Our names are Barry & Lizzie and we are graphic designers and founders /directors of the design and digital marketing agency Teapot Creative.
We both share a passion for getting inky so we decided to put our skills to the test and create some ink based art.
Inky Misdemeanours was born two years ago when we realised that we had, by accident, accumulated quite a lot of art work between us. It was so varied and we were being asked to produce it as cards and prints by friends and clients alike.
Our initial print run was just an experiment to see if people liked our stuff. We printed the etchings and lino prints on lovely Tintoreto paper on a digital indigo press and they came out beautifully.
They sold pretty quickly and gave us the impetus we needed to do some Christmas cards and other genres of design.
We also held our first exhibition ‘Ink & Misdemeanours’ in the Sugar Cube Gallery in October 2016. We sold some originals and some prints so were absolutely delighted!
Both of us trained back in the 1990s in graphic design so this venture seems like a natural extension of what we do on a daily basis but it also gives us the freedom to be creative and get covered in ink. We spend a large part of each day working on projects for clients but both felt that we needed a creative outlet purely for ourselves.
The collection of work we produce covers a range of print making styles and subjects including landscape, travel, wildlife, architecture, folklore, pets (Barry’s beloved black Labrador) and horses. No clear theme just a combination of our interests and passions.
We both favour lino cutting, wood block prints and etching on Perspex or glass. Having a range of mediums keeps our work looking fresh as no two pieces are too similar.