Teeth and Claws Blog

  • Dragon Tea Towels! Organic Cotton, Made in the UK.

    Organic Cotton Red Dragon Tea Towels © Nicola L Robinson | Teeth and Claws

    I'm very excited to finally add some organic cotton dragon tea towels to my Teeth and Claws range! These have been a long time in the making... I have wanted to put my designs on textiles for some time but have spent a long while working out how best to do this. I needed to keep the detail of my pen and ink artwork and also create a practical product. It was also very important for me to use organic cotton for my tea towels and as with all my products have them made here in the UK in small quantities.

    Dragon tea towels available directly from me here

    I know digital fabric printing is a wonderful option but I really prefer the finish and craft involved with screen printing. (I did screen printing many years ago as part of my Art A -Level on old temperamental wooden screens which were prone to misalignment! fortunately the screen printing technology has also improved vastly since this time.) After many sketches and lots of dragons I was able to adapt my artwork for screen print, and am really pleased with the results. I've gone with vibrant fiery red dragons here with my black pen and ink line work, which makes for a rather striking tea towel!

    Organic Cotton Red Dragon Tea Towels © Nicola L Robinson | Teeth and Claws

    My red dragons are all over my tea towels, looking at each other and sticking out their tongues, a would make a lovely addition to any dragon lovers home, as a gift for the alternative kitchen or chef, perfect to add some quirky dragon style to your kitchen.

    One of my tea towels hanging up in my own kitchen... my house is full of dragons, haha :)

    Organic Cotton Red Dragon Tea Towels © Nicola L Robinson | Teeth and Claws

    My dragon tea towels are available now, directly from me in my Teeth and Claws shop-

    Red Dragon Tea Towels

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  • Designer Dragon Mugs and Gothic Bats - Back in stock

    Dragon and bat mugs © Nicola L Robinson | Teeth and Claws

    I am very pleased to have my full range of beautiful dragon and bat mugs back in stock again in my Teeth and Claws shop. Thank you to all who have been asking about them in recent weeks, if you'd like one they are available again directly from me here (as of September 2020). Due to ongoing postage issues with the Covid 19 situation and significant cost increases (USPS) I am currently taking UK orders only.

    The full dragon and bat mug range is available directly from me here-

    Teeth and Claws mugs

    Purple mother dragon mug with little red baby dragon on the other side of the mug, two mugs shown... front and back.

    Purple mother dragon mug © Nicola L Robinson | Teeth and Claws

    Green dragon mug, with large beautiful scaly green dragon winding around the outside of the mug, his or her long dragon tongue reaches up and into the mug...

    Green dragon mug © Nicola L Robinson | Teeth and Claws

    Blue dragon mug with large serpent dragon coiling around the mug and hidden small green dragon inside the mug... (I use this mug for my coffee in my studio when I'm painting.)

    Blue dragon mug © Nicola L Robinson | Teeth and Claws

    Red dragon mug with a pair of red Welsh dragons looking at one another, this mug matches my red dragon valentine/anniversary/wedding card and print. (Two mugs shown, front and back)

    Red dragon mug © Nicola L Robinson | Teeth and Claws

    Flying dragons mug, decorated with a trio of fiery flying red dragons circumnavigating the outside of the mug. (I often use this mug for drinking tea when I'm reading for some reason!) perhaps there is something soothing about flying dragons.

    Flying dragon mug © Nicola L Robinson | Teeth and Claws

    Bat mug, this very special mug is a beautiful gift for bat lovers, I have also teamed up with the Bat Conservation Trust and donate 10% of the mug sales to them for their important conservation work.

    Bat mug © Nicola L Robinson | Teeth and Claws

    My Teeth and Claws mugs are made from English Fine Bone China, and are handmade for me in small quantities in Stoke-On-Trent, UK. Their handmade nature means each mug is unique, they make lovely gifts for dragon lovers and bat lovers, alternative mugs perfect for tea and coffee, perfect special mugs for tea breaks while working from home.

