Egg Press was one of the first letterpress stationery companies that I was aware of. They have been around since 1999 and are still producing fresh & original work that does brilliant job of combining contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship.
Starting my own small letterpress stationery business Egg Press was definitely one of the companies that inspired me.
(Images: Egg Press)
Improving on how I make my letterpress paper garland/bunting had been on my mind for a while. Initially the paper garland came about as a way of making use of paper scraps from Bobalong’s letterpress note cards but as turned out to be a rather nice product I wanted to make more of it.
After doing some research trying to find off the shelf paper discs (circles) I realised that I needed to have my own shape made. Although I knew it was possible, I had never done die cutting before. After some more research I found a guide on the Ladies of Letterpress website explaining on how to do die cutting on a platen press (that’s the kind of printing press I have).
I gathered all the material necessary and set to work. What worried me the most was potentially breaking my printing press, which would be the end of Bobalong.
You can see the result of my die-cutting adventure in the pictures above. Looks pretty good if I may say so!
It is available for sale here.
However good the machine may be, skill determines quality in printing… starts the latest addition to my bedtime reading list. A riveting read purchased on ebay for £1.04.
Today I spent some time in the studio printing note cards with my new goopy metallic ink. The plan is to use it for Bobalong’s Christmas range but I just really wanted to give it a test run. The result was some note cards printed using some old type that I brought over from Sweden.
I was supposed to have finished my Christmas designs by now. As always when I am thinking about new designs part of my process is making other things. Last week I made elderflower cordial and baked chocolate cake using an old cake tin that belonged to my grandmother. Now I know what to do about those Christmas designs!
It can get very lonely to run a business on your own sometimes. I definitely need to get out more and get better at talking to people. This morning Dom from Hartley Colourprint visited the studio and it was great to “talk shop” to someone. He also brought me the some lovely wood type from his collection. Thanks!
It was love at first sight when I I laid eyes on these cute folks. These Danish eggcups are called Bordfolk (“Table People” in Danish) and three of them are now part of our family. Looking forward to our weekend soldiers!
The company that makes the Bordfolk is Lucie Kaas and I bought mine at at Illums Bolighus at Copenhagen Airport.