Feels Like New July 07 2010NYC was wonderful in so many ways. At the National Stationery Show, I reconnected with some favorite customers and it was great to see familiar faces. Oblation recently requested these kites, which, in the frenzy of selling paper in sheets, I sometimes forget about.... These ARE really special; they feel like a new arrival. Or maybe I'm just seeing them with new eyes? I thought: time to RE-show more of those types of unique products here at Paper Connection.
What do you think?
Amazing Talent by our Paperwomen June 10 2010As some of you know, we have many talented ladies working here at Paper Connection. So what happens when one paperwoman asks another to create a wedding box for her big day? Voila! Deb's latest work of art.
New York, New York May 10 2010May is a great time to head to the city. The weather was perfect last week- dry, sunny. Here's the May sky at Lexington around 30th Street.
May 5th: Lisa Price, Poppy King and Taryn Rose; the experienced business women who spoke in the morning, were a great inspiration; each one with a "in the beginning" or " in my garage" story to relay.Michael Gerber, author of the E-Myth, generously spoke about his long life experiences, slowly yanking off the audience's business-blinders; blinders which we "wear" tightly wrapped around our cluttered, little heads, in order to bring us back to the here and now of REALity... Mr. Gerber is a very present, grounded individual indeed. Mid-May: Back to NYC for the Stationery Show at the Jacob Javits Center-will take photos if they allow it! DONT FORGET TO SAVE THE DATE for our Paper & Fabric trunk show at 133 W. 25th Street (btw 6&7th above the Quilt Shop). Luscious paper goods plus a yummy salad of fabrics and cute tees for sale from 10:30am -5pm, Thursday May 20th- wow! that's already next week!
Believe It or Not... April 28 2010You can do letterpress on handmade, Asian paper! Despite its thin countenance, Japanese papers can hold their own against the letterpress machine. Simply set your pressure higher as you press and the letters and/or images come out as they would on your usual Western paper, except with a unique surface that comes only from these special papers made from wood-free (bast) fibers.
Above is an extra heavy weight white Kozo paper (M-0207-#3) with a letterpress image, made by Lois Harada, a graduate student at RISD- (Rhode Island School of Design). Remember that even though this sheet is extra heavy weight, it doesn't need to be- It's stronger than it looks. Kozo paper, in particular, has more wet-strength than a cotton paper. Below are some images of instructor Dan Wood's April 2010 letterpress course at RISD.
Paper and Prints in Philadelphia April 01 2010Just back from Philly after attending the annual Southern Graphics Conference 2010. What a great show, full of great people, and innovative ideas for printmaking. Check out the fun here. Backed Gampi, of course, was a hit, as well as our exclusive Laurelai and An-Jing papers...we loved hearing the feedback from those who bought our papers at last year's show. Any more comments we would love to hear! Thanks everyone at SGC for creating another memorable event.
Going Back "home" March 02 2010Still not sure which is which: Japan or the USA, but the timing seems just about right to depart from one home or the other. My other self gradually gets unpacked upon arrival: paperwoman: the (mainly) researcher in Japan and paperwoman: the teacher/marketeer back in the US. This was a few days ago at a friend/client's in Japan: http://oasis-pure.com www.texasart.com. www.inthefold.com.
Redundant Language for thought January 12 2010
Just thinking about those funny redundancies (tautology rhetoric) in English that we use or hear everyday? ..like...
ATM machine M=machine, PIN number N=number, UPC code C=code, RAM memory M=memory, OR chai tea, chai=tea, ramen noodle, men=noodle, and last but not least, washi paper -shi=paper
Can you add to this list?