By Hand, Ink

Books ~ Stationery ~ Gifts

I 'm not ashamed to admit I've been a "paper junkie" from a very young age. Pristine composition books at the beginning of the school year, the smell of a brand-new hardcover, the crisp feel of bond or parchment beneath my pen - these are sensuous pleasures I enjoy unabashedly. Stationery stores (along with bookstores) are my favorite haunts.


I have always been fascinated by words: not just the magic of stringing them together to create sentences, paragraphs, etc., but the actual shapes of the individual letters - how simple up and down strokes create such graceful lines, and how different fonts can create entirely different moods.


W hen I was a little girl, I traced pleasing alphabets, then painstakingly re-traced them, one letter at a time, to create greeting cards or other special projects. Later, when I discovered there were pens with various nibs that would form the thick and thin portions of each letter automatically (if the pen was held correctly) I was over the moon!


I  have been doing calligraphy for decades, mostly addressing wedding invitations, designing posters or greeting cards for festive occasions, and some other fun things. Over the last few years, I have been thrilled with the burgeoning popularity of handmade and/or hand-embellished cards. This led to my interest in opening a design studio where I could create greeting cards and framed poems and quotations.


When the opportunity to open a retail store arose, I envisioned an intimate, cozy space filled not only with my work, but with the work of the many talented designers and letterpress printers whose work I've come to admire. In addition, I wanted a shop stocked with beautiful and unusual items . . . the kinds if things I'm always looking for when I shop. And so I spent months searching for and finding suppliers of fine Italian stationery; giftwrap, gift bags, bows, ribbon, & tissue paper; pens, ink, sealing wax & seals; parchment paper; letter openers handcrafted in Italy; French crystal paperweights; other unique gifts; and a lovely line of greeting cards by Cardthartic.