Category Archives: shop spotlight
Jun 7, 2013
I’m rushing out in a wee bit to celebrate National Donut Day and in honor of this wonderful event, I wanted to share these drool-inducing donut coasters by Port Hope Press. Printed on thick card stock, these would tickle the fancy of any connoisseur of donuts.
Here’s to a sweet weekend to all of you!
photo via Port Hope Press
Jun 6, 2013
The talented ladies Emma James and Bailey Amon of Antiquaria aka Purveyors of Pretty have released a charming new addition to their shop: patterned paper. I spied these beauties (above) in the spring issue of The Antiquarian Post where the “Natalia” floral pattern graces the front and back cover. I’m loving how the floral patterns pair so well with stripes!
Head over to Antiquaria to view the rest of the gorgeous collection of patterned paper.
photos via Antiquaria
Jun 4, 2013
pictured above: The Legend of Zelda – Phantom Hourglass
We’re stoked to present a long-awaited interview (we unfortunately failed to post this back in November of last year!) with a creative individual, Christina Casey, the heart and soul of Aphlogist. Brooklyn-based artist Christina has a brilliant shop chock-full of some of the most playful paper-cut creations that we’re betting a few video game enthusiasts might enjoy!
Without further adieu, read on to find out more about the lovely gal and her shop.
pictured above: Original papercuts of Super Mario’s enemies
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in a very multicultural family in the Bronx . I’d be eating Puerto Rican arroz con pollo one night and southern style fried chicken and greens the next. It nurtured a great love of food and family, but lent no real connection to art. I wasn’t very creative as a child, it’s not something that was actively encouraged, but something I’d find much later down the road. I studied international studies and Japanese in college, where I met the love of my life.
Koh and I traveled to Japan, where I also taught English for a year at Lily Vale Elementary School. My love of paper began when I was put in charge of the window display for the English Department. I had to create a different display every month for the children that was inspirational and would make them want to learn English. All I had to work with was paper. A lot of paper.
pictured above: papercut prints
On my free time I started to teach myself papercraft. I picked up books on kirigami, origami, card making, and paper quilling. I learned to cut really well with a pair scissors and an x-acto knife. I continued doing papercraft when I came back to NYC, teaching myself new techniques and becoming more sculptural. Soon after Koh and I moved in together we started our Etsy shop.
Tell us a little bit about your shop.
The name Aphlogist was drawn from the notion of an aphlogistic lamp, which offers light without flame, not unlike the screen you might be reading this on. I loved the oldness and oddness of the word. It’s a play on modernity, our cult of the screen. It also speaks to the inspiration found amongst all that shared light.
We opened the shop as a means to encourage ourselves to do what we love doing. It’s easy to get away from that. When someone comes along and wants to put something you made on their wall, it makes you wonder why you’ve been doing anything else.
Of the paper creations you’ve made, which is your favorite and why?
I think my favorite is always my newest creation. Currently, that’s my Baby Mario piece. I used a mix of card stock and Japanese washi paper to make him. I can get a little obsessed with the precision of my cuts so I’m really happy with how they turned out on him.
What do you love about working with paper?When I start a new project I love picking out what colors I’m going to use first. There are endless choices of colors and textures, it can be overwhelming, but something always pops out and I know that’s what I’m going to use. Paper has a wonderful flexibility and versatility, I can create a anything, a 2d or a 3d image. I can change the shape and texture with just a pair of scissors.
Tell us one fun factoid about yourself.
I love video games, and supporting people who make them via Humble Bundle and Kickstarter. I hope to make a papercraft video game one day.
all photos via Aphlogist
May 31, 2013
In our book, the Knock Knock folks are synonymous with hip, innovative, and awesome! Ever the trendsetters in clever and hilarious paper goods, their shop is also stocked with a fun and colorful variety of party goods perfect for the summer season.
Here are a few of our favorites (including the pinata snow globe up at top — isn’t he adorbs?)
all photos via Knock Knock
May 8, 2013
pictured above: Northern California-inspired wedding suite for Jenn & Alex
After last night’s Ice Cream Paperscape post, you could say ice cream might be on my mind a teensy bit.
If you have a craving for delightful and delicious design, Mary and Jenn, the creative souls behind Ice Cream Social are two friends who share a “love for design, beautiful paper, scouring flea markets and mint chocolate chip ice cream” serve up a delectable design feast.
pictured above: Elegant suite for Amy & Jon
We’re loving the timeless design of the invites (shown above) featuring silhouettes and a backdrop of Philadelphia.
all photos via Ice Cream Social
May 3, 2013
pictured above: Eiffel Tower
We’re excited to share the lovely work of Lala Grace, a new shop from designer and illustrator Shayla LaFreniere who wrote a couple wonderful posts for us last year. Featuring historical landmarks, patterns, and more, we’re loving the playful and colorful illustrations on the cards — especially these:
all photos via Lala Grace
May 2, 2013
pictured above: Abstract ikat note cards
I’ve got a crush on these remarkably pretty note cards by Seattle-based graphic designer Lauren Wallace, owner and creator of BALUE/Co. I paid a visit to Lauren’s website and blog and couldn’t click away from her inspiring Work/Spaces Project — reminiscent of Eva Black’s Spaces series (both are worth a look if you want to spend a good part of your day oohing and ahhing over creative spaces).
Among some of our favorite note cards from Lauren’s shop are the one pictured above and also following, sporting fun and colorful designs and patterns:
Check out the full collection of BALUE/Co’s note cards here.
all photos via BALUE/Co