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Crafty, Colourful Stationery by CL.AM Correspondence

A big thank-you to the lovely Ela from Bochic Weddings for this super post!

Inspired by their colourful world travels, Annahita and Chris create fashion-forward wedding stationery for the style savvy couple. CL.AM aims to revive the art of correspondence and recapture the joy of sending and receiving handwritten notes with their digitally beautiful, but edgy wedding collection. They design their stationery by hand and have a variety of typographies to choose from. From their Azteca range, for the ultimate Mexican fiesta, to their brand new Bohemia collection, packed with a burst of whimsical floral sprigs, CL.AM Correspondence design and craft luxury, alternative wedding stationery that will WOW your guests.
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The invitations are the first sight of your wedding that your guests will experience, so let them know it’s one they won’t want to miss! Get them excited with fun, creative and stylish stationery that is in keeping with your wedding design! Nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ in Perfect Wedding Awards 2014, CL.AM draw their inspiration…

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Unique Wedding Suppliers for the ‘Curious’ Bride & Grooms’

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The CL.AM stationery stand in all it’s glory

On 5-8th March we had the pleasure of taking part in the wedding weekender extravaganza of all things W-Day related that is A Most Curious Wedding Fair.Taking place at the Truman Brewery over 3 days, it was definitely the biggest and in it’s own words, most ‘style-savvy’ wedding fair we’ve exhibited at thus far. With it’s own catwalk shows, selfie wall, and even a spot of BBC3 filming going down over the wedding weekender, there was never a dull moment!

IMG_2472As well as showcasing our own newly updated fashion inspired wedding stationery, and meeting a wealth of lovely brides and grooms’ to be, we were totally blown away by the awe inspiring talent of our fellow stall-holders. From wedding styling, florals and couture cakes, to exquisite made-to-order gowns, here’s what we managed to spy when we got a minute to explore……

Fellow lovers of all things tropical HEY. style hire, couldn’t be more on our level with their amazing collection of carefully sourced props, styling and made to order signs. Can we get married again tiki style in Hawaii pleeeeeease!!

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Another wedding stylist who made us swoon with her use of ombre. succulents, dip-dye and macrame was the wonderful Carrie Southall Design Absolutely love the geo napkin holder too!

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Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 16.34.17Having worked as stylist and designer for T.V, press and magazines for many years, fellow South Londoner Carrie has great space making down to a tee- We wish our entire flat looked like this!

There were so many stunning fresh floral displays of wonder at the Fair, but we were totally fooled by Friend of Faux‘s beautiful frothy arch…what do you mean it’s not real? Absolutely stunning, far less wasteful and economical than fresh blooms, and with no fear of withering and drooping during the day..what a fab idea!

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All we needed now was a crown fit for a queen from the awesome selection from Rock N Roll Bride for Crown and Glory..if glitter encrusted bows, tiaras and ker-pow florals are your bag ( and if they’re not, frankly why not?!) If only we had the guts to go lilac as well..maybe one day!

IMG_20150308_105335Finally we managed to squeeze in time for a quick pose on the amazing hand-painted Palm Springs themed selfie wall by the ladies of Lamplighter London …..

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and a delicious mini Curious themed cupcake from super bakers The Bluebell Kitchen; which gave us a much needed sugar hit, and we were spent….we’ll definitely be at the next one! Next up on the finale on the wedding fair circuit we’re at The National Vintage Wedding Fair in Manchester, hope to see you there 🙂

CL.AM Pops-Up in Camden!

So it’s been a while since I’ve got round to writing a post as things have been pretty busy in the world of CL.AM. Mostly down to our V exciting 2 week Pop-Up boutique on Camden High Street at C159. Currently in our 2nd week, we are here until Sunday with a host of printed stationery and homewares, which make perfect unique gifts selfless or selfish!

The ' before' shot

The ‘ before’ shot

We got a slightly bigger space than we bargained for, kindly provided by Camden Collective who run the shop-providing a great opportunity for new small businesses who can’t afford the costs of running their own shop. Luckily I’d packed a wealth of colourful props to help transform our area.

