A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..
Topical Times – Greeting Cards inspired by our bonsai…….
……..have just arrived at the nursery.
At the beginning of summer I was contacted by Emma and Sara of Lonetree Cards Ltd to ask if they could photograph some of my trees as the basis for a new range of greeting cards. I was happy to oblige and arrangements were made.
One of the trees used was from my own collection but most were from the nursery sales benches. Some of these trees have since been sold so if you have purchased a tree from us this summer take a closer look next time you are in a high street card shop……you may get a pleasant surprise.
I will let Emma and Sara take up the story in their own words……..
We had the most wonderful day at John Hanby Bonsai School. John was kind enough to let us and our camera have a good look about and we found the trees beautiful, inspiring and peaceful! We were sad to have to leave the serenity of John’s gardens but hope we have caught the essence of his wonderful trees in our new range of greeting cards “Bonsai”.
As sisters, a lifelong, joint passion for photography, design and illustration, and a love of all things paper has led to our new venture, Lonetree. Working from our studio on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds we have waved goodbye to our past lives as an architect and food buyer and embraced the world of running about with camera tripods and hoarding paper and colour swatch books with glee!
We have just reached our first anniversary and our cards can already be found stocked in Liberty of London, Tate Britain and Paperchase as well as lots of lovely independents throughout the UK.
We also sell all of our designs from our online shop www.lonetree.co.uk.
Lonetree takes its inspiration from life and at its heart is the capture of the everyday object on film and the interpretation of that object to create unique and intelligent designs.
All our cards and envelopes are made out of FSC accredited paper stock that has been produced by wind power by a carbon neutral paper mill. Our printing is all done in the UK by a company who can boast to have been featured on Sunday Times Green List as well as being the first carbon neutral printer in the World. They ensure that 99.4% of their dry waste is diverted from landfill and recycle 90% of their press rooms solvents – pretty good going we say! We know that we can always do more and although we are only a little company we continue to look at ways in which we can improve our environmental footprint.
We also sell all of our designs from our online shop www.lonetreecards.co.uk.
The bonsai greeting cards can also be purchased directly from the bonsai nursery.