Flying Twigs is a company specialising in designing and selling greeting cards, posters, and framed prints. The company designs its products in-house, concentrating on designs that foster connection, warmth, positive attitudes, and respect. Beyond design, its strength lies in using good quality materials and producing products at reasonable cost to the consumer, and delivering them in a timely and reliable way.
The Materials We Use
We use card-stock for our greeting cards that has a writing surface inside the card that takes writing without smudging. We use Condat and Invercote, both thick cards with a nice snap. Latterly we have been using Invercote because it has a slightly whiter base colour. That said, both are crisp and take ink well to produce a high-quality finish.
Our posters are printed on thick, museum-quality, archival, acid-free, durable, matte paper. The printing method ensures that the colours will remain vibrant for many decades.
Our framed prints are printed on a dense foam core sandwiched between two pieces of reinforced wood. That produces a lovely rigid and strong, yet lightweight and portable mount.
Our printers use paper that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. FSC certification means that the board is sourced from responsibly managed forests, uses sustainable, recycled materials, and does not use fibres from illegally logged trees.
We package our cards in cellophane wrappers for the simple reason that we have thousands of wrappers. We bought before other systems of keep card and envelope together became available. There is no sense in trashing the wrappers, so we will continue to use them while we have stocks.
Think back to the time before cellophane wrappers. You hunted for suitable envelopes to fit the cards. And you would not buy some cards because they were dog-eared. The same with some of the envelopes. After all, how could you show you cared when the card was dog-eared? Plastic wrappers solved those problems. And who knew it would be the cause of a greater environmental problem? If you want to read more, take a look at The Next Big Thing In Cards. It’s an article we wrote about environmental awareness in packaging.
Initiatives We Support
As well as using printers with high environmental standards, we support organisations that work to reduce:
- Overfishing, including the use of giant trawl nets that scrape the ocean floor;
- The use of pesticides that are implicated in causing Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees;
- The ‘zero grazing’ policy of livestock management;
- Habitat destruction that is an existential threat to the environment and human beings worldwide.
Further than that, you might want to read our article on World Environment Day. We asked what there is to celebrate. The world is in a precarious position. Perhaps this is the first time in history when we get a sense of the danger we are in. We have a choice. Either we have the will to pull back and rescue the planet and ourselves from destruction, or the world will teach us the hard way.
About This Website
This site is built on WordPress and the e-commerce functionality is built on WooCommerce. If you are an independent publisher, and would like help to build your site, please contact us. We will be happy to give advice and help. If appropriate we may be able to build your site for you.
We are a husband and wife team and we create the designs in our studio in Cambridge. Of course, we do not exist alone. The printers we use and the distribution centre that holds our stock support us. For ourselves, we have a wide range of interests, from travel to literature, music, dance and more. Cambridge is a lovely town to explore, and this is a view over the River Cam, not far from our studio.