Saturday dawned beautifully sunny and saw Team Starch Green heading West along the A40. A sharp right turn a few miles before Cheltenham brought us straight to Whittington - home of the Press and the village Summer Show.
After parking in an excellently tussocky field we headed for the dog show - a charming display of friendly canines.
Next to tea and cake at the Village Hall, the sound of the brass band and spirited Morris dancers.
Back along the lane to Whittington Manor where the Press is housed in the old gardener's cottage. The garden is crammed with stalls of letterpress delights, paper and a marbling demonstration. Inside the presses are demonstrating various different letterpress techniques.
The whole place is buzzing with a typographic fervour and inky pleasure shared by a few old crusties and some fresh new printophiles keeping the love of print going.
After returning for another cup of tea in the Village Hall we headed back to the car park via the marquees - produce included wine dark chillies, over-large marrows and stringy beans. The second tent had a range of baked goods but also the children's competitions, my favourite 'a filled matchbox with contents listed.'
Driving back eastwards we both felt rejuvenated by what was definitely a grand day out.
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.