We’re getting so excited about our Time Travel March box, the books are on their way to Book Box Club HQ, the author is prepped and excited for book group and we’ve even had a few cheeky photos of some of the gorgeous items currently being crafted by next month’s suppliers…
We think you’re going to love the brand new YA book inside this box, whether you’re a time travel aficionado with your own back garden tardis or an era-hopping novice with not even a time turner to your name! This book is full of mystery, action, drama and romance and sees a young heroine slip through the eras on a quest to discover a family secret.
Libby and I both raced through the March novel within a couple of days and had a hilariously muddled chat afterward during which we unravelled all of the twists and turns of the time travel genre! If you’d like to receive this brilliant book, an invite to the book group with the author (and us and lots of other absolutely lovely unashamedly bookish members) then you’ll need to make sure you’re subscribed to the March box… hurry on over to our website before our virtual egg-timer runs dry and we sell out!
And if the thought of a brilliant new read and a bookish community wasn’t enough of an incentive to join us, this March we’re thrilled to present to you one of the very talented crafty suppliers that we’ve got lined up for this box…drum roll please…
We are very proud to announce that the March box will feature an item designed by Papio Press! Harry and Zanna are a UK-based husband and wife illustration and design team who create the most fantastic bold, colourful, nature-adorned stationery. Libby and I are absolutely in love with Papio Press’ gorgeous artwork and we can’t wait to feature one of their beautiful items in your March box.
We like to champion and get to know the suppliers that we collaborate with, so we chatted with Zanna about books, craftiness, food, music and lots more – behold our Crafty Q&A…
Book Box Club Crafty Q&A
We know you love books – so tell us about your favourites.
I find it almost impossible to pick favourite books because I’ve loved so many! Of course I’m a huge Harry Potter fan – I grew up with those books! But aside from that I adore 19th century novels; The Tennant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte, Middlemarch by George Elliot, anything by Jane Austen. There’s something about the pace of the books, and the insight into human relationships that I find so addictive.
Harry is more of a 21st century novel kind of guy – George Orwell, Aldous Huxley – Dystopian futures and post-apocalyptic worlds, action and adventure!
Which of your creations are you proudest of and why?
Oh gosh! This changes so much. We’re illustrators at heart, and though we love our products, for us they’re created to showcase our designs, so we always feel the most proud of a piece of artwork in its raw form! At the moment Harry is most proud of his Folk Wolves design, and new Mythical Creatures print. I’m incredibly happy with the new Natural History prints I’ve been doing. I think the way that it goes being an artist, your latest pieces of work will always be your favourite, because you are always trying to get better at your craft, and as soon as you see that hint of improvement in your most recent piece it suddenly becomes your favourite!
What does your crafting area look like?
We’ve just set up our new offices as we’ve just moved home, and now have a separate place for keeping stock, and one for creating artwork. Our artwork room is in our new cottage, upstairs, with a big, almost wall sized window that overlooks the harbour. Our desks are side by side in front of the window, both decorated with bits and bobs that inspire us to create!
What do you eat whilst you craft and what do you listen to?
We’re both vegetarians and at the moment (like everyone else) we love avocado on toast. But there’s also always biscuits or flapjacks hanging around in case we need a sugar hit.
A lot of the time we listen to different things, taking it in turns to wear headphones, because we both find we work well to different music, and Harry’s tastes are a lot more alternative to mine. Recently though we have been listening to the Harry Potter audio books read by Stephen Fry – Harry never read the books so I have found a way to force them on him, haha. He’s enjoying them a lot though!
Have you ever had a crafting disaster?
I think the biggest disaster for an illustrator is having a day where you just feel creatively blocked. You try to draw but everything you do just comes out terrible. There’s something about days like that, that can make you feel really low and rubbish about yourself. We learned quickly not to force ourselves to keep going on those days, and to switch tact to packing up cards into cello bags or something that’s mindless and soothing.
What inspires you to craft and how did you begin?
I think (like pretty much all illustrators) we’ve both been drawing as long as we can remember. We both found illustration at different times, Harry during his foundation, and me in college, and when we did it just sort of clicked. I think you can know you want to be something creative from a very early age, but it takes time to figure out where to put that creativity. Then one day someone says ‘oh hey, your work would really suit illustration’ and the rest is history.
Apart from making beautiful things and reading what do you like doing?
We love going for walks around Cornwall, and spending time with friends and family. I think when you live such busy lives you only have so much time outside of work to do things, and we just always want to either get outside or see the people we love (or both at the same time!). We’re also spending a lot of time at the moment doing up our new home – putting up shelves and painting, etc! It’s starting to look properly like our place now which is lovely.
So there you have it – Harry Potter and avocado toast – Harry and Zanna sound like our kind of people, and we’re so excited to be working with them. If you’d like to find out more about Papio Press you can check out their website right here. A big thanks to Harry and Zanna for being truly awesome and for taking the time to answer all of our questions and share these beautiful photos with us.
And to get your hands on a piece of their stunning stationery and a brilliant book and a book group invite AND lots of other goodies, sign up to our March Time Travel box – we love nothing more than welcoming new members.
Love, Libby & Kate xx