When I first saw The Pear in Paper products it was love at first sight. My love for these products only grew when I learned of the process involved and the passion that founder Lynn has in ensuring that every aspect of her business is strictly eco-friendly. We knew that these unique, quirky greeting cards would perfectly compliment our lovely gifts. To get a real understanding of The Pear in Paper story Lynn very kindly agreed to answer a few questions we asked her. Enjoy her amazing story...
1. How did The Pear in Paper journey begin?
The Pear in Paper journey began in January 2015, we are not far away from celebrating our third year in business! I have always had a love of all things art & design and it was my dream for many years to do something creative in this space. My educational background is in environmental management and this had, and continues to have, a strong influence on the eco-friendly and sustainable practices at The Pear in Paper. Initial sales were to local shops, interest then came from shops throughout the country and then internationally through our online presence. During the summer of 2016, The Pear in Paper took a big step, one of the best decisions we have ever made. It seen us restore a treadle based letterpress platen dating from 1872. This project took five exciting months to complete. Today, each card is printed manually, without the use of battery or electricity, with a precision and quality only possible through letterpress.
2. What inspired you to be eco-friendly?
With the background in environmental management, I was very aware that it was so important to create products that were produced using eco-friendly materials and a daily work ethic that makes a real difference. Living in Donegal gives a constant reminder of the fragility of nature, its flora and fauna and how we need to play our part when producing or buying a product.
The card we use is 100% tree free, envelopes are 100% recycled and the protective sleeve is biodegradable.
In terms of process, prints are hand pulled making sure each one is unique and organic. Our restored letterpress is used to print our greeting cards. This means no electricity or motors are used when we complete a print run. It’s an energetic process!!
3. What inspires your designs?
I love when things are simple but yet manage to be oh! so beautiful. Living in Ireland and in particular, south west Donegal means we are surrounded by beauty. A short walk sees the Bluestack mountains on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Our three beautiful children and the everyday happenings of a busy family life are always sure to trigger a thought or two on a card / linoprint design!
4. Tell us a little about Florrie?
We affectionately named our restored letterpress Florrie as this was a very popular name during 1872 when she was originally built. She was in a sorry state when we first found her, from that very moment, she was ours and we knew we were destined to be together! Five months of careful and dedicated restoration brought us to where we are today. Initially, she sat proudly in our kitchen but recently moved into our print workroom. As a letterpress platen, Florrie simply gives a finish not possible through other forms of printing and takes us back to an age where the letterpress printed page was the norm. The print room that smells of ink, the sound of the platen bell, the whizz of the flywheel, the box of tools to fine tune Florrie as we go along are all incredible to be part of everyday.
5. What does the future hold for the Pear in Paper?
The Pear in Paper will continue to produce high quality, eco-friendly, letterpress paper goods and keep our valued customers happy. Next up is the release of our 2017 Christmas range in mid-October and then a busy period supplying our stores in Ireland, Europe and Asia. Closer to home The Pear in Paper will be at Design Ireland, Showcase 2018 in the RDS and we plan to attend our first international event later in 2018. There is also an exciting venture in the pipeline for our business, with an announcement expected in early 2018!!!