Friday, May 22, 2009

More from . . .

Today I am featuring the work of The Yellow Owl Workshop -- an innovative group I met from the National Stationery Show. I had a very nice conversation with Evan, and he showed me around the booth. Much of their work was done with silkscreen, which makes for beautiful, flat colors. I tried silk screening in college, and though I love it, I must say I find it a tedious process when working with more than one color. I admire anyone who can get good registration with this method of printing.
There were also some innovative works made with blind embossing. I am surprised I have not seen more of this technique used with other vendors, but perhaps The Yellow Owl Workshop is starting the trend. I really like their do-it-yourself greeting with the LCD card. Nice work!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Two Great Days

I have spent last two days at the National Stationery Show, which was a positively overwhelming event. It seemed the true die-hards were there this year, and I met a lot of great people, many who started off with a printing press and a dream. I skipped most of the big corporate booths, and focused my time on hob-knobbing with those in the cottage industries. Everyone I spoke to really seemed to love what he or she was doing. Also, I made some wonderful connections for calligraphy -- so many people had very nice things to say about the booklets I handed out to everyone.

I had an excellent conversation with Trish Kinsella, owner of the Dauphine Press. I had seen her work featured in something recently (I'm guessing it was a Martha Stewart bridal magazine); it is no secret that she is to stationery as Mercedes is to automobiles. If one were able to pick up a sample of her work, you will find she does very delicate and lovely letterpress on very thick stock. She was complimentary of my calligraphy and was very encouraging. I hope to stay in touch with her, as she is highly respected for what she does, and was such a kind person, as well. Thanks Trish!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pretty Paper

Today I put together brochures for my calligraphy. If they bear a striking resemblance to the work of Anne Elser, well, um, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? Seriously, I have to say that she is so prolific with her good ideas, I'm sure they are borrowed all the time. Thanks, Anne.

These should come in handy at the National Stationery Show that is coming up this weekend. My only hope is that I can fold and cut enough in time to hand out to those interested in my work, and those who will be once they see a sampling.

Also, for any of you living in New York, I tried printing these with Kinko's, and found the quality poor. I tried out a neighborhood copy shop called The Source Unltd, and not only were they kind, but they had a much better quality at a lower cost. I look forward to getting more things printed with them.

Saturday, May 09, 2009


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