Christmas Open Studios & New Personalised Stationery Sets

Blog, Events & Competitions, Interactive Events, New Products, open studios, Stationery

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Ladies & gentlemen: once more we invite you to come to the annual Christmas Open Studios at Cockpit Arts; where we and over 100 other designer / makers will be welcoming the public into our workspaces, a perfect opportunity to meet independent craftspeople and buy direct from them in time for Christmas. We’re at the Holborn site which will be open on the following times and dates:

24th of November – 27th of November
Thurs 6 – 9pm, Fri, Sat & Sun 11am – 6pm
Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP
Tubes: Holborn, Chancery Lane & Russell Square

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Entry: £5 (includes free entry to Deptford site Open Studios)

Additionally, we’ve just launched three new designs for our range of personalised stationery sets: Ellipses, Blackfist and Radio, available as notelets on 300gsm card stock or notepaper on 100gsm paper stock. Like our existing personalised sets, you simply choose the style and stock you prefer, then add in the details you’d like to have printed followed by the colour of your choice. We’ll send a confirmation mock-up and once signed off, we’ll print up your stationery and send it out.

They’re available on our Etsy store now and can be printed in time for Christmas, plus if you’re after something a little more bespoke, just send us an email and we’re always happy to quote for custom jobs.

New Products, Summer Workshops & Open Studios

Blog, Events & Competitions, Interactive Events, New Products, open studios, Stationery, Workshops

A couple of weeks ago we welcomed the great and the good into our workshop as part of the annual Cockpit Arts Summer Open studios. We were running demonstrations on our, lovingly restored, treadle platen press; showing people the basics of how it works, the principles of letterpress and then letting the brave ones step up to the plate and have a go. We were printing greyboard beer mats with a composed design from our usual collection and we thought it’d be nice to break out the super bright fluorescent orange for the event. Fun and games all round and no lost fingers either! Plus it was a chance to show off our new range of wedding stationery and personalised stationery sets.

We also launched several new products over the weekend, namely our Pencil Notebook, which is a flip top style with a concealed pencil tucked away and graph paper inside, plus we also had two new card designs; Get Some Cider Inside Yer & The Big Beard Boys Brigade. There were our new generic Save The Date cards as well which can be used for anything from weddings to birthdays to picnics. Finally there were our two new limited edition prints; If It Is To Be and Even The Smallest Crank. Both were printed on our flatbed proofing press and were composed from our larger woodblock type.

Workshops

Seeing as it’s (technically) Summer, it’s time to run some workshops again! We’ve just put up a list of 10 dates, all of them are evening sessions, as they proved the most popular in the past, but we’re running them two days a week, every week until August. For a full description of what they cover check out the workshops page. All the dates and links to the Eventbrite listings are below where you can purchase tickets.

Tuesday the 28th of June 6pm – 9pm

Wednesday the 29th of June 6pm – 9pm

Monday the 4th of July 6pm – 9pm

Wednesday the 6th of July 6pm – 9pm

Wednesday the 13th of July 6pm – 9pm

Thursday the 14th of July 6pm – 9pm

Wednesday the 20th of July 6pm – 9pm

Thursday the 21st of July 6pm – 9pm

Wednesday the 27th of July 6pm – 9pm

Thursday the 28th of July 6pm – 9pm

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New Products and More Workshops

New Products, open studios, Stationery, Workshops

Well friends, Open Studios has been and gone and we spent a lovely sunny weekend introducing a great number of people to the wonders of letterpress and Cockpit Arts as a whole. For any of you who were there, you may have seen our new Wall Of Alphabetical Ephemera (its official name), in which we went through our collection of woodblock type and printed up a medley in a range of colours for all to peruse and purchase.

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We also took the opportunity to release a number of new designs and products. Firstly there are our Letterpress Coasters; each design was hand-cut as a printing block to prevent damage to our vintage woodblock and lead type, but they were still printed, by hand as well, in our presses. The oil based ink we use as standard is waterproof and we tested an early sample by submerging it in the sink for a couple of days! The wood itself is 3mm plywood in a natural colour.

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Next up are three new card designs, perfect for celebrations, congratulations, commiserations or just salutations. Each of the designs was composed with lead type and brass picture blocks from our collection along with some more hand-cut decorative elements for the background.

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All these products are available on our Etsy store at the links below.

Letterpress Coasters – Pack of 4

Typeset – How Very Exciting! Greetings Card

Typeset – This Calls For A Tipple! Greetings Card

Typeset – Bring Out The Cakes! Greetings Card

Lastly, we’ve just listed some more workshops for the next couple of weeks. We’ll be aiming to run a number of sessions through the summer so keep checking back regularly or follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to be kept informed of any new dates.

19th of May Evening Session

30th of May Morning Session

30th of May Afternoon Session

Recent Commission for Pied à Terre

Commission Projects, Stationery

When we’re not working on our own products we also produce a lot of business and personal stationery. We recently finished a commission for Pied à Terre, in Charlotte Street, London. Designing and printing their new menu holders to match the redecorated restaurant interior, in a deep burgundy 300gsm card stock, with a debossed, bronze logo on the cover and die-cut tabs on the inside to hold the daily menu.

We then went on to produce matching business cards for the owner as well as the restaurant manager, in both 300gsm and 540gsm weight stocks, with metallic bronze printed logos and custom mixed burgundy ink for the details set in Caslon.

If you are interested in bespoke, business or personal stationery then just email us at: info@sortdesign, and we’re always happy to discuss commissioning.

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