Nancy & Betty Studio is the name of the stationery company created by Hannah Bidmead. Named after her grandmother Betty and her twin sister, Hannah's studio is based in Canterbury, England. "Inspiration also comes form the simple and often quirky things, involving subjects such as typewriters and Polaroid cameras—beautiful, functional objects. We like simple graphics and strong colours, with a nod to retro themes," writes Hannah. With typewriters as graphic inspiration, deco tape and fun visual puns, Nancy & Betty is right up UPPERCASE's alley!
As a follow up to the typographic seating featured last week, Martin Yeele, cofounder with his wife Michele of the stationery company Bob's Your Uncle, sent me pictures of SIT benches designed for a recent exhibition in Boston.
Bob's Your Uncle's products are distinctly typographic and bold. How fun to design a notebook and just plaster a big A on the cover!
Carta, inc. by Angela Liguori originally from Rome, Italy, is a graphic design studio specializing in custom made stationery, invitations, hand-bound and limited edition books. The cotton ribbon line is directly imported from Italy and Carta, Inc. is the exclusive importer of this product in the USA. The paper designs and ribbons are internationally distributed to stationery shops and home boutiques. (Flip through their wholesale catalogue.) Carta is sharing a booth with Albertine Press.
May Day Studio's designs are inspired by (and created from) vintage wood type and printing plates, and soft cotton paper. Owner Kelly McMahon is also introducing a new line of photo albums—the cover papers are linoleum-block printed from her original designs, and hand-bound one at a time. She is exhibiting at the show with a group of other printers under the name of The Ladies of Letterpress.
High fives, hugs and handshakes? You'll definitely want to meet Jordan and Jason of enormouschampion. I still recall their booth and happy smiles from two years ago when Glen and I met this fine dynamic duo! (profiled in our first issue of UPPERCASE magazine.)
Janine designed her own elegant line of holiday wrap and a stylish, typographically-inspired set of season's greeting cards. To see the full UPPERCASE line of Christmas products, come down to the shop for a visit (we have candy canes & other sweets!) or click on the following link. UPDATE: Thanks, How Magazine, for the mention!
These 3-inch pocket mirrors are hand-pressed in UPPERCASE. We have a selection of mirrors made from vintage maps from around the world and mirrors with lovely initials. More designs will be introduced over the next while. At just $7 for the mirror and its black velvet pouch, these are perfect stocking stuffers. You can purchase them in our online shop and in person. (Wholesale inquiries are welcome, too.)
If you'd like to make your own buttons and mirrors, drop in for a Sunday workshop!
There are many talented crafty business people whom I admire on Etsy, so I thought I would give it a try as well. Since I already had an account as a seller and my photos were ready, it took a little over an hour to get my shop up and running. Thumbs up! So in addition to being in the UPPERCASE online shop, Eclectonotes are now available on Etsy!Christine!
There are lots of new things uploaded to the online shop, such as these ABC magnet sets and Jumbo clips (that's my hand for a sense of scale!) This sketchbook with an illustrated cover by Marc Boutavant says "Je Dessine" (I draw) is one of our best-sellers so far.
L2 Design Collective was one of the first booths we visited at the show, and their soft-bound test print journals were some of the most memorable. Although covers made from test prints is not a new idea, the proportions, paper and presentation of L2's sets were quite nice. See more of their products here.