Looking for a Part-time Seasonal Sales Associate!

October 2nd, 2014

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

We are looking for an enthusiastic part time sales person who is able to learn quickly and adapt to a rapidly changing retail environment.  This is primarily a seasonal position but there is an opportunity for a permanent position after the holidays are over.

Requirements include proven sales experience in a retail setting, strong work ethic, a background in the material arts and availability that includes weekends (Saturdays are a must!) and some evenings.

Please include your resume and a cover letter highlighting your relevant retail job history and any experience you have in the paper arts. We are currently looking for someone 1-3 shifts per week on average. An ability to be flexible when more shifts are available (staff vacations, around the holidays, etc….) is an asset!

*Both a cover letter and resume must be submitted to be considered – thanks!*

Please reply to hiring(at)thepaperplace.ca

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2014/2015 School Year Planners Are Here!

September 29th, 2014

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You’ve been asking and we’ve been listening! The 2014/2015 school year agendas and day planners are here! With a selection of both dated and undated types, they’ll be sure to fulfill all your day planning needs in style.

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Be sure to come in and check them out soon, as they will sell out quickly!

- Emily

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Captivating Glances

September 20th, 2014

Ato Seitu is a compelling artist whose work draws you in and commands your attention. Ato, born in Kingston Jamaica, has been living in Canada since 1963 and creating his captivating images for over 30 years. Mostly using pen, pencil and acrylic, Ato frequently incorporates our Chiyogami paper in his work.

Below is just a sampling of his distinct work and his website atoseitu.com is a must visit.

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Nick

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Adventures in Marbling

September 3rd, 2014

Like many others this past long weekend I was fortunate enough to escape the city and get back to nature at a friend’s cottage. I knew going up there that it would be the perfect environment to do some material exploration so I brought along with me our Suminagashi Marbling kit and decided to try my hand at some floating ink marbling.

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Our store owner Heather had created some really beautiful samples using our Usu Kuchi Heavy, so I brought some of that along with me as well to test out along with a couple of sheets of our wood veneer. Being someone who enjoys working with natural and found materials I also harvested some birch bark from the woods surrounding the cottage to experiment with.

 

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Heather’s marbling samples using the Suminagashi Marbling kit and Usu Kuchi Heavy.

 

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The marbling kit works by filling a clean shallow pan with water and then dropping the high-grade cosmetic pigment ink onto a small circle of float paper that helps keep them on the surface. The ink can then be swirled and manipulated using a stick or your finger before you place the material (paper, cloth, hide, wood, etc) face down on the ink to let it sink in.

 

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I’ll admit that my first time cottage attempts at marbling didn’t turn out as well as Heather’s samples, but the process of doing it was really fun and I found the contrast of the bright marbled ink on the natural birch to be a really interesting juxtaposition even though the details of the marble didn’t come through as strongly as I had hoped.

 

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My first attempts on paper and wood veneer (which be warned, will curl in the water, but really soaks up the ink nicely).

 

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As far as cottage activities go the Marbling kit was both relaxing and meditative and fun to share with my friends. I can see it being both a great tool for artists wishing to create their own one of a kind patterned paper and a fun activity for kids to experiment with during craft time (the inks are non-toxic so safe for kids 6 and above to use). I’m definitely looking forward to more adventures in marbling and have a newfound appreciation for artists such as Robert Wu, whose prints we carry and sell in store, who have clearly mastered the technique.

- Justine

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Go Back to School in Style

August 23rd, 2014

Well, it’s that time of year again! Whether you’re a kid or a grown up, back to school shopping always promises to be lots of fun. Luckily, we’ve got a wide selection of cute and practical school supplies for  young and old that will make learning much more fun!

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For the kiddos, we have a large selection of fun and functional notebooks, novelty pencils and pens, and of course a pouch to hold them in! Aren’t those squirrel page markers insanely cute?

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And for the older students, we have some more practical back to school supplies…because a new Iphone case is totally necessary for heading back to class in style right? As well, our infamous Le Pens and fancy notebooks are sure to make your note taking career a bit more cheerful!

Stop in and take a look, but be quick. Summer is almost over!

- Emily

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