portraiture

Here’s our recent installation of an impressive montage of mounted portraiture we produced for the talented photographer, Andrew Ogilvy.

A graduate from Glasgow School of Art, Andrew now lives in Oxford where he has also taught Photography courses to inspiring young students.

Known for his engaging, minimalist portraits that capture a depth of each individual character. His quick speed of work is fuss free, frequently shooting in limited time frames makes for an ideal combination for life on set.  Always well prepared and researched, Andrew is quietly commanding and quick to capture the moment. His passion for detail and exceptional use of light demonstrated in every photograph.

They are in the foyer of the Oxford Playhouse and all have a connection with the theatre. If you get the chance, call in to take a look. Or find out more about Andrew’s work here

we’re hiring

We’re expanding and need to add to our team – so we’re hiring.

We are looking for one new member of the team here on Milton Park.

  • Print Finishing & Installation Assistant

Find more details here

send your cv to info@carbon.co.uk

strictly no agencies thank you.

Heathcote Williams

One of our first ever client’s Heathcote Williams, the radical poet, playwright, actor and polymathic English genius, has died at the age of 75. He had been ill for some time and died on Saturday 1st July in Oxford.

We have helped in the development, creative structuring and editing of the layout of many of his publications, plays and we were about to complete work this week on his latest book.

The Guardian reported today the 3rd of July

He was the author of many polemical poems, written over four decades in a unique documentary style. They included works about the devastation being wrought on the natural environment – Sacred Elephant, Whale Nation and Falling For a Dolphin – and Autogeddon, a grim and majestic attack on the car.

Williams also wrote several successful stage plays including AC/DC, which premiered at the Royal Court in 1969, and The Local Stigmatic, commissioned by Harold Pinter and revived in 2014 at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London on its 50th anniversary. His most recent play, Killing Kit, was about the life and death of Christopher Marlowe.  He was an impressive conjuror and a member of the Magic Circle. One of his TV plays, What the Dickens!, featured Dickens performing magic shows for children.

His literary output was prolific. It included a book on Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, published when he was 23, and in later life he wrote several poems a month, driven by news and current affairs. This confinement did nothing to diminish his creative energies nor his anger at the direction in which society was going in the hucksterish era of Brexit, Boris Johnson and Donald Trump.

Williams retained his principled fury to the end. In 2016 he published Boris Johnson: The Blond Beast of Brexit – A Study in Depravity, an excoriating attack reprising the foreign secretary’s lies, evasion and adultery, sold as a pamphlet from the London Review of Books bookshop. Another work, Royal Babylon, lambasted the Queen.

His last volume of poetry about Trump, American Porn, was published in January. Williams wrote that Trump’s real name – Drumpf – “suggests dumbness, even the passing of wind/ As well as the merciful transience of fame.”

He will be missed by all of us at carbon colour.

large format windbreaks

Here’s the latest large format work for Milton Park using printed vinyl.  The new corporate identity has been applied to the business park map and then printed vinyl affixed to the windbreaks under the tent.

Using a mixture of cut vinyl and printed graphics on white and clear substrates shows what can be done with a little imagination and application.  It’s very different from how it looked before the centre glazing panel was removed.  The two panels now allow a more natural pedestrian flow into the tent space, even though it can still get a bit windy, and the new layout still allows event information to be updated easily.

This is what it used to look like.

 

outdoor events signage

Here’s a simple competition done really well – using our experience in outdoor events signage we helped source decent photographs of a range of reasonably well known dog breeds and then created a competition board where visitors to the show were asked to name the breed.

This proved to be a great way to collect contact details and recently it was used to help the Rambles Pet Care team engage with potential customers at a local show.

Good outdoor events signage can and does set the tone for your audience, passers by and anyone who starts to recognise your brand is more likely to buy, or at least say hello.

Find out more about Rambles Pet Care here.

 

500 years

Its always nice to see that it’s only 500 years or so since the print industry established itself in England.  carbon colour have  been printing for a mere fraction of that time, but in contrast to Caxton it takes us only a fraction of the time it took him to produce whole books.  We apply the same attention to detail that Caxton became reknown for.  (But we print in full colour, very much a twentieth century invention)  Printing simultaneously in multiple colours was something that Caxton never achieved back in the thirteenth century.  See some examples of books we have produced here.

Caxton was both the first to print a book in English and the first English printer, according to the British Library. He realised the commercial potential of the new technology while working as a merchant in the Low Countries and Germany. Caxton set up his own printing press in London in late in 1475 or early in 1476.

