A couple of weeks ago we asked a photographer friend Jack Spicer Adams to spend a day with us in the print studio, the rather wonderful images he produced capture Caslon&Co designer Andy Rouse creating the patterns for our cushions and kitchen linen.
The patterns are created using antique wooden printing blocks known as ornaments and fleurons. Printers traditionally used the beautiful little blocks to add decorative flare to books and posters, you will have seen them in use on vintage circus posters and on the title pages of fine books. As the printing industry developed the use of ornaments and fleurons has declined and they are rarely seen nowadays, which is a bit of a shame if you ask us! So we’ve we put our collection to good use (and we’ve got quite a collection) creating patterns for the home, as cushions, tea towels, oven mitts and aprons. We like to think we’re giving an old art a new lease of life.
The blocks are all vintage and antique, some are so rare that we’ve only been able to find one. This was the case with the block used to create Vine Woodcut, you can see this pattern in use as a beautiful cushion is slate green. We’ll be releasing the same pattern in Dusky Pink in May, sign-up to our newsletter if you’d like to know when it’s available.
Caslon&Co designer Andy Rouse explains the process behind this pattern: “As I only have one block I can’t develop the patterns until it’s been printed several times, it’s then a matter of arranging the prints into a series of patterns, I like to do this in the studio so that I can try things out and reprint as many times as i like.”
Alternatively with Victorian Flourish cushion pattern we have enough blocks to develop a pattern on the press.
“This beautiful collection of blocks can be arranged into a number of patterns on the press, so before you begin to print you have an idea of what the outcome could be, but you never know until it’s printed and arranged into a repeating pattern.” This was the first pattern we produced as a cushion and it’s been very popular, it’s available in Lilac and will shortly in a blue. This design has also been used to create a range of kitchen linen, tea towels, oven mitts and aprons, which will be available to buy in May, sign-up to our newsletter if you’d like to know when they are available, you will also receive a 15% discount ion your next order if you sign-up
Our patterns bring a sense character and charm to the home and are ideal for a summer refresh, here’s to hoping we get a summer this year!.
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