Archive for November, 2010

Secret Artist

I travelled to London at the weekend to see the Secret Artist Exhibition at The Royal College of Art, London.

This is an annual contemporary art exhibition held by the RCA. In a nutshell, postcard sized art works are donated to the exhibition by professional artists, designers, illustrators, students and graduates from the College and these 2800 artworks are sold to the public at a one day sale, with every piece of art work costing £45 regardless of whether it has been made by a famous artist or student. So what’s the secret?

The 2800 postcards are displayed anonymously and are signed on the reverse, so that the artist remains a secret until after the cards are purchased and their signature is revealed. So collectors wont know the identity of the artist until they have made their purchase.

Over 1,000 artists have donated work to RCA Secret this year, including Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Yoko Ono, Jake Chapman, Olafur Eliasson, Yinka Shonibare, Sir Peter Blake, John Baldessari, fashion designers Manolo Blahnik, Mary Quant and Sir Paul Smith, animator Nick Park, photographer David Bailey, film maker Mike Leigh and designers Ron Arad and James Dyson, as well as students and graduates from the Royal College of Art.

Some of my favourite pieces from my shortlist. One of my shortlisted was by Tracey Emin which wasn’t available by the time I had got to the front. Can you guess which one it is?

I travelled down to London on the Friday evening & met with friends who were also coming to the exhibition. We had planned to set out on the Saturday morning to get in the queue for 7am for the opening at 8am. We had ended up staying out on the Friday night until 6am so I set straight out to the exhibition in South Kensington without having gone to bed. I arrived at the end of the queue at 7.30am. The queue was HUGE. I hadn’t realised how huge it actually was but it took 5 hours of queuing on the streets until I got to the actual building. People had actually camped out so I was very ill prepared with a hangover, last nights make up on, heels & no breakfast/coffee not the best situation) but I was in the queue & couldn’t leave my place. 

The atmosphere was strange. A real buzz in the air and lot’s of chatting in the queue. I met some really nice people.

Did I get one? Of course I did. There was no way I was leaving without one, so I had decided that even if none of my chosen cards were left that I’d pick one/any that I liked.

By the time I got to the front of the queue, so many pieces had gone and from my original short list of about 30, there were 3 pieces left. I managed to get one I had wanted. Number 2621. A piece I had chosen to go on our studio wall, hand stitched words in red wool on crisp white card. A really nifty piece that I am thrilled to own.

And who was it by…? On the back it was signed by Jo Taylor. An artist whose work revolves around language and the ideas it conveys. Jo uses language in its spoken and written forms such as gossip, orders and definitions. In focusing on these forms, she highlights and reveals their rhythms, subtleties and significance. In the process she questions their meaning and social context. The resulting work is a celebration of the ritual patterns and complexity of the language we use in everyday life.

I love it.


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Do you like our pretties? Do you think Made With Love could be Best Wedding Stationers in the whole wide world (well in the Wedding Ideas Magazine) then let them know by voting here. Wedding Ideas magazine have launched their annual awards and we’d love to be recognised. They are also running a prize draw for people who enter the awards (you) to say thanks for taking the time.

Visit their website to cast your vote it only takes about 2 mins. Remember if you want us for Best Stationers to write our website in the OTHER box in the stationery category. Let us know if you have voted – we’d love to know and send some love your way.

Thanks, Clare

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Our Best Selling Flutterby Fancies birthday cards have changed. The new butterfly birthday card design has had a few tweaks to make it even better.

Perfect for girls birthday cards, best friend card, sisters birthday cards, mothers day cards, and general cards for girls. Flutterby Fancies is available to order from the website in it’s new design today. Designed with beautiful hand made pink feather butterfly with Swarovski crystal stud then hand tied with a luxurious satin ribbon. From £4.50 each

So what’s different about the design:

1. The flight path is a sweet little heart shape and is finished with a crystal at the end. The old design did not have a crystal and had a wiggley flight path

2. Cards fit better in envelopes as they now come with a ribbon knot instead of a chunky bow. But the bow option is still available for boxed cards. Suitable to be stocked in shops.

3. Wording is standard ‘Happy Birthday’ or ‘Happy AGE Birthday’ at a lower price (saving customers who want basic wording 50p) the personalised NAME option is +50p for those who want to personalise their card.

4. New colours: new Plum ribbon & Yellow ribbon

If you would like to stock our butterfly cards in your shop please contact to request a retail price list and retail pack.

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We’ve been working hard behind the scenes on our retail range of greetings cards which are close to being complete. So we took the plunge and are taking our cards to Liberty’s on 5th February 2011 for new Designers for their ‘Best of British’ call out & we will present our pitch in the hope of them stocking our new ranges.

Quite scary really but I like doing things that scare me!

Wish us luck!!

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Here are a few of our clippings of Made With Love in the News last month.

Did you see us in Perfect Wedding Magazine issue 48 November? The Editor’s choice as this season’s ‘Must have’s’ and also again on page 162 ‘Ditsy Designs’

And we received a lovely write up from Debs at BelleAmour

And not press but certainly newsworthy: a really sweet little thank you note landed on our Union Jack doormat from a newlywed couple who we’ve been working with since Jan this year

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We had sooo much fun designing these invitations. A brief for a ‘Alice In Wonderland themed wedding focusing on queen of hearts, classic Alice in Wonderland with a modern twist’ we created a fun range using the Alice in Wonderland rabbit, cool types mixed with scroll types and paired with red polka ribbon in signature ‘Made With Love’ style. 

Do you have a specific theme in mind…? Get in touch as we are able to offer a free no obligation bespoke designs based on your brief & budget. Give us a little time to come up with a design board to your theme and we’ll do this free of charge (Please allow 1 month for bespoke design boards). If there’s something you LOVE from these, you can order them. Alternatively, we take bookings for bespoke designs which we will book into our diary and have a set of at least 3 design images to you within 5 working days which cost £60.00. Email with your requirements.

The weather has been terrible so our photographs aren’t final versions and we plan to re-shoot when we have better light.

Gorgeous Alice Rabbit Wedding Invitations

Alice In Wonderland Wedding Invitation with envelope. £3.25 with polka dot ribbon. Sweet huh?

Alice In Wonderland 'Eat Me' Favour Tags

Alice in Wonderland Wedding Place card which doubles up as ‘Eat Me’ Favour Tags. £1.95 printed with individual guest names. Look gorgeous on wedding tables to accompany an edible favour treat or tied round favour pails.

Alice In Wonderland Place Cards featuring Queen of Hearts

Alice In Wonderland themed Place Cards £1.65 Queen of Hearts design. Printed with individual guest names using our NEW super duper glossy printer.

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Today we added lot’s of guest book images to the website which we have recently worked on for clients. There are still lot’s more to be added but like all images we have a bit of a back log in getting them on to the website. Just so in demand!!

We chose only the best designs… all of which have been designed in the clients colours & can be designed to suit your colour scheme also.

Choose from our luxury satin ribbons

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