A little more than 100 years ago, a group of young women from privileged backgrounds parlayed their status and education into public service. They called their organization the Junior League, in reference to the members’ young ages. Read More
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ~Albert Einstein
Several years ago, we discovered a story from a fellow blogger who came across a very cool mahogany -stained piece in a theatre props department. Read More
Housed in the Pearl Street district of Portland, Oregon is an urban paper mill, letterpress print shop, bindery, custom invitation gallery and design studio, and a fine European paper boutique. One might think we are speaking of six different businesses, but in fact, it is all under one roof known as Oblation Papers & Press. Here, they also design and produce their own line of wholesale goods that are warehoused and shipped from this very same location. Read More
Our goal is to help you make things with your own two hands.
Two Hands Paperie began on Pearl Street, in the beautiful city of Boulder, CO. in 1993 as a small bindery with a few hand-bound books and a small rack of decorative paper. Mia Semingson and Gerald Trainor took over the store in January of 2010, “Mia and I both shopped at the store just about from the time it opened in 1993, says Gerald. “ Mia apprenticed with Diana (the founder) as a bookbinder and worked in the store for many years. We also did custom printing and bookbinding from our own studio for the store before just taking over the whole thing. So, we were intimately associated with just about the entire process and most of the products before we became the owners. It was a sort of natural progression. “
After almost seven centuries of near vanishment, letterpress stationery and art has begun experiencing a renaissance of sorts, particularly in the US, Canada and the UK, but surprisingly very little has changed since the first days of letterpress.
Letterpress is a form of relief printing in which the raised surface of text and images is inked and then pushed onto paper. The resulting print can be a deep impression, easily felt and seen on soft paper. Although the impression was not initially a desired effect by trade printers, today it is one of the most charming and interesting characteristics of craft letterpress.
As far back as the eighth century, the Chinese were performing woodblock printing. In fact, it is believed that a Chinese man named Bi Sheng (c. 990-1051) invented movable clay type in the 11th century—a painstaking process that involved placing thinly cut pieces of baked clay upon an iron
plate covered with heated resin and wax, and then pressing a board upon it to form the print. Read More
Be careful not to overlook an important aspect of the gift-giving season: thank-you notes.
The thought behind the thank-you should be equal to, or greater than, the thought that went into the gift. But it does not have to be the chore we all dread. In fact, if you follow the “3” rule, you can have this chore beat in no time.
In 3 days… Ideally the thank you note should be written within 3 days of receiving the gift. However, even if it’s much later, it is still special.
On 3 lines… That’s all it takes. (Not including the salutation or your signature)
Make 3 statements…
· Acknowledge the gift, (“How thoughtful of you to remember that I love teapots.”)
· Explain what you will do with the gift, (“I have a box of Earl Grey that I am dying to try.”)
· Express a future meeting or hope of a meeting, (“Looking forward to seeing you at Jack’s party in a few weeks.”)
That’s it. Sign your note. How easy is that!?
Now, there IS one thing more thing that must be done…but this is the fun part! No matter the occasion, start with the paper, the actual card.
When choosing the perfect stationary, look for one that’s elaborate in detail and intricate in design. Envelop lining and artwork, heavier card stock, decals, embellishments and gold leaf script, always boast well. Once retrieved in the mail, it will stand out from the mundane and make the recipient feel special.
Emily Post suggests,” the letter you write, whether you realize it or not, is always a mirror which reflects your appearance, taste and character.”
What a joy to receive a rare treasure —a handwritten thank you note from a family member or friend. No one has to know just how easy it
An interview with Carol Mackin of Orange Art, Woodstock, CT.
“Our roots are deep in paper.” ORANGEART has been a family run, wholesale, fine paper business for three decades. Once strictly a distributor of art products and material, OrangeArt now offers its own line of letterpress products.
Through Orange Art, many fine retail dealers have been able to find stationery products from around the globe which are far from ordinary.
Why or how did you pick the name Orange Art?
Actually, we bought a tiny rising art paper distribution business in 1983 already named OrangeArt. We have enjoyed the easy marketing the name provided.
You have a direct sales force. Yes? How many states do you cover?
We do the selling ourselves in New England and New York and employ Reps in other parts of the country. John has been personally visiting many of our customers in the last few months. He also has a new Prius hybrid which is a good incentive to get on the road.
