On Tuesday I did a marathon run through of the National Stationery Show. I was very impressed with the exhibitors this year—there were tons of amazing new booths and even more wonderful creations by my favorite vendors. This week and into next I will be sharing all the best goods (just like I did here), so stick with me for some serious eye candy! (Also stick with me if my photos are oddly colored or grainy; the lighting stinks in the Javits Center!)
First up is one of my favorite booths: Ladies of Letterpress. LoL (I made have just made that acronym up, ha) is a group of unbelievably creative ladies who crank out some unbelievably cool stationery. Here where my top picks from their giant booth . . . .
Tella Press is a studio located just a hop, skip and a jump away from me in Brooklyn. I was particularly drawn by the patterns Donatella (the owner and designer) has included in her big, blocky, colorful text. I was also swooning over the graphic wine bottle tags; they would be perfect to tote along to your next summer fete. Learn more about Tella Press here.
When I came across the gorgeous stylings of Sixpenny Letterpress, my jaw nearly dropped. There was nothing even remotely like these simple, clean geometries anywhere else in the show, so it is not surprising that everyone was buzzing about Sixpenny. I am particularly in love with their business card (see here) but would also gladly take home everything else in the booth, especially that 'big love' card. Awesome! Get more info about Sixpenny here.
Pepper Press is another sweet Brooklyn studio run by a super sweet lady named Ursula, who I quickly realized was clearly my kindred spirit. Just look at her designs! They include polka dots (duh, love them), topographical drawings (maps, my fav) and cool architectural drawings (too awesome). Needless to say you need to check out more Pepper Press goodness here.
So apparently all of the LoL are just insanely nice and cool because I think I talked Meg, the brilliant mind behind Moglea, for nearly fifteen minutes. She kindly gave me advice on printing techniques and told me all about her work with Minted (another sweet booth I will post about later!) and all around made me feel welcome in an overwhelming sea of stationery. And her work totally mirrors her loveliness, being decked out with gorgeous hand-drawn floral patterns and curlicued typography. Personally, I would buy stacks and stacks of her 'you are so freaking awesome' and 'home is where your mom is' cards. They are just so. darn. pretty! Check out more Moglea stuff here and Meg's blog here.