Discover More About Papio Press.
For today’s blog post we’re taking a closer look at a fabulous card & gift business, Papio Press.
Behind this unique company are illustrators Zanna Goldhawk and Harry Marshall. I caught up with the pair to get a sneak peek behind the scenes and find out more about Papio Press and their wonderful array of greetings card and gift products.
Tell us a little about your card and gift business.
Papio Press began in 2014 while Harry and I were at University together studying Illustration, as a way for us to take our futures into our own hands and start getting our illustrations out there!
We create all of the artwork ourselves in house, and then use smal UK based, eco-friendly printers to make our products. With the exception of a few (like our pencils!) that are made in house. It’s now been just under a year since we graduated, and Papio Press is going stronger than ever!
We couldn’t feel happier or luckier to have had the experience of starting our own creative business, it’s our pride and joy.
What is a typical day like at your business?
Of course all typical days at Papio HQ include packing orders, doing the social media (my favourite bit!) and answering customer queries, but other than that there’s no set routine!
We do all of the jobs for the business ourselves which makes each day incredibly different, as all the jobs are so varied. Some days we might be making new artwork, some days we might be photographing and listing new products, or we might even have a big wholesale order to pack up and send out. The list goes on and on!
What inspires which product lines you create?
We’re always super inspired by nature, so most of our products revolve around animals and plants. We’re also suckers for gorgeous colours, and spend a long time picking out colour palettes.
Working for yourself is amazing because it gives you so much freedom to draw whatever you want, but sometimes that freedom is a bit overwhelming so we’ve developed a process of ‘commissioning’ ourselves. This usually begins with a meeting where we sit down and decide on themes and colours, and how many designs we need, and ends with us drawing all of this up on a sheet with a deadline. You’ve got to be strict with yourself, or stuff takes too long to get done!
What is your personal favourite product in your collection?
My personal favourite at the moment, or favourites as they all go together, are our Natural History Prints range. They’re very Papio, but at the same time quite different to our work before. I think they would look super cute in a child’s nursery!
What would you like to do next?
We’re already starting to think about our 2017 calendar at the moment. We had a huge success with last year’s calendar, and so we want to make this one bigger and better than before, with much more time spent on original artwork that’s exclusive to the calendars themselves.
We’ve also got a few design/craft fairs set up for the next few months – our next one is the Crafty Fox Market in the Geffrye Museum in London on April 9th. We’re very excited! We love having opportunities to interact with customers face to face. We’re also starting to branch out into the world of greetings cards, which is endless fun.
Thank You Zanna and Harry of Papio Press.
Now you’ve had a sneak peek behind the scenes, why not see, stock or shop the collection. visit the Papio Press website now.