Over the last year we have been working closely with Victory Press on all of our graphic print content. Near neighbours of ours in Deptford, they are a small dynamic graphic design and print studio and have been instrumental in the way we present ourselves on paper - they have really upped our game.
One of the things that Victory Press has developed for us is a series of patterns abstracted from the lifting plans or notation we use to plan our weave structures. It is amazing to me that they have taken something so seemingly hum drum as our weave notes and transformed them into such a lovely series of decorative patterns.
The patterns have become a leitmotif which we use across our graphic output - from postcards and pricelists through to packaging. Here they are used on the end papers of a little notebook Victory Press made for us last Christmas.
A lot of the in-house printing the Victory Press do is on a Risograph press. Looking a bit like an old fashioned photocopier, Riso printing has a lovely quality '...somewhere between screen print and offset lithography but with a unique aesthetic...'
The image above is of the colour swatches for the different Risograph inks. The intensity of the colour can vary from dense to quite washed out. These basic colours make up the palette for Riso printing - they are overlaid to mix tones resulting in beautiful analogue pixellated effects. Each colour is carried in a cartridge, and multi-coloured prints are run through the Risograph again to build up each additional layer.
Perhaps for me though, the greatest revelation of the last year though has been learning and understanding a little more about paper. It is no surprise to me that the world of paper is just as complex and varied as that of yarns, and Victory Press have really opened our eyes to the infinite subtleties and possibilities.
All images - Kangan Arora