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The Papersmith Series - Chris Leonard-Morgan | UK

The Papersmith Series - Chris Leonard-Morgan | UK

This is an extra special one this week folks as we chat with Chris Leonard-Morgan, or as his friends know him, CLM! Founder of the London Stationery Show, National Stationery Week and World Stationery Day and a Liveryman of The Stationers’ Company, Chris is a stationery enthusiast to say the least! Hello Chris. Tell us about how you got into the crazy world of stationery and what was it that got you so hooked? [CHRIS] I have always liked and of course used stationery and believed strongly in the importance of handwritten communication, but only became involved in the stationery business when researching...

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The Papersmith Series - Graeme Zirk | Vancouver

The Papersmith Series - Graeme Zirk | Vancouver

You may have spotted a new design adorning our windows and it's all thanks to Vancouver-based illustrator, Graeme Zirk! He tells us all about life growing up in the prairies, early inspiration from comics and candy packaging and his advice for budding illustrators. Hi Graeme! Can you introduce yourself to our readers? Tell us about your journey.[GRAEME] I’m an illustrator with a background in graphic design. I went to a modest art and design school in a small town that nobody has heard of. I live in Vancouver but I grew up on the prairies. I like to draw stupid little things with...

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International Women's Day 2019

International Women's Day 2019

International Women’s Day provides us with another excuse to shout about the fairer sex. What better way to do so than to dive into the ‘role model’ archives of our brains and celebrate some of our favourite female creators. Once we’d started digging, at least 263 names jumped out as suitable contenders but, so as not to keep you too long from making your own mark on the world today, we’ve limited our celebration to a party of five. From new-kid-on-the-block, Karis Richards, whose illustrations of pop-culture icons will adorn her first greetings card range, which launches this Spring, to...

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The Papersmith Series - Cherelle Brown | UK

The Papersmith Series - Cherelle Brown | UK

In the summer of 2017, from her home in North West London, Cherelle Brown spotted the lack of diversity within the greetings cards industry and decided to take matters into her own hands. From here, KitsCH Noir was born and Cherelle made it her mission to create a quirky, fun and contemporary line of cards which champions the voice of the underrepresented.  Hi Cherelle. The Papersmiths team are in love with your cards. Tell us the story of KitsCH Noir and how it all began. [CHERELLE] Hi Papersmiths! Well it all began in 2017, I was made redundant from my design...

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The Papersmith Series - Becky Okell and Huw Thomas | UK

The Papersmith Series - Becky Okell and Huw Thomas | UK

Today we’re sharing the story of how Becky Okell and Huw Thomas created the British chore jacket company, Paynter, after meeting at The Do Lectures in Wales.  In this article, we find out the pair's thoughts on successful co-creation, tips on starting a new side project and how to get your hands on the much-lauded jacket. Legend has it that you guys met at the Do Lectures. For our readers who don’t know about Do, can you fill us in on what the Do Lectures is? [BECKY] Haha. Yes we did. Do is on a farm in Cardigan, in Wales. It’s run by David & Clare...

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