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Rags to Riches: Shotwell Paper Mill & Press

Rags to Riches: On a discreet alley in the San Francisco, Shotwell Press is an unusual hands-on studio in San Francisco that makes paper from recycled materials and prints beautiful custom designs. Rebecca Huvall visited them last year. This is her image rich story.

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2016: Never Forget

No matter whether you regard 2016 as filled with good or bad, richness or dearth, the past informs the future. Keep that in mind. On the subject keeping things in mind, what's in your inbox and mailbox today? The seasonal deluge of original, hackneyed, beautiful, ugly, witty, and witless greeting cards, e-cards, mail-order catalogs, and promos is an annual rite. ...

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Kind Cuts: Kelli Anderson’s Paperworks

Kelli Anderson love paper for many reasons. It empowers her. It drives her. It adapts to her will. "“People take paper for granted because it’s like what your student loan bills arrive on, so it’s easy for it to be completely invisible—but it can be aerodynamic! And audible! You can bend it into a mask, it can be a fortune teller,” Anderson says. “I ...

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Aesthetic Union: Letterpress Swashbuckler

Aesthetic Union: Where Tourists Rarely Travel “Fast as [All That]” “There’s more to letterpress printing than folksy stamps and filigree wedding invitations,” says former ship’s deckhand James Tucker of Aesthetic Union. If you’re in the vicinity of San Francisco’s Mission District, check out the treasures at Aesthetic ...

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A Perfect Blend: Wine & Design

  Barrel + Ink: The Oenophile’s Love Child No Sonoma Valley vineyard? No Napa Valley warehouse stocked with barrels? No obese celebrity billionaire to bankroll the brand? Not at Barrel + Ink, an unusual collaborative wine producer that brings together varied and talented artists and winemakers to create alluring labels of extraordinary quality priced ...

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Say It, Mean It, Send It: Thank You.

I don't know about you, but I was raised to write thank you notes. Yes, notes. On cards. Or personalized stationery. Today, an emailed or texted thanks is common, and I applaud any effort to express thanks, especially one festooned with personality-packed emoji, but I also mourn the handwritten note. Now more than ever, taking the time to put actual pen to ...

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Parse & Parcel Envelops Paper Fans In Love

Parse & Parcel Loves All Things Paper … and Neenah Envelope Kits! Wow. What a great name for a creative consultant that loves and specializes in paper and design! Clever and descriptive. That’s not easy to do. In her most recent post, Jill DiNicolantonio (No! That is not a typonio!) at Parse & Parcel celebrates notes, […]

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Gulliver’s Travels: London, Illustrated

Book Review All the Buildings in London *That I’ve Drawn So Far by James Gulliver Hancock from Universe Publishing, an imprint of Rizzoli New York Following up on his popular, gleefully illustrated book, All the Buildings in New York (*That I’ve Drawn So Far), James Gulliver Hancock returns to his roots with All the Buildings in […]

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In Gratitude … 2015

In Gratitude, 2015: We thank Against the Grain readers and contributors for making this year a spectacular celebration of everything that is great in American design, printing, and all creative endeavor. You are the reason we exist. You are the source of all our inspiration. Happy New Year.

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‘Tis the Season to Order Holiday Cards

Still the Best: Paper Greetings From Your Hands to Theirs Admit it. There’s nothing worse that an empty mailbox during the holiday season. Don’t let that happen to you, your friends, your family, or your business associates! Mail them a real card this holiday season. Choose handcrafted cards that reflect your hopes, wishes, or personal philosophy, and […] ...

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