Soap and candle packaging for Saipua

We feel really lucky to have the chance to regularly print tags and other printed materials for the family-owned business, Saipua. Based in New York, they are another great, local business that focuses on quality materials and pitch perfect execution. They've been making olive oil based soaps for well over a decade and all of their products look and smell simply divine! Here's a photo of the cedarwood candle with a tag that we printed:

That design is so pretty; the flowers intertwined with a snake. It perfectly captures the haunting beauty of all of Saipua's flower arrangements. Seriously, we can't get enough of the stunning photographs from their blog.

Towards the end of last year, we also worked on another item, this time for a sampler of soaps. Once again, the illustration was gorgeous and this time we printed in a luxuriant matte gold ink:

Gifts for everyone!

With Valentine's Day almost around the corner, we've been creating some really sweet gifts for all the people you love most! And don't forget: these aren't just for February 14th! Stationery makes the perfect birthday present or host/ess gift. And we're also big fans of giving gifts for no apparent reason: just because we want to show somebody how much we care. So, without further ado, here are some of our top picks...

For your dad / husband / boss - THE MARINER SET

For your boyfriend / brother / workmate - THE EXPLORER SET

For your sister / best friend / niece - THE PRETTY IN PINK SET

For your girlfriend / mom / great aunt - THE LA VIE EN ROSE SET

Mystery letterpress finds!

I was chatting to Breck the other day about the presses in our workshop. We have quite a few of them - all different shapes and sizes. She was telling me that sometimes when she has bought a press and installed it in the studio, she has discovered an old remnant of the previous life of the machine. Tucked away behind the rollers or under the chase, she has found a bit of printed ephemera from when the press was last operated. Here's a photo of something she found in the press we use daily:

garment tag

It's funny to think that before we started using the press to print wedding invitations and business cards it was used to print garment tags! It's lovely to imagine the press in a whole different workshop, being operated by a different master printer. I reckon our presses have been through a great many reincarnations! Here's that garment tag tucked in amongst the parts of our Golding Jobber No. 7:

tag and machine

- Jana