Thornback & Peel ♥ Marby & Elm

Thornback & Peel ♥ Marby & Elm. We’re a match made in heaven: vintage letterpress printer meets traditional screen printer, marrying age-old techniques with a modern design aesthetic. So for Valentine’s Day we decided to get together and create a unique card: Thornback & Peel’s classic Jelly illustration letterpressed with Marby & Elm’s signature fluoro script. Ready to pop in an envelope, seal with a kiss and post to your sweetheart.

Thornback & Peel ♥ Marby & Elm
Thornback & Peel X Marby & Elm Sweetheart Card
Thornback & Peel ♥ Marby & Elm
Signed, sealed, delivered I’m yours! Each card is hand dated and stamped with the Marby & Elm X Thornback & Peel seal of quality.

“This collaboration was a great opportunity to bring together our hand crafted printing techniques,” says Marby & Elm founder, Eleanor Tattersfield. “In fact you’re getting a product that is doubly hand made: a screen printed illustration by Thornback & Peel which is then over-printed on a vintage letter press by Marby & Elm.  It’s a very special thing and a wonderful marriage of traditional illustration and modern graphics. Good enough to frame!”

Thornback & Peel ♥ Marby & Elm
Hand screen printing the Sweetheart Cards in Thornback & Peel’s studio
Thornback & Peel ♥ Marby & Elm
Wibbly wobbly jellies laid out to ‘set’ on the printing table
Thornback & Peel ♥ Marby & Elm
Each card is individually hand dated before being overprinted by Eleanor in the Marby & Elm shop (see video below)

Marby & Elm Letterpress Printing from Thornback & Peel on Vimeo.

Eleanor prints on a rare Adana letterpress printer which she found on ebay. “When I went to collect it, I discovered the seller was a descendent of William Caslon [who designed the classic Caslon serif typefaces]. He gave me a set of wooden type and showed me how to use the printer. It was so exciting!” Eleanor took the printer home, set it up in her garden shed and started printing the same night. “Those early experiments are still some of my favourite prints,” she says.

Thornback & Peel ♥ Marby & Elm
Eleanor in the Marby & Elm shop with finished Sweetheart Card

“Letterpress stationery is appealing as it is both made and used in an analogue way. Doing something with your hands, rather than just tapping a screen, is something that I think a lot of people want to get back to.”

Thornback & Peel ♥ Marby & Elm
Eleanor’s home is “very Thornback & Peel’ed up in the textile department!” Here, Jelly & Cake fabric adorns her kitchen seating.

“I think we have a similar yet complementary approach to design: mixing the traditional and old-fashioned with a more modern aesthetic. The Jelly print is a particular favourite of mine and is all over my kitchen at home.  For Marby & Elm, this collaboration makes perfect sense.”

Thornback & Peel ♥ Marby & Elm
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