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Paper Travels: Paperworld and fun in Frankfurt!

Hi, friends! Some of you know that I planned a big Euro trip, first to Frankfurt, and then to Paris. While I was excited about attending Paperworld, I was even more jazzed to be able to travel to Paris to explore the arrondissements, take tons of pictures, and create brand new art products for you to enjoy.

The Paris part of the journey did not work well at all; I came down with the flu and spent ALL of my time in a Belleville hotel, in bed. The Hotel Scarlett was a sweet little hotel, by the way, with an excellent staff -- they helped me find a doctor, and made me tea. I took a few pics of my lovely room and at the airport, but I have to say that part of the trip was a flop. No worries, it gives me one more reason to go back to Paris -- soon!

one of the few Paris pics I took... rue de Belleville.

But before that, I had a marvelous time in Frankfurt. I'd never traveled there before, and it was a great experience. I spent most of my time at Paperworld, as I was only there for a couple of days, but the hotel in which I stayed was comfortable and fun.

I decided to save a little money, and booked a hotel about three miles from Paperworld. The Moxy Frankfurt East, a Marriott concept in the Frankfurt neighborhood of Ostend, was easy on my pocketbook. I'd read lots of reviews about the hotel, and some folks who posted thought it was a very strange, nontraditional hotel; check in at the lobby bar! no full service restaurant! no closets! It all sounded intriguing to me, and I thought it would be a good time to try something new.

My check in experience did take place at the bar, and it was a pleasant interaction. I told the staff they were the hardest working hosts in hospitality! They handled check in/check out, tended bar, served as baristas, cooked delicious bar snacks (yes, bar food was available, heated in the convection oven or the microwave - it was quite tasty), and handled special requests with professionalism and humor. They were the best part of my stay at the Moxy. Marriott, I hope you are paying these nice people very well.

I loved my room at the Moxy.  I packed relatively lightly, so not having a closet was not a problem. I had to search a bit to find hooks to hang my coat; they were embedded into a super graphic wall hanging. I ended up saying "Hello" to this woman every night!

can you see the hooks?

 My room was compact, but it was minimalist, spotless, and had cute messages on the walls. It was very soothing after a long day at the show.

 

I ended up using some of the room fixtures and furnishings as props for my mini art prints -- they'll be up on the website soon.

When I wasn't relaxing in my comfortable room, I was either on my way to Paperworld -- the trade show provides free passes on public transportation, a big plus -- or I was wandering the show halls. There were actually four different gift shows going on at Messe Frankfurt simultaneously; Paperworld, Creativeworld (arts and crafts supplies), Christmasworld, and Floradecora (a floral show). I started to get lost in all of the beautiful craft exhibits of Creative World, but since I had a limited amount of time, I tried to get a little more focused! Tried. :-)

My favorite booth was the Caran d'Ache exhibit, where I got to play and color with my fellow attendees. How fun!

Another fun exhibit was Werkhaus. I loved their easy-to-assemble, sustainable products, and I hope to carry their some of their products soon.

I jumped for joy (on the inside! I tried to maintain outer calm) when I discovered Pabuku. It's a gender-diverse, funny greeting card line, and I enjoyed meeting Ute Baurecker and Ulla Klopf, the owners of the company. I placed an order, and Pabuku will be available online in my shop and at the Ace pop ups beginning in May.

I almost missed Michaela of ZIMIglobes. Her booth was tucked away in a tiny sliver of space -- it was probably the smallest space a vendor could get! But I saw her mini world globes, which of course made me think of Paper Traveler, and I quickly found out that these little spheres were actually greeting cards! I ordered the world globes and some Dia de los Muertos DIY coloring globes.You color the globe, write your message on the other side, mail it, and the recipient pulls the wires so that your card becomes an ornament. How clever!

 

 

Michaela and her sister

I was so excited about ordering desk planners and notepads from Dot or Dash that I totally forgot to take pictures, but I'll have their products in time for Mother's Day.

Even though the rest of my trip was a bust, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Paperworld, and hope to come back again and spend even more time in Frankfurt!

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Travel Here: Paper stores in Japan (Links)

As you may know, dear friends, I am in love with Japanese paper. There are scores of paper choices not available to us here in the US, and my dream is to visit Japan to satisfy my paper cravings. Here are links to some of the stores I've found online that look absolutely wonderful; now all I have to do is make a plan, and I am there! (Note: these are mostly review links, as they are written in English.)

