Rubyblue's first Christmas Fair

After leaving my full-time job at the end of October to spend time building Rubyblue, I threw myself into exhibiting at my first Christmas Fair at Burghley House in Stamford. I signed up last year, so I've been printing cards in my spare time around work. This was difficult after long days and 2 hour commutes but I did what I could in the evenings and at weekends.

Once I'd left it was all systems go, as I only had 3 weeks! Print, print, print! I didn't really have much time to think, I just had to keep going. Then there was planning how to set up my stand. This was stressful to think about but my lovely father-in-law saved the day and built me a fold-away board to back my stand. Everything then fell into place, it was wonderful to see my products all together packaged up for the first time...

Photography by Ed Godden

Letterpress Hunt, Portobello Road.

Since my love for letterpress began a couple of years ago, I am always on the hunt for original metal and wood type. After much searching I found a cute market stall on Portobello Road run by a father and son duo. They're there every week and I now make an annual visit on the train to grab myself some new treasure for my collection. 

As always when I visit this little stall, I am overwhelmed by the amount of type and resemble a bunny in the headlights! I spend so long searching, wishing I could have it all but this time I went with a clear head knowing exactly what I wanted. A simple 'Merry Christmas' in metal type of varying sizes. I thought to myself 'I can do this', I can walk away with what I came for and not just a bag full of random type pieces. I did it, well nearly... a 48pt 'R' was catching my eye, I tried to ignore him but there was something about this piece of type. The 'R' is bright green on a wood block, it was all about the green. He just stood out from the rest, so I bought him!

After getting very cold fingers from searching through the type it was time for a hot chocolate and a hotdog. I finished the day with a walk around 'Winter Wonderland' in Hyde Park (magical) before the train journey back to Newark.

Photography by Ed Godden