Saturday, August 25, 2018

Traveling and Designing

We just launched new designs for BK original products. I am so excited to say that all these ideas came out based on our experiences during the summer months in Japan and Germany, and in many ways, they are condensed essence of our insights and learnings. Travel does so many wonders to our creative souls and if you have an opportunity to step away from your everyday routines and pursue your creative passion, definitely do it!! I absolutely stand behind the idea. 

The new designs are all currently manifested in rubber stamps. I am hoping that together, we can spread these message out to the whole world! 

For many years, Frido and I have been searching for inspiration and ideas to visualize our love for all things analogue. 
During our stay in Germany, we were reunited with vintage letterpress typography blocks which have been a part of our family treasure for many decades. These wooden blocks triggered the design inspiration.
Each letter was physically laid out by Frido one piece at a time to create the composition that is authentic and unique. Instead of using the letterpress process to create the design impression, we have used watercolor to transfer the design. We hope you enjoy watching a short video that captures a part of our design process. 

Is it a stamp or is it a reminder? We are happy to be both. The design of "Time is Now" was born through our personal life experience to be present. To live and feel as each moment unfolds. 
We hope you will be able to use this stamp as a gentle reminder for your every day.

We have always gravitated to the idea of "Always + Forever" in our relationship with our loved ones. We appreciate that it requires our actions from every day to create something long-lasting and beautiful. 
As we flipped through a vintage gardening book during our stay in Europe, we came upon a page where it described different messages garden layouts could be embedded with. One of them was the forever love, and we knew that it was a sweet inspiration to conceptualize the design. 
We hope that you will be able to continue to celebrate small milestones throughout the course of the relationship as a chain of infinite hearts represent. 
The design inspiration comes from our admiration of cherry blossom and its seasonal cycle. We appreciate that cherry blossom is beautiful when it is full bloom as well as when it starts to fall which is an excellent example of the "wabi-sabi" philosophy. 
The MINI size is perfect for adding vignette details to your planners and journals. Also just the right size for a postcard accent. 

The statement "The Journey is the Destination" has been our guiding principle through our Baum-kuchen journey since 2010. We are excited to share our updated design to capture the essence of the message. 
The design of "JOURNEY" comes from a stenciled graphic that was physically punched out by a vintage stenciling machine originally used to label oil barrels. We then fused the design of "JOURNEY" with inspiration from vintage labels. 

We have always told ourselves that "Life is Travel". It's full of adventures, discoveries, and companionships. While we (BK family) spent sunny summer in the city of Hamburg, we have watched many container ships go by on the river Elbe. Slowly but steadily. The idea of these ships visiting many cities all over the world has inspired us to create the vintage travel poster inspired design. 
We hope that this design will be an inspiration and a gentle reminder for you to keep moving forward in life. Slow and steady at your own pace. 
As a part of the BK Analogue Tribe, we love refilling analogue energy for like-minded pen and paper enthusiasts. 
I am sure you can relate!
We hope this stamp gets utilized in many different places including your journal pages, postcards, and an everyday memo to your friends and families as a way to share your love for analogue.


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