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Favorite Fatherly Finds

With all the Father’s Day Gift Lists roaming around, someone has to narrow down the good stuff, right? Thankfully, Brown Ink has compiled the most creative ideas for the Dad in your life!

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No one makes a more classier Gift Guide than our friends at InsideHook and this year their Father’s Day Guide exceeds all expectations. I’m especially found of the handsome, leather Moleskin notebook covers from Inkleaf to protect a Father’s written word! Speaking of leather…

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Local J.W. Hulme created a handsome, leather, savvy Dad’s Day List for all kinds of needs. My favorite is the new, gently distressed Brown Leather Envelope for letters, a pen, important receipts or tickets to the ball game!

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Thanks to the ever tasteful Tomboy Style, I found this Father’s Day Gift Guide filled with multiple ideas from Huckberry for the “outdoorsman, sportsman or dashing dude” in your life!

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Terrain created a Dad’s List for the Nature Lover/Entertainer kind-of-a Father — But also included this thoughtful I Love You Dad Journal with room to share memorable moments.

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For the foodie, head to Food52 for their highly crafted list of ideas for Dad. This Abner Universal Tool Box would be perfect for storing stationery, pens and written letters to treasure.

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The Walker Art Center lists some awesome pieces of Dad Gear! I’m especially keen of the Scottish made Alwych all-weather notebook, unchanged since the 1930’s. To this day it’s recommended in the UK by police, delivery drivers, gardeners, mountaineers, golfers and explorers!

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Of course, no gift is complete without a Father’s Day Card. Make sure to check out the variety of Dad cards at Brown Ink Paper Goods before June 21st arrives. If I’ve learned anything over the years, a Father needs to be reminded (in written words) of his importance to you. Cheers!

Stars, Stripes & 25% Off Sale

Time to celebrate the birth of our country and the freedom of writing with our first Stars & Stripes 25% Off Sale beginning today through the 4th of July!

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Make sure to check out the Camping postcards, Fireworks stationery set, Summer tattoos, and all the recently added paper goods. It’s a perfect time to pick up hostess gifts for the Summer BBQs as well as stationery sets with some Summer heat. Be sure to use code: S&S25

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Also, for you locals, come meet me tonight at The Walker Art Center for the Open Field program: Cursive Writing for the Contemporary Artist. One can achieve mnemonic mastery through the direction of Jenni from Lunalux as she conducts handwriting exercises using contemporary art terms.  I’m shooting for a big fat, gold star for my handwriting excellence!

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Art seems to rush in like waves in my life and recently they seem to be at an all-time peak.

This past Thursday night Emmett and I spent time at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts checking out the new Matisse exhibit where we were inspired to “draw with scissors” and create our own colorful collage postcard to send to someone who inspires us. (Bonus: The Institute mails the postcards for free, smart promotion!). How brilliant to combine personal art with writing!

Then on Saturday afternoon our family took a walking field trip to the Weinstein Gallery, my favorite gallery in the Twin Cities. Martin Weinstein has an eye for talent. He currently is featuring a collection of work from local Alec Soth, a world renowned photographer. We heard Alec speak a few years ago at The Walker and I was hooked instantly. His projects have taken him everywhere from Paris to down the Mississippi River, each bringing with it a raw, visceral effect, giving a fresh perspective on today’s world. The piece below is my favorite from his Niagara project. No surprise, it’s handwritten. Alec asked locals to find existing love letters in their home which he then photographed. This one has my heart.

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Another artist who combines personal notes with art is Cape Town artist, Lorraine Loots, with her project 365 Paintings for Ants.

In 2013 Lorraine created a miniature painting and postcards for everyday of the year, some driven by a client, others not. This year she is continuing the project with each piece painted with a Cape Town theme. Not only is the art for sale but Lorraine will handwrite a personal message on the back of each piece or postcard, making this a personal piece to treasure.

A few other exhibitions recently surfacing in the Twin Cities…

St.Paul artist Siri Knutson will feature a lovely, new collection this Saturday night between 8-10pm on 48th & Chicago (just picked up a few tiny gold circles I am crazy about!).

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Looking forward to the new Edward Hopper exhibit at The Walker, Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process, which includes never before exhibited drawings and preparatory work.

It’s a gift to live in a world with such great talent, using their hands to create art which can bring one to a different place, touching each one of us differently than the other.  

Open for Business

After much anticipation, sweat, tears, excitement, learning curves, and a good knock of pneumonia over the past week, we are thrilled to announce that the Brown Ink Paper Goods online boutique is now open for business!!! It’s true.

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Before I let you go and begin your pre-holiday shopping (ha!), thanks needs to be given.

From the beginning, we met many people supporting the idea of an online store, but no one more than our friend Jenni David. Her suggestions of a Creative Juicing Session (what%&!$?) and a UX Experience (User Experience), although foreign to me, were beyond helpful. Louisa Podlich, the fabulous photographer and also founder of the unique A MANO, created the beautiful product images. Kate Arends, from the well-loved Wit & Delight, was the incredible force behind the rebranding of Brown Ink. Eric Price from The Walker Art Center was our brilliant creative graphic designer. We turned to the talented duo, Scott Anderson and Jeremy Ward, at Room 34 to develop both the new look of the site last spring and most recently the store. When in need of last minute help, our friend and web designer, Heather Musil, from Little Bird Design was there in a moment’s notice. And applause to dear Sarah Hrudka for being an ever present force and guidance through many vital decisions. These people were also vital in our understanding of how to run an online business. Thank you, friends, for your time and talent. And also cheers to our sweet community of folks who tested the site before it went public and gave invaluable feedback!

I also need to personally thank my dear husband, Nick, for believing in my dream to sell paper goods. He’s one amazing guy.

Now off you go to explore the Brown Ink Paper Goods store.  We’d love to hear any comments and thoughts you’d like to share. And if you are all smiles, like us on Facebook or subscribe to our blog.

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Don’t miss out Twin Citians, TODAY ONLY>>>>>>

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Held exclusively at their flagship store on 44th & France, russell+hazel is hosting a 30% off event on all r+h and MARA-MI products. I plan on picking up a few pencils, stationery, and party invites. This is a fantastic deal and also perfect timing with the beautiful and fresh MARA-MI Reo Collection hot off the press.

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Also, if you are near downtown Minneapolis (Brown Family headed to The Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturdays to check out our favorite children’s author, Chris Monroe), make sure to stop at Lunalux for the ever-popular Stationery Saturday.

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This month Jenni Undis and her crew will be helping you create personalized, letterpress printed stationery with lovely ding bats (love the state of MN) to bring home the same day. An early Mother’s Day gift, perhaps?

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So get out there in the midst of some needed spring rain and support our local peeps. And for all you Los Angelianos, don’t miss our locally created NorthernGRADE National Pop-Up Shop hosted in your town this weekend. At least go for the paper products if not the hip facial hair.