Making Your Greetings Card: James Perfects The Perfect Print (With Video)… How your card is made with help from the princess of printing presses, a melting plastic and a skilled Yorkshireman called James…
Watch my new cards being printed by a traditional press here in Bradford, West Yorkshire. I find this Heidelberg machinery so hypnotic (and my terrible video editing so annoying!)… I’ll get better as I get practice! :)
Just posted the story of how the life and friendships of one 1920’s British lady spoke through her greetings cards, and gave me the meaning behind my most popular ‘good luck’ design vanroe.com/stories
Here’s James setting up the traditional Heidelberg printing press that made my first greetings cards this week. You can see my Rose & Swallow design on the silver foil fed through the machine. This is embossed onto the cards by a magnesium plate engraved with the design. James is altering the plate here by hand, to get a better effect on our final cards. James checks each print off the press by hand… and hand-delivered the first batch to my studio on Wednesday. They’ll be available in the UK next week!
My Rose & Swallow design on the printer’s desk this morning, about to be foil printed on a traditional Heidelberg press. I’ve taken some fantastic photos so can’t wait to write a blog post on the making of these cards!
Working on a traditional English crewelwork embroidery of my Rose & Swallow design. Just the roses to go now! Excited by the idea of reproducing these embroideries, whose stitches date back to the Bayeux Tapestry, with the latest digital print technology.
Researching in Bradford College’s Textile Archive today, here taking inspiration from a 1897 folio of students’ fabrics. My work will be exhibited as part of a new archive-inspired exhibition in Jan ‘15. Thank you to Curator Helen Farrar for such a warm and knowledgeable introduction to the collection. I can’t wait to leaf through more boxes - every one is a treasure trove.
Finishing touches to another Forget Me Not embroidery, based on my bestselling mirror. The plan is to print these on fine card with a woven surface, reflecting the slub in the fabric. Love that ‘slub’ isn’t recognised as a word by my (male programmed?) spellcheck. It’s “denoting fabric having an irregular appearance caused by uneven thickness of the warp”. In a Yorkshire accent it sounds appropriately excellent.
Working today on a small collection of foil embossed cards based on my compact designs. Here I’m choosing my ‘tints’ - the textures underneath the silver foil - using my high tech equipment of paper and scissors. They’ll be printed in Bradford, just down the road from my studio, by a family company specialising in beautiful traditional print. They even have an original Heidelberg press. Lots of print ideas coming together!
Two lovely American enquiries last Friday - one from a rather extraordinary Los Angeles wedding designer, the other from a personal shopper at a major airline. Here the first set of samples are ready for LA!
Just received the pre-print proof of my first greetings card, based on the embroidery I made of my Forget Me Not design. They’ll be printed in Yorkshire, with envelopes from The Yorkshire Envelope Company! So exciting. Now working on the needle version of my Rose & Swallow pewter compact.
PS - My Forget Me Not compact is currently sold out in the UK. Sorry! A restock from our Sheffield workshop went out this morning, so we’ll have more compacts online by Tuesday 5th Aug. It’s been a super busy month!
Experimenting with turning my pewter designs into embroidery for cards and prints. Here I prefer my forget me nots with an embroidered centre, rather than the silver beads I tried first. Unpicking ahead! The white diamonds behind are in a Mexican stitch I hoped to include, but I think I’ll lose this for the final version. The rest is worked in satin stitch, stem and french knots.
“Collaborations between Yorkshire jewellery designer Jane Vanroe and some of Britain’s traditional skilled manufacturers are making sure that lipstick touch ups on the go never looked so pretty.”
A beautiful photo and mention yesterday by one of my favourite fashion blogs, The Online Stylist.
My beautiful palette today. Rediscovering the embroidery skills I learned from my Nanna and my Mum. My Nanna’s embroidery of butterflies is one of the first things I see everyday, hanging over my bedroom fireplace. You can see its influence in my designs… and now I’m hoping to release some of my own embroideries as illustrations before Christmas.
Sketching today in my Saltaire garden. The Yorkshire stone is one of my favourite things about this space so I’m hoping to include its colour and texture in my new designs. There’s something about the stone’s contrast with coloured petals that’s so beautiful.