Make a statement with our pocket-sized sketchbooks covered in vintage newsprint and raw silk. The drawing sheets are handmade from white recycled cotton. Chlorine, acid and lignin free. Available in a variety of sizes at our stores in Mumbai and Delhi.
For the love of writing. Fresh new colours in our banana fiber journals. Hand stitched using 100% recycled paper sourced from rural recycling units. The joy of writing on textured and uneven paper is an experience in itself, come try our papers at our store in Kala Ghoda and experience its versatility.
Don’t miss the little birdie in the corner of the picture!
Paper was my first love; the very first business that I started over seventeen years ago. A lot of my work was raw and natural with torn edges and exposed fibres. Back then, the word eco-friendly wasn’t something that everyone was aware of. I bought my first sheet at the Khadi Gramudyog Bhawan in Connaught Place, Delhi and since then I have literally gone deep into its fibres, making, selling and their distribution. I have built relations with paper artists over the years and worked closely in creating a variety of them using techniques developed in-house and by experimenting with a lot of natural fibres, dyes and raw material. I have had a loyal set of followers who have appreciated and bought most of our work with paper. A time came when greeting cards lost their charm, the sales went downward and I had to innovate and survive. I may have done a lot of work in metal but I never forgot paper. Till today we have a steady stream of stationery and paper products coming out of our studios.
Here are a few papers that I have saved from the past. These were limited editions that I procured from artisans across the world. I have decided to exhaust the remaining sheets to launch a new range of stationery, journals and other pieces of art from our upcoming flagship store at Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.
Link to an older post on recycled and handmade paper, its making and process.
At Anand Prakash embossing and gilding is still done the old fashioned way. The impression is first embossed on paper and then brushed with # gold powder, it is then left to dry for a few days. Once dry, the extra gold powder is brushed away leaving a gilded impression.
To celebrate an occasion, I took my Delhi office team for lunch and later came to Full Circle at Khan Market for coffee. It was nostalgic coming back to the place where it all began in 1999. One greeting card at a time, I built my organisation and business from scratch. I met the manager Jolly after many years, she is one person who has seen me grow all along. She said a customer who earlier bought a lot of our handmade cards from Full Circle was back in Delhi and was asking for more.
I told her that we stopped making them over 5-6 years ago due to the dwindling demand and the move towards digitalisation. We are just exhausting the ones we have from our earlier stock. A lot of the older designs now adore the wall of our studio.
How it began:
I started by making each card and envelope by hand, I would make each envelope symmetrically perfect by using measurements and kept repeating this for all of them. It did get monotonous at times but I had Indian Ocean for company. Initially I managed to make a few but this number further progressed to thousands which were made by craftsmen that I had trained. I then started exporting to a few countries. Many were featured in trend shows and international exhibitions. I thought of the card as my canvas and all my creativity would go in creating newer ones. At one time I had over a 1000 designs but now only a few of them remain.
You can see a few of the earlier designs below:
Dictionary meaning of Thank you: used to tell someone that you are grateful because they have given you something or done something for you.
While thinking of a positive note to start this post on our new range of note cards, I realised that in todays world we often forget to say thank you for little things that matter, our fast paced lives are fraught with such situations where we brush past them without a backward glance. I am no saint and I too have my thank you’s to say.
So lets say the magical words to people who have really helped us, been with us, inspired us, loved us un-conditionally, helped us through difficult times, etc. etc. You don’t need our thank you cards to say them
The inspiration to design this range of boxed notecards was my love for stationery, I thought to myself, “Why not say it with style.” The joy of eliciting a smile is the greatest. Before I design most of my products I try and imagine if I would love to use them.
The papers that I have used are all Italian (Sorry! for the deviation from handmade). I think designers need to explore all mediums and not limit themselves to just a few. People do not have the wherewithal to do it hence it is our duty to design for everyone. Actually a lot of my clients have been asking for stationery with clean lines, embossing, etc. I have also experimented with bright colours instead of the white, ivory, gold and beige. Notes should be lively and cheerful. I have been doing a lot of personalised stationery for some very special people encompassing the above techniques and materials.(more on personalised stationery later)
Every person that purchases a product from our online store receives a thank you and feedback note. Just like my work, I also want my customers online experience to be impeccable.
Meaning of Scriptum (Latin) : something drawn, a space enclosed by lines. Continuing my work with Hindi(Devnagari), Scriptum is a range of fine stationery inspired from Hindi letters & language. I find Hindi very stylish, fashionable and something that’s close to my roots. The range consists of handmade cards, journals, metal bookmarks, wrapping papers, etc. The papers as usual are handmade, wood-free and recycled.
Greeting card printed by vignette silk-screen. Five colours are placed on the silk-screen and pulled together by hand thus mixing and merging to form the print on handmade paper. Every two impressions the colours need to be wiped and re-applied. Very few printers can manage this feat. What I love most is the variation in the colour and the surprising part is that it’s done by hand!