We are a letterpress stationery shop and design studio based in Shrewsbury, UK. Founded in 2009, we are considered one of the pioneers in the resurgence of letterpress printing in the UK. We have come a long way, from humble beginnings, working on a treadle press in a garden shed, fast forward to 2018, where you'll find us in a beautiful studio & shop, bustling with creativity and production.
Ever mindful of social grace and the precious practice of written correspondence, Artcadia offers a full range of stationery items designed for modern communiqué. We are often noted for our personal service, classic typography, hand drawn illustrations and a keen eye for detail that ensures consistent paper perfection. We are faithful lovers of this historic craft so we honour the tradition of print design with a very contemporary sensibility, combining modern design with soft papers and letterpress printing.
In 2018 we developed a line of stationery, greetings cards, gifts wraps and art prints for retail, which we sell direct and through our lovely stockists worldwide.
OUR GREEN POLICY
We believe in the creation of beautiful things and we want, like you, to feel good about where our beautiful things come from. We print sustainably, doing things all responsible printers should do. We use vegetable oil based inks. We use low-VOC and citrus-based solvents. We recycle our paper offcuts, and printing plates. Old ink tins and used rags are kept out of landfill. We use recycled packaging materials and reuse packing materials from our vendors wherever possible. We donate surplus paper and envelopes to our children's primary school and nursery.
We print on cotton paper and FSC certified paper. Cotton is a sustainable and renewable resource. Our cotton paper is extremely soft, luxuriously thick, and has a satin feel. It's also perfect for letterpress. FSC certified papers are sourced in an environmentally-friendly and socially responsible manner. Our clear retail packaging is made in the UK from film that has been accredited to 'OK biobased' and DIN EN 13432. They are made from annually renewable PLA derived from corn or similar starches (potato etc.) and are fully biodegradable and compostable, breaking down to CO2 and H2O.
All of our products are designed and printed in the UK, mostly in our Shrewsbury studio on our vintage windmill press. All of our paper and card stocks sourced from UK Paper Mills.
We will continue to challenge ourselves to do better.