Blog watch: deskblogger by Bari Zaki

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Regular readers of Felt & Wire are probably familiar with Bari Zaki. She binds books; constructs and covers albums, boxes and portfolios; makes extraordinarily epistolary envelopes … and now has found a way to share her fascination with people’s desks. Welcome to deskblogger.com!

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Los Angeles Loteria: An exploration of identity

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Aardvark Letterpress from LA is bringing Los Angeles Loteria to San Francisco for the summer. The exhibition opens May 7 at the San Francisco Center for the Book and runs until Sept. 19. Here’s the background on la Loteria and the luscious letterpress.

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Loop Living Almanac: Unearthing fresh talent

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[Tom Biederbeck] When Tomorrow Partners created a promotion to launch Mohawk’s Loop line of sustainable papers, the designers understandably focused on longevity — practical content makes a promo worth hanging on to, they reasoned. Their solution, Mohawk Loop: A Living Almanac, offers work and lifestyle advice on every spread. That much was expected. The surprise was the two startlingly young artists the designers found to visualize the project.

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F&W Shop: Just her type

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From time to time Mohawk invites friends in to curate special collections over at Felt & Wire Shop. This month, we’re happy to share the perspective of Bridgid McCarren, art director of HOW magazine.

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John Bielenberg: Studios of 2 minds, 2 coasts

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[Tom Biederbeck] John Bielenberg is a source of creative enterprise, an advocate for social change and a brand architect. His work ranges across America — east, west and south. A leader in design thinking for change via Project M, he also advises corporations through the design strategy firm C2. His studios are reflections of that expansive practice.

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p.s. The envelope art & ardor of Clayton Lewis

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[Alyson Kuhn] Between 1980 and 1985, Clayton Lewis mailed his mother close to a thousand beautiful little paintings on the outside of ordinary envelopes. In April 2010 — 15 years after Clayton Lewis’ death — his son Peter announced the launch of ClaytonLewis.net. The site provides a lavishly illustrated look both at the artist’s output and at the dramatic bit of California coastline that became his natural habitat. Care to tour some envelopes?

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