Starting Girl Friday with not a lot meant I needed to get creative. And wanting to create something analogue meant I got to work with two brilliant women who are making waves in their corners of the world. We traded skills instead of money and pulled together a small mail out which I've been sending out over the last few months. The result is a bit of a secret (unless you get one through your door), but below are a few shots I took while getting under their feet.
Emily is the founder of Stanley James Press, the brilliant design & print company based in Brighton. From her tiny but enviably organised studio she designs graphics for companies like Bowdling and creates printed magic on her ancient letterpress. Working with her gave me an insight into how traditional methods still make the best stuff; with a little ink and some beautiful paper (thanks G F Smith!) Emily lay the foundations for what, over a few hours, became my new stationary. Her attention to detail and print skills are that of a ninja and I can't wait to work with her again.
Based in a farmyard in the middle of Cornwall Jenny has only recently set up Cut By Beam, a laser cutting & engraving service, but already she's pushing the envelope with what can be achieved on her laser cutter. This lady is working with some of the country's most exciting brands; creating signage, stamps and stationary on an increasing range of materials, and it's just the beginning. On the morning I popped in to visit her and Purdy, Jenny swiftly and skillfully laser-etched an enamel mug for me to give to my Godson as a belated gift; by way of a handmade, motorised jig she'd constructed to work within the laser bed. Fair to say that she took more practical skills from the 3D Design course at Falmouth than I did.