“For last year's words belong to last year's language, and next year's words await another voice.” TS Elliot
Writing the first blog post is a bit like writing in a brand new notebook; exciting that you have something truly noteworthy but teamed with a sense of pressure of ruining that first page.
There are so many exciting things in the pipeline in 2014 for The Vintage Binding Co. that I thought a documentation of them all via blog was the best way to enable not only me to look back on but to let other people see the things that have been happening too.
One of the things that should be happening in the next few months is an expansion; more binders to join me! This is the main reason from changing the company name over from Petit Renard Rouge (something that started out as very personal to me but is in fact quite difficult to say!) to The Vintage Binding Co. - Clear, explanatory and very easy to say. New staff also means a new office (eee!) which I am also VERY much looking forward to. If you know anyone (Manchester based only I’m afraid) who has any experience in bookbinding or is at all artistically minded, and would like to work with a small, very friendly, very passionate company then do pass them my details!
So… last year! 2013 kicked off with The Princes trust business course, a great, if slightly overwhelming, insight into starting your own business. I seriously recommend it for anyone with an idea, or who wants to become self employed. It’s totally free, very friendly and a real eye opener about working for yourself.
Summer was all about craft fairs, most notably Art & Craft at the beautiful Victoria Baths. (Seriously, if you live in Manchester and haven’t been it’s definitely worth a visit!) In between fairs and planning and the other juggling balls that are the rest of my life, I also collaborated with a few bloggers. These lovely ladies were: Olivia from What Olivia Did, Rosalind from Clothes, Cameras and Coffee, Lizzie from The Dust on the Ground and also Dina from She Loves Mixtapes. It’s really lovely to see the notebooks written about by an impartial party and to spread the word around the UK.
I recently had a feature up on Vintage Manchester as well, a website dedicated to, obviously, all things vintage in Manchester. As well as getting to talk a bit more about my work and my ethos I also did a giveaway in partnership with them. (note, this was under the old name of Petit Renard Rouge, as were the blogger features)
I’ve also just finished my very finished wedding guest book commission which has gone so well I’m going to dedicate a whole post to it next week, complete with video of the final result.
Christmas saw a flurry of commissions, special titles for loved ones and I spent a good few hours trawling both eBay and charity shops looking for vintage books with something a bit special about them. Among some of my favourites were Treasure Island (pictured below) and Call me Florence (for obvious reasons but also a really sweet, funny book about nursing with brilliant illustrations).
Last thing! If you’re a blogger who fancies doing a giveaway or a company who would like to know more about doing a feature on The Vintage Binding Co. please feel free to drop me an email for a chat. I am also currently looking for permanent stockists in Manchester so that too!