Japanese Camellia

Japanese Camellia

July 20, 2020

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Fleur et Coeur

Fleur et Coeur

July 10, 2020

We are calling the design that is the subject of this blog post “Fleur et Coeur,” or Flower and Heart, after the flower and leaf/heart design on an 18th Century French patterned paper, or domino paper. Domino papers were single sheets of hand printed decorated paper which often featured a simple repeating pattern. 

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Oiseau et Rose: Ambrose Huquier, Hosier and Printmaker

Oiseau et Rose: Ambrose Huquier, Hosier and Printmaker

September 28, 2019 1 Comment

SOCKS AND PAPER In 1781, a Frenchman named Ambrose Benoist Huquier sent a letter to Benjamin Franklin mentioning the fact that he had sent stockings to the American troops. The correspondence gives us a snapshot of commerce between France and Revolutionary America.

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Papillon Flora - History and Process

Papillon Flora - History and Process

April 09, 2019 1 Comment

Before paper was produced in rolls, paper was made as sheets, one at a time. The practice of covering walls with decorated paper began in the late 15th Century, and was done with individual sheets.

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Italian Diamond Design

Italian Diamond Design

March 21, 2019

When we revive or reinterpret a design, we look to its origins. We want to know where it came from, how it was produced, and how it sits in the context of design trends of the time. The basis for our Italian Diamond design is a pattern that was printed from wooden blocks with a colored paste-like ink.

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Dutch Pearl Design

Dutch Pearl Design

March 11, 2019

If you take a look at photographs Dutch life in the early 1900s, probably your first thought isn’t “Wow, pretty modern!” Clothing looks heavy and uncomfortable, horses are still in use for everyday transportation, and daily activity looks very unlike our sterile digital lives.

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Paperworld 2019

Paperworld 2019

February 22, 2019

Frankfurt in January isn’t a hot vacation destination and time, but we had a great time anyway. The cold, rain and snow didn’t matter so much because we were happy to be in Germany, and inside Paperworld the atmosphere was bright and warm!

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Welcome!

Welcome!

February 16, 2019

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