Ink & Paper specialise in designing the most fabulous letterpress stationery, custom calligraphy and illustration for weddings, events and small businesses.
Having seen their wedding stationery for ourselves, we can attest to the fact that it’s absolutely stunning in it’s design aesthetic and the quality of craftsmanship which is a rare find in a digital age.
From Save The Date Cards offering that enticing first glimpse of your wedding style, right through to on the day wedding stationery, Ink & Paper will work with you to create a truly unique suite of stationery.
To compliment their letterpress designs, Ink & Paper also offer calligraphy in both fashionable pen and brush and traditional copperplate script to add a further degree of personalisation to your stationery.
So whether your style is classical and elegant or if you’re looking for something with an authentic handmade simplicity, Ink & Paper offer something for every couple. Over to Grania, Ink & Paper’s owner now to tell us more.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
My name is Grania, and I am the designer, calligrapher and printer behind Ink & Paper. I create bespoke and semi-bespoke stationery including invitation suites and on-the-day materials (menus, place names, order of service booklets).
What motivated you to start your business?
I originally trained as a designer and printer at what was then the London College of Printing, however after graduating I fell into the world of market research. While I enjoyed picking consumers’ brains and solving business problems, I found myself increasingly yearning to do something creative again.
I was already doing calligraphy, and a chance encounter with a little letterpress printing machine made me realise that I needed to follow my heart. Six months later, Ink & Paper was born.
I love that I am able to continue to bring these beautiful artisan skills to a new generation of stationery lovers.
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
Every day is different. Right now, I am designing a new range of semi-bespoke invites and I’m also in the process of printing a full-suite invite order with accompanying menus and place names – phew!
I aim to strike a balance of studio and desk/admin time to ensure everything gets done. As a one-man-band, I also look after the social media accounts and website. I try to make sure I add new content to my Instagram feed 3-4 times a week and interact as much as I can with my followers.
I also try to make time for a run most days. It’s the perfect time to tackle any business issues I need to mull over (running seems to quieten my inner critic!), and the outdoors/nature is always a source of inspiration in my work.
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
Your wedding stationery is incredibly personal, and for many couple is the first glimpse their guests will have of any look or theme they are working to. I offer a personalised service from start to finish, and I believe that a collaborative process is the most productive.
Before any design work commences, I aim to meet (or at least speak with) a couple to get to know them and understand more about their special day. This means so that I can provide them with beautiful, tactile event stationery that they will cherish.
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
Pin everything you like the look of, save images to collections on Instagram: do your research! Don’t forget to think about the wider look and feel of your wedding – is someone who specialises in boho, dip dye wedding dresses going to be the right fit if you’re going for an ultra-modern wedding?
Look at what else the maker, baker or artisan has done – does their style fit with your ideas? And do you like them? Because working with small businesses is all about relationships, and you’ll like your end product so much more if you also like the maker.
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
I love the reactions from my couples when they get to hold their stationery in the flesh! While they will have seen digital mock ups of their designs or calligraphy samples, nothing prepares them for the “wow” of holding heavy cotton card invitations in their own hands.
When I get to do menus and other “on the day” items, I especially love it when the couples share with me photos of my work in-situ – seeing how some of the smaller details help pull the day together really makes me smile!
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
It’s not just weddings at Ink & Paper! I do all sorts (just so long as it’s stationery-related): everything from business and compliments cards, monogrammed notecards and promotional coasters, menus for high end restaurants and invites/place cards/menus for private and corporate events.
What have you got planned for the next 12 months?
New collections, new designs, new collaborations! I’m planning on exhibiting at a few more wedding fairs to share the Ink & Paper love with a wider audience.
I’m also hoping to roll out workshops (both in calligraphy and letterpress) for clients who are interested in learning a new skill or perhaps even printing their own wedding invites on my beautiful vintage 1950’s press!
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
When I’m not in the studio, I love to get away from it all and can often be found walking along the coast or through a field full of wild flowers. So it is perhaps unsurprising that I find a lot of inspiration in nature!
I also love both Art Nouveau and Art Deco design periods, and when I need an injection of inspiration I’ll be found lost in a daydream, wandering around the V&A Museum.
All images courtesy of Ink & Paper