The Stationery Show was, as always, a fun and fabulous event. I had a fantastic time shopping the show with Nicole, perusing lots of great paper. Having attended the show together for the first time two years ago, we knew what to expect, and this year I came armed and ready with bags for collecting samples, comfortable shoes and a camera. The show is a paper-lover’s dream, featuring everything from note cards to wedding invitations, showcasing the very best in the biz. Having the opportunity to see such beautiful work in person was such a treat, as was having the chance to chat with some the incredibly talented artists. We got to see, touch, ooh and aah over beautiful paper. Whoever would have thought I’d be such a paper person?!
Fine paper, stationery and invitations may be an art form that is dying. You're probably thinking "In this age of technology, who needs paper?" And the answer, perhaps, is that no one needs paper, but people want it. The fact that it's real, tactile and tangible leaves an impression. A card is infinitely more appreciated for its beauty and its message than an e-mail. Paper is fun, affordable, and imaginative. And for those of us who are artistically challenged, the choices offered by the talented artists allow us to make statements that convey how or what we feel in ways that we might not be able to do as effectively by ourselves and certainly not through an electronic form of communication.
One of the most amazing displays and creative uses of paper was the eye candy called “The Paper Runway”. In partnership with Kate’s Paperie, this fashion exhibit reinforced the paper-fashion relationship by showcasing paper dresses from cutting-edge fashion designers. Another element of The Paper Runway is the display of paper fashion and accessory designs created by visual merchandising and design students at New York City’s LIM College. These works incorporated products from NSS exhibitors. In addition, the student creations competed for a $1,000 cash prize from Kate’s and will be featured in the windows of Kate’s Paperie during Fashion Week. Can you pick the winner?
Of course, the best part of the stationery show is being able to touch and feel glorious products in all price points, presented in gorgeous booths, meet the principals of many fantastic vendors and cultivate new and important relationships.
Here are a few of my favorite finds at the conference: