June 14, 2013

letterpress diolch/thank you card

Diolch is Welsh for Thank You. Designed and letterpress printed in red ink on Colorplan Cool Grey with red envelopes for Design Wales.

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In the studio

June 13, 2013

in the studio

studio window with view of Cardiff Central Library

mini shop letterpress paper goods



Sarah & Rory

June 12, 2013

Letterpress wedding invitation

Florabelle letterpress invitation


Florabelle letterpress invitations printed in Midnight on 425gsm cotton paper. Recycled kraft envelopes with the couple’s names and flower motif printed on the flap.

Congratulations Sarah & Rory!

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Now that have a new, bright and good-looking studio it’s about time I gave myself a little update too. The first step will be replacing the old fake Cath Kidston vinyl apron that I have been using to protect my clothes while printing. I would like a functional, utilitarian looking apron in a heavy fabric with pockets to keep essential tools. Preferably it should be made in Great Britain. Here are some options:

letterpress printer's apron1. 100% Cotton Denim Bib Apron from Apron in a Tin £24.50

bib apron from Labour & Wait

2. Labour & Wait Bib Apron made in England from hardwearing 100% Cotton Duck fabric, £38.00

dawson denim apron

3. The Mechanic Apron by Dawson Denim, made in Great Britain, £95.00

I also found this one from the US, Pointer Brand Rigid Indigo Denim Shop Apron $32.00

I’m curious to know what other letterpress printers use to protect their clothes while printing?



January 31, 2013


A lot of the time it feels like the days and months just pass with me rushing around and I’m not sure what or if I have done anything useful with my time. This year to hopefully get rid of that horrible feeling that my life is slowly wasting away I started to make notes everyday of what I have achieved in work and who I have have spent time with. With the first month of 2013 coming to an end I can say that I spent my time rather wisely.

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Goals for 2013

December 21, 2012

With Christmas markets and sales all over it’s a good time for reflection, giving the studio a good tidy and start making grand plans for 2013.

In the past 18 months since I started Bobalong I have mainly been working on graphic & website design projects for clients instead of building the letterpress side of my business. It was a financial necessity at the time but didn’t exactly fulfill my (very old) dreams of running a letterpress company. My resolution for 2013 is to concentrate 100% on letterpress and not accept any job unless there is a letterpress element to it. In 2013 Bobalong will:

  • Launch a wedding stationery collection
  • Develop other new product ranges (my notebook is packed with ideas)
  • Start selling wholesale

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Flow magazine

December 17, 2012

flow magazine

There are lots of great online magazines out there but nothing beats having a physical publication that you can touch, read & smell (!). My latest discovery is Flow, a Dutch magazine “for paper lovers”.

The magazine is divided into the sections “Feel Connected”, “Live mindfully”, “Spoil Yourself”, and “Simplify Your Life” with articles about everything from the art of making lists to Japanese paper crafts. It is a nice mix of articles and to reflect that the entire magazine is printed on different papers. Issue no 1 also came with wrapping paper designed by Dawanda sellers and a notebook that doubled as Japanese Crafting Idea Book.

You can buy a copy from the Flow website

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