Taking it to the street

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[Bill Grant]  Across America, historic Main Street communities have fallen prey to the generic strip centers and massive malls that define urban sprawl. In the process, small core downtown districts, once the heart and soul of their local communities, have vanished. In an effort to support the revitalization of our own historic downtown district and to increase the accessibility of our design services, Grant Design Collaborative opened its own retail venture, the Store at Grant Design Collaborative, in a vacant storefront in our building in downtown Canton, Georgia.

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Our toast to engraving

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[Alyson Kuhn] We feature a lot of luscious letterpress printing on Felt & Wire. Today, for a change of pace, we will give engraving a long-overdue look. Herewith a flight of tasteful stationery printed at Digital Engraving, for three Napa Valley vineyards.

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In which my stationery stays stationary

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[Alyson Kuhn] My new stationery, envelopes and note cards live in luxury. I commissioned serious but sensuous houses for them in trade from Bari Zaki, bookbinder, box-maker, and envelope-folding protégée of impeccable skill and infinite ingenuity.

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Note my crest

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[Alyson Kuhn] As part of my Strathospheric new stationery suite, I decided a second edition of crested notepads was in order. Herewith the provenance of my original crest: A couple of years ago, my friend Michael O. offered to design a birthday party invitation for me. I had already planned to type each invitation on onion skin, so I said, No, thank you, but could you design me a crest instead?

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May you be enveloped…

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[Alyson Kuhn] I am so thrilled to have vermilion envelopes for my stationery, that I decided to proclaim my delight right on the flap. It says: ¶Oh, lòók, it’s mail from Alyson Kuhn. ¶This Monarch envelope is made of Strathmore Americana. The color was never called Vermiliana, but could have been. Regardless, Americana has not been made in years. ¶This batch of envelopes was intentionally folded inside-out, an inspiration by my friend Frances back in the mid-90s. Note the laid pattern inside on the 45º angle. ¶My return address is Post Office Box 277, Napa, California 94559-0277.

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Letter me entertain you

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[Alyson Kuhn] My letterhead and second sheet are Monarchs, measuring 7.25 x 10.5 inches. I have always loved this size, and not just because of the name. Some people also refer to this as “executive size.” I like the proportions, and the fact that the folded sheet nests nicely in its envelope, which is 7.5 inches wide. Logical, cozy, elegant. (Let’s not get me started on the flabby fit of 8.5 x 11 paper inside a #10 envelope.)

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