F&W Shop: A collection we crave

From time to time Mohawk invites friends to curate special collections at our shop. We love this month’s collection—we never knew we had so many beautiful reds, whites and blues until Kristen Magee from Paper Crave handpicked a few of her faves for us. Take a look at the Paper Crave Collection. We also love her words. Thank you, Kristen. [PW]

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Bastille dainties: The many faces of Marianne

[Alyson Kuhn] Today is Bastille Day, and I am serving tiny morsels of French philately. When I think of classic French first names, Françoise, Brigitte and Marie-Claire come right to mind. But it is the name Marianne that symbolizes liberté, égalité, fraternité. Since the mid-1940s, Marianne has been depicted on French postage stamps designed by a range of artists and engravers — only one of them a woman, Eve Luquet. The sheet above, issued in 1997, is Luquet’s design.

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Off-the-wall wallpaper

We’ve posted a number of stories lately about wallpaper … whimsical pampered poodles and elegant trompe l’oeil. Now we’ve discovered “wallpaper” that can be changed at whim. This isn’t paper, it’s paint that acts like paper: Paint your wall with IdeaPaint and create a blank canvas — a changeable communication medium for brainstorming, art, inspiration or action.

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French ephemera swap

In honor of Bastille Day on July 14, we have been on the hunt for unusual French papers. We cooed upon finding this exquisite French paper from the 1800s. Sadly, we visited too late (ugh, sold). But our day became brighter when we happened by Holly Moore’s Paper Pieces of Me blog and her recent post, “French Ephemera Swap.” In the article, Moore — a self-described paper philanderer — introduces us paper lovers to the Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group. Cherchez la femme!

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Cheryl Yau weighs in on the end of a letterpress dynasty in Hong Kong

The July issue of Ilene Strizver’s All Things Typographic recently wafted its way to me. Actually it didn’t waft: Ilene, founder of The Type Studio, sent it. I scanned the table of topics and immediately scrolled down to “The End of Movable Type in China.” Strivzer has excerpted several typographic tidbits from Cheryl Yau’s fresh post on idsgn.org (a design blog) and provided a link to the full article. I had not known that movable type was “moving” in China 400 years before Gutenberg, nor that printing is considered one of the four great inventions of ancient China.

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Gourmet French ephemera: Whet your appetite for Bastille Day

[Alyson R. Kuhn] Voilà a sampling from my ARKive of tasty French menu artifacts. And a pair of LUminous (not a typo, mes amis, but a hint) cookie labels. And a liqueur label that I hope will make you groggy with joie. Bonbon appétit!

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