Hooperhart

Wooden art handmade in Scotland

Langbank, United Kingdom

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Note from shop owner Thank you for visiting Hooperhart on Etsy! I'm now closed until Monday August 2nd but please message me with any enquiries through social media (HooperHart on Instagram and Facebook). Thank you for supporting small business!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 28, 2021

Thank you for visiting Hooperhart on Etsy! I'm now closed until Monday August 2nd but please message me with any enquiries through social media (HooperHart on Instagram and Facebook). Thank you for supporting small business!

cal scott

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About Hooperhart

Sales 316
On Etsy since 2015

I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA hons in Design & Applied Arts many moons ago and have worked in various areas of design ever since

I live by the Clyde Estuary in Renfrewshire in the west of Scotland with my husband Mike (who is a sign painter) and my rescue dog Rudy (who is a terror!). I taught myself to screenprint in 2015, experimenting with pattern and surface until I decided to concentrate on printing on birch plywood - it's great to print on and I really like the texture the of the ink on this surface. I started off making wooden postcards, jewellery and accessories (which I still do - find them at my other Etsy store HooperhartStudios!); this led to really utilising the laser cutting aspect, which led to the development of the dioramas which you see in the shop.

The pictures take a long time to plan and make; working out the layers of wood and the measurements to ensure they fit accurately into a frame is a bit of a challenge at times, but I have found I really enjoy the detail of it. It's really exciting when the wood arrives ready to start printing; as the surface grain of the wood has become more and more a focal point in my work, it creates a pattern in itself, and I often let it dictate placement of the print I put on top, making each picture I produce unique. Each diorama is individually printed, painted and constructed piece by piece. No two are ever the same; the colour scheme, the pattern I use, the placement of the wooden shapes - all of these vary each time, making a unique piece of art.

The dioramas are inspired by various things - my memories of cardboard dioramas I played with as a child, and also my time working with a theatre designer on stage sets and props. I've always been fascinated by theatre design since I had the job of painting sets for my high school production of the Wizard of Oz! Also, my mum was a theatrical costume designer, so my love of theatre is probably in the blood. The idea of creating little contained worlds in a designated space really appeals to me.

I use non-toxic inks and FSC approved birch ply, and try to source the majority of my materials from independent British businesses in the knowledge that they are ethically produced and well-made. I am grateful for each and every time someone purchases my work, and am a firm supporter of the Just A Card campaign, which encourages consumers to buy from independent businesses.

Incidentally, the name Hooperhart is an amalgamation of my mum's maiden name (Bosshart) and my gran's maiden name (Hooper) :)

Shop members

  • Cal Scott

    Owner, Creator, Designer

Production partners

  • Laser Flair

    Scotland, United Kingdom

    Laser Flair is a one-woman company who specialises in laser cutting for other small businesses. I used to do my own laser cutting at a studio nearby, but since that closed down, I now send Laser Flair my vector drawings and she cuts my wooden shapes for me. She always does a lovely job!

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