When we interviewed Lindsey from the Wildflower Nursery, she showed us the beautiful and unusual signs she had asked local company KlickKlack print to produce and this led me to contact Tim and Kate to find out more about their work.
• Why Klickklack?
We originally started with Klicketyklack but KlickKlack felt more snappy and fresh. The name to us invokes a feeling of movement, the “klick klack” of a train flying down the tracks, someone manically typing on a typewriter or, of course, more aptly a printing press busily working on the next deadline. It also connects personally with the middle two letters being our designer’s initials.
• How did you get started?
Our experience goes back a long way with Kate having a history of working in creative fields, from her own work to teaching fashion and textiles, to appearing on watercolour challenge and winning a competition to design the Queens jubilee scarf. Kate’s artistic flare and technical ability combined with Tim’s background in ecology and the environment, writing, product design, production and web design meant our skillsets were perfectly aligned and so KlickKlack was born.
• Tell me about your interest in the butterflies and other wildlife?
We both share a passion for wildlife in general and cannot imagine a world without a rich diversity of plants and animals. The sad truth is that we are losing all kinds of wildlife at alarming rates across Britain and beyond. Wales, for example, is actually one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. In nature everything is interconnected; due to pesticide overuse insect numbers have plummeted which has led to bird populations drastically being affected as their main source of food disappears. We hope that our books and other future projects will help engage the next generation of nature-lovers and budding ecologists to be future wardens of our planet. This is hugely important to us.
• It was the signs for Lindsey at the Wildflower Nursery that caught my eye? How do you make those?
Working with Lindsey and another local artist (Annie Brougham) in a collaborative way was great and we were all really happy with the end result. We first came up with some mock-ups combining images of various wildflowers with the appropriate pollinator species, then we put together something digitally that would end up being used during the final cutting process. Lindsey picked out some suitable timber and then finally, using the finished designs, we put them through a laser cutting process which transposed the design onto the surface of the wood.
The finished signs were then used for the first UK citywide pollinator trail in St Davids which we were thrilled to have been a part of.
• What next?
We hope to continue as we have started with wildlife and the environment combined with striking bold art at our core. We are hoping to work more with schools to help get a greater ecological awareness out there at primary level and provide children some meaningful knowledge they can apply in the real world. We would really love to continue partnering and making connections with local communities and businesses adding to a growing network of like-minded groups and individuals trying to make a difference to the current state of things. We don’t really know what tomorrow will bring, so for now we’ll stick with trying to fill the world with a bit more colour, and knowledge on the creatures you might happen to come across in your back garden.
• How do people buy the colouring books?
Our books and postcard collections are currently available online from www.klickklack.uk and a growing number of handpicked local bricks and mortar shops – support the high street!
Lindsey has also recently added our range to her website and has a lot of other great things available including wildflower plug plants, gift cards and more!
We were so chuffed to get Iolo Williams on board to write the foreward for our latest book British Moths – to colour in and learn about. Iolo is such an icon as a warden to British wildlife; his early work with the RSPB and latterly his on-going work as a BBC presenter. He also manages to find time to work with local communities supporting various ecology-based campaigns like the adders are amazing project, which is trying to dispel the negative images people have of this misunderstood reptile. What a legend!
We’re excited to have just finished a brand new limited edition Christmas postcard collection entitled “Two Turtle Doves”.
“2 turtle doves” have long played second fiddle to “a partridge in a pear tree” but are no less beautiful or endearing.
Turtle doves partner for life and every year, like many of our migrant bird species, travel thousands of miles to West Africa, their wintering grounds.
These once common summer migrants have become increasingly rare and are now included on the RSPB Red List of conservation concern.”
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