Blush Publishing use traditional printing techniques and vintage printing presses to produce greeting cards and personalised stationery.
Their oldest press dates from 1893 and weighs over half a tonne, it is treadle powered (no electricity!) and they think it is a work of art. The paper is hand fed one sheet at a time. The Victorian craftsmanship is a work of art and beautiful to watch in full flow. The soft delicate clanking of the cast iron and ticking of the ink disk is mesmerising. Demand for their cards has grown fast and they soon had to upgrade to a 1969 powered press to keep up with the demand. It’s also much safer as they don’t have to hand feed the paper!
Although the technology they use to print is virtually extinct compared to 20 years ago, it doesn’t mean their products have to look old fashioned. They used their skills and experience as illustrators to produce their first ranges and are now working with other leading artists, designers and typographers to keep their products looking contemporary and fresh.
Blush’s popular ‘Quotes’ range is a good example of how they work with other artists and designers. They commissioned Jim Williams, an award winning typographer to design each quote. Jim chose fonts relevant to the period of the author resulting in a uniquely crafted piece of typography. A more recent range, ‘Doodle Planet’ features original drawings taken from the artists sketchbooks and transferred to the presses. The result is beautiful, crisp tactile drawings you can actually feel.