Craft Focus - February / March 2021 (Issue 83)

9 INDUSTRY NEWS  Stamp shop up for sale Blade Rubber Stamps was started in 1996 by the current owners Kaye Flack and Graham Adams. The business specialises in selling craft rubber stamps and accessories from the UK, Europe, America and Japan. Blade Rubber Stamps has its own original brand of rubber stamps designed for the company over the years by talented artists and designers, and manufactured in its own workshop in Wales. The retail shop has been at its current location in Bloomsbury for 17 years, serving UK crafters and the many visitors from abroad visiting the historic area. The company also has a well- designed website for consumers to buy from. Kay expands: “In recent years we have developed our online sales, and this has become an important and expanding area of the business. We feel the business has potential to grow in both the craft and stationery areas and after 30 years would like to offer others the opportunity to develop the business. I welcome any questions from potential buyers so do email me at: .” Please browse the website for more company and product info at: Industry news Latest news from the craft industry Announcing the Pantone Colour of the Year 2021 Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating, two independent colours that highlight how different elements come together to support one another, best express the mood for Pantone Color of the Year 2021. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of Ultimate Gray + Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It’s a story of colour that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly. A message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit. As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. Pantone 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colours of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience. For over 20 years, Pantone’s Colour of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.