I was kindly given this book lately, I Love Stationery
and as a lover of all things papery, especially stationery, it is such a delight!
Charlotte Rivers has brought so many new designers to my attention, and given me inspiration for my own card designs along the way.
I love how it is set out by style, covering hand-drawn illustrations, screen prints, letterpress, woodblock, digital illustration, calligraphy, spray paint, papercut, relief print and etchings. I had never realised there were quite so many beautiful techniques!
Each chapter begins with an explanation and tutorial on the specific technique featured, and includes an array of lovely examples, some of which i have picked out to share with you in this post. It really is a comprehensive overview of the beauty that is being created in modern day stationery.
A humble card, can be transformed into a work of art, and technology isnt ending the love of paper, it is enhancing what can be applied to it. Computers aiding the artist's ideas and enabling old artforms such as letterpress to be taken to a whole new level.
The internet then being used to share the love of cards and letters, with an audience that appreciates the design, care, creativity and imagination that goes into the artists work. And this book bringing so many of them together, so that we can browse and find new favourites or be inspired to create ourselves.
I Love Stationery is a lovely collection of the very best of paper goodness, from gift wrap to greetings cards, notebooks, journals, to invitations and place cards, it has only ehanced my love of Stationery and independant design.