About us

Bold Blossom is owned by Robin Hiseman and Anita Griškjāne.

Robin is a graphic designer, photographer and teacher who lives in Malvern.  He set up and ran a successful typesetting, design and print business in Birmingham in 1988-92.  

Anita is a qualified gardener, photographer, and former business owner from Latvia with many creative ideas who now lives in Ledbury.  

Together they have recently set up this business both to bring their own work to market and to be agents for a number of local artists and crafts people.  They share an appreciation of good design and are open to new ideas.  They aim to work sensitively with the environment and with local people wherever possible.

They are marketing a range of greetings cards, including charity cards, post cards and mounted prints, personalised calendars, a full range of business stationery, and other seasonal and/or promotional items.

Our sister company Aloe Malvern takes its name from the pre-existing health and nutrition side of the business.  In addition, Robin offers advice and training on computer systems (Mac & Windows), while Anita offers professional garden services, from advice and design to creating and maintaining clients’ gardens.

Armorel Productions

Although this business now has the name Aloe Malvern, its origins come from the business Armorel Productions which I founded in 1988 as a typesetting, design and print company using the then new desktop publishing (dtp). 

The name ‘Armorel’ was brought to my father’s attention in the book “Appointment with Venus” by Jerrard Tickell, published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1951. It was made into a film in (also in 1951) starring David Niven. It is a wartime spy story set on the ‘fictional’ Channel island of Armorel.

"Take a perfectly adorable girl called Nicola, a more than gallant major, a sergeant of the Gordons, a drunken sailor man and a pacifist painter. Place on a tiny Channel Island with a pregnant but thoroughbred cow, kindly villagers and hostile German soldiers. Introduce a militant small boy with a toy pistol and keep sundry familiar Royal Navy and R.A.F. types in the offing. Hand the stirring implement to a queer but astute brigadier at the War Office and watch the whole mixture sizzle to a glorious climax."

(Aberdeen Press)

My own research revealed that Armorel was probably the original, French, name for the island of Sark. There is also a town called Armorel (they call it a city, but it is very small) in Arkansas, Mississippi. The French connection for the name would be consistent as French colonialists settled this area of America.  When I set up the design and print business I named it Armorel Productions in memory of my father, who died in 1983.

Robin Hiseman