William Caxton (c. 1422 – c. 1491) was an English merchant, diplomat, writer and printer. Thought to be the first Englishman to introduce a printing press into England, about 1476, he was the first English retailer of printed books.

The latest 500 year old fragment found in a collection bought by Reading University had been used as packing in the spine of a later book – and remained there for centuries until now.

According to the archivist who discovered it 500 years after it was produced, “Its condition is good, considering it spent some 300 years bound in the spine of a book and another 200 resting forgotten in an album of fragments rescued from other bindings.”

The new find will go on display at Reading University’s Merl museum on London Road from May 9 to May 30.

wiki tell us that Caxton set up a press at Westminster in 1476 due to the heavy demand in his translation on his return. The first book known to have been produced there was an edition of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. He printed perhaps the earliest verses of the Bible to be printed in English, as well as chivalric romances, classical works and English and Roman histories. He translated into English and edited many of the works himself. He is credited with the first English translation of Aesop’s Fables, in 1484. The rushed publishing schedule and his inadequacies as a translator led both to wholesale transfers of French words into English and to misunderstandings. Caxton is credited with helping to standardise the various dialects of English through his printed works. In 2002, Caxton was named among the 100 Greatest Britons in a BBC poll.

artweeks

the Pop Up Arts Collective was established by Clare Davis in 2014, they are a small community of painters, sculptors, photographers, wordsmiths, makers and mixed media artists who have made a connection through family, friendship and creativity.

They got together to collectively generate some postcards to promote their work and the collective which is on view during artweeks.  carbon colour do lots of small and medium scale projects for artists, some we have dealt with for decades, others have just put their toe in the water and are producing limited edition giclee prints, short runs of a series of notelets and other have exploited our ability to print, finish, collate cards,  pack and supply envelopes so their art can be sold in retail outlets across Oxfordshire.

Find out more about the work of the pop up art collective here

Pop Up Artists Collective Artweeks 2017  A diverse group of artists explore A Sense of Space.
Space-time & dimension, wild spaces, breathing spaces, negative spaces and the spaces in-between. A series of works using words, images, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing and installation, through house and garden. Selling Exhibition,open:  Sat 6, Sun 7, Mon 8, Tue 9, Fri 12, Sat 13, Sun 14th May    11am – 4pm   30 Abbott Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 2DU

 

mailings

At carbon colour our short run post activities tend to be simple in house mailings – for businesses that need help, don’t either have the time or manpower to undertake the inserting required, or who simply don’t want to do the work in house.  The mailing we do are generally less than a few thousand items; but this doesn’t mean we are limited to only lower quantities we can manage one off projects or put in place a plan to deal with regular activities on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

And we’re more than happy to talk to you about dealing with any regular or higher volume mailing you need help with.  We fulfil various components for a national garage brand – creating certificates, letters and direct mail which gets released at intervals to follow sales and performance schedules.

We can produce personalised / custom printed branded outer envelopes for you, frank your letters blind or with the addition of your strapline, use pre-cancelled stamps from the Royal Mail if you prefer or carry out mailings using your or our PPI accounts whichever you think most effective.  In fact we can cope with most mail related requirements.

Dealing with multiple originals, dependant content in selective letters, matching, numbering, inserting, batch release and de-duping can all be coped with, just talk to us about what you need doing.  If you simply aren’t sure about what you need to do – give us a call, we’d be only too happy to help.

 

contactless

It’s official – we now can take contactless payments.  In addition to accepting payments on line from bank to bank, for small jobs and some one off items we have always taken cash and had the ability to been able to take card payments, from Visa, Mastercard and we even accept American Express.  But from now we have the additional convenience of taking contactless which for one off small items is so simple.

For UK transactions there is no daily limit on the number of contactless payments you can make, however there is a limit of £30 per transaction and you obviously need to have enough money in your account to cover the cost of your purchase.

 

 

newsletters and magazines

Whether electronic or printed there is no doubt that telling your clients about your latest news using newsletters or magazines really works.  Whether its you newest invention, something you have achieved or an award you have been given.  Spread the news in printed form – we can help with artwork, templates or just the printing from your files.

If it helps we can insert to outer envelopes, produce labels, enclose in poly and post them for you too.

The Garden Design Company produces a series of regular newsletters with us each year – and this month they have a fabulous colour feature running in a coffee table magazine – House & Garden, see the full article here

 

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