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Snapshots: Crispin Finn

We are, as you must know by now, incorrigably nosy. This week we ask Crispin Finn (who isn't actually a man called Crispin at all but a brilliant husband and wife team called Anna and Roger) to give us a glimpse into their stationery filled lives through the filter of their marvellous Instagram feed.

If you don't already know, Crispin Finn make paper goods (cards and planners and notes) in a very distinctive red, white and blue palette. Everything is screen printed in house or made locally (they live in Margate) using ethically responsible manufacturing processes. And everything is beautiful and practical and witty.

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Anna & Roger at a trade show
One of Crispin Finn's greetings cards which reads 'Hello'
Team Crispin Finn standing on the giant notepad paper floor

As two people obsessed with practical uniforms we fulfilled an ambition in creating our own embroidered workers jackets last year in collaboration with Palm Bay Skates, just down the road from us in Margate. It’s always special to put them on, they are not only practical but also double as a kind of walking sandwich board that says - we are Crispin Finn, we love red white and blue!

We love designing cards and wrap for all occasions whether it be celebrations, birthdays, unexpected surprises, or just a sincere and heartfelt Hello.

We’re firm believers that the devil is in the detail and any opportunity to make the most of that is to be jumped at - this is the giant lined note paper vinyl flooring we made for a recent stationery focused trade show in London, when we first met the wonderful The Hambledon team!

A stack of 'The Week' Note Pads
Action shot of screen printing in the studio.
A box full of 'Today's Special' Cards.

When we outsource, we are lucky to be able to outsource locally. As well as the multitude of benefits both environmentally and logistically that comes with that, there is always the added thrill that goes with seeing stacks of freshly lithographed pads ready for us to prep and package.

It was our primary source of production when we began working together as Crispin Finn and remains such a key part of our process and thinking - we screen print on a regular basis whether it be packaging for all our stationery ranges, or our art editions, and gives us an important break away from all our other tasks

We came up with this design after grabbing a sandwich from a local take away and seeing the potential in it’s uplifting double meaning - a positive message hiding in plain sight. It’s also always exciting opening up a brand new box of greeting card stock ready to go out into the world, especially when the cards carry good tidings.

A photograph of 'The Day' Note Pad with one of the crispin finn pencils.
The string and washer opening of the note pads.
A double sided sign which reads 'feeling good'.

As a lifelong lovers of all things stationery it was a very happy day when we finally took delivery of our first bespoke Crispin Finn pencils. Made in the midlands from Weymouth Pine we now include them in each and every pad to help the ideas flow.

Attention to detail is really important for us, we want to convey a sense of opening a special package to find what’s inside, regardless if it’s a gift or being opened right away. These string and washer envelopes are specially made for us in the UK and also help keep all our packaging plastic free.

We’ve started screen printing a series of double sided signs, just to have around the house or office and to reflect the current mood. Inspired by Nina Simone and Miles Davis, this one is Feeling Good on the red side and Kind Of Blue on the blue reverse side. It’s a growing body of work that’s grown out of our love of ephemera and the little things that can bring a sense of fun to the everyday.

A photograph of Crispin Finns work on the walls of The Social in Fitzrovia.
A photograph of a close up of lots of things that the Crispin Finn team have collected.
A photograph of their dog sitting on the sofa, with a typewriter, and their library of books behind.

We love to exhibit our work when we get the chance. This was a project titled “Seasons Change”, depicting the twelve months of the year and changing seasons, in collaboration with British poet Will Burns who provided beautifully evocative words to accompany each composition. We debuted the show at The Social in Fitzrovia, London - a cultural venue that has a long history of brilliant graphic art up on its walls and also happens to be one of our favourite hang outs.

There is a term known as “Pack Rat” for those that compulsively hoard objects (we even borrowed it for a series of work some time ago) and we’re definitely a pair of magpies when it comes to printed material. This is a fraction of our constantly growing collection of books, coasters, prints, badges, forms, headed paper, cocktail sticks, stickers, signs and so much more. They are full of inspiration, reference points and, importantly, memories for us both.

Three of our loves in one image - our Whippet dog and studio pal, Finn (of course), our Olivetti Valentine Typewriter, and part of our collection of books that is both a wonderful reference library and a constant source of physical worm-hole travelling whenever we get the chance to sit down with a cup of tea..!

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