THE PAPER PEOPLE ARE A HUSBAND AND WIFE DUO, JOHNNY AND BRONWEN HURFORD, WORKING OUT OF A STUDIO IN DUNEDIN, AOTEAROA. BRONWEN IS AN ARTIST AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND IS THE CREATIVE ONE WHILE JOHNNY HAS A BACKGROUND IN PLANNING IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY AND TAKES CARE OF EVERYTHING ELSE.
Here's our little family. It's so hard to get a photo of everyone looking nice - especially 4 year olds!
We wanted to create a range of cards that are designed and made here. All our cards are printed in Auckland using beautiful eco-friendly stock and a digital printing method which gives a very soft matt finish much like traditional printing methods but not. Printing digitally means we can print small runs with no wastage. We hope that our slightly tongue in cheek and bold vibrant designs resonate with New Zealanders. They’re not what you’d find in the supermarket, and more importantly they haven’t been shipped from the other side of the world.
The paper we use for our cards is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) - this means we can source the paper we use right back to the forest where it came from - and our printer is Chain of Custody certified for printing on FSC® or PEFC paper stocks. We’ve taken great care to ensure everything including our packaging is recyclable. That’s why (though it looks awesome and as designers we love it) we’ve stayed away from any foiling with our designs as they usually can’t be recycled.
WE LOVE TREES
We’re also trying to make a difference to Aotearoa's forests and trees through partnering up with the charity Million Metres. For every card we sell we will give a donation towards planting native trees along and around the waterways of our beautiful country. You can see our Paper & Trees page for more information on the project we’re supporting
Our initial range has been all designed in house but we are also in the process of creating ranges of cards with designers and artists from around the country. As The Paper People grows the number of people involved will grow too. If you think you’d like to be involved get in touch!
So if you’re looking for cards that are designed with you in mind, that are sustainably produced and are shipped free to your door, then look no further!
Johnny & Bronwen