We started under the name James Ellis Stevens in 1990. James had finished college, was looking for work and started selling his mother's art to local shops in the Buckinghamshire area. These were a success and it made sense to turn them into prints. Soon shops were asking for the prints to be framed and a framing workshop was established in his parent's garage.
A few years went by and we began to publish work by other artists. Our style evolved and we were approached by a greeting card company that was interested in publishing the prints as cards. We decided that this was something we wanted to do ourselves and so, in 1997, we published our first range of greetings cards.
Fast forward to the present day and we now work from our Bristol studio in a lovely old converted paint factory. We focus on publishing cards and stationery using designs from a selection of wonderfully talented artists. Our company name is James Ellis Stevens Ltd and we trade under the name James Ellis.
Who we sell to
Our products are available for the general public to buy on this website, but we also supply independent stores, multinationals and distributors around the world. If you are a trade customer and are interested in stocking out products, please visit our trade site here.
We try to be as environmentally friendly as possible and never use single use plastic in our products or packaging.
Our studio is run on green electricity from Octopus Energy and we donate any spare materials we have to the Children's Scrap Store in Bristol. Wherever possible we print on board that is made from wood pulp sourced from sustainable forests.