Yanaka: Isetatsu Paper Store

http://bit.ly/1qr8deR

http://bit.ly/1xfNBeq

http://cnn.it/1BdO9Qy

 

Tokyo: Itoya

http://bit.ly/1unHcta

http://bit.ly/1BdOyCz

http://bit.ly/1pNIVs0

(at 5:33 in the video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX4OuyXSHXE

Tokyo: Haibara

 http://bit.ly/1qA4ytU

Tokyo: Ozi Washi

http://bit.ly/1r83sD6

Osaka: Tanseido

http://global.tanseido.net/shop/info.html

Osaka: Winged Wheel Stationery

http://bit.ly/Wgbhhs

Kyoto:Kamiji Kakimoto

http://bit.ly/1qgBJnR

 

Are there stores you love that I've missed? I want to find them too, in my travels -- let me know @papertraveler.

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Travel Here: New-York Historical Society

I was thrilled beyond belief to visit -- and see my cards -- in the Museum Shop of the New-York Historical Society!

This bustling shop is part of New York's first museum; the hyphen in the name that seems strange, at first, is actually the way New-York was initially written in the early 1800's.

The museum shop is chock full of unique gifts (I saw these great purses made from old books, for example), jewelry, and lots and lots of cards (mine included, how many times can I say that!?!).

I can't wait to come back -- next time around, I'll get to wander the halls of the museum.

New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

170 Central Park West, New York City, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

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Travel Here: Envelopper, New York, NY

I was pleased to find a stationery store in New York that I'd never before heard of: Envelopper Ink, located in the Chelsea/Flatiron/Gramercy district. I'm including all three because I'm not exactly sure of the official designation of this area! There was scaffolding in front which darkened the view, but Envelopper's colorful, beachy window display made everything sunny, bright, and inviting.

Envelopper is HUGE. In addition to a sweet and sassy card collection, the store stocks paper by the piece, stationery, journals, boxed cards, frames, scrapbooking supplies, and great gifts. Envelopper also handles custom invitations.

I roamed around the store for awhile, then spotted some of the Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler designs they ordered. Yippee!

It was wonderful to meet Paiam, one of the owners, and to see my work in such a pretty, pretty store!

Envelopper

45 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010
(212) 518-2303

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Travel Here: House of Cards & Curiosities, New York, NY

I combined business with pleasure when I traveled up to New York City earlier this month. In addition to seeing my lovely family and traipsing up and down the hills of Central Park, I was able to visit some of the stores that currently carry my collections.

I'd known about House of Cards & Curiosities for years and years, long before my days at PULP DC, around the same time that I found Hudson Street Papers (R.I.P., sweet store!) in its West Village days. House of Cards & Curiosities was one of the tiniest stores I'd ever seen, but it certainly packed a punch in the sheer volume of wonderful gifts stocked within. Tons of cards lined the walls. There were cute little gifts, day of the dead merchandise, and a nice selection of 2015 calendars. (Yes, it's that time of the year, lovely people -- buy your calendars now for the best selection!)

I was thrilled when they bought my cards! It's great to have Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler represented in New York.

House of Cards & Curiosities is located in the West Village; be sure to add it to your must-see list the next time you travel to the Big Apple!

House of Cards & Curiosities

23 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014

(212) 675-6178

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Finding pedrô! on rue Denoyez

Renee and I were having a blast in Paris. I’d taken her there as a graduation gift, and we strayed farther away from most of the usual tourist destinations. We rented an apartment on rue de Belleville through Airbnb (www.airbnb.com), bought wonderful cheeses, bread and wine from neighborhood markets, and wandered mostly around the 19th and 20th arrondissements.

 

 

When Renee said that she wanted to see some street art, I knew where one of our stops should be: rue Denoyez.

(there's a great pic and article at http://bit.ly/XB2tEh)

 

 

Rue Denoyez is an ever-changing canvas, with artists staking out -- or covering over -- new spaces on the outdoor walls every day. The colorful street is host to graffiti art, sticker art, murals, and anything else in between. As we took photos of the outside of a studio, the artist came out to talk to us. His name was pedrô!, and when he invited us inside we saw murals of Rosa Parks, Barack Obama, Amy Winehouse, and a host of other famous people. The canvases were not in our budget, but pedrô! had paris maps stenciled with Rosa Parks, and we could not pass them up. We’d burned through most of our cash, but we dug deep into our pockets to for every last euro we could find to get those maps, that’s how special they were to us. I don’t know where Renee decided to put hers, but mine hangs proudly in our living room.

 

 (Rosa, before I put her in a frame.)

 

I later commissioned pedrô! to create the maps with Barack Obama's image on them for PULP, to hang in our store windows.

 

 

Later, I licensed a few of his designs, and you can have them, too! They are now available as blank notecards.

 

(pn001, Rosa Parks Paris Map)

 

 (pn002, Obama Paris Map)

 

(pn004, Frida on Vinyl)

 

I’m looking forward to seeing pedrô! and Paris and the 20th arrondissement again, hopefully sometime soon!

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