What is a Giclée Print?

 

This is something I get asked by customers all the time at markets so I thought why not dedicate a little blog post to it.

First off; Giclée is pronounced ghee-clay. The term was coined in 1991 by Jack Duganne to describe a fine art digital print. It’s derived from the French word ‘gicler’ simply meaning to squirt, referring to the nature of inkjet printing.

 

Lustre - Limited Edition Giclee Print Detail

 

So a giclée print is a digital inkjet print but what makes it special is the type of printer, inks and paper used. A giclée print produces the highest quality reproduction of a piece of artwork possible and is made to last at least 100 years.

I am proud to say I print all of my giclée prints myself here in my Bristol home studio. I use a professional Canon printer which has 12 different colours of archival ink to produce perfect colour accuracy and prints made to last essentially forever without fading. On top of this, each print is printed onto heavyweight 310gsm, superior quality etching rag made of 100% cotton, and is acid free to ensure no premature deterioration.

 

 

I often post snapshots and videos of my giclée prints being printed in my studio on my Instagram stories, so give me a follow here if you’d like to see the action! I hope this answers the question sufficiently but please do comment below if you’d like to know more.

 

NEW A4 Giclee Prints

In case you haven’t already seen on my Instagram, this May I have launched a few new A4 Giclee Prints in my online shop! The designs feature my own hand-drawn illustrations of a river otter, a goliath beetle and a wild rabbit. I really do love wildlife and drawing animals brings me so much joy. Hopefully these prints will soon bring joy to lots of homes hung up on beautiful art filled walls. I would love to see photos of them framed and hung so if anyone reading this buys a print, be sure to tag @sky_siouki or #skysiouki so I can see it in your lovely home! They are all available to buy here or click on the images below for direct links to each design.

River Otter Print

Goliath Beetle Print

Rabbit Print

I’ll soon be sharing news about an exhibition I’m about to show a new A3 print in this June so keep an eye out for my next post here! Until then, lots of love x

TOP 5… Fruity Furnishing Fabrics

Time for another TOP 5 feature! Apologies I have to admit I’ve been a little slack with blogging this month whilst trying to get lots of drawing work done (and maybe having a sneaky bit of time off too). But doing these Top 5 lists has fast become my favourite blog topic so I couldn’t miss it before the month is out. This month it’s fruity furnishing fabrics as one last hurrah for the (pretty non-existent) British Summer! I’m a big fruit fan in every sense – I like to eat it, draw it and look at it too, so what better way to celebrate that than to decorate with it. So without further a do here are my favourite five printed fruit designs that I have found…

Fruit Fabrics

  1. Patterned Fruits designs by Hannah Rampley for Candid Fabrics – These colourful, quirky designs are quite bold and graphic featuring stylised pomegranates and pineapples. A great way to add a splash of colour to a muted living space.
  2. Fruit by William Morris – Going from the most contemporary to the most traditional of my selection, this famous William Morris wallpaper is a classic, featuring beautifully illustrated pomegranates. I believe it’s still available to buy, including as fabric curtains from Linen Fields here.
  3. Pineapples by Dark Dog Studio – I really love this modern monochrome pineapple design by Hannah Galvin-Horne of Dark Dog Studio, especially used on this vintage chair. I’ve come across the print a lot on Pinterest and it seems to be a big hit but I think the designer is currently still developing an online shop. Find out more about her here.
  4. Beatrix by Romo – One of my favourite Romo designs, inspired by vintage illustrations but using bright contemporary colour I think this floral design featuring pink berries strikes the perfect balance of traditional vs. modern.
  5.  Pears by Thornback & Peel – There’s not much Thornback and Peel do that I don’t like. Although their rabbits are probably my favourite this pear design has a lovely simplicity and would look stunning upholstered on a chair. The linen it’s printed on has a lovely texture to it as well.

See more of my favourite designs and patterns on my Pinterest and discover my own designs too by visiting the Sky Siouki shop.

TOP 5… Floral Interior Products

In the spirit of Summer and spending more time outdoors, this week I’m featuring floral printed homewares! Flower designs mix so well with all sorts of interior styles and make a fantastic way to add a pop of colour and energy to a living space. So below are my favourite five floral items for the home that are available this season.Floral Interior Products

  1. Autumn Tea Towel by Whitney Elizabeth – Although technically Autumn themed I think the flower illustrations on this tea towel have enough colour and spirit to keep your kitchen feeling fresh all year round.
  2. Laburnum Cushion by Abigail Borg – I love Abigail Borg’s graphic design style and use of vibrant colour contrasted against muted tones. This floral cushion would sit well in a modern or a traditionally styled home.

  3. Flower Market Colander by MacKenzie Childs – Pretty and useful! This floral colander deserves to be given pride of place hung from a kitchen cabinet for everyone to see.

  4. Sissinghurst Castle Dinnerware by Anthropologie – You can always be sure to find lots of beautifully patterned pieces of crockery in Anthropologie. This collection of flowery tableware is my favourite from their current range, but it was hard to choose!

  5. Botanical Coaster Set by Rifle Paper Co. – These stylised floral illustrations by Anna Bond have a very pretty, summery appeal and would be the perfect way to add some pops of colour to your dining table layout.