CL.AM arrives in Camden!

CL.AM arrives in Camden!

The C159 Shop

The C159 Shop

Hand-picked vintage at LFF Boutique

Hand-picked vintage at LFF Boutique

 

The store is packed with a host of talented designer/makers, indie labels, vintage clothing and an amazing coffee&cake shop.

 

C159 is open 7 days a week with a special late night shopping Thursday, we are hosting a Discount & Drinks eve from 6-8pm with 20% off all CL.AM goodies tomorrow. We would love to see you there the more the merrier-we are right at the front at 159 Camden High Street! 

FLASH FRIDAY!

FFIt’s Flash Friday, enter discount code FF at the checkout for 10% off all our lovely CL.AM stationery until Sunday. Happy Spending!
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🍉 🍉 🍉 WATERMELON FEVER! 🍉 🍉 🍉

It seems we are not the only ones to have gone totally fruit-bowl frantic about the wondrous watermelon!Image

My amazing birthday fruit-bowl crafted by Mr CL.AM

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My initials spelled out in watermelon; I’m happy!

Literally everytime I step out the door this Summer, I’m faced with a watermelon waterfall of amazing fruity inspired products; from fashion prints on clothing, to tote bags, to plates, to bunting, to today’s discovery JUICE!…so we really can pretend to be Beyoncè writhing around on a beach sipping watermelon.

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Sippin’ watermelon

It comes as no surprise to me that fashion, homewares, and everything in-between have fallen head over heels in love with this tropical fruit. For me the sight, smell and taste of a watermelon gives me a rush of countless fond holiday memories, it gives me that feeling that Summer Is Actually Here. In short (and I’m sure I’m not alone in this) watermelon’s=happiness.


Bunting at Tiger, top at Brick Lane Upmarket, bikini at New Look, plate at Anthropologie
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Beach towel at TK Maxx, dish at Anthropologie , Lollipop, watermelon tipp-ex at Oliver Bonas

I have been pretty low key with my watermelon purchases I’d say, and have frugally limited myself to printed hot pants, tote bag and playsuit to accessorise my handy handbag staple La Sandia notebook. 

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Art print at Pick Me up 2014, CL.AM LA SANDIA notebook on tour in Cuba this Summer, me in my Primark hot pants and co-ord notebook

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CL.AM LA SANDIA envelope and notelet set


CL.AM LA SANDIA card

I even had the pleasure of customising a close friend’s baby daughters cot last week by adorning it with the CL.AM signature LA SANDIA and LIMONE prints, see the work in progress below. Proof that you are never too young to start a lifetimes obsession with the wonderful watermelon!


The discerning client in her watermelon high-chair, the blank canvas cot headboard, the La Sandia inspiration and Posca pens, getting started

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A half-time Limone-y break

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1 side down….

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FINITO!

This summer’s emblem is most definitely our favourite fruit, the colour-popping, thirst quenching tropical LA SANDIA!

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Get your fix quick x

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PAYDAY FRIDAY!

PAYDAY FRIDAY!

Why not treat yourself this Payday Friday to one of our unique hand-bound notebooks, and we can personalise it with a hand-stamped message of your choice for you. You’ve earned a bit of sunshine this week 🙂

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An Arty Crafty Weekend

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Working the stall at Crafty fox Market in the Uncovered area

It was the second Crafty Fox Market, this time at The Dogstar in Brixton over the whole weekend, and there couldn’t have been a better, sunnier Brixton vibe. We were selling on the top floor in the ‘Uncovered’ area which pushes hand-picked emerging designer/makers, along with Mr Wingate’s screen printing workshop, where adults and children alike got thoroughly stuck in designing paper cutouts for bags, aprons and tea-towels. 

