To get the ball rolling with our 'Keep an eye out' series, we've found four of our favourite brands who have released the most beautiful festive papers, Christmas cards and every sparkly item in between! We've found everything from classic and traditional, to the more abstract and artistic approach.
British based design brand, Ola Studio create beautifully crafted notebooks, papers and cards. With a love of traditional skills and craftsmanship, each product is a quiet celebration of pattern, design and simplicity.
"Ola is about everyday items that have been designed
and developed with patience"
'The patterns begin in notebooks as investigative sketches and drawings. They are painted and perfected by hand with a pen and Indian inks. Once fully realised they are printed in our workshop to test and refine the designs until being passed over to one of our makers.'
With a strong influence by architecture, geometry and artists such as Sol LeWitt, Anni Albers and Donald Judd, the main aim is to create objects which people will enjoy using.
Images courtesy of Ola Studio. Prices start at £2.95. Available to buy from www.olastudio.co.uk.
Ramona & Ruth
Established in 2009, Kate Burks named Ramona & Ruth after the two women who inspired her to find beauty in simplicity - her Grandmothers.
The boutique letterpress studio, based in Omaha, produces contemporary designs using timeless techniques. Ranging from notepads and art prints, to cards and gift wrap, each item is delicately produced to leave a lasting impression.
'The initial sketch, hand-mixing the colours, the intricacies of typography and spacing, hand-feeding the vintage presses - each and every product is a beautiful journey.'
Photographs courtesy of Ramona & Ruth. Prices start at $5.00. Products available online.
For a more traditional approach, Katie Leamon is a London based studio, offering luxury cards and stationary. Launched in 2011, the brand aims to deliver beautiful, simple designs, that evoke a sense of nostalgia, drawn from the founder's love of vintage curiosities.
Their products are all carefully produced in England, predominantly handprinted using individual rubber stamps.
"All the cards are unique and have a very tangible feel to them,
which is inherent to the brand. "
The eye-catching designs and simplistic patterns are beautiful; their Christmas collection offers a range of cards, gift wrap and crackers - sure to impress anyone who receives them.
Photographs courtesy of Katie Leamon. Prices start from £3.50. Available to buy in the UK from Anthropologie, Selfridges and Harrods, or online.
Moglea is an Iowa based studio, best known for their letterpress products and abstract designs. Focusing on the craft of artful stationary and paper goods, production processes are completed by hand and create one-of-a-kind items.
"...gestural brush strokes
and intricate geometric patterns"
Launched in 2012, founders Meg and Chad sought to bring unusual techniques such as dip-dye and hand painting, to the fine stationary market. Their combination of brush marks, watercolours and letterpress is a breathe of fresh air within the industry - their designs almost portray a sense of movement.
Photographs courtesy of Moglea. Prices start at $5.50. Available to buy online.
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