If you’ve been following along with our travels to New York in the last week, you’ll know that were were in town for the National Stationery Show. It was such an inspiring event to attend. We got the chance to meet tons of talented designers, and also see exciting new products, and the best of what the stationary and gift world has to offer. I’ll be exploring some of our favorite designers and artists more in depth in the coming weeks and months, but for now here’s a super quick re-cap of some of my pics from the booths we visited.
The prints and products in the banquet atelier and workshop were amazing. I saw the big neon heart print in the “Best New Products” showcase and immediately wanted to know who created it. Their images are so graphic and bold, but with a fun playful edge to them.
The notecards and other stationary at Ferme a Papier were so original. They didn’t look like everything else at the show, and Cat, the artist, paints all the images that go on her cards. She was super sweet, and down to earth as well, so easy to chat with.
Brainstorm was another great booth that really caught our eye. Their simple layout included a fun, faux fireplace. They had mostly prints ranging from scientific charts of plant and animal cells, to constellations, to maps of different regions across the U.S. I enjoyed chatting with them about my screen printing days, as this is how they create all their work.
I also saw An Open Sketchbook‘s “The Little Teapot” print in the “Best New Products” display. Their booth was full of great illustrations that this talented husband and wife team created themselves. It was quite literally like being in an open sketchbook. From watercolor washes, to pencil or pen and ink drawings, there was inspiration everywhere.
The Great Lake Goods display was one of the most unique out of all the artists we visited. With a silver tinsel background (who doens’t love that), and lots of stuff other than cards. Hand painted ornaments, candle holders, arrows, and feathers, and the list goes on and on. I enjoyed the bright color palette, and unique hand made feel of everything they created.
I was excited to see one of my hometown favorites, Hammerpress, had a booth. Aside from their ever popular cards and prints they also had a fun line of wrapping paper and coordinating die cut gift tags that I absolutely loved. The bright colors are so fun, and are a great way to add a touch of pattern and color to make a present special.
Ladies of Letterpress had a huge booth, encompassing a whole group of female letterpress artists. Their tagline “Dedicated to the proposition that a woman’s place is in the print shop”, was super clever. There was a lot of talent in this space, and they also were giving out little packs of artist trading cards, each a different design. Such an original idea.
I of course had to stop by the Rifle Paper Company booth since I’m a huge fan. It was just as lovely as you might imagine, with all the beautiful designs. To top it off they had some amazing floral arrangements by Amy Merrick, who I am totally in love with. And yes that’s Anna Bond herself in the background.
We were super impressed by the crazy detailed laser cuts by Laser Cutting Shapes. My favorite card was this NYC Subway design. I’ve seen laser cut paper before, but never with this amount of accuracy, and with such delicate line work. They can even do shading using laser cut.
Ladyfingers Letterpress had an assortment of adorable cards, but what caught my eye was some of the items that you didn’t see at all the other booths, like these wine bottle gift bags. Cute, and practical. And aren’t their business cards just the coolest? They really excel at hand lettering to create unique customized pieces for their clients along with their stock card offerings.
I loooooove to read, and these book covers at Mr.Boddington’s Studio were a great take on something so classic and familiar. It didn’t hurt that some of the titles they included are among my favorites.
Have you heard of One Canoe Two? If you haven’t you need to look them up. I was thrilled to find them, because not only did I like their designs, but they’re also from right here in Missouri. One of my favorite pieces was this wall calendar. The patterns remind me of quilt blocks, but done in a modern, fresh way.
Another local favorite, Jill from Ruff House Art, also had adorable wrapping paper. She’s also been getting a lot of attention for her plantable paper cards, a sweet set of stationary with designs reminiscent of vintage seed packets. Great stuff Jill!
Another booth that had great items aside from stationery was Thimblepress. Push pops full of confetti? Um, yes please. Gold party hats? But of course. Her cards and prints were adorable as well. I could go on and on, but I’ll save that for another post.
And last but certainly not least was These Are Things. Their display caught my eye first, but further inspection made me fall in love. It also doesn’t hurt that Jen and Omar are super down to earth and easy to talk to. And their modern world map is kind of a big deal, I may just have to get one for myself.