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Essdee UK
03-30-2011, 11:28 AM
Hi All,

Thought id share a few gems i have obtained over the years. These below were produced by Sally Miller in 1980 and were gifted to us from British processing boards when we purchased them and their equipment in the mid 80's.

Please excuse photos as they were taken on my phone and they are still in the frames!



Close up of the above


03-30-2011, 11:45 AM
Chris....THANKS for posting these...they are amazing! Whoa!!! Im knocked out!!

03-30-2011, 12:04 PM
Very nice.

03-30-2011, 12:25 PM
Very nice, I especially like the cranes.

fire angel
03-30-2011, 12:30 PM
Those are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!

03-30-2011, 01:56 PM
A wee bit of digging and I see that these are some early works from the artist we know as Sally Maxwell now ;) http://www.sallymaxwellsart.com/old.html

Thanks for sharing. I wonder if Sally knows that you now have them?

Diana Lee
03-30-2011, 02:02 PM
Beautiful!! Were these created on the professional grade Essdee? I do miss that board. It was very thick and hardy and easy scratching.


03-30-2011, 02:38 PM
A wee bit of digging and I see that these are some early works from the artist we know as Sally Maxwell now ;) http://www.sallymaxwellsart.com/old.html

Thanks for sharing. I wonder if Sally knows that you now have them?

What a coincidence! I checked the link and wished that the thumbs expanded....Both are amazing pieces, I would have liked to have seen them better.

Thanks for sharing Chris!

tom stoner
03-30-2011, 08:20 PM
Great Stuff!! EssDee was always my favorite! Nice and thick enough that it didn't bend or warp. Is it being made any more? I still have pieces that I've hoarded for the last 6 years

Harry Seymour
03-30-2011, 08:33 PM
Beautiful work pre-ampersand.

03-30-2011, 10:08 PM
How lovely to see these from so long ago. Loving those unicorns.

03-30-2011, 10:49 PM
Very cool!! I particularly like the second one. The background is incredible.

03-31-2011, 05:35 AM
Great work from the Essdee era!!:thumbsup: I wish that board was still around!

03-31-2011, 12:17 PM
Is this Paddy Dickerson posting this???Or maybe his daughter? I am thrilled to be back in touch with you both. These were given to you after you came to the US for an art materials show in Chicago Illinois, and visit with us in my studio in McHenry Ill. A lot has changed since then including my name!!!!!:clap:
I still own almost all of those originals. They were totally cut 18x24 boards I did in the early 70's when I had a lot more time on my hands. Some of the first published colored scratchboards. Maybe they will make it into a Scratchboard Art Museum when ISSA really gets on a roll.:crossfingers:

03-31-2011, 06:49 PM
Very very cool stuff Sally. So nice to see what you were doing way back when!! Geez! You were always good!

03-31-2011, 09:00 PM
Amazing work Sally...what amazes me more is that I never even heard of scratchboard until 2002 and you were a genius at it for 30 years already!

04-01-2011, 11:52 AM
Such talent Sally! A joy to see these.

04-01-2011, 03:37 PM
what was also good was seeing the sizes listed for those... [and these guys today trembling over anything larger than an 8"x10" - :lol:]

04-02-2011, 10:34 AM
Thanks all, I keep forgetting that not many people know I had another life, pre husband #2. I had a very full career in fine art prints and collectable plates for 20 years. Had to start over after a tough divorce. That's life and it brought me to Texas where everything changed. My art changed as well. I still have those funkey boards from EssDee that had raised bumps on them that made a "screened" pattern. They were very innovative at the time.

Essdee UK
04-04-2011, 11:32 AM
Hi All and it is great that i have found Sally!

Those were given to my farther when he purchased Essdee from Paddy in the 80's. They have been here in the factory since then and are in perfect condition.

Tom, We donít make the professional anymore however we do something similar that sells like gold globally apart from in the US as Ampersand have it well covered. I will just have to be happy supplying Ampersand and Scratchart with my cutters.

Please enjoy the works of Catshill Middle School (all aged 12)


04-04-2011, 05:27 PM
Aren't kids wonderful?...they just dive right in and make wonderful art! I've taught a few different classes and ages and have been delighted with what they come up with. They are so adventurous and not afraid to try anything! I really like the leaves at the bottom and the skeleton is kind of cool, too!