I Heart Stationery

I Heart Stationery

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Charlotte Rivers

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  • Publisher: Universe Publishing(NY)
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 185mm x 20mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 21 February 2012
  • ISBN 10: 0789324881
  • ISBN 13: 9780789324887
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 108,356

Product description

Artistically designed and artisanally crafted stationery and paper goods are becoming increasingly popular, and this book is a wonderful overview of the best designers, the many techniques, and the most groundbreaking designs used for handcrafted stationery and paper goods. Designed as a tactile, take-anywhere package, this book appeals not only to graphic designers but also to crafters looking for inspiration, stationery designers looking to expand their range of techniques, and design-conscious fans and collectors of all manner of stationery and paper ephemera. Organized by technique, it includes everything from screen printing to papercutting and woodblock. Each chapter begins with an overview to provide an understanding of the processes involved, which is then followed by stunning contemporary examples of stationery created employing that particular technique. Examples include everything from invitations and notepaper to gift tags, wrapping paper, notebooks, and journals. Brief profiles of top designers are interspersed throughout the book, offering insights into their designs and working practices.

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Author information

Charlotte Rivers is a writer based in London. She has contributed to a number of design magazines, including "Cent, Grafik, " and "PRINT." Her previous books include "Maximalism: The Graphic Design of Decadence and Excess "and" Little Book of Letterpress."

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By liberal sprinkles 30 Mar 2012 5

I'm in lust. I want everything in this book! As a big stationery fan, I love how someone's come up with a book documenting the work of some of the designers and crafters who are making and selling stationery today. I Heart Stationery is filled with an assortment of delicious eye candy that is sure to tempt stationery and paper lovers.

The book is divided into different chapters each focused on a particular method or process: hand-drawn illustrations, screen-printing, letterpress printing, block printing, digital illustration, calligraphy, papercutting and collage/3D/sewn techniques. Each chapter starts with a short introduction to the process and the tools used for it. Then several creators are featured with a few sentences of texts and at least 2 photos of their work. One of the things I like best about the book is the description of how the designers go about executing their craft: whether they draw images by hand or digitally, what software, paper, inks, printers and other materials they use.

Altogether, over 100 stationery makers (many of them small, independent stores) with a range of styles are showcased. There are contemporary as well as vintage-influenced or type-dominant designs. Author Charlotte Rivers has also included a resource section with links to the designers' web pages, the names and website addresses of paper suppliers, letterpress studios, screenprinters, arts and crafts shops, related trade shows and blogs.

I love stationery. I love this book. Reading it is not just a joy, it's also temptation to buy (more) stationery, and inspiration to start making some (more) stationery of my own.

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..".provides an overview of the best designers, techniques, and groundbreaking designs used for handcrafted stationery and paper goods." "Publishers Weekly " "This book is a beautiful collection...with SO much content! This book is perfect for a short read. I highly recommend I Heart Stationary for anyone who loves paper and stationary..." "stationary.blogs.com " "If you're looking for a gift idea for any stationery-lovers in your life or want a beautiful craftsmanship book for your own shelf, i totally recommend this one. 192 pages full of gorgeous paper and interesting facts -- what more could you need?" " StationaryPlace.com " "If you're a fan of paper goods and beautiful hard-cover coffee table books, I highly recommend you invest in a copy today." "Plurabelle Calligraphy"