Stocktake, A Trip To Japan, And Changes To The Website

Take a peek at our Japan trip and the extensive stocktake process on the Flying Twigs website. Find out what it entails! We did a stocktake and it took days and days – and days. With four hundred different card designs it meant laying all the cards out and checking every one. I shudder to think what it means for a store with several¬†thousand or tens of thousands stock items. The recent memory of this … Read more

The Artist Konstantin Somov

The Artist Konstantin Somov was born in 1869 in Saint Petersburg, Russia to an educated and wealthy family. His father was the senior curator at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. At that time St Petersburg was the capital of Russia and so being the senior curator of the foremost art museum in the country was a significant title. On his mother’s side, his mother was a musician from a family in the Russian nobility. … Read more

Change Is Uncomfortable

Change is uncomfortable, and that’s a fact. We can learn to live with it and be more stimulated than resistant to it. But it is always uncomfortable. I was really thinking of this in the context of sending a greeting card. The fact that you can hold a greeting card adds stability in an unstable world. The person who sends it and the person who receives it can hold in their hands. Touch is the … Read more

Greeting Card Designers

Greeting card designers are always on the lookout for ideas. They are always thinking about ideas when they are out with a camera or a sketchbook. Sometimes it’s hard not to think greeting card designs. Andy Rouse is a well-known wildlife photographer. He gave a talk some years ago about photographing polar bears. He explained that he got all the ‘money shots’ first. That’s the close up shots or shots that had the animal doing … Read more

A Very, Very, Very Fine House

Our house is a very, very, very fine house, as the first line goes in a song by Crosby Stills Nash and Young. It appeared in an era when stability in thought and behaviour was being swept away. 1970 was when the counterculture of the sixties had already matured. And to sing about a house with two cats in the yard was a strange thing. How could anyone sing about certainty and stability in the … Read more

How The Zebra Got Its Stripes

How the zebra got its stripes – I’ll explain that and more about stripes. First though we have a greeting card in the on-line shop with a photo of a rear view of a zebra and text ‘Do my stripes look fat in this?’ The words are a play on the phrase when people ask whether they look fat in a particular piece of clothing, – like we all might do. It comes down to … Read more

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