    I love my mugs and use them daily in this house, there is usually at least one on my desk and a few more out in the dining room and kitchen...


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  • New dinosaurs, Spinosaurus, T Rex and Deinonychus

    Spinosaurus and T Rex Greeting Cards © Nicola L Robinson | Teeth and Claws

    As those who know me and my work will be aware I love drawing creatures with a bit of a monstrous flair to them, and dinosaurs have always been high on my list, particularly the predatory meat eating ones! I am not a paleo artist, but like to draw with a reasonable amount of detail and consideration of the known science (to a point...)  I have recently had chance to draw some new dinosaurs to expand my dino range at Teeth and Claws, which are currently available as greeting cards and signed art prints.

    Let me introduce the newest additions! Spinosaurus, T rex (of course) and Deinonychus.

    Spinosaurus has been on my radar for some time, with it's massive crocodilian head and jaws and overall size (up to 14 meters long!) it was clearly an absolutely magnificent beast with it's distinct sail like protrusions along it's spine. I've tried to keep some of the crocodile vibe with my impression and bumpy scaled skin. Note the impressive large clawed forearms, much stronger armed than T rex!

    Spinosaurus Dinosaur Greeting Card © Nicola L Robinson  | Teeth and Claws

    Spinosaurus is available as a monstrous greeting card and matching art print

    Tyrannosaurus Rex has always been a favourite for obvious reasons and I have drawn a few of these over the years! But recent data has thrown up new and significant tweaks to the classic T Rex namely the discovery of feathers on tyrannosaurs. With this is mind my new T rex has a dusting of black 'feathers' across his or her shoulders and back and on top of the skull, giving a distinct hair style... :) and some vertical stripes as a visual warning that this is a top predator (as if the teeth weren't enough of a clue)

    T Rex Dinosaur Greeting Card © Nicola L Robinson  | Teeth and Claws

    T rex is available as a striking greeting card and matching art print

    Deinonychus is another more recent favourite, not as large as Spinosaurus or T rex but by all accounts a fearsome and well designed predator. It seems they would hunt in packs, so I have drawn a trio of them, prowling together. Three hungry dinosaurs are more terrifying than one...

    Deinonychus Dinosaur Greeting Card © Nicola L Robinson  | Teeth and Claws

    Deinonychus is available as a quirky greeting card and coordinating art print

    Deinonychus (whose name means 'Terrible Claw' and refers to the large talon on the back foot) was used as the original inspiration for the fan favourite 'Velocirapter' made famous by the Jurassic Park films. As far as I am aware Velocirapter was actually a great deal smaller than depicted and again would likely have been covered in significant feathers. My Deinonychus trio also have rather striking if retro looking heads of feathered hair along their spines and outer feathered arms/wings.

    Drawing these chaps reminded me that I had a toy Deinonychus back in the 80's, after winning a colouring competition for 'Dino riders'... I removed the little man (rider) and his seat and just played with the dinosaur. You could press a button on his back and the legs would move... very high tech.

    More dinosaurs to follow...




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  • Teeth and Claws & Easter Egg, Montpellier

    Teeth and Claws & Easter Egg, Montpellier

    Exciting news! (perhaps 'eggciting') I am now stocking Easter Egg, a fantastic nerdy bookshop in Montpellier, France. This shop is full of awesome things, books, toys, gifts and more (check out the Millennium Falcon and desk of books!) including a selection of my greeting cards...  I think my dragons, dinosaurs and bats will love being in this shop :) Take a look -

    Inside Easter Egg - Full Panorama

     Teeth and Claws cards on display in Easter Egg  Easter Egg Desk of Books

    Teeth and Claws Cards in Easter Egg

    Visit Easter Egg, la petite boutique des cultures geeks.

    Easter Egg, la petite boutique des cultures geeks

    11 rue des Sœurs Noires, 34000 Montpellier, France

    Follow Easter Egg-

    Instagram - @EasterEggMontpellier

    Facebook - @EasterEggMontpellier


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