Archive for November, 2011

Mad about Wu!

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Here at The Paper Place we are proud to support local artists who work with paper. One such artist is Robert Wu, whose beautiful and unique hand-marbled graphics have been a mainstay at our store for years. Recently, Mr. Wu has surprised us with some beautiful new creations that we just had to share:

Brand New Hand-Marbled Papers

Hand-Marbled Umbrella Mobile

Letterpress Gift Tags

Wu’s website, showcases his diverse artistic practice, which includes bookbinding, gilding, boxmaking, and marbling. As always, we carry a selection of Wu’s original Hand-Marbled Graphics in our store, which are a favourite of both our staff and our customers. To create these one-of-a-kind prints, Wu floats coloured ink on a bath of liquid size (a substance applied to paper during manufacturing that reduces the ability for water to absorb into it). The colours are manipulated with combs and rakes to create a pattern. A sheet of chemically treated paper is then laid on the bath, thereby transferring the pattern to the paper. Each print is unique and has a distinctive organic look. Here are some additional examples of  Wu’s amazing artwork:




Shout Out: Lindsay Zier-Vogel – Some Teaser Pics from our recent Embroidered Book Workshop!

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

On October 19th we hosted an Embroidered Hard Cover Book Workshop here at the store taught by the lovely & talented Lindsay Zier-Vogel.  Lindsay has posted a couple teaser pics on her website – take a peek.  And while you are there, check out some more of Lindsay’s inspiring work such as The Love Lettering Project.


Change of plans! Full time Sales Position available at The Paper Place!

Monday, November 7th, 2011

If you’re passionate about paper and would like the opportunity to join our small family, we would love to hear from you!

We are looking for an enthusiastic and outgoing full time sales person (4-5 shifts a week) who is able to learn quickly and adapt to a rapidly changing retail environment.

Requirements include sales experience in a retail setting, a background in the material arts and availability that includes weekends.

Please include your resume and a cover letter highlighting your relevant job history and any experience you have in the paper arts. Both a cover letter and resume must be submitted to be considered – thanks!

Please submit your application to hiring(at)


Wallpaper made out of stickers!! Amazing!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

In our last post Jaime wrote about the nostalgia of mixed tapes. Well, when I was a kid the big thing was stickers. We all had sticker albums and would collect and covet a wide variety of smelly, puffy, glittery and 3-d stickers.

When I saw this multi-media exhibition by Brian Kaspr and Payton Turner from 2009 it spoke to my inner child who was delighted with the idea! As it states on Payton Turner’s website, each wallpaper pattern is made up of thousands of hand-applied stickers, and can be removed and re-applied in any space.  Take a look for yourself.








Remember the Mix Tape by Sending More Mail!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

I grew up in the era of cassette tapes. My car has a tape deck. Tucked away in the glove compartment are two tapes: the Dirty Dancing soundtrack and Neil Young’s Harvest.

As soon as I saw these cassette tape greeting cards I knew I had to mail out a little bit of nostalgia. I paired them up with music note postage stamps from 1980 and then addressed the envelopes with rubber stamps. Time to break out your boombox, put on your favourite mix tape and get writing!

For more on the art and soul of letter-based correspondence, check out my blog Send More Mail