Katharine Hepburn cast as the star of a new black-and-white stamp


[Alyson Kuhn] Guess who’s coming to … a post office near you. The newest Legend of Hollywood in the US Postal Service’s ongoing series premieres May 12 — Katharine Hepburn’s birthdate. I chatted with Derry Noyes, who art directed this stamp for the Postal Service.

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F&W hits the road for Stationery Show

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Our feature post by Alyson Kuhn kicks off continuing coverage of the National Stationery Show in New York, May 16–19. If you’re a Felt & Wire reader — else how could you be reading this? — social correspondence is important to you … if not the main reason for living life itself. (Note: Should you hold the latter belief, you’re in good company here.)

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


[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


[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


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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