Any plans for expansion going forward? Speaking of which, did I understand you now have an online “store”?
We are expanding our trade show presence. We will be in Atlanta Gift in January. We have always been at the NYC Stationery Show and Gift Shows (now called NYNOW).
Yes, our online sales are growing very fast which has changed things. We used to be entirely direct sales/phone/fax. Many of our customers, especially wholesale print paper customers, like our Rossi customers, prefer to order online after working hours. We have an easy online ordering system that sets up an account page for our customers with their order history so they can re-order quickly.
How do you decide what lines/products to distribute? I like how you say, “collect” unique social papers. And speak to the difference between being an agent and a “collector”.
What we did in the fine art paper and materials business for 30 years was “distribute” which we sold in 2010. We were a regional distributor of art products to retailers in New England and New York. That means there was no personal involvement in the product design and choice.
However, since the beginning of OrangeArt in 1983, our stationery business has always been based on our choices. We manufacture and design our own products.
We also represent some European lines in the USA, exclusively. That is what an “agent” is.
How has the computer impacted your business?
Only is good ways. I love the immediacy of it. We can service faster and we can show our customers what is new online immediately
In this economy, do you see a trend that more customers are making their own social items (invitations, etc.) from your papers rather turning to custom designers like Crane or Wm. Arthur?
Digital printing has become less expensive and more accessible. That has changed the way stationery papers are personalized, forever. There is no excuse for a badly done business card or note!
Since we have now being living with technology for some time now, do you see any traditions coming back that once were lost? Any new ones beginning?
A personal, hand-written note or paper invitation is finding its modern place in our lives. It is something distinct from email which has become too banal. It is now communication “etiquette” to write and invite in this “personal” way. It takes time which is a gift in and of itself. The paper, the stamp, are a reflection of the personal taste of the sender.
I think that people are happy to spend more money on a well-designed card, journal, etc. Again, it is a little exercise in design much like their choices of home décor.
How, and when did you find Rossi?
We have stocked Rossi products since 2006. We travelled to Borgo San Lorenzo to talk to the Rossi’s about our interests and paper background, which included 12 years of experience with another, similar paper also made in Italy. We really know how many ways our customers can use this versatile, beautiful paper. Our experience has taught us how to support sales with thoughtful templates and well versed customer service who can explain an album fold from an A5 sheet, convert metric into inches and always make sure they are ordering the right envelopes!
We appreciate all of the Rossi products. By the way, their warehouse packing is the BEST! Everything arrives correctly and un-damaged. No one appreciates that more than the people who receive, stock and re-ship it.
What does the future hold for Orange Art?
Well, we did recently sell the “big” business and as I said, we are in transition in a good way. The reason we did OrangeArt together, here in this beautiful place, was to control the way we were going to live and raise our two children.Now we can be smaller and more focused.We would like to find just a few more exclusive lines, and maybe tiptoe into complementary products. I keep imagining a beautiful desk we could all use in our lives to keep our “stuff” organized and allow us to write, think and look out the window at nothing at all. What would be on it?
Valentine’s Day is traditionally known as the day of love, often expressed by handmade paper Valentines and homemade treats of all sorts. Rossi embraces this tradition, in fact, it’s practically the company credo and you’ll see it proclaimed numerous times on the Rossi website. It’s true: the Rossi stationery products are made with creativity and tradition—and a big dose of love!
With less than a week to go to the Big Day, share your love and appreciation with these inspirational Valentine ideas crafted with Rossi products.
Kris Stewart, owner of Scroll Book Arts, loves using the new letterpress papers
for her albums and books. She explains: “Never having worked with letterpress before, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! Now it’s officially my favorite Rossi paper to work with. Letterpress has such a nice texture to it. If you haven’t felt letterpress before, the printing process leaves an indentation so you not only see the printing, you feel
it. This paper is a dream and I thoroughly enjoyed crafting these albums.”
Rossi decorative sheets are not only great for albums, but work well with any product branding. Juliette Goggin from the UK packages her soap line, jewelry and repurposed goods with Rossi papers.
For more information about Juliette Goggin, please visit: http://www.juliettegoggin.co.uk/
Kris Stewart’s books can be found on her Etsy store, Scroll.
For Rossi products, see our list of US Retailers.