Whether timeless or ephemeral, paper is the fabric for advertising, sculpture and wearable art in Pap(i)er Fashion, a current Swiss exhibition at Zurich’s Museum Bellerive. Thanks to our friends at SightUnseen and Coolhunting for alerting us. [LS]
[Tom Biederbeck] Marianne Cook already had an extensive retail career in the greeting card industry when she began to notice something that concerned her. As a buyer for national powers like Target, she saw a lack of attention to the sustainability of the paper we use every day. It was an epiphany that led her to change her career. She left the corporate world and launched her firm Green Stationery, which offers eco-friendly stationery for home and office. We asked Cook about her path to entrepreneurship and what makes her venture unique.
[Alyson Kuhn] Mariam Naficy founded Minted.com in 2007. The company sells wedding (and other) invitations, holiday photo cards and social stationery online. Here’s the twist, or rather the sprig: Almost all of the designs they offer are selected by their users. It’s more than a community — it’s a meritocracy. And it’s thriving.
[Alyson Kuhn] I am in New York for the National Stationery Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which I think of as The Jumbo J. Actually, I guess I could shorten that to The Jumbo, or even just Jumbo, a city within a city, like SoHo, NoHo and Dumbo. Sunday was opening day at the show, and I’d like to show you some of my swag du jour.