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The Papersmith Series — Maxime Brenon, Papier Tigre | Paris

The Papersmith Series — Maxime Brenon, Papier Tigre | Paris

A little animated tiger sticks his tongue out at me as I reach the end of a recent email exchange with Papier Tigre’s co-founder, Maxime Brenon. The character’s endearing little grin tickles me every time - it’s cheeky, fun and just so likeable. The same can be said of the brand’s approach to design, retail and creativity. Founded by Julien Crespal, Agathe Demoulin and Maxime Brenon, the trio have been playing with paper since 2011, creating stationery, home accessories and wares for the office. The designers are recognised for their use of graphic prints, eclectic patterns and quirky colourways. They...

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Confessions of a Stationery Addict — Michele Lee | New Jersey

Confessions of a Stationery Addict — Michele Lee | New Jersey

Michele Lee is a designer, creative consultant and illustrator who creates unique greetings cards, as well as enamel pins and patches, through her studio Lucky Horse Press. The Garden State may be her home, but Michele’s designs radiate with a sun-drenched, 60’s Californian psychedelia. Awash with a bold, mid-century modern colour palette, a Lucky Horse Press card is the perfect pick-me-up for any occasion. From Oregon to Iowa, the US has undergone a major letterpress publishing revival. It was extremely enlightening to kick back with Michele and hear about her affection for precision tools, and a good bookshop saunter. —...

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The Papersmith Series — Gavin Strange | Bristol

The Papersmith Series — Gavin Strange | Bristol

Gavin Strange. Where to start?! Let’s begin with the day job. As a Senior Designer at Aardman Animations, he oversees and designs all the digital, online and interactive content, a role that we imagine is extremely fun and fulfilling. But, it doesn’t stop there for this man of many hats. Gavin has a zest for side projects like no other creative individual we’ve met. His background in graphic design and a multidisciplinary skill-set has resulted in many projects embarked upon under his freelance moniker JamFactory. From filmmaking to music videos, illustration to toy design, there isn’t a medium unturned. We...

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Confessions of a Stationery Addict — Janine Vangool | Calgary, Canada

Confessions of a Stationery Addict — Janine Vangool | Calgary, Canada

We think Janine Vangool is a bit of a superwoman. You’d expect a publication as established as Uppercase to be run by a whole team, but this magazine is a one woman operation - and it’s a triumph. Janine is the editor and designer, and also wears the hats of web developer, social media manager and customer service advisor. Publishing has always run deep for Janine; the decision to start Uppercase seven years ago was the culmination of running a gallery space where Janine sold her own paper goods. She produced several books of her own, and learnt the art...

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The Papersmith Series — Athena Cauley-Yu, Meticulous Ink | Bath

The Papersmith Series — Athena Cauley-Yu, Meticulous Ink | Bath

Athena is a hand lettering artist, typesetter, and the owner of Meticulous Ink, a printers and stationery store magnificently upholding the art of correspondence. Athena and her discerning team of four are lauded for their dedication to traditional printing methods such as letterpress, embossing and foiling. With their trusty Heidelberg, they create beautiful stationery and bespoke paper goods including invitations, greetings cards and writing paper. Meticulous Ink’s aesthetic is clean, crisp and elegant. The attention to detail is exceptional; paper stock is hand picked and time-honoured techniques are executed with precision and care. There is an air of nostalgia -...

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