That’s all for now, but keep up with my blog to see more of my Top 5 features every month. You can find more of my favourite interior products on my Pinterest board NICE THINGS. and shop for my own Summer themed products in my online shop here.

Hand Illustrated Father’s Day Cards

Father’s Day is only two weeks away now so I thought I would do a little online hunting for some unique and beautifully illustrated Father’s Day greetings cards from some UK based designers. There seem to be an awful lot of corny joke based cards out there when looking for cards for dads but I personally prefer to give a card with a little more sentiment and creativity about it… so here a few favourites that I found.

Felicity French

Traditional but very cute, this patterned socks card by Felicity French makes a playful dad joke without words. Love how all the socks are raised giving the card a 3D look. – £2.00

Alice Palace

This quirky illustration of a daddy badger with his young one by Alice Palace is incredibly sweet. I love the scribbly style it’s drawn in… Perfect for any nature loving dads! – £2.25
Katie Leamon

Something a little more sophisticated and classical, this car design is hand stamped using an original design by Katie Leamon onto textured linen card. – £3.75
Ailbhe Creative

My dad is an avid photographer and I’m sure there are plenty of other dads out there into their photography too. This lino printed camera design from Ailbhe Creative would be ideal for snap happy dads. – £2.50

Jo Clark Design

For nature loving dads, a simple blank card with his favourite animal on it could work perfectly. My dad loves spotting the birds feeding in his garden so I’ve picked out this lovely illustrated magpie card by Jo Clark Design on Etsy. – £2.50

Sky SioukiLast but not least is my own vintage inspired Happy Father’s Day card available in my online shop with free UK delivery. Particularly well suited to any garden or dog loving dads. – £2.95

TOP 5… Exciting Wallpapers for the Bathroom

Something I often come across when browsing through my favourite interior magazines and blogs is the use of bold and eccentric design in bathrooms, especially well suited to a downstairs loo. Using a small space that you spend less time in than the rest of the house gives you the opportunity to go a little decor mad without having to spend loads or worry about over busying a calm spacious room. Below are my favourite five examples of beautiful and exciting wallpapers perfect for an off the wall bathroom!

Designer Wallcoverings

1. The Original Martinique Wallpaper by Beverly Hills Wallpaper. This infamous classic banana leaf print has had a big resurgence in popularity lately. Very bold and very green, I don’t think I could handle a whole living room filled with the leafy design but it works perfectly for a small bathroom. I love how it’s been paired with a jungle themed print in the example above.

Timorous Beasties

2. London Toile by Timorous Beasties. Another famed wallpaper by my all-time favourites, Timorous Beasties, who’s London Toile looks pretty from afar but up close subverts the classical design style by depicting gritty and violent city scenes. This design is a little more subtle in terms of colour use but is certainly the most cutting edge of my selection.

Scalamandré3. Zebras by Scalamandré. You may well recognise this one from Margot’s bedroom in Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums. Until now I had always thought that bedroom was a one of a kind wonder hand painted especially for the film so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered it is in fact a wallpaper available to all and in many different colourways too! It looks especially spectacular teamed with a majestic gilded mirror and gold accessories in this particular bathroom, although I personally prefer the blue version.

Voysey

4. Apothecary’s Garden by Voysey. This classical Voysey design from c.1926 has a very Liberty print feel about it. If you’d prefer to give your space a more vintage style then I’d definitely recommend looking at Voysey’s other wallpaper designs too, amazingly all still available from Trustworth Studios. Whilst they are very traditional many of his designs feature birds and animals creating a fun and quirky mood still.

De Gournay

5. Deco Monkeys by De Gournay. This art deco style design has quite a chic look about it but the monkeys maintain a vibrant, playful theme perfect for a wild and eccentric bathroom. Available in a few different colourways, I think I like the decadent gold version with it’s pink highlighted berries best.

So there you have it – my top five wallpapers for exciting bathrooms whether you’re looking for a classic, contemporary, whimsical, vintage or chic design. Believe me it was very hard whittling it down to just five. If you’re still on the hunt for a wallpaper for your own bathroom or small space I’d recommend checking out more of Timorous Beasties, House of Hackney, Julia Rothman and Louise Body too.

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NEW… Sky Siouki Greetings Cards

I’ve wanted to bring out some new card designs for a little while now but this May with a couple of events in sight I finally got it together and did it. There are four new designs – two in a similar style to my existing designs printed onto a white textured card and two in an exciting new style printed onto recycled card using white ink. The textured white card I use feels really sumptuous and is a lot nicer than the standard flat shiny surface most cards are printed onto, and the brown card has a lovely organic flecked texture to it because it is recycled which I think compliments the designs wonderfully. They are all digitally printed and come with brown recycled envelopes.

New Greeting Cards
The new cards include another ‘Happy Birthday’ design with an elegant deer on it, an adorable kitten suitable as a birthday card, thank you card, or anything you want it to be, ‘Jump For Joy’ featuring a little rabbit which would be ideal as a new baby card or a birthday or congratulations card too and a ‘Lovebirds’ design for engagements, weddings and Valentine’s. So now I’m proud to say I have cards suitable for nearly all occasions available from my shop!

If these go down well there may be even more to come. I’m very excited about being able to print onto 100% recycled card using white ink, enhancing the sustainable ethos of Sky Siouki so I hope to do a few more like this in the future. All of my cards are available to buy online and UK delivery is free!