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1. STATIONERY - rebecca stoner

We last saw designer Rebecca Stoner on P&P with her first licensed fabric collection Prairie for Dashwood Studio. Since then Rebecca has decided to open an Etsy shop and create patterns and illustrations on Cards, Notebooks, Calendars and Art Prints. Also just in a Christmas cards. As well as being busy with freelance work and setting up her Etsy Shop Rebecca has also started work on her second

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2. FABRICS - vitamini

Casey Starks is a graphic designer and screen printer based in California who has recently released two new fabric prints: asterisk and jazzy. Both patterns feature bright, happy colors and animated shapes, inspired by mid-century advertising design - the sort of graphics you might see on ads for housewares or party snacks. They are available for purchase in the fabric section in Casey's online

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3. CARDS - anna kövecses for 1973

I don't know how I missed this but the illustrator Anna Kövecses who was featured on Print & Pattern last week has created a range of cards for Nineteen Seventy Three.  All the illustrations in the collection are from Anna's educational book about the summer of a little girl on a Mediterranean Island. Read more details about Anna and her cards online here or go straight to the shop to view the

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4. NEW COLLECTION - polkka jam

Tigers, pineapples, black panthers and paper lanterns are just a few of the objects in the new Polkka Jam collection Serkut (meaning Cousins in English). In their Serkut collection "cat cousins from different parts of the world meet to celebrate together". Bright colors, graphic hand-made illustrations and high quality materials have been designed to cheer up your everyday life. This Autumn

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5. CARDS ETC - jane farnham

These are the latest products in from Jane Farnham created for her Etsy shop, including new Christmas Cards, a Sewing Machine tote bag, tea towels and notebooks. Jane is surface pattern designer and maker based in Hertfordshire and she is also a designer for Camelot Fabrics.

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6. CARDS - ruka ruka

Sinéad Gray is the fab designer behind Ruka Ruka and she has been very busy creating lots of new card and print designs since we last featured her on P&P. Ruka Ruka are also very excited to be getting into the UK high street with cards soon to  be stocked in Paperchase, The Design Museum Shop, and The Conran Shops in the UK and Paris. New arrivals include a clever wordsearch card that will fit

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7. DESIGN LABEL - seasalt

Something else I discovered in Totnes was the Cornish label Seasalt. The business was founded in Cornwall 1981 but it wasn't until 2003 that they began to design their own exclusive prints. Their patterns feature lots of boats, Cornish flowers, and Seaside themes and are created in-house by designers Sophie Chadwick and Laura Watson. The colourful designs are put to good use not only on

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8. TOP DRAWER - francesca iannaccone

Another designer showing at Top Drawer earlier this week was Francesca Iannaccone, who coincidentally is featuring in the next P&P book 'Geometrics'. Francesca produces cards, prints and more with Mid Century flavour which you can also find on Etsy at Mrs Elliots Books and on Society6.

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9. CARDS - clinton

My local branch of Clintons Cards has had something of a makeover with new modern shop fittings (vertical perspex like Paperchase) and thanks to their new owners lots of American product - such as letterpress cards. Amazingly they are also stocking a range of stationery and accessories from top designer US Jonathan Adler. Here are some of my fave cards spotted in store and a few snaps of their

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10. CARDS - utility

I have been to Liverpool on my summer break to find out all about The Beatles and whilst I was there I came across a great card shop called 'Utility'.  There are several branches in the city and I was pleased to see they stocked some wonderful designers including Jessica Hogarth, Noi Publishing, and Love Faith & Hope. Well worth a browse if you are in the area or look online here.

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11. CARDS - noi publishing

Talking of  Noi Publishing they have produced their new season catalogue for card retailers to start looking ahead to 2015. There is a brand new children's card range featuring a variety of animals on the front and animal prints on the back. There is also a poster (above) and temporary transfers available in the same range. For Spring next year there is some fab typography on Valentine's cards

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12. CARDS - tesco

I really fell in love with the floral print on this card spotted in UK supermarket Tesco. The lovely print is bold and graphic but with a hand made feel. Here are some more of the recent design arrivals at Tesco snapped in my local branch.... Read the rest of this post

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13. DESIGN STUDIO - forest foundry

Design collective Forest foundry is one year old and to celebrate they have each created a birthday card. The past year has seen some real highlights for them including Zoe Ingram winning the 2013 Global Talent Search , Miriam Bos reached the finals of the Spoonflower Fabric8 Contest and they had their first exhibit together at Surtex in New York. But even besides these accomplishments, they

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14. CARDS & WRAP - paper salad

UK based publishers Paper Salad have designed a selection of brand new neon bright gift bags/wraps for Glick who launched them at The Harrogate Home and Gift show last month. There are three everyday ranges - patchwork, woodland friends & bright floral, and also shown is a new Mother's Day design with pink flowers and butterflies. It's also the perfect excuse to show some of Paper Salad's

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15. CARDS - big jon

It's always nice to see patterns used on greetings cards and these are from the new 'Palm Springs' range from UK publisher Big Jon. The collection of seven celebrates the bright color and patterns of summer and sunny California. As seen online here at Big Jon along with lots more ranges.

