A little something local today. Rock Paper, Ink is a St. Paul-based stationery company that uses 100% tree-free or recycled papers to create a line that appeals to the graphic designer at heart.
The Small Object is an Atlanta-based “cottage industry” created by artist Sarah Neuburger. Born in the Midwest, raised in the south and trained in New York (her MFA is from the School of Visual Arts), Sarah operates an on-line micro emporium of that includes a quirky collection of both pre-designed and custom rubber stamps. As charming as they are well… sorta weird, I find these little objects irresistibly fresh. You can read her whole story here. (As always, click to shop!)
Another great find from last May’s National Stationery show. Igloo Letterpress is a “small but mighty” stationery company out of Worthington, Ohio that offers simple typography, understated icons and unique sentiments, all artfully printed in their studio. If you’re in the area, they also offer totally affordable, hands-on letterpress printing classes.
12fifteen is a boutique design and letterpress studio located in an old loft building in Stamford, CT. The owner, designer Johanna Anderes, grew up in Germany and trained as an interior designer in South Africa before coming to the States to study at Parsons School of Design. Her love of minimalism comes through in her products which show a level of restraint and simplicity uncommon in the stationery category. (As always, click to shop!)
Another fun find from the National Stationery Show! Winnipeg based Kate and Birdie is run by a husband and wife team whose mutual love of design comes together in these paper products. All items are printed on recycled papers with vegetable-based inks. (As always, click to shop)
Ever since my days as Creative Director for a stationery company, I’ve faithfully carried a small jotter everywhere I go. Luckily, working for a paper company meant I amassed a huge stockpile of the little jems. However, it’s been almost 10 years since I left, and my collection has begun to wear thin, placing me back in the market for these convenient, tiny journals. Here are a few of my new favorites. (As always, click to shop!)
When typography and letterpress combine with irreverence… well, be still my heart. So you can imagine how drawn I was to the new stuff put out by Farewell Paperie at the National Stationery show last May. Based in Seattle, this duo of former advertising agency creatives infuse their love for the craft of letterpress with a bit of snark resulting in a fresh take on printed papers. (As always, click to shop!)
Each year, I’ve been selecting one brand to highlight as “best in show” from the National Stationery Show in NYC. Which is actually no small feat; the caliber of new talent is pretty extraordinary out there. (I’ll be featuring lots of it over the next few weeks!) This year, my selection is Moglea, a letterpress studio in rural Iowa run, 67 miles from the nearest Starbucks. (Egad… That boggles the mind. I have one on the main floor of my office building and sometimes that seems inconveniently distant.) Designer Meg Gleason started the company a few years ago by offering custom stationery, and just last year launched her first retail line. Her eye for typography, playful handwritten text and sophisticated yet whimsical design sense make for a really fresh perspective. (Apologies in advance: I don’t have great photos of her newest stuff – the stuff I fell head over heals with – just my dark & blurry hurried camera shots. Yes, I could have waited to get fab pics, but I was just too anxious to post this! Keep checking her Etsy shop; they’ll be available soon!)
Just returned from a whirlwind traipse through Manhattan, where I attended the National Stationery Show and International Contemporary Furniture Fair. I squeezed in a few other fun things too, like wandering central park, the MOMA and exploring retail possibilities (in terms of what I might “need” to own). So, I thought I’d do something a little different today, by sharing an on-the-fly, visual travelogue of my adventure (made possible by the wonders of the pic stitch app; don’t have it yet? Get it HERE). Let me know what you think!
I’ve come to believe a trip to the local farmer’s market for a garden-ready annuals is among the best tactics for mother’s day gift giving. In an ideal world, you’d pick out a great ceramic pot too, and plant it full of colorful flowers mom can enjoy outdoors all summer long.
Not feeling that ambitious? A hanging basket then.
If you remain unconvinced that container gardens will float your mama’s boat, here are a few giftable suggestions that just might delight… (As always, click to shop!)
I can’t imagine being separated by distance from my mom (luckily for me, we only live about a mile apart). But if I was, I’d be licking a stamp to send off one of these fab finds to wish her a very happy Mother’s Day! (As always, click to shop!)