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Our Shiny New Wedding Stationery Range hits the road!

Ok so the blogging once a week goal slipped quickly, but still I’ve just about made it to twice in 1 month, so that’s still a big New Years’ tick in my book! Anyway I have an excuse, we have been very busy bees at CL.AM HQ focusing on expanding and jazzing up our existing Wedding stationery range, ahead of a busy wedding fair season.

After a very positive reaction to our small wedding collection in our 1st year, culminating in a super exciting ‘Best Newcomer’ nomination by the lovely team at Perfect Wedding Magazine, we have decided to immerse ourselves in all things W-Day. We have not one, but three new design collections to share with you today… soooo drum roll please; introducing BOHEMIA, DECO and MARBLED!

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Bohemia was designed with the free-spirited festival, tee-pee, relaxed barn hoe-down-esque Wedding in mind. With a burst of pretty whimsical Spring florals, it is available in a luxury folding card with RSVP or as a flat double-sided invitation, along with co-ordinating Save the Date, RSVP and Evening Reception invitations. Braids and floral beards optional…..DECO-MAINDECO-INVITE

If you’re planning to be the bridal equivalent of Daisy Buchanan then Deco is for you, in a striking monochromatic art deco inspired print. This double-sided elegant design is the perfect way to announce your 1920’s inspired speakeasy of a day; cocktails and vintage champagne coupès obligatory! Co-ordinating Evening reception, RSVP and Save the Date invitations coming soon….

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We must admit we have fallen hard for the resurgence of marbling, its flowy, tonal, crafty organic wonder takes us right back to being a teen in the 90s, and a time of carefree youth. In fact this design was directly inspired by some vintage marbling of my own from the actual 1990’s-practically antique! Reworked here in dreamy breezy blues, our supercool double-sided Marbled design is a breath of fresh air, available in a choice of 3 fonts with Save the Date and RSVP co-rds.

We are kicking of the Wedding Fair Season, unveiling our new and improved wedding range, by returning to the unique, modern vintage aesthetic that is the wondrous Chosen Wedding Fair at Bristol Paintworks this Sunday. We will then be continuing our alternative wedding fair tour at the following fab events: A Most Curious Wedding Fair in London and The National Vintage Wedding Fair in Manchester.

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Hope to see you there! x

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Our Crafty Christmas (and the year my husband and I morphed into one)

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 10.58.38Happy New Year to you! I’m not really one for resolutions, and I won’t be living off a diet of kale washed down with juices peppered with baobab powder for the entire month of Jan-but one thing I shall try and stick to is a blogpost once a week. Ok, well maybe once a month-that would still be a vast improvement on last year. 2014 was a big year, our 1st year in business and a massive learning curve with many ups and downs. We had a cracking December packed with Christmas markets and pop-up events, so we would like to say a massive Thank-You to all who have supported, listened, advised and generally buoyed us along in the minefield that is the 1st year of starting your own business!

Like the majority of people, I’m slightly lamenting the end of the festive hols and am mostly living off a host of stale & slightly past their best christmas delights, in a bid to eek out that tingly feeling a bit longer. I also wanted so share a few of the amazing crafty gifts given and received over my yuletide; one of my favourite parts of being involved in the craft market scene is all the other wonderful designer/maker treats out there, and what excellent original gifts they make. I was also slightly concerned that myself and my husband seem to have completely morphed into the same person, and had doubled up on his/her gifts on several occasions-worryingly tragic, or sweetly in sync-draw your own conclusions!

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Assorted animal prints by Charlotte Farmer

First up was our choice of anti-festive Christmas card-we’d both gone for Charlotte Farmers’ tropical fluoro bird prints having been fans after spying them in The Turpentine, we snapped these up (separately) at Renegade and Crafty Fox Christmas Markets, and now have a lovely quartet to put up!

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 Indigo ombrè candles; Designers Guild

Next up there was a distinct ombrè theme going on as we selected matching gift-bags (Ikea…I know!) and stocking filler pillar candles-pink for the husband naturally. Something tells me ombrè is going to be making a CL.AM appearance in 2015!

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Marbled soap and handmade Christmas card

Finally there was the twin exchange of soap bars for each other-something we usually never buy or use but obviously felt needed this year.

I also had to insert here my gorgeous knitted Christmas tree card, from my very talented younger sister-who completely put me to shame by creating a stunning handmade range for the family (well I was doing markets, that’s my excuse!)

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Handmade face pots by Emma Carlisle

I was delighted to receive these supercute little pots curated by illustrator Emma Carlisle on Etsy, and first spotted at Renegade Winter Craft Fair at the Truman Theory. Perfect for tea-lights or mini cacti to add to my ceramic display hoard.

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Handwoven Christmas Gift-wrap

Another place I was surpassed in the effort stakes was gift wrapping (nothing new there). My husband Chris comes up with a different theme every year, this time he created handwoven patchwork genius wrapping paper, which I must admit I slightly overlooked in the frenzy of Christmas day unwrapping and turkey checking. Luckily he pre-empted this and took a pic himself in the making process(!) makes my mind boggle just looking at it, and certainly explains the hours locked away being ‘unhelpful’! Another new idea for the range perhaps…

watermelon homage tableI think you’ll agree, it was a thoroughly crafty Christmas all round. Finally I have paid homage to the wonder that is the watermelon-it was one fruity filled christmas at CL.AM HQ I can tell you! I think I have a watermelon themed version of anything you could want or need in life, but the search for new additions will never stop!

Shop our LA SANDIA range if you’re a megafan yourself, and if you have loads of Thank-you’s to send to we’ve got it covered!

We are currently working on expanding our Wedding range ahead of some exciting Wedding Fairs, dates to be announced next week. Remember Correspondence is Cool x

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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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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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