We've had great fun putting together a Look Book for Starch Green. We wanted to create something that has more of an atmosphere than a portfolio, but that captures the range of work we enjoy and a sense what we love doing.
The book has chapters themed by colour and a 'directory' in the back that gives a reasonably comprehensive range of products and examples of our design and illustration.
Rather than just a catalogue of what we do we have included some things we like and some of our photos capturing colours and places that inspire us.
We hope the book appeals to commissioners of design and illustration in many walks of life, whether for packaging, publishing, advertising, heritage ranges, fabric, fashion, interiors, furnishing or ceramics. And no doubt lots of things we haven't even thought of. Jonathan's wood engraving has been used in lots of imaginative ways from a map engraved into a huge glass panel in the foyer of a bank to a tiny silver goldfish on a lapel pin.
The type throughout is set (electronically) in Caslon and Gill as an homage to the fact that they are the only two fonts we have as metal setting. And who needs anything else?
If you'd like to have a browse though our Look Book do get in touch and we can bring it over.
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.