Showing posts with label starch green. Show all posts
Showing posts with label starch green. Show all posts

Monday, 10 June 2013

Sneak preview behind the scenes for Artists at Home

Jonathan's shed with intriguing new prints drying...
As we sipped chilled Prosecco on Askew Road this Saturday afternoon we raised a glass to the 'Askew Road Season'. Having lived on or very near Askew Road for the last 28 years or so it's heartening to experience a feeling of community and optimism on our local 'high street'.
Our Edible Askew Tree outside Long Live Vintage
We were celebrating the successful culmination of the Edible Askew Road, three weeks of the Chelsea Fringe with fruit trees outside many of the shops along the road. Quite delightful and evoked many comments on how lovely the Askew Road was looking. It was October 2011 that we welcomed part of the new wave of classy shops to Askew Road with the Ginger Pig and Long Live Vintage. Since then Leiths Cookery School has thrived just around the corner and a number of coffee shops. like Brackenbury's, Lavelli's and Louche, have stepped up to the mark to provide appropriately lovely refreshments.
Ooo - that looks like a mermaid...
The next date in the Askew Road Season is Artists at Home, with 72 artists in 58 studios around Chiswick, Shepherd's Bush and Hammersmith throwing their doors open from this Friday, 14th June, 6pm - 9pm, and through the weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 11.00am - 6.00pm.
A new silkscreen being printed
Jonathan has been working away on a new collection called Tide Song, using a range of new seaside themed wood engravings to create new prints, silkscreens, stationery and ceramics - including the new Mermaid Jug and Tide Song mugs.
Adding gold to a goldfish - another new silkscreen print
We've been printing, sticking, labelling, painting walls, Tansy has planted a new tub - and we have our lovely Edible Askew apple tree in the garden too. 
Our apple tree in the garden
Fingers crossed that everything comes together in time for our kick-off at 6pm Friday. Do come and join us for a drink and to see the new collection premiere!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Look at our Look Book

 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.

Monday, 7 January 2013

A family affair...

A photo essay of our lovely Open Studio on 1st December 2012 by Freddy Mercer - thanks to our terrific children and brilliant customers for making the day so full of warmth and kindness.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Besotted & delighted!

Recently we had an order from Much Ado Books in East Sussex. I remembered the name from when our friend James Russell did a talk there in March on Eric Ravilious. I immediately scurried to look up there website - and what a joy! A fantastic melange of crazy type and a lovely story of a bookshop in a barn. Located not far from the magical Charleston, they specialise in books about the Bloomsbury Group, but obviously have all sorts of marvellous things and "Book-lovers find comfortable chairs for browsing our hand-picked books, ranging from fine press editions to recent publications to classics for specialist collectors." Heaven...

We carefully packed up their order in a suitable 'pre-loved' cardboard box and dispatched it from the Starch Green post office. Imagine our joy when we received not only a thank you note but a little gift too. The note opened, "We saved the parcel with our order as a treat - and opening it proved much more than just a treat - we are utterly besotted & delighted!"

The little books they enclosed are two of the London Transport Country Walks series with Ravilious illustrations on the covers - we too are utterly besotted and delighted!

Thank you so much, Cate and Nash at Much Ado Books.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Sitting Down Sports

It's all true - with Team GB's first medal going to Lizzie Armistead for cycling 'pretty well' in the Women's Road Race, our success at sitting down is affirmed. The Australians may have started the idea as a jibe, but in true British style we have embraced the slight and turned it into a positive.
Jonathan was so impressed by this idea, and always willing to stand up for his pride in Britishness, he has created a set of five wood engravings celebrating Sitting Down Sports. At our Artists at Home weekend in June cycling and rowing enthusiasts were the first to snap them up. They have now come to the attention of architect, shopkeeper and general stylemonger, Ben Pentreath who writes,
"I have just discovered my favourite thing of all about the Olympics. Not #SirDannyBoyle; not even the Queen and Bond; nor the fantastic cauldron designed by my friend Tom Heatherwick displaying his genius for seeing things differently once again. No, it’s the small set of wood engravings by Jonathan Mercer over at Starch Green, Sitting Down Sports. Pure genius."
Wow! Here at Starch Green we loved Danny Boyle's celebration of genuine Britishness and found Tom Heatherwick's cauldron, and the fact it was lit by seven athletes of the future, really beautiful. But you know, if you say so Ben...
The limited edition wood engravings can be bought separately or as a set of five at a special price of £180. They are printed by the artist on his delightful Albion press, on Zerkall mould made paper, signed and numbered.

Friday, 1 June 2012

The shop is popping!

It's all very exciting! The pop-up shop, masterminded by John and Fran Fishenden at Wood at Golden Valley is now up in a quaint little cottage in Hay-on-Wye.
An absolutely perfect place to visit over the Jubilee weekend - the countryside is perfect at this time of year - and a 10 minute walk from the Hay Festival site.

Should the weather turn a little inclement wander up the steps to the castle, squeeze through the gap in the wall, and take shelter in the geranium-bejewelled porch of Castle Cottage and come in to say hello.

The shop is filled with gorgeous Wood at Golden Valley boards, egg cups, bowls and candles plus delightful prints and felt from Anne Fishenden.
There's also a good range of Starch Green wood engravings, silkscreen prints, stationery and ceramics.
Jonathan and I will be arriving in Hay on Friday 8th and manning the shop on Saturday and Sunday next week. Please drop in.

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.