Art + Design

The 2013 National Stationery Show

Every May, stationers and paper lovers alike gather in New York City at the Javits Center for the National Stationery Show where exhibitors showcase their new creations and designs. As you might imagine, it’s a visual feast for the eyes. Year after year, I am overwhelmed and amazed by all the creative things these artists and stationers make. Here is a sampling of some of our favorite things that we saw at the show this year.

Blackbird Letterpress
‘s die-cut notecards and state notebooks really caught our eye. I mean, c’mon, who wouldn’t want to receive a hug from that bear?

Dear Hancock‘s booth is always so fun and always has something wonderfully unexpected. This year the husband and wife team created a painted life-size desk that they setup in their booth! Their art is wonderfully humorous and unexpected as well, here are just a few of our favorite things we discovered in their booth.

The ladies at Egg Press have a style that is unlike anyone else’s and I so love their use of die-cut windows in their designs—so clever and fun! As always, such an inspiring booth to visit!

Ferme à Papier is Cat Seto‘s new line of notecards, and after getting sneak-peeks all week on Instagram, I was so excited to see them in person and they did not disappoint. I’m in love with her new style!

The Great Lakes Goods always has one of the most magical booths at the show. It’s a treasure trove of Rose’s hand-crafted delights. From packages of confetti and balloons to hand-painted feathers and award ribbons, every object she creates is sure to put a smile on your face.

A big congratulations to our friends at Hello!Lucky (authors of our Handmade Weddings and Pretty Please Stationery) for winning a Louie Award for Best Thank You this year. Congrats, you guys!!! As always, their booth was filled with their cheerful and sweet notecards… and a giant hot dog cut-out to take your picture with! (Thanks, Christina, for letting me take your picture!)

In addition to their amazing notecards, Hammerpress introduced an incredible array of die cut notecards and gift cards which were such standouts at the show. I love how Brady and his team really know how to push the color on their presses—such incredible work!

The ever-inventive Lea Redmond of Leafcutter Designs (and author of our World’s Smallest Post Service, My Museum, and Connexio) always has the cleverest of things in her booth. This year I could not get over her bags of Seed Money, paper coins embedded with seeds. Pure genius and so much fun!

Moglea‘s cards hand-dipped-dyed notecards really blew my mind. Love the kool-aid washes—such a clever twist!

Mr. Boddington’s Studio (author’s of our Every Day stationery line, yipee!) had so many new and wonderful things to discover in their booth that I’m not even sure where to begin. From the ex libris book plates, the gift wrap, the calendars to their growing line alphabet posters and iPhone cases—their attention to detail is unparalleled.

OneCanoeTwo‘s bold new calendars commanded your attention from across the aisle. I think that I literally ran into their booth to look at them! They also had a series of scenic postcard sets wrapped in baker’s twine that made me long to travel.

My francophile heart skipped a beat when I saw the new line of paper goods in Pei Design‘s booth this year! Oh là là, bien sûr!

Rifle Paper Co. (authors of our widely popular Botanicals line), as always, had the most glorious of booths. If I could live in a world surrounded by Rifle Paper Co. goods, I would.

Rigel Stuhmiller‘s illustrations of fruits, vegetables and animals really have this hand-crafted charm and the print quality was exceptional!

If you are looking for Downton Abbey with a modern twist, look no further! Sesame Letterpress combines vintage engraved art with modern neon colors for a fantastic and fresh look!

In addition to walking the show, we also have a booth where we showcase our new products and bestsellers. Our booth was bustling with activity this year and as a designer, it was so great to get to talk to buyers and our sales team about our upcoming titles and to see their candid enthusiasm for it!

And here are a few close-ups of some of our upcoming titles, Wishing Tree by Hello Hanna, Box World Adventures by Suzy Ultman, Big Ideas Notepad by Mary Kate McDevitt, and our latest and greatest punch-out format, Paper Chess Set.

Some of our Top 10 selling titles on the left and then our new stationery line with the V&A and our upcoming Art Deco Notebooks which have full-cover metallic foil on the covers, so decadent and divine!

Kristen Hewitt
Associate Design Director

Kristen Hewitt

Kristen Hewitt

Design Director at Chronicle Books and an enthusiastic cheerleader for gift and stationery products (and pretty much anything with foil).
Kristen Hewitt



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