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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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MARKET SEASON BEGINS!

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Spring is finally here (not that you’d know it looking out the window) but there is a buzz, excitement in the air as we kick off the start of craft market season in style, with the amazing Crafty Fox Market in Peckham this Saturday! We will be joining a host of wonderful cherry-picked designer/makers with the focus all being on quality handmade gorgeous stuff. As it’s our very first time trading marketstylee we are rather excited, and have been crafting up a wealth of handmade stationery goodies, ready for your perusal this Saturday.

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The CL.AM goodie stock draw is fit to bursting with market ready treasures

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Our new printed gift-tags will be available to buy on the stand

 

We would love to see you there, and if you love markets, browsing and design workshops all against a backdrop of excellent DJing and weekend drinking- you’d frankly be a fool to miss it! We will also be offering special promos and discounts on selected products on the day. It all begins this Saturday 12th April at Peckham art mecca The Bussey Building, from 12-5pm.

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Inside the Dogstar in Brixton 

Should you really be unable to make it this weekend (seriously what are you doing that tops this?) then you can catch us again and a wealth of amazing exhibitors at the second Crafty Fox Market in Brixton on Saturday 26th 11-5pm. We will be in the specially selected Undercover section upstairs at the Dogstar pub, along with a host of fresh new emerging talent. The two shows exhibitors were chosen and curated with the help of guest curators David Nicholls-the Design Editor of The Telegraph Magazine, and Amelia Gregory-founder of Amelia’s Magazine. So make sure you hotfoot to one of them, it’s guaranteed to be a great afternoon out and the perfect way to usher in the market season in the heart of South London.

Hope to see you there 🙂

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NATIONAL STATIONERY WEEK!

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Hurrah, its National Stationery Week and today is Official Pencil Day so get scribbling, jotting, and drawing. We would love to know how you are celebrating NSW14 on our Facebook page and will be celebrating each day with a shiny new image! To get into the spirit of the week for all the stationery addicts out there; we are offering a whopping 20% off online on All CL.AM goodies All week with discount code NSW . So if you’re a lover of beautiful, edgy, handmade printed stationery, then why not stock up on some new notebooks, envelopes or cards and spread the stationery love.

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x Remember correspondence is cool x

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THE JOY OF STATIONERY

Here at CL.AM we’re obviously pretty obsessed with all things stationery, and we’re fairly sure we’re not the only ones. That’s why we could not be more excited about next week being National Stationery Week 2014; an Entire week dedicated to the joy of stationery, and the happiness of the handwritten!

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The cl.am correspondence envelope range: guaranteed to brighten anyone’s day

 

 

 

It’s one of the core reasons myself and my husband started our own stationery company-as much as we all love and thrive on technology (I swore for years I would not succumb to a smartphone, only to become surgically attached to it), I can’t help but feel it’s taking over our lives bit by bit. While a lot of these technological advances have enriched and made our lives easier; instant bookings, information, advertising, dating, even sex is just a swipe/click away. The daily onslaught of checking emails, texts, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tinder, Grinder, Snapchat -I could go on all day- can leave you reeling, exhausted (and at times full of jealousy and self-loathing as you swipe from one paradise beach shot to another, whilst getting soaked at the bus stop!)

There are now ‘Digital Detox’ retreats, which were first started in California (where else!) by self confessed tech addict couple Levi Felix and Brooke Dean, and have become so hugely popular that similar retreats are being rolled out in Costa Rica and Cambodia. When I first read about these about a year ago I remember scoffing to myself ‘whatever next’, ‘only in America’ etc, however having started my own business last year, I’m amazed and horrified how much of my daily life now revolves around social media, and the buzz I get if someone actually retweets me! The embodiment of this realisation came last night, as I frustratedly tried in vain to explain the importance of popular hash-tags when tweeting to build up followers to my mum over the phone, while furiously tweeting and retweeting….and breathe. I’ve also learnt how vital those platforms are when starting a new business, and have become much less of a ‘scoffer’ and more of an advocator. No meal, day trip, newborn, walk is sacred anymore without me snapping, flicking through and selecting the best filter, and uploading-infuriating my husband and totally killing the moment in the process. This is what we all do though, right?

This is why on the flip side of all this screen glare, I’m a huge fan of the handwritten, the drawn, the idle doodle. Nothing (not even a retweet) gives me quite as much pleasure as receiving a handwritten note or card in the post, even better if its handmade. However posting into a letterbox, rather than on a blog seems to have become an almost vintage concept. This is something I believe needs to change, as do the gang behind National Stationery Week, who are on a mission to #GetBritainWriting and particularly to #GetKidsWriting following the Government’s decision to reintroduce handwriting and letter writing into Secondary Schools’ curriculum next Autumn. Having seen babies in pushchairs calmly swiping an iPad before learning to talk, this cannot come sooner in my opinion. 

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Our new 3-pack of printed A6 hand bound notebooks-perfect for your handbag

So I would encourage one and all to get themselves involved in some way with NSW14, which runs from 31st march-6th April. Whether it be to treat yourself to a snazzy new notebook to give yourself a break from the screen, write a lovely handwritten note to a friend or relative to remind them you’re thinking of them, encouraging your small ones to write a handmade card to their Grandparents, or simply using the #NSW14 if you really can’t go cold turkey!

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There’s so much amazing stationery to choose from out there, we will be offering a special NSW14 discount code next week on the CL.AM website to encourage all you budding writers. So look out for the shopping code, don’t forget Mothering Sunday,and remember: Correspondence Is Cool! x

 

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SAY ‘THANK-YOU’ IN STYLE

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If you got some amazing, thoughtful, sparkletastic presents from your loved ones this Christmas; why not reward them with a hand-stamped beautiful Thank-You card. Shop our range of original designs at : http://www.cl-am.com and bring cheer to their New Year.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL!

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Stained-glass presents wrapped, Vaticano gift-tags written, and Natale cards pimped up with lashings of glitter; CL.AM is all set for The Grand Christmas Tour! Wishing you a fantastic Christmastime with your nearest and dearest, looking forward to introducing new exciting things to our range at: http://www.cl-am.com in 2014. Merry Christmas!

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LA SANDIA RANGE AND INSPIRATION

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Personally I have always been a little bit obsessed with fruit and vegetables, and find them endlessly inspiring and joyful when it comes to eating, wearing or drawing them! Nothing conjures up the feeling of a glorious hot summer holiday more for me, than the smell and sight of a watermelon. This was cemented on our honeymoon in Mexico where vast stalls of enormous ‘La Sandia’ were being sold in markets, and smocks, dresses and textiles were beautifully embroidered with miniature bananas, citrus fruits and of course watermelon.

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I was also rather delighted to discover this amazing velvet luxury watermelon decoration in the Christmas department of Fortnum and Mason’s this year! Fruit is a recurring Spring/Summer theme on the Catwalk as well, and this scarf by Anna Coroneo does not disappoint (http://www.net-a-porter.com/intl/product/414518). I defy anyone not to be delighted when receiving La Sandia through the post, and am planning to do a whole food and drink stationery range next. Watch this space!

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Shop the La Sandia range at: http://www.cl-am.com

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