There's something about colours on old products that feels just right. I was really pleased to re-discover my Dad's old Velos 323 stapler on a recent visit to my Mum's. The slightly brownish rich red/maroon enamel, rather worn by wear, is a delight.
It put me in mind of this recently spotted, beautifully restored, Karmann Ghia. The lovely simple branding on the car and the stapler, so robust, is lovely too. The Velos proudly claims 'Made in England' twice.
The other piece of joy I spotted while up in Leicester was this fabulous shed. All peeling and overpainted - with the startlingly yellow ragwort setting off the green to perfection.
We've had a lovely week enhanced by the presence of our very capable work experience student, Miriam. From her I have learned lots about developing repeat patterns and effectively printing samples - excellent! I feel the net benefit may be all on my side, so I hope she's had a good time. The result of our labours? A test run of a '9 interesting things' fabric and three colourways for a print using a wood engraving of Jonathan's of a leaf/feather - yet to be named.
One of the joys of the digital world is producing our annual family yearbook. Once we had boxes of shiny snaps that were carefully edited into photo albums - now we sync iPhotos, share pictures and construct a lovely book - printed and bound following a simple 'buy book' instruction and a little wait while the data squeezes down the broadband.
There's always a shimmer of excitement as we unwrap the parcel, slide off the elegant Apple branded slipcase and reveal this year's memory bank. There's nothing like it for capturing the rich tapestry of family life, the travels of the adventurous offspring and the many changing hairstyles.
STARCH GREEN is a small studio in West London, set up by artist-designers Jonathan Mercer and Kate Fishenden.
Our focus is on hand-made design, using craft skills to create artwork and objects that add positively to the pattern of life, balancing home and work and creating a feeling of well-being. Our strong commitment to family, work-life balance and applied art combines to deliver a range of distinctive pattern papers, illustrations, prints and products, and a human approach to design.
Our talents dovetail, both having skills in illustration, design and typography. Whilst Jonathan’s wood engravings are the source and inspiration for repeat patterns, prints and stationery, Kate brings in the art of silkscreen printing to create fine art prints and extend the work on to textiles. We collaborate on the design of products developed to enhance the pattern of life. Production centres around the Albion press in the shed, the kitchen table and the studio.
We also take commissions for repeat patterns, label design, illustration, bespoke social stationery and small print runs.
For more information or to arrange a viewing of the portfolio, please contact Kate Fishenden on 020 8749 6098 or by email.