Friday, 28 September 2012

Ally Capellino

This is a beautiful Spring/Summer 2012 lookbook, for British fashion designer, Ally Capellino. With a worlwide reputation for fashion, the brand now focuses on luxury acessories. There are now also two small Ally Capellino stores on opposite sides of London, in the East End’s Calvert Avenue and Portobello Road in the West.

Size of the publication is 163x225mm, portrait, saddle stitched. It is made up using a 4pp cover on uncoated with a 32pp text of our Omnia 120gsm which is just simply stunning with the images used.
Reproduction of the close up images showing the deatail of all the leather and stitching is fantastic.

Photography is by Agnes Lloyd-Platt. Print by Chapter Press.
Posted by Justin Hobson 28.09.2012

Thursday, 27 September 2012


Paperstock was an event held on Monday evening,  hosted by the The Curch of London at their Leonard Street gallery, 71a. It involved a series of short presentations by three speakers talking about why paper and the way it is used is important to them. This was followed by questions from panel mediator, Simon Esterson (publisher of Eye magazine) and questions from the audience.  The panel consisted of  Roy Killen, partner of Push Print, paper artist Chrissie Macdonald (from the Peepshow collective) and me!

It was a great evening which was amazingly interesting and diverse both in terms of the people giving the presentations and the topics covered. It was oversubscibed and totally sold out! - a total of about 45 in the audience.
Posted by Justin Hobson 27.09.2012

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Stardream - Fine Gold

Earlier this year we took over UK distribution of Stardream from Robert Horne (see my previous post: Since then, we have been working closely with the Italian manufacturer Cordenons, to further develop the product. An exciting development is a brand new shade called Fine Gold, which is amazing and looks just like!
It comes in 120gsm and 285gsm and is available from stock right now!  It joins the two other shades, Gold and Antique Gold plus the 29 other pearlescent and metallic shades in the range. 
If you would like samples of the new shade or if you haven't already got a swatch and would like one, just give me a call or send an e-mail.
Posted by Justin Hobson 25.09.2012

Friday, 21 September 2012

MANUELA by Annoushka

MANUELA is an individual collection from leading contemporary jewellery brand Annoushka. This is the result of a collaboration between sculptress Manuela Zervudachi and company founder Annoushka Ducas who have been friends since childhood. The pieces are beautiful and amazingly fine - all made from 18 carat gold.

This is the lookbook for the collection. Size is A5 (148x210mm), portrait. The cover is made using a rough Calico bookcloth in a natural colour, simply foiled in black on the outer. It has been mounted on our Omnia 280gsm. Text is 16pp of our Omnia 150gsm which is just simply stunning with the images used. The finishing is "saddle stitched with brass wire (closest to gold staples you can get!) - absolutely beautiful.
Lovely pencil illustrations on inside of cover (above)
Reproduction of the metallic gold on the Omnia 150gsm is just superb. Excellent detail and a beautiful metallic sheen which is as close as you can get to the real thing. 

Designer on the project is Jennifer Campbell-Colquhoun.  Printing (...and the tricksy bookcloth mounting!) is by Push. Thanks to Jenny for the lovely note, which as you can read, mentions that they used our Clervaux as a background paper on the photoshoot!
Posted by Justin Hobson 21.09.2012

Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Creative Papers Blog - Archive

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about the short lived Creative Papers blog written by 'The Creative Paper Expert' at Antalis McNaughton:
Strangely enough, shortly after my post, the blog site was taken down and it was erased from history!
Fortunately, an archive copy of the blog has now appeared on the following link, so it's contents can now be enjoyed forever:
Posted by Justin Hobson 20.09.2012

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Cyclus manufacturer to close

Last Friday, Arjowiggins announced that it is to close it's Dalum mill in Odense, Denmark, by the end of 2012. Dalum is the paper mill that makes Cyclus which I know will be familiar with many readers of this blog. The mill, which currently produces 150,000 tonnes of paper a year was one one of the pioneers of 100% recycled papers.

Dalum Papirfabrik (De forenede) or Danish Paper, as it was known in the UK, was taken over by Stora in 1990 and in 1991 started to use recycled fibres. Stora merged with Enso and in 1999, StoraEnso (the new company name!) sold Dalum to a Danish group of investors for €28 million.

