November 2011

A gob-smackingly great book on California design

We couldn’t resist reprinting this lovely note from Gill Hodgson, owner of Taboo, and the wife of Mick Hodgson, Ph.D, A Design Office. “My husband has designed many books but his most recent is, in his own words, ‘the best book I’ve ever designed!’ As he says, how could he fail with such brilliant material? The book he’s talking about is the catalog for LACMA’s exhibit California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way.

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Surprise birthday party on Felt & Wire today

We interrupt our regularly scheduled coverage on Felt & Wire to say Happy Birthday to Alyson Kuhn! We’ve been fortunate to share her knowledge, keen eye, humor and artistry as a writer with friends who are as passionate about paper as we are. You’re invited to share virtual cake, ice cream, and birthday wishes!

Sharing shelf space

Thanks to GOOD Magazine, I’ve learned about this great project developed by three library science graduate students. Last month they launched the Library as Incubator Project as a way to connect libraries and artists. The program’s goals are to assist local artists by offering them a space in which to show their work, highlight libraries as a resource, and engage communities.

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Wrap it up in style

Now that you’ve gotten some shopping out of the way on Black Friday, you can get a jump start on wrapping those gifts. Check out the holiday gift wrap collection on Felt & Wire Shop this week. You’ll find everything you need for beautifully wrapped gifts … from the paper to all of the finishing touches. Make your gifts really stand out with some of the unique items such as origami flowers, twisted paper twine and letterpress Santa gift tags. [MD]

In which Mick Hodgson of Ph.D masterfully designs an ‘ambidextrous’ poster

[Alyson Kuhn] When I was in Los Angeles last month, I checked in with Felt & Wire friend Mick Hodgson. He told me he was about to leave for a midnight press check. I asked if I could invite myself over to Ph.D, A Design Office the next day to see what he had fresh off the press.

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Warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving

[Alyson Kuhn] This print by Laura Wilder exudes gratitude — for the gifts of home, hearth and harmony. When we asked the artist for permission to showcase “Winter,” she also told us how she came to paint the original. The story scores high on the “attitude of gratitude” index, so we’d like to share it with you.

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