2021
Cambridge Open Studios 2021
fabric print making & water colours
Colour and nature have been my inspiration for screen printing to make affordable and useful art. Watercolour painting is another of my loves.
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Recently I have started cutting out pattern pieces and then printing on them to sew into garments.   I am a better printer than seamstress so we shall see!  During lockdown local images have featured more but still making useable art such as tea towels, cushions and bags.  In  collaboration with another, we have been making lampshades with Ely Cathedral images which will be available soon.  I have printed various themes in square shapes to make beeswax cloths to be used instead of clingfilm or tin foil.  With the opening of fairs it will be interesting to see how these are welcomed.

I love teaching to all age groups and am very pleased to be re-starting these in the following months.