MEET THE MAKER / SCRIBBLE & DAUB
We instantly fell in love with Scribble & Daub's unique hand-drawn style and colourful designs. Each card is individually letterpressed, hand-painted and made on beautiful hand-torn Italian paper. There was no question that we had to have their beautiful cards on our shelves. We caught up with Caroline, founder, to get to know the brand a little bit better and learn how it all came about.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how Scribble & Daub came about?
Having spent most of my twenties in Edinburgh as a curator in the contemporary art world, I was ready for a new chapter, and so my husband and I set off for a year of travelling in North and South America, after which we settled into a cottage in the East Sussex countryside. Seeking to combine a creative life with our new young family, Scribble & Daub evolved from the hand-drawn and painted cards I would often send to friends and family. With Liberty becoming our second ever stockist soon after launching the first collection, things grew from there and I now balance bespoke illustration for a number of prestigious brands, events, weddings and private clients with creating new products for Scribble & Daub's growing range of cards & stationery.
How do you decide on your designs and have you a favourite?
Some of our designs are the work of seconds – our Jelly card for example was a quick scribble that has become one of our bestsellers, whilst others like the perennially popular Lobster took much longer to get right, but is now a firm favourite of mine and everyone elses'! I think of each card as a tiny hand-painted print, a little gift in itself that could be framed or kept on a mantelpiece. Each design has to have that simple, timeless elegance about it, and the charming imperfection of a scribbled hand-drawn line, a daubed dash of ink. My favourites change all the time, but as sparklers and candy floss are two things that have a special place in my affections (my only stipulation at our wedding was that we had to have a candy floss machine..!) I send those often as I find each a very versatile card for all sorts of occasions.
What inspires you as a designer?
All my life I have loved the visual, material world; clothes, flowers, hand-painted ceramics, strange and wonderful treasures found in antique and charity shops, visits to incredible art galleries and spaces like Kettle's Yard in Cambridge near where I grew up, children's books, fashion and interiors magazines... I am endlessly inspired, the difficulty comes in finding time to translate all those ideas into products for Scribble & Daub – the list is endless, sadly the hours in the day are not!
Describe day in the Scribble & Daub studio?
Studio days are precious as I only have three of them a week, the other two I currently spend with my youngest son, Caspar. My assistant Laura joins me for two of those days and we'll spend the morning listening to Lauren Laverne on 6 Music, catching up on the weeks’ online and wholesale orders, and sifting through emails. We have a break for lunch together with my husband who also works from home – in the garden if it's sunny enough – and in the afternoon, I try to concentrate on creative work, predominantly bespoke projects at the moment as that has been very busy of late. The studio is at the back of our cottage with a view out to the meadow and woodland beyond. If I am completely honest, quite a lot of valuable studio time is lost idly staring out of the window, watching the occasional pheasant, fox or woodpecker passing by...
What's your stationery desktop must-have?
The most cherished item on my desk at the moment is a tortoiseshell fountain pen that I was recently given, it's from Choosing Keeping, handmade in Japan by Mr Ohnishi in the same way since the 1920s – it writes as beautifully as it looks.
What's next for Scribble & Daub?
There are so many new products and collaborations that I would love to explore and I'm really excited to see how Scribble & Daub will grow in the coming years. I'm working on a number of commissions for various brands and events in the coming months, and collaborating with Charleston House, the historic home of the Bloomsbury Group, to create a new collection of cards that we will be launching soon. Having just completed a series of bespoke paintings for the children's department of two new Ron Herman stores in Japan, the idea of creating more prints and original works is also interesting.
Follow Scribble & Daub on instagram to keep up to date with what projects Caroline is working on, her latest designs and to see what is in bloom in her dreamy East Sussex meadow!