Slime Green Envelopes for Venice in Peril

When Venetian restoration project Venice in Peril wanted to promote their work and raise awareness of the historic city’s decay due to algae, they turned to Baddeley Brothers.

download21
Paper made with algae taken from Venetian lagoon

The company created bespoke C5 wallet envelopes, with peel-and-stick flaps, using special 120gsm paper that had been created using a blend of paper and green algae taken from the Venetian lagoon. They were used to send out details of the project, the condition of the precarious monuments, and the work and funding needed to restore them.

The paper was made from algae to not only highlight the damage the aquatic plant can do to the city’s wealth of monuments, structures, marine life and vegetation, but also exemplify the need for algae recycling to save the city for future generations.

Mixing material with paper pulp is becoming increasingly common by using old denim, coffee granules or rose petals. It not only provides a second life for what was previously perceived as post-consumer waste, but also reduces the amount of virgin pulp required to make paper. The photo shows by using the algae in the paper there is a slight green hue which helps promote the message behind the cause.

You might also like...

Paper space rocket project brings a team of six together in educational challenge

Building a paper space rocket may seem like a straightforward task, but when the process is split between six students collaborating on a design project, the team had to be firing on all boosters. Ravensbourne University organised and hosted the annual Im-print Im-press event, sponsored and judged by Baddeley Brothers, Foilco, and GF Smith. In ... Read more

Ibrahim’s snowflake engraving melts the heart of HEA judges

A Cambridgeshire man who has been engraving for 10 years, has triumphed in the Hand Engravers’ Association Christmas card competition. Ibrahim Batchelder entered a design that encapsulated the frozen close-up geometry of a snowflake. And the winning piece was silver die-stamped by Baddeley Brothers, who sponsor the competition every year. The snowflake design took Ibrahim around four days to complete. ... Read more

V&A museum project highlights how the die-cutting process and envelope-making are relevant to everyday home life.

A filming project that features the craft of the die-cutting process and envelope-making happening right on our doorstep was too good an opportunity to miss. The production team at the Victoria and Albert Museum, who wanted to document our industrial manufacturing processes alongside domestic procedures, contacted us last year. And it is just part of ... Read more

Is it curtains for traditional paper as FibreLab recycles textile waste into paper for printing and packaging?

A collaboration with a textile company has yielded impressive results after fibres from discarded cloth have been successfully recycled into paper products that can be printed on. Baddeley Brothers has been working with FibreLab to test printing on Papertex, the name being given to an innovation by the East London company. FibreLab is a hyper-local ... Read more

Art catalogue cover for the Gagosian Gallery is ‘a wonderful illustration’ of what 9-colour die-stamping can achieve

A casebound book cover that catalogues an abstract art exhibition for the Gagosian Gallery was a perfect fusion of art and craft, and a meeting of minds for Baddeley Brothers and Paul Neale, Creative Director with Graphic Thought Facility. To Bend The Ear Of The Outer World is a catalogue to accompany an exhibition of ... Read more

Students team up and bond over foil blocking for university collaboration

Two students from Ravensbourne University have once again created an inspiring piece that celebrates uniqueness. Rose Lwin and Jada Perry elected to take part in the Imprint Impress project, which is a collaboration between Baddeley Brothers, the university, GF Smith Papers and Foilco. Together they designed, costed and produced a piece for print, using only ... Read more
Copperplate hand engraved stag

Engraver Megan’s stag comes to life in print

A young apprentice hand engraver has visited Baddeley Brothers to see her winning artwork made into Christmas cards. Megan Rigby’s engraving was the winning entry in a competition run by the Hand Engravers’ Association, which is supported by the 160-year-old printing company. During her visit, she met with director Charles Pertwee and watched as the ... Read more
bb Luc square

6 Years of Imprint! Impress! Luc makes a monolithic protest using foiling against the onslaught of plastic

A design student has made a bold statement against plastics with an artwork made from foiling paper, while exploring the opportunities and artistic beauty of foil blocking. Luc Crossley was this year’s candidate for the Imprint Impress project undertaken every year in a collaboration between Ravensbourne University, Baddeley Brothers, GF Smith and Foilco. Luc is ... Read more
Green foil on Notpla Ocean paper

Beautiful Notpla seaweed paper turns the tide on printing stock

UPDATE: Congratulations to Notpla – 2022 Winners of The Earthshot Prize You might think a company founded 160 years ago, and enormously proud of their role in preserving traditional printing techniques, wouldn’t be playing with paper made from weeds. But you’d be wrong. The sixth-generation family firm championing the methods used to print the first ... Read more
1 e1651757883147

Reflect with us – 2021 A Year in Review

Reflect with us, as we look over the previous year, and celebrate all of the joyous moments and achievements that were made here at Baddeley Brothers.