Paisley Paper Co.

#6: Paper Found Me

As you’ve hopefully heard, there’s a huge can’t-miss industry event this week, courtesy of the Greeting Card Association. Noted: A Focus on Diversity is Thursday, July 16 at 2 pm EST. During it, nine Black makers will “pitch” their greeting card line to a pitch panel comprised of top retailers and, hopefully, you. The pitch panel features Vanessa Raptopoulos, Awesome Brooklyn; Chandra Greer, Greer Chicago; Kristina Burkey, Calliope Paperie; and Kyle Williams, Paper Source — as well as any retailer or sales rep wanting to diversify their offerings. During the hour, attendees will virtually get acquainted with these up-and-coming makers and download samples of their work, all for only $10 — half of which is earmarked for a Noted 2021 scholarship for a maker of color.

Over these past several days I was lucky enough to interview three of the makers: Tiffany Grimes of Paper Rehab in Michigan, Lauren-Ashley Barnes at Pineapple Sundays Design Studio in Chicago and Andrea Williams at Paisley Paper Co. in Detroit.

Each of these talented young women have a dynamic vision that comes through strong in their offerings. Tiffany started Paper Rehab as a way to increase diversity in greeting cards but her mission morphed into one focusing on strengthening relationships amongst women, specifically African-American women.

Paper Rehab
Paper Rehab

Lauren-Ashley designs product for a gift company, but her dream of producing stationery crystallized during a visit to Paper Source — who she will be pitching to later this week!

Pineapple Sundays Design Studio

And Andrea transmitted her love of classic Blue Note album covers into graphic stationery selections that are completely of our time. 

Paisley Paper Co.

All three also shared that paper found them in the midst of other careers, which makes their stationery selections that much more compelling and authentic. And, they only represent a third of the design treasures to be found. The other makers appearing are: Aims Moon Paperie, Pretty Peacock Paperie, Kaleidadope, Neighborly Paper, Posterity Paper and By Ms. James. I’m guessing it will be nearly impossible to leave that hour uninspired by the current state of stationery, so don’t miss out! 

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