Winston Churchill once said: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Scribble & Daub believes that even the smallest token, carefully chosen, has great power. As old-fashioned stationery and proper post become new luxuries, Scribble & Daub’s letterpress printed and individually hand-painted cards are designed to enhance any present, or to be tiny gifts in themselves, meticulously hand-crafted objects of enduring pleasure to both giver and receiver – afterall, you are what you give.
“Scribble & Daub’s hand-drawn cards are perfect for every occasion” – VOGUE
Scribble & Daub was founded by Caroline Kent, previously a curator of contemporary art more used to organising exhibitions with Turner Prize-winning artists than scribbling herself. After moving from Edinburgh to a cottage in the English countryside via a year travelling in the Americas and the arrival of her first child, she turned the hand-drawn cards she’d previously sent to friends and family into a small business. Testament to the eternal power of handwritten correspondence, Caroline wrote what she hoped was a charming letter to Liberty and was delighted when they called to place an order, becoming Scribble & Daub’s second ever stockist! Only a short time later, and Scribble & Daub was featured in the pages of Vogue and The World of Interiors and stocked on the shelves of some of the UK’s leading department stores and independent shops throughout the world.
Hidden at the back of an old fashioned toy shop and stationers on Rye’s historic High Street is a pale blue door with a sign that reads – Printing Works: Strictly No Admittance. Behind it (were you lucky enough to be admitted!) you would find two vast workshops with ancient presses sitting on creaking wooden floorboards, towering shelves of old type and printing paraphernalia. It is here that Scribble & Daub’s elegantly imperfect original pen and ink drawings are transformed into plates and printed onto thick, creamy Italian paper using an antique Heidelberg press. Once printed, each card is then individually hand-coloured in the studio with Andy Warhol’s favourite brightly coloured inks so that every one is unique.
Scribble & Daub undertakes a small number of bespoke illustration commissions for both organisations and private individuals each year. Previous clients include A Little Bird, Caramel, From My Dining Table by Skye McAlpine and Votary. Visit the Commissions page to see more and please do get in touch if you have a project you’d like to discuss…
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