Anne Robinson, Karen Saxby
Capturing the flavour of finely wrought Renaissance-style leather bindings, Inkblot pays homage to the craft of delicate gold tooling, originally brought to Europe via the flourishing trade routes to the East. The timeless beauty of an antique leather book is brought into the present with this inky blue Old Leather design.
Capturing the flavour of Renaissance-style bound books, this Inkblot design pays homage to the craft of delicate gold tooling. We have incorporated a richly saturated deep blue background to add a hint of edginess to the look of finely wrought leather.
When we were first beginning to make Paperblanks journals, we found a piece of William Shakespeare’s handwriting and just knew it could become an inspiring journal cover. Soon we added designs featuring the writing of Ernest Hemingway and Jane Austen and created a series that would become our Embellished Manuscripts Collection. These first covers were minimalist designs with the literary manuscripts written in black ink against beige paper. Eventually, our creative urges started to take over and we sought to play around with the design by adding a gold frame.
Working from a photograph of a small piece of gorgeous gold embellishment, our Art Director created a full frame for the Shakespeare manuscript and highlighted it with a burnt orange background. Of course, our curiosity for what could come next didn’t stop there! By removing the manuscript we immediately saw the possibilities for a design inspired by classic Renaissance leather bindings. And thus, our foundational Old Leather Collection was born.
These days we are free to play around with frame shape and background colour, and this initial beige and black design continues to provide the backbone for two of our most enduringly popular collections.