Thermofax Screens news

New Team

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Left to Right - Sarah, Christina, Claire, Christine

It is the end of our first week and we have really enjoyed ourselves....making screens, processing orders, answering questions.
We owe a big thank you to Claire, who started Thermofax Screens from scratch over 10 years ago now. She grew the business into an exciting and thriving venture which we have now taken on.
The three of us spent last Saturday - handover day - working with Claire to change all the relevant details on paper work and website. I am sure there will still be the odd thing that we have missed, but we are getting there.
Thanks too, to everyone who enjoys working with the screens and we look forward to chatting with you via email, Facebook and soon on Instagram. 
We would also love to see some of the work that you have produced using Thermofax Screens - do use the contact page to upload a photo!

Christine
 

 


 

 

 

 

 


Thermofax Screens is changing hands!

Thursday, 9 August 2018

After a busy 12 years, Claire will be retiring at the end of August and there will be a new team in place at Thermofax Screens from Monday 3  September. It will be very much business as usual, apart from the fact that they will operating out of Eastbourne on the South Coast.

The three people in the new partnership are all experienced textile artists and have been using Thermofax Screens for many years.

Christine Chester already sells her designs through the Thermofax Screens website, and can often be found travelling the country teaching paper lamination using these designs and many of the other ready made screens.

Sarah Welsby has also used the screens when teaching, and now incorporates her own designs and mark making experiments into screens to be used with her work.

Christina Ellcock is a graphic designer with a strong pedigree of using her own unique designs in complex collages.

Christine, Christina and Sarah all understand the potential and excitement of using thermal screens in their own work; for printing onto fabric and other media. They look forward to working with all the customers of Thermofax Screens, both new and current, and sharing some new designs.


Gallery slideshow

Sunday, 17 June 2018

It has taken us rather a long time but we have finally installed a gallery showing examples of thermofax printing. You can pause the slideshow to take a longer look by hovering the cursor over the picture and if you click on the gallery image, it will show you the screen that was used to create the print. 

Most of the examples shown are printed onto fabric as that is our background and it was through textiles that we were introduced to thermofax printing nearly 15 years ago. However, more and more of our customers are using the screens to print on very different surfaces including ceramics, glass and even cakes! There are so many possibilities and almost every week we learn of new ideas - it is wonderful to work with such a creative community.


Christine Chester designs

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Talented artist, Christine Chester has created an exciting new range of designs for Thermofax Screens including this wonderful Dotty design! ​Click here to see the rest of Christine's new range. 

The designs include strong graphic marks, unusual grids and gorgeous textures. They are all available in small and medium size screens and we hope you like them as much as we do. 

Christine is a practising and exhibiting textile artist and also runs Studio 11 in Eastbourne where she teaches a wide variety of classes.

Christine's website                   Studio 11 website


Swarm

Monday, 12 June 2017

Our bees settled happily into their new home after our move to Sussex nearly two years ago (is it really that long?but last week they swarmed. This is a natural evolution of the hive where the old queen and half of the beesmove on, leaving behind a new queen and the remaining bees.

The bees that leave the hive muster close by for 24 hours or more, often in a tree, and this is a golden opportunity to collect the outgoing swarm and start a new colony as the bees are very docile (too busy planning their move to be interested in stinging anyone!). We didn't have an empty hive handy but our local bee keepers put us in touch with another bee keeper searching for a colony. After an entertaining climb up the tree in full bee protection suit, the swarm was gathered and has now settled a few miles down the road in East Hoathly.

In the meantime the new queen and bees remaining in our hive are happily expanding into the extra space the swarm has created.

The gallery image has been printed on watercolour paper using two of our Ready-made screens - Beeswax 1 medium and Vintage Bee 1 mini and two inks - Black and Fool's gold (we mixed some of the black and gold together roughly to get the mottled effect on the beeswax print).


A haven for the bees

Saturday, 4 June 2016

When Thermofax Screens relocated at the end of last summer, the bees moved too! On the farm they used to live beside a very large pond and at this time of year, their main source of nectar was the golden yellow Rape in the fields that surrounded the hives. The honey they produced was very pale, with a delicate taste and set very quickly.

Now the bees have settled into their new home beside a smaller pond and there is a much wider range of plants for them to choose from (and no Rape for miles around) so we are curious to know what this year's honey will be like.

The gallery image has been printed on watercolour paper using two of our Ready-made screens - Beeswax 1 medium and Vintage Bee 1 mini and two inks - Black and Fool's gold (we mixed some of the black and gold together roughly to get the mottled effect on the beeswax print).


Spring at last!

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Spring weather at last! It is very good to be working in the studio with the doors flung open, the sun streaming in and blackbirds singing loudly.  All of which makes summer feel much closer and I hope you like our gallery image of fabric printed with Birds 1 medium and a card printed with Birds 3 mini and Boat 1 mini.

All this is such a contrast to last month when lightning hit our neighbours' beloved beech tree taking with it our broadband supply for several days - not good for an online business! Fortunately only a very few orders were delayed - apologies if yours was one of them.  In the same week, totally unrelated but with astonishingly bad timing, the laptop died but our local Computer Shop came to the rescue in record time. We are still mourning the loss of the tree as it was very stately and provided dappled shade in our garden too, but everything else is back on track.

 


A refuge from the wet and windy weather!

Monday, 1 February 2016

The weather seems to dominate everything at the moment! Rain and wind (and even a few hours of snow) have lashed the new studio during January. Fortunately it is very sturdy and well insulated so I have been able to enjoy the spectacle from the lovely big windows.

I think this is the perfect time to get creative - the garden jobs can wait until the weather is a little kinder and there is nothing nicer than immersing yourself in some printing and/or dyeing and a bit of stitch ................. the occasional glance out of the window at the swaying trees and rain soaked ground will confirm you are in absolutely the best place!

Happy printing!