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Sorry folks, been quite busy…

So it’s kinda a late wish for you all to have a wonderful day…

But I don’t believe in a day set aside to loving people in our lives.

I believe in everyday, making the best of those with us and those who accept us, love us and hold our trust above all else…

Living + Loving Everyday!

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>> I was busy making a specially gift for someone who wanted an item from my Blomming & Etsy shop… So here’s the final version. With hand printed wrapping paper and a whole load of love + best wishes!

 

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So, among my many loves, I have a huge love for Letterpress!

I cannot imagine a world without it. It would be colourless and most importantly, texture-less and that, in itself is a crime that cannot go noticed (or unpunished for that matter! To the guillotine I say!). For me to truly experience something, it has to be both visually and tactile (oh, and sometimes by smell! especially little goodies meant for my tummy!). I have a habit of touching everything, I have to constantly remind myself not to when I am in a museum. No, really… I stick a thumb under my satchel strap, easing it’s weight off and the other hand holds the exhibition guide.

Anyway, I have been keeping an eye on a letterpress machine for years now. It’s so tempting especially when recently a friend offered it to me for a hundred odd quid!! How do you resist the temptation of creating beautiful, tactile, paper goodies?! I’ll tell you how, live in a small place! Currently over-run by Arthur Roy Fisk (my beauuutiful drawing table, pre-owned by lovely Claire daughter of Roy Fisk, a Lincoln based artist), Bertha– My small but heavy Victorian press, Ben– My lil’ table for the digital stuff… amongst hundreds of books and little knickknacks I have lovingly accumulated over the years and stuffed into this little room! So, you see, adding a tabletop letterpress would be me literally bursting at my seams, so to speak!

And so, I decided to do letterpress without the ‘Press’! Yes… I cheated… But.. but… what can I do? I haven’t the budget or space (yet!)

A friends’ birthday was coming up so I thought I’d give a try… and this is what I managed… I know, it looks a bit pitiful but, not bad i think considering i had to physically press it between two boards to get any sorta impression! Takes lots of muscle this method… and some patience with the trial and error. However, at the end of it, you’ll have something like a letterpress…

p.s: I’d like to assure you only two metal letterpress letters were ‘hurt’ (actually broken in two!sob!) in this instance. It has been reported to the RSPCLP (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Letterpress Printing). And they recommend, should you have any unwanted tabletop letter-presses, fonts etc give them to me to prevent further metal/wood fonts getting hurt (Including my nails, and fingers…).

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More trial and error this time with a pre-factory made plastic ‘letterpress’. Again, I didn’t have the right machinery to ‘press’ these but you can see the general outcome here…

All this was actually brought about by the thought of wedding invites and a poem I read many years ago, by Edward Estlin Cummings. I have been toying with this poem for a while and wanted to produce it by letterpress. Turns out, it’s pretty expensive and so I resorted to a not so old-fashioned way to produce it. (More to follow in the next blog!) For now, I hope everyone rediscovers this beautiful art of letterpress and I wish to convince future brides/grooms to use letter-press for their wedding stationery, Save the Date cards or even to announce the new arrival of your lil’ ones post wedding dates and dramas etc…

Letterpress for me has an understated elegance- A beauty to look at and appreciate both visually and tactile.

 

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Have you noticed I tend to use exclamation marks quite a lot? Hmm… How else can I translate my excitement?! (see, there it is again! and again…) Anyway onto the subject of this post: Fayre or Fair if you prefer.

We did our First one a few days back from which I am still reeling and nursing my cold from. I haven’t managed to let go of it. I am stuffing envelopes and all sorts of things in my sleep four days on. Which explains why I haven’t posted in a while (that and the nasty sore throat and a cold). Plus I had tons to catch up work-wise. I’ve had to work straight through the days and nights to prepare for a Fair that I spotted down by De Beauvoir  whilst trying to sort out other work related emergencies. Remind me never to try and prepare for a Christmas Fair in a matter of ten days or so! Then again, who am I kidding? I’d do it over and over again if I could. It’s not all fun and games though as I found out. I have a lot respect to people who do these events now that I have had to endure it. As well as friends and  family who have had to endure it with me.

It’s one of the best way to find out how and where your product stands when you release it to your audience. Plus you meet some really nice people  and it’s a great opportunity to test friendships, your gut and find out your breaking point too…hehe 😉

Anyway, here are the pictures from the ‘stall’. More than anything, I loved the enthusiasm that came from customers who smiled and engaged with the products and learned a great deal from them about my prints, Morris Traveller vs Minor, Book marks & Book clubs etc and mainly the abundance in kind words of encouragement.

The ‘Stall’

I had the digital cards, Handmade cards for other occasions, gift tags, postcards , Bookmarks, and hand-painted cotton bags! (my first ones too!), notebooks, A2 prints for framing etc… basically, the works!!

 

 

Thank you to:

The organisers; Jen & Edward Benyon, Martin who let us use the beautiful studios. My friends & family,  The lovely ‘stall’ holders (for their company and support for each other), the two young florists, the lovely baker (who had original cinnamon buns on Sunday to die for!!), the lady with the safe back bags, The young lady with the hand-sewn purses, the lady with the glass charms & vintage items, the lads making us haloumi lunches, the lovely customers, and My favourite bubbly knitters/actors (actresses to be precise) and so many more…

Above all, a big thank you to my friend whose company kept me going and who I worked to the bone… testing each others patience hehe… Ευχαριστούμε

 

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So, they are finally here…
Arrived on Saturday but had way too much to do and only just got round to taking photographs of the final product which is printed on FSC certified stock, satin coated outside for better colour reproduction (and because I can’t stand gloss (Most of the times!)) leaving the insides uncoated so that you can scribble your lovely wishes!

p.s: Excuse the look of the photos,  I am yet to invest in a ‘photography studio’ ;-p
Skatebirdy, Birds & Bows, Twirling Pines and Fontmas Cards Series

All cards are now available to buy accompanied with a white envelope in various quantities. Please pre-order for delivery in time! 47 Days to get those cards out in time for Christmas!
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