As before any trade show, I updated the Wholesale Catalogue with new products, prices and swatch book. I'm thrilled about the sparkling, new Metallic Cotton Ribbons that will debut at the NSS this Sunday and I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do. Thank you to Nole for featuring a sneak peak of the new products and companies debuting the NSS, it really helps to have a sense of what it is new this year. Much to get ready before the show, see some of you very soon and thank you for following!
In preparation for the Stationery Show, I did some updates to the website. My favorite: to use a beautiful photo of the studio by photographer Michael Piazza. I love photos where there is a sense of motion! I'm also thrilled of our new location at the Stationery Show and about our new corner booth and new product display. Together with Albertine Press, we are teaming up with some of our favorite designers and letterpress printer, to create a concentrated aisle of awesome this year. Some other studios will include Egg Press, Hammer Press, Hello! Lucky and Yellow Owl Studio. This collection of fantastic folks and amazing talents, will be showing off their latest goodies, with lots of beautiful new letterpress and screen printed greeting cards and delightful gift items. We'll be announcing our individual show specials and combine efforts for a secret super-treat, so please make sure to swing by the 1700 aisle and join our block party corner. We'd love to see you!
The NYC Stationery Show is less than two weeks away and the metallic new ribbon, I was working on during this winter, finally landed in our studio! What a spark on my desk! With weddings and stylish wrapping in mind, I designed the new metallic ribbon with a fine, delicate line of silver and gold thread woven, in the center of the Natural cotton. I believe the metallic thread can add a fine touch to any personalized project. Made in Italy, exclusively for our company, the metallic ribbon are available in the 2/8" and 5/8 width and in different size spools. Deputing at the upcoming Stationery Show, the new ribbons will be available for wholesale orders and online, by the end of May. I will spend the rest of the day taking photographs of the new product, but I would love to hear your option! Thank you and more soon......
After a long journey, we are excited to launch at the upcoming Stationery Show an high quality Cotton Twine, custom made exclusively for our company, with pure 100% cotton fiber and custom colors. When I learned that most of the baker twine in the market, is made with a content of synthetic fiber, I started to look for nothing else than a natural unbleached cotton fiber for producing our line. It wasn't an easy process and it took months of work, searching for a dye house and a twine manufacturer, by keeping the production within the USA. But it is finally here and a huge stock of twine is now in our studio and I can't stop photographing these beautiful and rich colors. The twine is available in a deep Cherry/Red and White, Black and White, Citrine and Emerald and Natural. Some basic colors I liked to continue to produce and make them available for gift wrapping and packaging design. Come to see them in person at our booth # 1762 or wholesale and online orders are available right away. Stay tuned for more news on the show and have a nice weekend!
Rainy day here in Boston, let's run a Spring Sale! 20% off to any item in our online shop. Offer valid until May first, please enter code Spring2013 at checkout. We are also offering free shipping, for wholesale domestic orders only, until May 3rd. Thank you!
For the whole week I remained speechless and observed a week of silence from social media. I was without words and shocked for what happened just a few blocks away from our studio. Only today I revisited the photos of our recent family trip to Baltimore and Washington DC. We ended our journey to Terrain on the way back to Boston, and this thankfully kept us away from the city and the terrible events until that Monday night. Here are some photos of Terrain that left me full of inspiration and that makes me start this new week with hope for a more peaceful and creative time. The giveaway winner from the previous post has been announced and thank you for everyone that support and encourage our work and continue to inspire us everyday!
The letterpress event at the studio was a lot of fun! a real celebration of spring, in my opinion, and I loved to see the press in action and printing the lovely "Bloom where you are planted" cards by Susy. Albertine Press did a fabulous job printing some cards, head of time for our shop and bring the same plate and ink to use for the demo... and baby Emily was the queen of the party! Thank you everyone that came to share the day with us, it was a bright and sunny day we really enjoyed and I hope you did too! for all the people that missed the event and lives too far to attend, we are happy to send a set of 6 cards + envelopes for your spring mailings. Leave a comment by April 15th and a winner will be announced. Happy spring!
Join us for a letterpress demonstration in our studio and let's celebrate spring together! We will print on our Kelsey table top press an illustration by Susy Pilgrim Waters, work with Shelley of Albertine Press on the press and enjoy a cup of espresso with us. This Saturday, April 6th from 11 to 3, 97 Boylston Street, Brookline, Massachusetts. We really can't wait! The scissors giveaway continues until April 7th.
