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Greetings & Stationery

Thinking of You...

Special report by Charlotte Cowell

It’s great to discover inspiring product at a trade show – that’s the reason so many thousands of us turn out to visit them, after all - so I was delighted to be stopped in my tracks by a wonderful new publisher while pounding the aisles of Autumn Fair. Susannah Peacock has a long and distinguished career

in the design world and has moved effortlessly through costume design and architectural drawings to the world of Art Nouveau-style fairy tale illustrations, both of which employ expert use of line weight to great effect. Her work has been described by

interior designer Gabrielle Blackman as being “like filigree. It is so ornate and delightful!” Inspired by the beautifully stylised, ethereal works of Aubrey Beardsley and Harry Clark, who brought a new dimension to 19th Century literature and poetry with their pen and ink drawings, Susannah’s debut range is appropriately called the Fairytale Collection. Eight illustrations that constitute the

set are available as A3 prints or square blank greetings cards. On the back of each card, in complementary typeface, is a piece of text from the relevant fairy story that explains the image on the front.

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“I just thought it would be nice to produce a card that celebrates the heroism and honour in men.”

Also on display at the show

was an equally compelling set of Alphabet Cards, produced in a similar style. A true labour of love, there is a beautiful story behind the range. As she nursed her husband through the final stages of Muscular Dystrophy, Susannah used the time spent at his bedside to craft drawings based on successive letters of the alphabet. The card Susannah

associates most especially with her husband is of the King, pictured here, which features a quote from Thomas Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur: King Arthur

and the Legends of the Round Table, on the reverse. First published in 1485, she describes it as a

“remarkable quote”, explaining: “I just thought it would be nice to produce a card that celebrates the heroism and honor in men. There are many derogatory and smutty cards for men (or sports related) but very little to send to a man you truly lovely husband's name was Joe, by the way”.

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