longfeltwant is the love child of ink and squeegee. Nonchalant animals, francophilia and miscellanea are forced through thousands of tiny holes on to paper, card and fabric to bring handmade joy to lovely people.
It all started back in 2011 when generous colleagues gave me the leaving gift of a screen printing workshop (apparently I had inadvertently been leaving hints for a while...). After that I signed up to as many evening classes as possible. On one of those evenings I printed a badger for a friend’s birthday and it made me stupidly happy... and I've been hooked ever since.
The animals started flowing: dressage pony after lobster after party pigeon after polar bear... And the thing about screen printing is that there’s no point spending all that time preparing to make just one print, you might as well do a sneaky edition. And then you might as well share it with the world... Which is why we’re here.
So now it’s now and I still get excited when I lift up my screen to uncover new tones and spaces created by overlaying, and the big bold blocky colour the technique lends itself to so delightfully, plus the tiny details of little eyes and toes and beaks.
Over time my nonchalant herd of animals has begun to find itself infiltrated by the occasional croissant and French phrase. I have a lot of love for France and all things French having lived there for several years. So I suppose the francophilia [franco: relating to France and -philia: fondness] side of things is an attempt to hang on to the buttery sunshine-filled memories... And everything’s a little bit sexier and more mysterious in another language, n’est-ce pas?
Graphic design and illustration
I’ve always loved to draw, and screen printing is a wonderful way to express this. But the illustrations and designs I make also work pretty nicely on a computer or phone screen, or printed digitally. I can whip up designs for leaflets, posters, zines, invitations or even a tote bag for you, with original illustrations.
who is longfeltwant?
I’m Sarah Oxley. I live and work in the canal-lined Dutch city of Utrecht, creating hand screen printed work for lovers of all that's handmade, bright and a little bit ridiculous. I can also work with you to create longfeltwant-style graphics for your website or social media.
I’m available for commissions, project work and teaching screen printing workshops or classes.
When I’m not drawing or getting covered in ink, I run Pigeon Loft Creative Communications, where I focus on the written side of communications rather than the visual. The two, of course, can work beautifully together!
Finally, I also run Utrecht Print Exchange, a community for printmakers, print lovers and printmaking wannabes to share inspiration, skills and resources.