Handcrafted techniques: Live from the National Stationery Show 2013

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Gartner at the National Stationery Show 2013
Traditional techniques create unique greetings and stationery designs that feel one of a kind at this year's National Stationery Show in New York. Natural materials like linen and twine are used to lend sincerity to contemporary wedding invitations while intricate laser-cut detailing creates filigree-inspired effects on marriage announcements.

Holstee at the National Stationery Show 2013
One Canoe Two at the National Stationery Show 2013

Letterpress was the most common printing technique this year, with the most innovative designs coming out of studios from Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon. There is an overall holistic aesthetic that unites these studios, driven primarily by a desire to create designs that harmonise with nature.

Katherine Watson at the National Stationery Show 2013

Stylized imagery was another essential ingredient at the show with a wide variety of techniques lending character to gift cards and stationery. From wood block prints to hand painted motifs, individuality was key for innovative print studios.

A full report on the National Stationery Show will be available for Homebuildlife subscribers next week.

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