A three-pronged post today for all you paper lovers, covering the past, the present, and the future, although not in that order.
1. The Present: Lea Redmond’s adorable World’s Smallest Post Service is ready to set sail, appearing at book stores, craft stores, and gift shops near you. Tomorrow night, San Francisco’s Curiosity Shoppe is hosting a party to celebrate its publication. Lea will be there with her custom Post Service shop, homemade cookies, drinks, and plenty of WSPS kits to sell. Here’s a great post Curiosity Shoppe proprietors Derek and Lauren whipped up on their Smarts & Crafts blog about the event. I hope all you cats dig those mini packages as much as I do.
2. The Future: As previously mentioned, Chronicle Books is cohosting a design challenge with the online stationery community Minted. They’ve received hundreds of notecard designs for the challenge, and you can vote on which ones Minted will produce by logging on to their website here.
3. The (recent) Past: Last week, a host of editors, designers, and sales crew were in New York City for the New York Stationery Show at the Javitz Center.
Designer Sandy Davis summed it up nicely: “It was my first time attending the show, and I was amazed by the amount of work shown! I was a little overwhelmed at first, but ended up having a great time meeting current Chronicle artists—like Jill Bliss, Hammerpress, and Rifle—in addition to discovering up-and-comers like Printerette, OneCanoeTwo, and Wildhorse. I definitely subscribe to my share of design blogs and scope out a lot of paper goods online, but there is something to be said for seeing the work in person. I still feel like I’m processing it all.”
On Tuesday the 17th, we held our annual Stationery Meet and Greet party at the Hudson Yards Cafe which, if a meteor had crashed into and vaporized the joint during said party, the stationery/Etsy and art/illustration world would’ve lost some serious, irreplaceable talent.
Photo on the right, from left: Jill Bliss, her ten-year fan Awonry (who she had never met in person before), Julia Rothman, Suzy Ultman
Thankfully this didn’t happen, and our pal Jordan from enormouschampion was able to leave safely and give birth to a little boy two days later. Congrats Jordan!