Wednesday, January 17, 2007

happy design day

paper stack

Yesterday I went down to Providence to pick up a secret project that I've been working on for a year and a bit. In my non-blogging, non-knitting time I'm a graphic designer, and in the past year I've had a chance to explore an area of design that I've always been interested in but not sure how to get into — pattern design. I've been working with a woman who owns a wholesale paper business in Providence to develop an exclusive line of silkscreened papers. And they finally arrived this week at her warehouse from the printers. I'm pretty smitten with the papers and really pleased as punch with how them came out. I think they look great on their own and would look nice used in various combinations for book making or other crafty persuits.

paper swatchbook

Here is a shot of the swatchbook. I developed six different patterns and three different colorways for each of the patterns - 18 different papers in all.

paper labels detail

I took some shots of the papers still packaged in the warehouse. As you can see the printers labeled each of the packages with scraps of the papers. Pretty!

end section of stack

big ole paper stack.jpg

I'll post better photos of the designs in the next day or so when the sunlight returns.

If you're interested in getting any of these papers, the following stores will be carrying at least some of them. They may not have them in stock yet, as they are being shipped out this week.

Wet Paint
St. Paul, MN

Art Media
Portland, OR

New York Central Art Supply
New York, NY

The Paper Studio
Tempe, AZ

Santa Fe, NM

C C Lowell
Worcester, MA


Blogger tomoko said...

Yay Yay Yay...!!!
Sorry but I may be more excited than you are if that's possible! I think CCLowell in Worcester is calling me.

I am everywhere around you today.

2:08 AM  
Blogger Birgit said...

Ooohhh... I'm sooo envious! I'm a graphic designer too, but I have never had the chance to work on such a fun project. But I do know what a satisfying feeling it is to hold a printed copy of your own design in your own hands... Congratulations, those patterns are really beautiful!

5:34 PM  
Blogger cheryl said...

Thanks so much! It's definitely a treat to get to work on such a colorful and fun project. I completely agree, it is very satisfying to hold a print piece in your hand hot off the presses that you created. Pretty much like trying on a sweater that you designed.

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Ali said...

This paper is amazing. I love it. Way to go, Cheryl. My friend and I have been ouing and ahhing over them and trying to imagine how we'd use them : )

6:09 PM  

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