I’ve been in a stationery fog this past week (being 34 weeks pregnant with insomnia probably doesn’t help. Ha!). It all started with last weekend’s National Stationery Show. It’s this annual, mega-stationery trade show in NYC where all the hot-shot stores and designers, large and small, display their current paper products. My heart starts to beat faster when I imagine walking the aisles, scouring all the creative displays, letterpress cards, colorful notepads, etc. (As a side note, I have dreams of one day opening a brown ink paper store so you all can have direct access to the most unique, beautiful material around!).
For the past few weeks, I’ve been drooling over the many blogs featuring the hundreds of vendors, my favorite being Oh So Beautiful Paper with a 12-part series of the show. Thought I’d share a few lines that caught my eye…
Studio Olivine from Portland, OR
Fat Bunny Press from San Francisco
Dear Hancock from LA
Banquet Atelier & Workshop from Vancouver
Sesame Letterpress from Brooklyn
Seedhouse from Philadelphia
Fine Day Press from Brooklyn
And Printerette Press from St.Paul. Speaking of local…
Since I was unable to attend the show this year, my other option was to create my own adventure. I decided to throw the boys in the minivan and take an afternoon trip to Mara-Mi in Stillwater, MN. Just to give you some background, I first noticed Mara-Mi at Target a few months ago. Their bold print and fantastic prices made it an easy purchase.
I soon realized this was the same stationery company my father had been raving about located right in his little old downtown. Of course it doesn’t hurt they sell tasty Izzy’s ice cream right there in the store just to help you get your happy feet on.
The store is not only filled with Mara-Mi lines (my favorite was the Bazaar Collection, see below), but they also sell Russell & Hazel, Moleskin, and more. I promise it’s worth a trip out east for you Twin Citians.
And just when you thought my week of paper madness ended in Stillwater, another local go-to stationery source, Lunalux, is back to their old tricks with tomorrow’s Stationery Saturday. With Father’s Day around the corner, they have dads in mind and are using a collection of lead dingbats including purple Jolly Roger, red griffin, green tree or blue pan.
If you can’t catch tomorrow’s run, head back to Lunalux for their Letterpress Lock-In, a part of the Northern Spark event June 9th-10th. And please report back to brown ink all about the overnight letterpress creations! Now off to dream of paper clouds.