p.s. Madison Park Group offers business partnerships à la carte

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[Alyson Kuhn] Madison Park Greetings changed its name earlier this year to The Madison Park Group. I chatted with co-president Glen Biely about the company’s expansion into “non-greetings” (on the one hand) and letterpress-printed cards (on the other) — and The Madison Park Group’s unique business model for bringing both to market in some 6000 specialty shops stateside and abroad.

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Jessica Helfand: Drawing, painting, reflecting on Rome: Pt. 2

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[Jessica Helfand] One wall of my studio in Rome is covered with drawings and paintings of abstracted line studies. On the opposite wall are a series of portraits. For weeks now, I have been agonizing over the obvious split here — half the work representational, the other half decidedly in the realm of the nonobjective — proof of the apparently irresolvable tensions in my thinking and in my work. And then last week, it hit me: They’re all portraits.

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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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