Jens Kampmann
Chairman (and former Danish minister for the environment) of the newly formed Dalum Papir,  Jens Kampmann, further developed the mill's recycled offering in the early 2000's and boasted "Dalum Papir has undergone a very impressive development over the past few years to become what we believe is the most environmentally friendly paper mill in the world."

Dalum was purchased by ArjoWiggins in 2007 for the grand sum of €63.5 million.

Arjowiggins has announced that it is to close Dalum by the end of 2012 to compensate for overcapacity in the market as European paper demand has been decreasing by around 6% annually for several years. There are currently 260 staff employed at the mill.

Here, at Fenner Paper, we have dealt with the mill for many years (even before they were producing recycled paper) and we are very sorry to hear this news. Our thanks and  good wishes go to all the employees at the mill and wish them the very best for the future and with new employment opportunities.
Posted by Justin Hobson 19.09.2012

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Graphic Design Walk 2012

The 2012 Graphic Design Walk, organised by Graphic Birdwatching is a combined open studio walk and design exhibition celebrating the work & practise of both local & international female creatives.

Taking place over two days (this Friday and Staurday - 21/22nd Sept) during the London Design Festival, Graphic Birdwatching has arranged for 12 studios in East London to open their doors alongside a design exhibition at the 71a space on Leonard Street.

It's a real opportunity to meet with some of London’s most prolific female creatives in their own studios. Embracing all disciplines, the walk is open to anyone interested in meeting, visiting or working with designers. The walk covers a large portion of East London including Hackney Central, Old Street, Farringdon, Shoreditch, & Stoke Newington.

For details:

Fenner Paper are again pleased to be sponsoring the paper used for the map/guide which directs walkers around the various studios.
Posted by Justin Hobson 18.09.2012

Monday, 17 September 2012


Next Monday (24th September) The Church of London is hosting a panel discussion called Paperstock. Together with other industry personalities, I have been asked to contribute on why paper and print are still an important medium of communication and the different directions in which the industry is heading.
The Church of London recently opened their basement gallery, shop and events space – 71a in June this year and this is one of a monthly programme of creative-oriented evening events. The idea is to encourage discussion and knowledge-sharing amongst the thriving creative scene, from London and beyond. Rather than the usual showcase events, they want guests to speak on topics important to them, and that the audience can learn from. The September event falls within the London Design Festival 2012 and tickets are available (at a very reasonable £6) on the following link:
Posted by Justin Hobson 17.09.2012

Friday, 14 September 2012


This is a brochure produced for the London College of Fashion as part of their 'Fashion the Future' mission. This particular brochure is about the Fashion Space Gallery and shows the plans of the proposed renovation of the Oxford Circus based gallery. 
Size is a very pleasing 345x245mm. It is a 16pp self cover, portrait, saddle stitched format. Printed on Matrisse 140gsm the design, size and format combined with the material just gives this job a beautiful feel - lots of white space and an uncluttered feel, reflecting the actual gallery space itself.
Beautiful, vibrant four colour reproduction on this spread with a handwritten quote by Zahra:
Designed by the in house creative team at the London College of Fashion (University of the Arts). Print is by Chapter Press.
Posted by Justin Hobson 14.09.2012

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Sam Winston - done after 7 months!

Today I received an e-mail from artist Sam Winston, who's appeared on this blog a couple of times before.

Back in January, I wrote about the project that he embarked upon at the Southbank Centre. Anyway, he's just finished (wow!)

Please take the time to watch this really well made video (by Justin Stokes) about the project:

And as if seven months wasn't a long enough he's also announced the completion of the Romeo and Juliet project. Six years from start to finish: Romeo and Juliet

His recent commissions include:

The New Yorker magazine
Wallpaper magazine

Posted by Justin Hobson 13.09.2012

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Fine Bone China Invitation

This post is nothing to do with paper but I think it's of interest!

Wimbledon based design company, Ideas Factory send out an e-mailshot every month about a piece of their work. This month they sent out a project which is in the same vein as my "jobs from the past"

Whilst working on their studio refurbishment earlier in the year they came across some interesting work from their archive. This is one particular piece from 1998 for Mayfair based, luxury goods company Thomas Goode (established 1827). This is an event invitation to launch an in-store exhibition of Peter Ting’s new ceramics collection. The recipient was instructed to hold the bone china invitation up to the light allowing the details, screen printed on the reverse, to be revealed.