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A selection of CL.AM products for sale including our new A5 printed notebooks & Azteca envelopes

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Our ‘Wedding’ paper pom-poms provided a bright eye catching backdrop

We had a selection of printed stationery goodies on our stand, including our brand new A5 notebooks and a teaser of our Limone design, which proved pleasingly popular with the Brixton shoppers. We will be launching our hand-bound A5 notebooks and Limone envelope set on the website soon.

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Our new hand-decorated potted Cacti & Succulents addition to the stall

After popular demand at Crafty Fox Peckham, we decided to make the Cacti for sale alongside the Correspondence! Always eager for a new design challenge we decided to jazz up some old tins by decorating them ourselves to add to the Mexican/holiday vibe, and were delighted with the reception! As ardent lovers of the prickly plant we reckon CL.AM; Cacti & Correspondence has a good ring to it…we are already in plans to adorn a host of tin receptacles- so watch this space!

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Screen print by Printmaker & Illustrator Alex Brady

As there were two of us on the stand we were lucky enough to take it in turns and explore all the other amazingly talented designer-makers. I loved fellow ‘Uncovered’ exhibitor and printmaker Alex Brady’s Mexican wrestling inspired screen prints, such gorgeous use of colour. 

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 Printed photographic notecards by Zoë Burt

My husband, who is obsessed with all that is Indigo couldn’t resist purchasing these richly printed luxurious notecards by local printmaker Zoë Burt. Zoë uses the cyanotype process using light sensitive chemicals on paper which are then exposed to light with a person or object on the surface. 

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On Sunday we headed over to the Ambika building opposites London’s Baker Street, for an art fix on the final day of The Other Art Fair. We had not anticipated how jam packed it would be, but it wasn’t hard to say as a host of original art and workshops including paintings, photography, taxidermy, textiles and illustrations were stuffed inside the cool modern space. 

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I loved the blurry abstract candy-coloured paintings by Karen Thomas, and thought this trio of postcards would look great framed in a hallway.

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Our unwavering lust over all that is catholic kitsch was thoroughly sated by Julia R, Gallego’s bold provocative woodcut prints. Not to everyone’s taste, but we just Had to have them-just need to find some suitably ornate gold vintage frames now!

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It was also a great opportunity to catch up with an old friend who moved back to her native Korea a few years ago. Hajeong Chung, an amazing fellow textile designer and now university tutor was exhibiting her gorgeous printed textiles at the show. She was even kind (mad) enough to give me one of her thoroughly cool silk scarves, complete with opulent black tassel trim-a wonderful end to a culture rich weekend!

 

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CALLING ALL ALTERNATIVE BRIDES-TO-BE!

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It’s Wedding spritz hour with our Flora and Limone wedding invitations

We’re all unique, with different tastes and strong opinions on what is tasteful/cool/appropriate, never more so than in the run up madness that is planning your own wedding. You will have ‘said’ strong opinions, thrust upon you from all sides, almost entirely undesired and not requested, but you battle through, because you’re a Bridal Warrior! Thankfully selecting your wedding stationery is usually a decision you are (blessfully) allowed to make yourselves….and breeeathe. But what if, when you come to search for your dreamy yet bold, hip, fashion-inspired wedding invitations, you are met with reserved pastel cuteness, which doesn’t reflect you as a couple at all? It’s a problem we found ourselves when planning our wedding last year, we wanted edgy, bright, bold wedding stationery with a strong design/fashion aesthetic. Frustrated by all the prettiness, we embarked on our own printed stationery company, including a diverse and eclectic wedding collection.

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Our Limone with Victoriana type, Flora, and double-sided Flora with Classic type wedding invitations

While we have designed the above Limone and Flora invitations with an element of occasion and delicateness, they will also announce your big day with a bit of punch and fun with our vibrant prints. Inspired by holidays in Sicily, and English country gardens, they are perfect for Spring and Summer celebrations alike. 

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Our Tropicana wedding invitations come with a choice of 3 different type designs, and co-ordinating envelopes with sticker seals

We have created fun, quirky exciting wedding stationery, for fun, quirky exciting couples; this is not for lovers of the shy and retiring aesthetic! All of our wedding invitations come with our new co-ordinating sticker seals which can be personalised with your names, as well as a choice of 3 different typography designs-as we know how important it is that your wedding stationery feels ‘like you’. 

