Crispina ffrench and Sofia Hughes are sisters and partners in The Dolphin Studio – a second-generation family run screen-printing business in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. We have one primary product – The Dolphin Studio Calendar.
Here’s a little history:
When John ffrench and Primm Turner ffrench were newly weds they made a calendar for all their friends and family for Christmas. It was a big hit! They were encouraged by all those early recipients to carry on what they had started as a commercial venture. A couple years later, in 1970, the first screen-printed edition of The Dolphin Studio Calendar was sold. Monthly images were designed by Primm and John with one each added by their three little girls, Felicitas aged 5, Crispina 4, and Sofia 3. We think there were 100 1971 calendars printed.
Every year since then, The Dolphin Studio calendar has included images from all family members. This year, images from three generations of ffrenches are featured. We design, color separate, cut stencils, sample, and print 2200 calendars, by hand, in our Pittsfield, MA print shop. Calendars are for sale, online and from our two locations – our home-base at 11 Main Street in Stockbridge, MA and our printshop at 40 Melville Street in Crispina’s church in the heart of Pittsfield, MA. If you would like to purchase in person rather than online, please be sure to call ahead. 413-298-3735.
FFrench family L to R : Lucy, Jamie, Pat, Sofia, Chris, Crispina, Violet, Ben and Lily.