Lisa Jones began designing and hand-printing her own range of cards with the help of her partner, Edward, in their London studio way back in 2000. Drawing on their backgrounds in art and fashion, they've since stocked the world's finest galleries, museums, boutiques and department stores with design-led goodies. Lisa prints all her products in local eco-friendly print outlets.
These days, as a team they illustrate and adorn greetings and homewares from an old post mill on the edge of The South Downs. The pair are equally enthusiastic over commissioned projects, with clients including The V&A Museum, Melt Chocolates, Habitat and Graphis in Japan.
I spotted their work at London's graphic arts festival, Pick Me Up in the Unlimited gallery. Lisa had contributed four new screen prints to the collection. They adore animals and textiles so they created a series of creatures on carpets. Couscous, Beigel, Paprika and Nutmeg (my favourite). They drew up each design first but the level of detail in these beautiful prints took Edward a little bit longer than usual to draw… In fact he demanded a new ‘rotring’ art pen for the occasion!
Lisa explained that Nutmeg is a screen-print based that was based upon her living room carpet. He was sketched out free-hand in pencil and then each of the four colours were traced on the light-box using pen and ink. It took Edward (who basically creates all their artwork) a couple of days. He tidied the compositions up after scanning them into PhotoShop... So a totally hand-made process.