Since this journal post, we have stopped selling Christmas cards. We continue to print packaging for our range of vintage lighting products using letterpress and personalise notebooks using mechanical typesetting and letterpress.
Our Christmas cards this year are further fruit of the creative partnership with Print Club London and their amazing artists. There are three original designs by three great artists. The cards are completely exclusive to Urban Cottage Industries and available online from Saturday 23 November 2013.
Like our other Print Club London cards, we customise each card to order using hot metal typesetting. You choose the message or text in the card and we typeset and print it using our historic printing machinery. You need to see our print products to believe the quality of them. We print on thick organic card using only genuine Heidelberg windmill machines from the middle of the last century. Unlike digital printing or lithography, our presses use force – thumping raised inked image against card. Like the Christmas snow which lay round about, the images are deep and crisp and even.
Our initial print run is 250 of each card. It’s a hectic time for our print team with high demand for our embossed Moleskine notebook and diaries. Get your Christmas card order in quickly because we might not fit in another batch on our presses in time for Christmas! The cards are available individually or in packs of 10, 25 and 50.
Walter White – Heisenberg – Ben Rider
Ben Rider’s card features a festive Walter White as Santa. Walt is the lead character in the brilliant TV drama Breaking Bad. Ben himself is a London based illustrator who specialises in vibrant, edgy, work with a punky look and feel. Ben has previously worked with the Victoria & Albert museum.
Winter robin – Chris Andrews
Chris Andrews’ card is of a winter red-breasted robin. Chris is an illustrator who lives and works in Bedfordshire. His Print Club London screenprints feature a range of birdlife in amazing colours. Chris has a variety of clients in editorial, packaging and publishing.
Christmas pudding – Rose Blake
Rose Blake’s card is of a seasonal Christmas pudding. Rose is part of the This Is It collective which directs and produces films. Rose graduated in 2009 with a First Class Degree from Kingston University and was awarded an MA in Communication Art and Design from the Royal College of Art in 2011.