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So many options…our Azteca design made to suit you

Ou range includes co-ordinating designs for save the dates, invitations, envelopes, thank-you cards and notebooks. The possibilities really are (almost) endless, whether you’re having a full on Mexican theme, or subtle geometric accents, giving you creative control even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush in your life. So come along to CL.AM and have a play, it’ll be so fun, you won’t realise you’re wedding planning! We will be exclusively unveiling our wedding stationery range at The Quirky Boutique Wedding Fair, in Brighton on Sunday May 11th; a must for all you betrothed quirks 😉

 

 

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Happy Easter!

Easter Greetings

Easter Greetings


Happy Easter one and all, let the over eating begin!
Easter egg hunt

Easter egg hunt

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CORRESPONDENCE AND CACTI; A WEEKEND OF LONDONS’ BEST MARKETS

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Our stall at The crafty Fox Market, and envelope pack close up. All wares available at http://www.cl-am.com

So this weekend kicked off market season with a bang, with our very first market being The Crafty Fox Market in Peckham’s Bussey Building. For anyone that came along-we thank you-and I think all were agreed it was a wondrous Saturday with some of the finest designer/makers in the biz, yummy food and cocktails, screen-printing workshops and more, all set against some great DJ sets in Peckham’s art hub. The turnout exceeded our expectations, and we loved meeting and selling directly to our new customers; it was really rewarding and useful for us to get first-hand feedback on our stationery wares, from Londons’ finest.

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CL.AM notebbok packs, and the Crafty Fox Market in full swing

 

We met so many lovely people, customers and fellow crafters alike, and are already excited and gearing up for our 2nd market this month. Crafty Fox Market 2 lands in Brixton’s music/arts pub venue Dogstar, on Saturday 26th April 11-5pm, and we will be there in the upstairs ‘Uncovered’ area with fellow new London talent. Check the Market website for more details, and come along for what promises to be a super 2nd Weekend of local and unique shopping, eating and drinking!

One of the questions we noticed coming up a few times on the stall was ‘How much are the cacti’? I had taken them as display items to add the right feel to our stall, but it hadn’t occurred to me that people would assume they were for sale too! As they were the cacti I had used to decorate the tables at our wedding, and managed to keep Alive for almost a year, I wasn’t really up for selling them. However, one must never ignore public demand, and as fellow cacti enthusiasts we decided to make it a Market-marathon weekend (the only kind of marathon I’m interested in) and head to Columbia Road Flower Market on Sunday. 

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Peonies and succulents on a sunny sunday at Columbia Road Flower Market

It was a gloriously sunny day in London, which meant most of London had also had the same idea-crowd control aside it was the perfect antidote to many weekends of market preparation in our workshop at home. There were succulents and flowering cacti aplenty, and we stocked up on some colourful specimens for our garden living wall, and Crafty Fox 2. 

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Stalls jam-packed at Columbia Road Flower Market, and our colourful purchases

Always having one eye print-watching, we spotted a plethora of vibrant tropical Mens’ and Womenswear, which greatly pleased me and proved that men of all ages are not shying away from bold Hawaiian-esque print this season-in East London at any rate!

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Clockwise from top: A Dries tropical tapestry bomber, East end flower seller goes Hawaiian at Columbia Road, vintage Ralph Lauren Polo tropical print Mens’ shirt, my mono-tropical scuba tee

After looking round the ever-growing collection of kitsch and unique shops along Columbia Road and beyond, including my personal favourite Milagros Milagros. A one-stop Mexican handicraft haven that took me right back to Oaxaca, we ended the perfect Sunday with a sun-dappled stroll along Regent’s Canal to grab some 241 Mint Julep’s at John Salt in Angel-bliss!

If you’re a fan of correspondence and cacti alike, we look forward to seeing you in Brixton on the 26th 🙂

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