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.
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
Now that it has successfully launched, we are pleased to announce that we have been working on a commission with the Museum of London on a range of letterpress products for their shop as part of the new Sherlock Holmes exhibition.
The designs themselves were produced by A Plus B Studio, who did all the identity work for the exhibition as well as the custom typeface, whilst we were brought in to do the actual printing and apply our stationery & product design skills to the range.
Focusing on the writings of Arthur Conan Doyle, the designs were all heavily based on a selection of well known, and slightly less famous, quotes and styled in a way to evoke the bold, headlines of 19th century newspapers and billheads. The colour palette was based on the Booth’s poverty maps, and custom mixed to create a range of muted, Victorian scarlet and orange, mustard yellow, pea green, and cobalt blue.
We were particularly pleased with the blind deboss on the limited edition prints, tucked away in the bottom right corner opposite the edition number.
All the products are available in the Museum of London shop and via their online store, but if you’re in London any time between now and the 12th of April then pop by and check the exhibition out.
We’ve just recently finished a commission for some friends of ours at Pedal + Tread. They’re a husband and wife team who have just started up as an independent, online retailer focusing on all manner of essentials and accessories for outdoor living.
They’re dedicated to working with makers and craftspeople from Scandinavia and the UK and they teamed up with us to help produce some original products to help launch their store.
The idea was to make a notebook set, similar in format to our own Alphabet notebooks and Idea Pads, but with a selection of typographic designs based on quintessential quotes about outdoor life, travel and cycling.
Aesthetically they were great fun to design as the simple, more modernist style was a real change from our ornamental work. We also tried to keep to a more subtle palette with natural colours that matched the Pedal + Tread logo.
Below are some shots of the notebooks in production and there will be a short interview with us going up on their site soon as well.