La-la-letterpress! at NSS

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Let’s talk letterpress. The feel of ink engrained into paper is a stationery lover’s dream. It appeals to the analogue lover in me, setting and inking type and pulling prints. It’s no wonder I was so taken with the letterpress stationery lines at last month’s National Stationery Show (NSS). Some of the designers there were familiar favorites, while others were delightful discoveries.

It goes without saying that I couldn’t help but gush when I met the creatives behind stellar lines like Egg Press and Hello!Lucky. These gals are just lovely, trendsetting creatives with a passion for stationery and  sending snail mail. These are my kind of people.

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There was more gushing when I happened on the Hammerpress booth. I am such a fan of this design studio established in 1994. One of their postcards sits on my desk, truly it is a work of art. I adore the vintage style of many Hammerpress designs as well the typography and patterns.

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I loved checking out new designers like BRYLO, created by designer Chaz, who debuted her line of letterpress cards at NSS. These modern designs are flora and fauna inspired, simple and classy.


The painterly feel of Tack and Ward’s designs really appeals to me. The combo of swishes of color and unique hand lettering is on point.

Bremelo Press charmed me with sentiments like “it’s better than i imagined” and “build a fort, take a nap”. These cards (with a serif black type) are, for me, almost like bits of an e.e. cummings poem, type fragments that evoke a sweetness. Bremelo also has a great collab with artist Leigh Riibe.


I immediately gravitated toward Richie Designs‘ “OK, if we get caught, here’s the story” card – because we’ve all been there at one time or another. These designs are quirky and funny, sure to make you grin.

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