12 days of Christmas Competition – No.1 Cambridge Imprint


In the run up to Christmas Selvedge has teamed up with some its favourite designers and makers to make 12 special Christmas give-aways. First up is a set of 10 beautiful papers by Cambridge Imprint. Cambridge Imprint is a design partnership based in Cambridge, England. They make a stylish range of artisanal products with patterned paper. Their range of stationery and desk furniture includes handmade box files, portfolios, letter trays, notebooks, and cards. Everything has a lively hand-drawn feel, with joyful illustration and typography, and is printed in beautiful colours. pink boxes 3 Cambridge Imprint is a partnership of three “patternistas”: painter Claerwen James, textile artist Jane Powell and ceramicist Ali Murphy, who share an interest in pattern and texture and the beauty of household objects in everyday use. They use traditional, methods of lino-cutting, block printing and hand-stenciled screen-printing in the studio, but modern digital and litho processes to transfer those designs to our products, in small-scale manufacture. The aim is to produce beautiful, durable objects that can reasonably be used every day, but that have a hand-crafted feel to them. Their studio is in Cambridge and all our manufacturing is carried out in the United Kingdom. christmas parcels Cambridge Imprint's design inspiration is eclectic, ranging from hand-blocked Barron and Larcher fabrics and Florentine paper, to Uzbek suzani, from the homeliness of red and white American quilts and traditional English sponge-ware, to the exuberant costumes of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. The cheerfulness of the printing by the Curwen Press during its golden age in the 20s and 30s is their touchstone for pattern, illustration and typography.Cambridge Imprint celebrate the endless variety produced by repetition of pattern and variation of colour. blues Cambridge Imprint seeks to create an authentic product, minimizing or eliminating the ‘dead hand’ of the camera and the computer from the design and manufacturing process, and attempting to preserve the possibility of happy accidents occurring. Their hand-drawn and stencilled design process sets a limit on the complexity of their images and the number of colours that can be employed: constraints that they find a spur to creativity. To win 10 beautiful papers by Cambridge Imprint, follow the link to Selvedge's 12 days of Christmas competition – there are only 12 sets to win, so speed is crucial! artisanchristmasbannerjust-bath

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  • Alison Kemp on

    Beautiful paper!

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