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16. NEW FABRICS - margaret berg

Our next two posts have a painterly feel starting with these beautiful new fabrics from Margaret Berg for Robert Kaufman. Launching this month the Petal collection has fifteen fabrics across three colourways - sunkissed, pansy, and blossom.. Margaret was born and raised in South Africa but left her beloved country to pursue her creative passion and continue her studies Los Angeles. She now

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17. TEXTILES - victoria & abigail

Friends Abi & Vicky are two long time friends who have opened an online store called Victoria & Abigail specialising in home wares, accessories , and stationery from small independent designers. They work with a number of textile designers from South Africa including Indigi (above & below), illustrator and designer Jesse Breytenbach and Skinny LaMinx aka Heather Moore, who is well known to most

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18. PAPERCHASE - cards

Also snapped at  Paperchase I found lots of great new cards in what must surely be the best card store in London. Above and below are  designs from Jane Ormes and then two florals from Hannah Pontin both published by The Art Press.  Below : And two lovely florals from Rachel Cave for Black Olive. Below :  New designs from Caroline Gardner featuring Cats & Dogs and Circus

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19. CARDS - shirley copperwhite

Shirley Copperwhite is a designer and illustrator based in County Dublin, Ireland. Last month Shirley exhibited for the second time at PG Live in London, where she launched new card designs in the 'Artists Quarter' section. Here are a selection of Shirley's card designs for which she would welcome any trade orders. For more you can visit Shirley's portfolio website or find her cards on Society6

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20. NEW WORK - paul farrell

Bloom is the new series of six greeting card designs by Paul Farrell featuring stylised flowers. Paul will also launch a 'Summertime' collection when he exhibits at Unlimited in Brighton from the 4th- 26th July. Paul's cards are available for wholesale and can also be bought online here. Below : Also exhibiting in Brighton alongside Paul next month will be his partner Lucie

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21. CARDS - ashley thomas

Designer Ashley Thomas, best known for her work with Debenhams, has a new range of greeting cards, which are available on her website. With hand-painted florals, sweet sentiments and hand-drawn patterns, they are printed on a textured card from sustainably managed forests. These any occassion cards are blank inside and come with a brown kraft paper envelope,They are perfect for almost any

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22. CARDS - emma frances designs

Emma Hawman of Emma Frances Designs has recently brought out a new greetings card collection which is available for wholesale and for retail on Etsy. The cards are printed on beautifully thick, FSC certified, matt style card stock to give them a luxurious look and feel

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23. Marks & Spencer - extra finds

Whilst I was on the Marks & Spencer website I thought I would pick out a few other items that caught my eye for the interesting prints & patterns. Here are some bits and pieces from stationery, cards, and home.

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24. CARDS - angie spurgeon

Angie Spurgeon is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Somerset. Angie loves to create cheerful, pretty greetings cards, stationery and gift wrap. Her work is inspired by British heritage, humour and nostalgia, some of my greetings card and gift wrap designs can be found in high street shops including some branches of Waterstones & National Trust shops as well as lots of lovely

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25. The Hallmark Conspiracy

I hate greeting cards. Oh sure, I’ve been touched by the sentimental commercials. Maybe I shed a tear, maybe not. But they didn’t inspire to me buy a card or like them.

The only cards that resonate with me are blank cards. In this day and age, if someone takes the time to write their own thoughts out and mail it – that is a treasure.

What greeting cards really say in their flourishing font is: “I’m lazy!”

Write this in your card: “I was too lazy to set a few minutes aside to put my own thoughts into words, so here are some prepackaged, canned, inauthentic thoughts that a wanna-be romance writer who hasn’t shaved in weeks and smokes big cigars in Spokane thought were relevant just for you, my sweetest. Please say ‘Awwwww’ and kiss me.”

Frankly, greeting cards are disingenuous at best.

 

When I was a kid, they were just speed bumps to the present. Oh sure, I would pretend to read them on my way to disemboweling the wrapping paper that stood between me and the gift. I liked the ones Aunt Eunice would underline so I could skip most of the words – kind of a cliff notes version. Later in life, she began underlining every word, including the price and printing information – which made it less helpful. Of course, by then she was wrapping up ten year-old toasters and place mats for presents, so haste was less of a concern.

Just because you are paranoid does not mean they are not out to get you

-Henry Kissinger

Greeting cards and I have a turbulent history. Since I am negatively disposed against them, they do their best to shame me at every turn. Instead of bowing to their convenience and paying the price, I try to take the time to write personal notes, especially to my lovely wife. But there are instances when I run out of time and am forced to rush into the store and get one. When this happens, I treat it like a commando raid – rush in, select the victim, and get out before anyone gets hurt. I choose based on color and frill, often neglecting  to check the sentiment inside – time is what I lack, anyway. With that method, it is pretty easy to stay away from sympathy and get-well cards, but sometimes (okay, most of the time), the sentiment of my selection doesn’t match the occasion or is age inappropriate. That is where The Hallmark Conspiracy comes in.

Take this week. This week marked her birthday. I had a great present in advance, but completely forgot the stupid card until the day of. So I put on my camo, blacked my eyes and descended upon the grocery store. Although every fiber of my cheap being steered me to the 99¢ rack, I’ve been warned about those and went all out – $3.99! I found the birthday section, saw one with a cute little boy and girl on it and dashed out of the store.

Here is what I got:

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Hastily altered in the driveway – think she noticed?

 

Mis-shelved! The card was mis-shelved! I swear I was in the birthday section!

Swine greeting cards!!!!!!

Someday society will truly be paperless and I won’t have to deal with these verbose phonies. Until then, I’ll shred a few in effigy and steer clear of the aisle altogether.


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