Malissa & James Brown from Pressed & Folded join us for our Small Business Saturday Christmas Market on 7th December!
Ever wondered who designed our handsome logo? It was the talented James Brown who generously donated the design to the Guild all the way back in 2012. We were connected to James by our good friend The Gentle Author who was instrumental in the establishment of our organisation and who still supports us to this day. We’re proud to boast James as a founder member of the Guild and delighted to introduce Pressed and Folded a second enterprise created together with his equally accomplished wife Malissa.
Malissa and James will be bringing their bold venture to our Christmas Market on 7th December at Old Spitalfields from 11 to 5. Look no further for beautiful and distinctive Christmas cards, wrapping paper and prints along with exquisitely designed books by James from Walker, the ideal gift for curious and enquiring minds.
What’s the story of Pressed and Folded Malissa?
In 2015 James asked me if I wanted to start a greeting card business with him, so after some thought I said yes! I had been working as a textile designer for many years and Pressed and Folded was the perfect way to move into a new creative industry.
James’s work as a printmaker and illustrator gives our collection a bold and graphic look that work well with the abstract patterns I design.
A lot of people ask what’s it’s like working together? Well, so far so good! It helps that we are always working on different things. We launched our first card range in 2016 and now, nearly four years on, we are stocking many of our favourite stores around the UK and beyond, from small independents and bookshops to gallery and museum shops. We’ve recently had the privilege of working on exclusive designs for the Royal Opera House and the Science Museum.
Christmas is always an exciting time for us as we get a chance to sell our products directly to our customers at the many festive markets around town. Along with our prints, wrap and card ranges we will also be selling James’s books, including his newly published book A World of Plants. Come and say hi!
As a small business, being a member of the EETG is very important to us. We feel we’re part of a strong community that is mutually supportive and tackles the issues affecting independent businesses today.
Catch Malissa and James all the following markets:
Clapton Park URC
Round Chapel Christmas Market
Old School Rooms
2 Powerscroft Road
Friday 29th November 4pm-8pm
Merrymaking Christmas Market
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
14 East Bay Lane
Saturday 30th November 11am-5pm
Square Mile Coffee Neighbourhood Christmas Fair
Unit 13 Uplands Business Park
1st December 11am-3pm
Local Makers Market
Saturday 7th December 10am-4.30pm
East End Trades Guild Christmas Market
Old Spitalfields Market
16 Horner Square
Chats Palace Christmas Market
42 – 44 Brooksby’s Walk,
Clapton E9 6DF
Saturday 14th December 10am-6pm
Central Saint Martins
2 Granary Square
Saturday 14th December 11am-5pm