Guest Post: Elements of Maira

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I recently visited Maira Kalman’s original illustrations for the 2005 reissue of Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style. These vibrant and playful pieces are on display at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester until August 2. I first encountered The Elements of Style twenty years ago in a freshman creative writing class – when my professor handed back a graded assignment, and asked why I was taking his course.

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Timeless Treasures’ vintage letters

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Timeless Treasures is indeed full of treasures: letters, letterpress loot, and lots o’ la-di-dahs. Style-savvy refers to the shop as Alphabet City. Proprietress Joan O’Connor finds vintage letters everywhere, and she scouts Felt & Wire’s very own Letterpress Directory for sources of noteworthy cards.

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So noted: Hollander’s

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We have our Google alert set to Mohawk and paper, which is always leading us to new and interesting sites. This weekend, we stumbled on Hollander’s, a bookbinder’s and paper lover’s destination in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With a huge selection of decorative papers (including our beloved Superfine), professional-level bookbinding classes, books, and stationery, Hollander’s may be the reason there are so many amazing letterpress shops in the upper Midwest.

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Shades of Fillamento

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Iris Fuller, the impresaria of Fillamento, recently exhibited a series of shadowbox assemblages at Thomas Reynolds Gallery in San Francisco. Shellie Cohen {Felt & Wire’s Most Roving Reporter} happens to be the Niece of Iris, and she tipped us off about the show… which provided a veritable rainbow of rapture and reminiscence.

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So Noted/Nota Bene: Daily Heller del Italia

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If you had the impression that The Daily Heller was one of our favorite blogs, you would be corretto. Especially when the posts include Italy, typography, and letterpress! Turns out, Steve is leading a group of SVA students on a design immersion spedizione in Italy.

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The exclamation is the point

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An exclamation point at the end of a sentence provides emphasis or oomph. It is also just the thing after an interjection, such as Yikes! When it pairs up with a question mark to make an interrobang, it can convey incredulity: What were you thinking?! Let’s watch several designers who were thinking creatively make their points.

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