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celebrating the art of a handwritten note

Here are some new letter pressed note cards I just designed. Although I do not receive a lot of letters anymore, I still love to write and send cards in the mail. It’s a joy to open a mailbox and see a hand addressed envelope tucked in with the bills and flyers. In an era of email and texting, corresponding with pen on beautiful paper, is still my preferred method of communicating.

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Whirl around Paris with Belle (Day 19 collage)

Collage I created from a Toulouse-Lautrec postcard, scraps from a magazine, ripped pages from an old french dictionary, rick-rack & feathers. Visiting Paris in October was inspiring and I see how it is influencing the themes of my collage work.

Assemblage Day 16

Decoupaged wood transformed into an assemblage — wine glass, moss, a porcelain doll head, paint + other ephemera. My daily goal of posting of posting a project on social media is being realized as I am making the time to create everyday. Not easy with the amount of design work I have currently, but I have made this personal project a high priority.

 

 

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Here is another dream world sealed in glass. After posting my project and writing the description on my blog on Tuesday, I did a little research online for “assemblage”. I  happily discovered an artist by the name of Lynne Parks, who creates amazing assemblages in old printers trays. She fills each of the small compartments with vintage treasures — tiny bits of discarded ephemera. I loved this quote by her. “When you treat scraps with reverance it redefines what has value.” So true.

art jar blog

Last Saturday, a free summer afternoon and my raw, creative energy inspired me to revisit these dream jar assemblages. Small collages I created and printed on card stock are inserted into the center of the jar. Moss, beads, rhinestones, charms, flowers and sequin birds embellish the cards; it’s a very spontaneous, random process. Lids are colored with paint, wrapped in vintage trims and rickrack or layered with an assortment of fabric flowers and wine corks. What began as a plain store-bought jar is now transformed into a imaginative little glass composition filled with paper, beads and glitter. Now my shelves are filled with eye candy and I cannot wait to create more! Enjoy!

This year at the National Stationery Show, RR Design Shop is proud to present three card designs (with many more in the works) celebrating Mexican American and Latino culture. Our Cinco de Mayo, Quinceañera and our Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) cards are creative, extracting the color palettes and design inspiration from these cultural traditions. Living in San Diego, there is a tremendous design influence from Mexico — I love the bright colors used for the celebration of Quinceañera (celebrating a girl’s fifteenth birthday)— neon orange, teals and hot pinks and purples. When I was in Austin, I fell in love with the little sugar skulls and marigolds placed on altars, showcased in yellows, reds and purples. They are designed to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, a holiday on November 1+ 2; two days of remembrance of friends and family who have died. Visit us at booth 1966 to see how we are honoring many different cultures through design, typography and letterpress.

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This year for the 2013 National Stationery Show, we have integrated some beautiful still life photography into our booth design and catalog. Our images echo the original look of our cards, evoke an memorable connection to our brand and communicate our strong aesthetic of beauty and creativity. Pops of color from fresh flowers, brightly patterned dinner plates and mercury glass ornaments all come to play! I love flea markets and have collected many frames, cake plates, rulers, coins, spoons, dice, wooden letters & numerals and other little treasures that work perfectly when composed with our letterpressed cards. As a graphic designer, I can happily declare I have now styled photographs and channeled Irving Penn. My hope is as we evolve as a stationery company, the letterpressed cards and photography will expand onto journals and calendars. It’s fun to explore new ideas. Visit us May 19th in New York City, booth 1966. Special thanks to Conrad Firestein, my partner, fiancé, and photographer. He possesses tremendous talent and I am so lucky to have him in my life.

 

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Our new, beautiful catalogs are printed! Our design folds to fit into an A9 envelope (very convenient for mailings) and opens to reveal our whole collection of 72 typographically inspired greeting cards. All of the photography is by Conrad Firestein, my business partner and fiancé. We collaborated on the images over the last six months: many afternoon photo shoots, styling our letterpressed cards with dishes, flowers, shadowboxes, and small, fun, found objects. The images are also works of art, and will be used throughout the year in our promo materials. April 22-28th is National Stationery Week in the UK — a weeklong celebration of paper, writing and stationery! It would be great to have a celebration of all things paper here in the US, but that’s what the National Stationery show is all about, and we are happy to be participants. The show is fast approaching and we are excited!

Our 2013 Catalog!

We’ve been busy— lots of designing, planning and creating for next month!

RR Design Shop is excited to be returning to NYC for the National Stationery Show, May 19-22, 2013 at the Javits Center. Our beautiful, two color letterpressed promo cards will be arriving in paper stores’ mailboxes next week. We invite everyone to visit us at Booth #1966. Our catalog of cards has expanded to 72 bright + typographically-inspired designs, letterpressed on Cranes Lettra with vibrantly colored inks. Place an order at the show and you’ll receive a little handcrafted treat created just for you! We look forward to seeing you.

take the cake still life