It's just a beautiful idea playing with the translucent nature of thin china. The invitation was wrapped in a watermarked Japanese paper in such a way that allowed the receiver to slowly reveal the invitation.

All in all a beautiful project and not very much to do with paper - but I hope you like it.

Thanks to Mark Wilkins at Ideas Factory for keeping me on his e-mailshot list ...keep them coming!
Posted by Justin Hobson 11.09.2012

Friday, 7 September 2012

The Girl Effect

Here is a series of really striking broadsheets produced for the London Summit on Family Planning held in July by "The Girl Effect".

The Nike Foundation created the Girl Effect and is devoted to the idea that the empowerment of girls is the key to significant social and economic change in developing countries. When a girl has the right tools in place, a chance to use her voice and systems set up to work for her, she will transform the lives of everyone around her. One of the tools is family planning and that's what the conference (and these broadsheets) are about.
This particular job is a series of three A2 broadsheets 420x594mm folding down to A5 (210x148mm). They are printed in just two colours (black and fluorescent specials) for the bold graphic style. The broadsheets are printed on our Redeem 100% Recycled 70gsm. 
The folded broadsheets are held together with a belly band produced on fluorescent poster paper and the type is lasercut (which looks just amazing).

Design is by Accept & Proceed. Creative director on the project is Matthew Jones. Print is by Push. It's a simple, beautifully designed and well produced project ... I love it!
Posted by Justin Hobson 07.09.2012

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Blog by The Creative Paper Expert!

Most followers of this blog know that I try to keep keep my posts positive,  interesting,  paper related and occasionally light hearted! ...and rarely do I slag things off.  However I have to share with you something that both amused and frustrated me at the same time!
Last summer (2011) a follower of this blog sent me a link to the new Antalis McNaughton "Creative Papers" blog. On reading it, I felt it was clearly an attempt to create a blog along similar lines to this one. Although it is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I find it frustrating when a multi BILLION pound global corporation (Antalis turnover £480 million and they are part of Sequana which turnover €3.9 billion!) follows the trend of a small little company like us rather than doing something new and setting their own trend.

As it turns out, I should have had no concerns whatsoever. It started on 3rd June 2011 and the last post was dated 2nd November 2011 with a total of 9 posts!

...and the most hilarious thing of all is that it wasn't written by a named individual, it's written by the "Creative Paper Expert" - not even I would try and aspire to that job title! 
"Welcome to the Creative Papers blog from Antalis McNaughton, the home of everything that is new, innovative, interesting and creative in the world of paper. Keep posted for ideas, thoughts, advice and suggestions from the experts in print and paper" ...but obviously nothing's happening in 2012!
Do have a look:
Please note this link doesn't work anymore - see the update below
Posted by Justin Hobson 06.09.2012
PS - an update 20.09.2012
After writing the above post about 'The Creative Paper Expert' and the above mentioned blog, the blog site was taken down and it's been erased from history! Fortunately, an archive copy of the blog has now appeared on the following link, so it's contents can now be enjoyed forever:

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Jobs from the past - Number 35

Followers of this blog will know that my first post of every month is a "job from the past" so that I can show some of the really good work from years gone by and here's one from 1995.

English Heritage 10th Anniversary Conservation Awards 1994-5
This booklet was comissioned by English Heritage to introduce their 'one off' award as part of English Heritage's 10th Anniversay celebrations. This 'award of awards' was given in conjunction with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors awards.

This modest, yet beautifully produced, piece of literature was to introduce the awards. It is 140mm square format with a 4pp cover and an 8pp text and is 'three hole sewn' in black thread.
Images are printed in Duotone (beautifully) on our uncoated Neptune Unique 250gsm and 135gsm. Printed in black, grey and red (this was back in the days when doing a three colour job was cheaper than CMYK!) The photography is by Phil Sayer and looks as amazing today as it did then.
Detail showing three hole sewing:
Outside back cover showing 'belly-band' printed in silver on a coated silk paper:

It was designed by Atelier Works. Lead Designer was John Powner working with senior designer Annabel Clements.
The job was printed by a company called Penshurst Press based in Tunbridge Wells. Sadly the company is no longer around. Alan Flack who was the "press minder" that actually physically printed this job left Penshurst Press with Martin Darby to form their own printing company called Principal Colour and they are still based in Paddock Wood in Kent.
Posted by Justin Hobson 04.09.2012