Meet Eleanor Tattersfield, the queen of letterpress and founder ofMarby and Elm, a design studio and online business based in Hampstead. Eleanor’s love of pressing began in 2009 in her garden shed, four years on and she now has a growing business, creating bespoke stationary and unique hand-printed gift cards, postcards, tags and a whole host of beautiful and desirable print-based products. We have collaborated with Eleanor on an exclusive range of gift cards and tags that are available to buy very soon. (We’ll all be sending friends and family the divine ‘Have a Gorgeous Christmas’ card!) Eleanor is making a special visit to our Primrose Hill store this Thursday for a one-off-bespoke-letterpress-pop-up event. It will be great fun and a chance to pick up some cool bespoke art.
We caught up with Eleanor as she was about to embark on a stint printing IN the Liberty window for the store’s “Get Creative” week!
Eleanor at her wooden workshop window, surrounded by fresh prints – hot off the press…
Why collaborate with ilovegorgeous?
It’s a beautiful brand of exquisite children clothes made with a combination of tradition and a flair for fun & fashion in a similar way to Marby and Elm, also I love Sophie [ILG designer Sophie Worthington] and see eye to eye with her on many things so feel it is a perfect fit. I believe our clients are a similarly discerning group of people who desire beautiful things made in traditional ways and with quality materials.
I have being printing with fluoro pink & orange since I started as a way of exaggerating the juxtaposition of traditional printing methods with a contemporary, funky edge.
Who’s been the greatest influence on your career?
My good friend Paloma is a genius and makes things from felted polar bears to illustrated children’s books. We spend many days out at exhibitions and art galleries for inspiration and fun.
How can children get involved in letterpress?
Children can start with rubber stamping, which is effectively an inverted rubberised version of printing with letterpress machines. This is so much fun and they can take so much away from personalising school books and pencil cases! I recommend a trip to Blade Rubber Stamps near the British Museum which adults will enjoy too!
Here Eleanor gives us an inside look at the printing process on our very own fluoro pink birthday cards…Marby and Elm
Don’t forget to come along to our free event Primrose Hill event on Thursday 7th November, where we will be offering 20% off our gorgeous clothes and accessories and some truly scrumptious treats from our friends at Primrose Bakery will be on offer!