Trudi Savin – Yateley Papers

Celebrating colour and pattern, join artisan Trudi Savin in our Richmond shop from Sunday 1st - Wednesday 4th October, to learn all about block printing stylish and her stylish handmade accessories.
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We produce stylish handmade desk stationery and home accessories all covered in our own bespoke designs inspired by our extensive experience of block printing. All our products are made and hand prepared exclusively in Great Britain.

We use highly skilled teams who understand our need for the very best quality and attention to detail. This ensures we provide our customers with luxurious and desirable creations. Our collections are made using a careful balance of traditional techniques and modern technologies. Our exclusive designs are timeless and classic, celebrating the union of colour and pattern.

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Tell us about you, how did get to where you are?

I spent 12 years + block printing for the company Tobias and The Angel at the printing studio in Lingfield, Surrey. I was introduced to Angel through a friend of a friend, I was a Mum working from my workshop at home ‘running-up’ wedding dresses and costumes for TV commercials etc, Angel started offering me work and recognised, as she put it, that I was ‘handy’ and asked if I’d like to try block printing.  The rest is history as I became well and truly hooked!

How would you describe your work in three words?

Tactile / traditional / immersive.

Where do you feel most inspired and who inspires you?

I like organic shapes that flow and am very influenced by flowers, leaves, berries, nature etc but colour is also a great influence…as are the seasons…along with travel.  Inspiration comes in far too many forms to mention just one albeit nothing quite beats the unveiling of a freshly cut block to fire instant inspiration.

What is your creative process?

Block Printing is a very simply form of printing, for example, it can be as simple as potato printing – remember those early school days – however there is a little more skill required to maintain an even, consistent print. By selecting just a few blocks one can create a really interesting pattern by ‘mirroring’, mitring corners ,‘blocking-off’ to introduce a small motif, the list goes on and the designs are endless.

What materials do you most like to work with? Does it differ depending on subject?

Both textiles and papers are used widely.  One needs to recognise the difference when working with textiles as opposed to paper or board (card). The fibres of textiles move whereas paper doesn’t, textiles tend to be more absorbent albeit they vary tremendously whether it be silk, cotton or linen as do papers.  Because of these differences one always has to test prior to printing.

Whats your greatest achievement?

Most of my skills are self taught which I feel is a bit of an achievement.

What does the next few years look like for you and what are you most excited about?

I have no idea what the next few years might bring, everyday as a block printer is a new adventure!

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