New products in the shop and for wholesale! we expanded our line of Italian scissors by adding a Medium size Ribbon Scissors and the Tailor's Pinking Shears. I have been collecting scissors for years now and growing up with my mother being a dressmaker, I always loved to have different scissors laying on my working table, ready to use. I was excited to get in contact directly with the manufacturer in Italy and find these beautiful petite scissors and the elegant Pinking Shears. It was fun to complement the industrial steel shears design with a personalized packaging, made with Pikku ribbons bows and kraft paper boxes. Let me know your opinion by April 7th and I will send a pair of Ribbon Scissors to the winner! Also new in the shop, some vintage thread spools of 100 yards of strong cotton thread, made for sewing leather gloves. It is a rare find I purchased in Rome, during my last trip, mostly for the beauty of the vintage label design. Quantity are very limited, only 12 spools are for sale! We are busy preparing for the Letterpress demonstration and Open Studio this Saturday, April 6th and please join us if you are in the Boston area. This is all for now, but more updates to come!
A brilliant DIY project and photos by Justine Hand on Gardenista, to celebrate spring. Happy to see our line of cotton ribbon on the wood spools used in such a delicate and beautiful project. Follow all the steps on Gardenista to make your own Hanging Easter Posies. Best of luck and enjoy the long weekend!
Today is last day of a one week long exhibition, seminars and workshops 189 Libri, organized by Silvana Amato at the Biblioteca Angelica in Rome. All our limited editions and calendarbooks by Edizioni Almenodue were on view during the exhibition, along with several other work by Silvana's students from Universita` La Sapienza di Roma and her personal research around the theme of the design and making of the book. I'm very excited our collaborative work is part of the exhibition, but missing terribly to be there and listening the seminars! Some of the images below were taken during the hand-papermaking workshop "Diventare mastro cartaio" by Fabriano and the seminar "Autoritratto allo specchio" by Guido Scarabottolo. They all must have been incredibly interesting! The photography is by Alessio Macri` and more can be seen on the 189 Libri Tumblr page. Enjoy!
I'm impressed with the unexpected choice of Red cotton ribbons for the Easter decoration on the latest issue of Living magazine. Love anything Red and White! Everything looks amazing and I'm honored, once again, to have our line of ribbons as part of Living beautiful styling. If you like to see more on Easter decoration, here is the page online. Photos by Anna Williams. Happy weekend!
Save the Date: Saturday, April 6th from 11 to 3 for a letterpress demo and printing in our studio! We are tired of the long, New England winter and we miss using our small Kelsey table top press and we would like you to try it too! Shelley from Albertine Press kindly offered to show how the press works and how you can print your own greeting cards. Spring and flowery illustration by Susy Pilgrim Waters will be printed on cotton, Lettra Paper, espresso will be served and the event is completely free. Join us at our spring event and hopefully warm days are close to come!
New colors in the Loose and Tight weave cotton ribbons arrived at the studio for our inventory and now available in the shop. New colors: Tan, Olive and Indigo they complement so well our ribbon collection. But most of all, I love the new Olivetti Lettera 22 typewriter, now in display on our studio window. Can't wait to find the time to use it, the numbers in red look so beautiful...... Also, save the date for another studio event on Saturday, April 6th! we are working on the details, but I can say it will be all about letterpress!
A few moments of our week: our Open Studio and Giveaway (thank you to everyone that came to visit!), the trunk show at Gather Here, fun and dear friend Susy Pilgrim Waters and bits of our glassine and scissors collection. It has been a busy week at the studio, almost coming to an end. Have a great weekend everyone and another studio event will be announced soon....
During our last trip to Rome, I was be able to locate a good source for the Tailor's Measuring Tape. I remember my mother wearing it all day, on her shoulders, when I was little. A strong memory from childhood that I wanted to bring to the shop and into our studio. It has been made in the same way since I could remember, same material, same yellow and white coated canvas, same type. I'm always amazed how even little things like this one, remain unchanged in Italy! So here they are, Metro per Sarti available in the shop, as a small tribute to my mother. Imported from Italy and packaged by hand in our studio. You might recognize the printed circle of heavy stock paper from the Calendarbook 2013, where the measuring tape is mounted on. It was indeed designed, printed and dye cut at the same time as our calendars, but it gathers information of our shop and studio, as a product signature. Let me know what you think by the morning of February 18th, winner will be announced the same day, or come to see it in person during our Open Studio rescheduled for this Saturday, February 16th, from 11 to 4. After the snow storm, we are happy to be open and share a cup of espresso with you! Also on Sunday, February 17th, we will be in Cambridge at Gather Here shop, for a trunk show celebrating their second birthday! It will be a busy weekend and we hope to be luckier with the weather this time!