2013 SURTEX

2013 SURTEX

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog, Surtex

Given that I had only about twelve total hours to cover all of the great shows happening at the Javits in conjunction with the National Stationery Show, I had to pick and choose, and sadly, missed one show entirely—the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)—and made short shrift of others, including the Supply Side of the […]

We Now Interrupt This Program – To celebrate the Supreme Court ruling, today

We Now Interrupt This Program – To celebrate the Supreme Court ruling, today

I’m interrupting my NSS coverage to add my voice to the giant “Hooray!” being heard ’round the world, on the momentous occasion of the Supreme Court ruling striking down DOMA as unconstitutional. In honor of this further step toward genuine equality in our country, here are just a few designs that celebrate marriage for all… […]

2013 National Stationery Show – Kids’ Books & Other Goods

2013 National Stationery Show – Kids’ Books & Other Goods

In addition to stationery and craft supplies, there were all sorts of fun books, office supplies, and other goodies for the wee folk at the National Stationery Show. Potter Style had a bunch of nifty stuff for kids, including these “milestone” record-keeping books for kids to fill out. Also at the Potter Style booth: book-styled […]

2013 National Stationery Show – Kids’ Crafts

2013 National Stationery Show – Kids’ Crafts

NSS kid coverage continues with Kids’ Crafts (say that ten times fast). There were a number of vendors offering fun craft kits and supplies for the small fry. Here are just a few of them… Box Play for Kids was a first-time exhibitor, introducing its fun, eco-friendly stickers to the Show. From tissue boxes to […]

2013 National Stationery Show – Kids’ Stationery

2013 National Stationery Show – Kids’ Stationery

I’ll admit it: I never gave up my inner child. Which is why I’m still drawn to kids’ toys, books, and, of course, stationery, even though I’m an “adult.” In my mind, anything that’s fun for kids is fun for us so-called grown-ups, too. So, while I’ve titled this post “Kids’ Stationery,” the products featured […]

2013 National Stationery Show – To the Letter

2013 National Stationery Show – To the Letter

This NSS post is particularly near and dear to my heart, because it takes a look at some examples of the nifty hand-lettering and creative uses of typography on display at the Show. I’ve studied and practiced calligraphy and hand-lettering on and off for—eek!—over 25 years, now. (I’d like to say I started when I […]

2013 National Stationery Show – Grins ‘n Giggles

2013 National Stationery Show – Grins ‘n Giggles

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in S'Wicked Blog

Don’t ya love when you’re in a stationery shop, wending your way through all of the card and book options, and you pick something up, and it makes you smile or chuckle or crack up? Yeah, me too. Well, the good news is, there was plenty of humor at the show this year: some of […]

2013 National Stationery Show – You have my Wrapt attention

2013 National Stationery Show – You have my Wrapt attention

Ba-dum-ching. But, it’s true in a way; the wrapping paper and supplies at the NSS were—let’s sing it together, now—Gooorgeoouus! The patterns ranged from bold to refined, from funky to understated (some even managing to pull off all four). Kate & Birdie Paper Company’s wrapping paper was beautiful, varied, and rich, and used lots of […]

2013 National Stationery Show – Colors Part VI – Combining Colors into Palettes

2013 National Stationery Show – Colors Part VI – Combining Colors into Palettes

My final post on NSS color themes explores how folks combined on-trend individual colors into fresh, vibrant palettes. Up With Paper’s Parisian Pop-Up Notepad combines taupe, aquas, and chartreuse and olive greens in a perfect little place for jotting notes. This handsome letterpressed rooster from Ilee Papergoods combines turquoise, tomato red, and a dark blue […]

2013 National Stationery Show – Colors Part V – Light Neutrals

2013 National Stationery Show – Colors Part V – Light Neutrals

There seemed to be an overall lightness and brightness at the National Stationery Show. I’m not sure if that’s a sign of happier times on the rise, or not, but I’m going to go with that thought and celebrate the overall upbeat feel the show had, this year—not just in the cards, but in the […]