Thursday, 29 September 2011

As seen in Westside...

October's Westside magazine has a small piece on our bespoke social stationery. Hand-set and printed to order, A5 letterhead and correspondence cards are printed on deckle-edge paper on our letterpress in the shed.

Each set is presented in a hand-made Solander box, lined with our Comet pattern paper, has matching envelopes and an integral 'secrets' drawer for pens and mementoes. The box can be ordered in green, blue or orange. Comet pattern paper comes in blue, green, red or brown. Inside the box is a 'bookplate' with details of the box and personalised dedication.
For each order you have a choice of delightful, tiny wood engravings to feature on the paper and cards,  engraved by Jonathan and printed directly from the block. He will also set by hand, using metal type, the address or wording of your choice in one of two typefaces Gill Sans or Caslon 128.

Ideal as a special present for Christmas, a big birthday or a house warming gift, do get in touch to arrange to view samples and for lead times and prices.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Hadrian's Wall

Having just visited Hadrian's Wall my eye was caught by the sub-head in Ed Frith's article in the Guardian, 'No comprehensive guide to our islands' buildings should exclude Hadrian's Wall or Stonehenge.' Commenting  on Jonathan's Glancey's introduction to the Guardian's Guide to British Architecture he suggests that Glancey misses the 'deep and longer story of British architecture.'

He goes on, 'Surely Britain is allowed its ancients: does the history of architecture only start with the arrival of Christianity, the dominant force in architecture? Surely it should include places deep in our psyche and defining the last six millennia. Where are the precise fabrications of Stonehenge, and the domestic and environmental connectivity exhibited at Skara Brae? Where are the Romans' technical marvels, Hadrian's Wall, and their integrated plumbing and heating?'

Indeed, what a marvel Hadrian's Wall is. Set in the most outstanding rolling countryside, the immensity and audacity of the project is inspirational. We spent a happy hour or two walking the wall, tramping the footsteps of the Roman soldiers, imagining the camp followers, the entertainers, the women and the muddy tracks across the sweeping landscape, standing meerkat like on top of the wall searching the moors for invading Celts...