All of the prints,cards, wrapping paper and envelopes are made in the UK and printed on FSC certified paper. The clasps on the keyrings are the only things not made in the UK - these I have to import. I am searching for a supplier in this country though, so watch this space.
I have the occasional limited-edition prints which I hand screen-print at Princlub in East London.
The plywood decorations and keyrings are made by Laura and her laser cutter in Wales.
As with any business the products I produce do have an impact. I don’t use plastic glitters or lamination, which means everything is recyclable. And the hope is that other than the cards everything has a shelf life that means it will be enjoyed for years to come rather than end up in the bin after six months. There is always more that can be done though, and I am in constant contact with my suppliers to try and find greener ways to do things.
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 for my archive prints, cards and wrap. This paper is produced from well-managed forests which are being conserved for future generations. My decorations and keyrings are also laser cut from FSC certified wood, which is grown in Wales just 30 miles from the workshop.
I print my products digitally, which means there are no printing plates that have to be made (and then disposed of) during the process. All empty ink cans from the presses are re-cycled as is the small amount of waste imaging oil resulting from the printing process. Any waste paper and board in the production process is recycled.
I am currently shifting the production of my cushions, along with my wholesale cards and wrap over to a print on demand model, which means zero wastage.
I make my products in the UK wherever possible, which greatly reduces their footprint
Screens are notoriously inconsistent when it comes to colour, but I have tried to ensure that all imagery on the site is as acurate as possible. If you are unhappy with your item for any reason do pleaseget in touch. If you’ve purchased one of my limited editions there may be slight variations in alignment or ink coverage from print to print. This is to be expected with hand screenprinted items and is part of their charm. If you prefer pixel-perfect reproduction you might be better choosing one of the archive-quality giclee prints instead. Check out our individual letters on the Alphablots shop. If you bought one of the plywood tree decorations please be aware that due to the nature of plywood there may be variations in grain and a slight charring around the edges which is normal when laser cutting natural materials – the heat from the laser charrs the wood and gives it a nice dark colour and slighty smoky smell.
POSTAGE AND PACKAGING
Greetings cards, wrapping paper, keyrings and pin badges are sent second class using Royal Mail, please allows 3-5 working days for dispatch and delivery. Art prints will be rolled and sent as a small parcel, If it has been over 5 days get in touch and we’ll get to the bottom of where your parcel is pronto.
We can definitely try. Get in touch before you make your purchase and if we are in the studio we may be able to get it out to you faster via special delivery.
We hate unnecessary packaging and do our best to keep ours to a minimum whilst making sure your products get to you in perfect condition. Our postage tubes do not use plastic lids and so are 100% recyclable and you won’t find any polystyrene peanuts in an Alphablots box. We don't use plastic wraps on any of our greetings cards or art prints. We do sometimes use recyclable tissue to protect items like pin badges and keyrings in transit.
We do our best to make sure your package gets to you in perfect condition, but sometimes accidents happen in transit. If you are unhappy with the condition of your products in any way or there is a mistake with your order please email us within 7 days and we’ll be happy to help.
If you no longer want your products please get in touch viaemailto discuss a refund or exchange. Returns need to be made within 7 days of delivery and the items should be unused and in the original packaging. Unfortunately we can’t refund postage costs on returned items.
Absoltuely. I love working with other people and am always open to the idea of site-specific collaborations. I have a range of place-name prints that I could expand for your local area, or we could look at a completely new idea. Get in touch and let’s talk
That’s a tricky question because there are so many variables involved. I might be able to create your design by repurposing existing elements, or I might need to start from scratch. The best thing to do isget in touchso we can discuss your needs and go from there. It won’t be cheap though – if you’re looking for something within a similar price-range to my off-the-shelf prints it’s probably not for you. It can take anything from a few hours to a week to creat each new design.
Not yet. I currently do all of the negotiating myself, but it’s definitely something I’m interested in so if you’re an agent on the scout for new artist give me a shout – I’d love to chat.