We have collaborated with London-based stationers Mark + Fold to transpose our Iceni pattern onto a series of striking foiled notebooks, which are hand-sewn in London. Distinct styles are married beautifully in this collaboration. The restrained sophistication of Mark+Folds stationary is beautifully complemented by our riot of pattern and colour. The balanced result is decorative, refined and jewel-like.
The notebooks feature our Iceni pattern which is a stylised interpretation of handwoven diamond and birds-eye twills. Margo worked closely with Mark+Fold Creative Director, Amy Cooper-Wright, to develop a product that embraces the print process. In discussing how a woven pattern is made up of a warp and weft, they selected a coloured paper ‘background’ onto which an impression is made in a series of different colours using a single brass die. The die required for this project was unusually large and intricate. The metallic finish changes as you turn the books in the light, much like Margo’s woven silk pieces.
‘For several years I have been very cautious taking my designs into print, however the sensitive and authentic approach to materials and process taken by Mark and Fold gave me the confidence to embrace this collaboration fully and we are thrilled with the results.’ – Margo Selby
Mark+Fold was founded in 2015, to create an alternative to mass-market stationery. The result is a range of modern notebooks and cards, which celebrate special papers and bindings. Made on a small scale, and individually-numbered, everything has been inspired by materials and the story behind their making. Mark+Fold’s stationery is minimal, modern and elegant, and many items are hand-made at the London workshop. They also work closely with small specialist factories in the UK and Holland, who share their attention to detail.
“It has been such a pleasure working with Margo, I loved visiting her workshop in Whitstable and learning more about her creative process. I’m an admirer of her work and felt very honoured to be given her Iceni pattern to work with. She was really engaged with the print process and excited by the idea we had constraints to work within. The beauty of collaboration is that it pushes you to learn about new processes and explore creative avenues that you would never otherwise go down. The colours we chose with Margo are much more daring than the palette we normally use for our stationery, and I love them! Every time I pick up the notebooks, I am struck by how special they are.” – Amy Cooper Wright, Creative Director Mark+Fold.
The first batch of 100 notebooks per colour are individually numbered and wrapped in Mark+Fold’s signature style. The notebooks are available to order online from both Margo Selby and Mark + Fold as well as selected stockists. The individual notebooks come in ‘Lime and Pink,’ ‘Copper and Teal,’ or ‘Green and Orange’ at £22 each, or £60 for the set of 3.