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Alphablots are playful prints and gifts for kids and colour-loving grown ups, created by designer and illustrator Sarah Lewis

Combining a love of letterforms with a commitment to bringing colour and fun to the formal constraints of typography, I create designs for adults looking to bring colour to a room and kids who are learning their letters. I developed my style whilst screen-printing. Working with overprints and intersecting shapes with just 3 trusty pots of ink – cyan, magenta and yellow.

By encouraging children to connect letterforms with physical objects the prints help them with their alphabet and look great on a nursery wall.

Alphablots is a one size fits all kind of place so I don’t have separate ranges for boys and girls. From the outset I’ve tried to ensure all the prints feel as open and inclusive as possible. If you like it, it’s for you!

Alphablots are playful prints and gifts for kids and colour-loving grown ups, created by designer and illustrator Sarah Lewis

Combining a love of letterforms with a commitment to bringing colour and fun to the formal constraints of typography, I create designs for adults looking to bring colour to a room and kids who are learning their letters. I developed my style whilst screen-printing. Working with overprints and intersecting shapes with just 3 trusty pots of ink – cyan, magenta and yellow.

By encouraging children to connect letterforms with physical objects the prints help them with their alphabet and look great on a nursery wall.

Alphablots is a one size fits all kind of place so I don’t have separate ranges for boys and girls. From the outset I’ve tried to ensure all the prints feel as open and inclusive as possible. If you like it, it’s for you!

All Alphablots products are made within the UK by nice people with great credentials. I don’t and won’t work with anyone I feel is exploiting the planet or its people. It’s just not how I roll.

All Alphablots products are made within the UK by nice people with great credentials. I don’t and won’t work with anyone I feel is exploiting the planet or its people. It’s just not how I roll.

PRODUCTION

I used to screenprint all of my posters by hand. It was a labour of love and an excellent way to build biceps, but it became impossible to keep up with demand. I also had concerns about the environmental credentials of screenprinting at a large scale so I set about finding people who could work with me to produce my products. 

All of my products are made within the UK, and I would like it keep it that way. Currently the only things that are made abroad are the keyring fasteners and threads for the xmas decorations. I'm looking for a UK-based alternative, so if anyone knows of someone manufacturing these things here I'd love to know.

I still have the occasional limited-run screenprinted items for sale so keep an eye on my Insta where I'll announce my hand-produced items.

Got questions? Visit the FAQs page for answers to the most commonly asked questions. If you're still none the wiser after that get in touch and I'd be happy to help.  

THE ENVIRONMENT

As a paper-based company I am aware that there are very real environmental implications to the business.

I've looked into recycled stocks but it is actually harder to trace the origins of the trees when using recycled pulps. Because of this I use FSC-certified paper and wood, produced from well-managed forests which are being conserved for future generations.

All of my work is printed digitally, which eliminates the need for printing plates. The digital print process is also more efficient than traditional litho printing, requiring less energy and toxic chemicals and producing far less waste paper. Find out more here.

I love a bit of sparkle as much as the next person, but I don't use glitter in my work because this renders them un-recyclable. I don't laminate my cards for the same reason. Huge progress is being made in the development of bio-degradable processes though, so I'm hopeful that this might become an option for me soon.

 

PACKAGING

I hate unnecessary packaging and do my best to keep it to a minimum whilst making sure your products get to you in perfect condition. My postage tubes do not use plastic lids and so are 100% recyclable and you won’t find polystyrene peanuts in an Alphablots box. The plastic wraps on the cards and miniprints are made from corn/potato starch and are biodegradable. Unfortunately no one makes bio-wraps in larger sizes yet, so the bigger prints come in recyclable cello.

My alphabet cushions are made to order, which completely eliminates waste from unsold stock. These items are currently sent out in a protective plastic mailer, which I'm not thrilled about, but I am in conversations with the supplier to get them to switch to a bio-degradable or recycled option. Leave it with me - I'm on it!

POSTAGE

Parcels are sent first class using Royal Mail, please allows 3-5 working days for delivery. If you buy more than one item they will be sent together and you will only pay the postage and packaging costs for the larger item. If you wish to send things to more than one address please add one item to your cart at a time and checkout separately. 

PRODUCTION

I used to screenprint all of my posters by hand. It was a labour of love and an excellent way to build biceps, but it became impossibe to keep up with demand. I also had concerns about the environmental credentials of screenprinting at a large scale so I set about finding someone who could work with me. Enter Calverts…

Calverts are a coopertive based in East London who align well with my ethical standpoints. The firm’s assets are owned in common and their members are paid equally and participate in their management. Their trading surplus is reinvested in the co-operative or used for community aims. They’re good guys and they make exceptional quality prints. I still have the occasional limited-run screenprinted items for sale so keep an eye on my Insta where I’ll announce my hand-produced items.
Got questions? Visit our FAQs page for answers to the most commonly asked questions. If you’re still none the wiser after that get in touch and I’d be happy to help.  

THE ENVIRONMENT

 

As a paper-based company I am aware that there are very real environmental implications to the business.

I’ve looked into recycled stocks but it is actually harder to trace the origins of the trees when using recycled pulps. Because of this I use FSC-certified paper and wood, produced from well-managed forests which are being conserved for future generations.

All of my work is printed digitally, which eliminates the need for printing plates. The digital print process is also more efficient than traditional litho printing, requiring less energy and toxic chemicals and producing far less waste paper. Find out more here.

I love a bit of sparkle as much as the next person, but I don’t use glitter in my work because this renders them un-recyclable. I don’t laminate my cards for the same reason. Huge progress is being made in the development of bio-degradable processes though, so I’m hopeful that this might become an option for me soon.

PACKAGING

I hate unnecessary packaging and do my best to keep it to a minimum whilst making sure your products get to you in perfect condition. My postage tubes do not use plastic lids and so are 100% recyclable and you won’t find polystyrene peanuts in an Alphablots box. The plastic wraps on the cards and miniprints are made from corn/potato starch and are biodegradable. Unfortunately no one makes bio-wraps in larger sizes yet, so the bigger prints come in recyclable cello.

My alphabet cushions are made to order, which completely eliminates waste from unsold stock. These items are currently sent out in a protective plastic mailer, which I’m not thrilled about, but I am in conversations with the supplier to get them to switch to a bio-degradable or recycled option. Leave it with me – I’m on it!

POSTAGE

Parcels are sent first class using Royal Mail, please allows 3-5 working days for delivery. If you buy more than one item they will be sent together and you will only pay the postage and packaging costs for the larger item. If you wish to send things to more than one address please add one item to your cart at a time and checkout separately. 

COLOUR THEORY

You might have noticed that I’m obsessed with primary colours. They brighten the greyest of days and bring happiness into our homes. There is scientific proof that young children love bold colours too. When colour vision kicks in, at about 3 months, red is the first colour babies see, and they are drawn to contrasting shades and primary colours first. Good to know if you’re buying a present for a newborn.

You have science on your side

You have science on your side

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