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A Coney Island Save the Date Postcard was the jumping off point for this modern and subtle Brooklyn inspired wedding suite. Postscript Brooklyn designs are shown blind pressed with navy letterpresed text. The envelope features a navy ombre  liner.

A Coney Island Save the Date Postcard was the jumping off point for this modern and subtle Brooklyn inspired wedding suite. Postscript Brooklyn designs are shown blind pressed with navy letterpresed text. The envelope features a navy ombre liner.

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why we love paper #446

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This beautiful grapevine illustration was used for the save the date and became a stunning liner with this elegant letterpress invitation.

This beautiful grapevine illustration was used for the save the date and became a stunning liner with this elegant letterpress invitation.

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Staff Spotlight | Getting to Know Lion in the Sun

Behind the Illustrations: Ella Romero

Ella Romero

How would you describe yourself?

Font Savant” and “Filing Cabinet” because of my (unnerving?) eidetic memory.

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What do you do at Lion in the Sun, Park Slope?

I am the short half of the design/illustration team and have been at Lion in the Sun for 3 years. When I remember, I post things on www.farebella.com and as @romearrow on Instagram.

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How did your college years influence your career?

I was an Art History major. I basically made it my business to look at pictures. I always wanted to get into graphic design in a more serious way, but developed that mostly through freelancing.

 

How did you get into stationery?

After college I cold-emailed a couple of stationers in NYC, with zero experience or planning, and I was hired as a sales intern at Ceci New York. A fellow intern there told me about an opening at Lion in the Sun, where I have since acquired and honed a ridiculous amount of design and sales experience and knowledge by simply being available to pinch-hit. The attitude towards “job description” at LITS is pretty fluid. You can say, “Hey…I may have an idea about this thing,” and the response will probably be, “SWEET. Here is our Staples account and some glitter paper, don’t forget to stop for lunch.”

 

We know you love YouTube videos. Which one is your favorite?

This question is the worst, because my answer is: ALL OF THEM. I am addicted to YouTube and have a new favorite every day, all for different reasons. Under great duress I choose “Thought of You” by Ryan Woodward, because it is stunning and combines three arts that I love: visual, music, and dance.

Which artist(s) inspires you now?

Again, so many. I’ll say Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein, and Quentin Blake. I am a huge bookworm. I will forever be deeply attached to the illustrators of children’s books that I grew up reading. I love whimsy, ornament, and color, but also appreciate how magical and evocative a single, well-placed line can be. Art should tell whole stories at a glance.

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What is your favorite job you’ve done so far, both personally and at LITS?

A lot of what I do personally nowadays is on a greeting card, prompted by an event (again, deadlines). I love to capitalize on any inside jokes or wry observations about said event, so I create something that will make the recipient laugh and then fidget impatiently until I get to see them open it — that reaction is my drug. For example, a friend was devastated when he had to get rid of his first car after years of adventures. I made this to cheer him up (soon after seeing a Sendak exhibit):

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At LITS, I guess “When Hippo Met Wookie”. Anything that makes me laugh the entire time I am drawing is my favorite. I have called dibs on a Harry Potter wedding. It will happen.

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What is your favorite quote?

“Sometimes it’s okay if the only thing you did today was breathe.” I don’t know who said this, but s/he is pretty smart.

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In Search of Sales Associate and Stationery Enthusiast

In Search of Sales Associate and Stationery Enthusiast

Our Brooklyn store is looking for someone to help out with our retail sales. If you LOVE the stationery world have an ENTHUSIASTIC personality, send your resume along with a brief description of why this sounds like your dream job to jobs@lioninthesunps.com.

Responsibilities include assisting customers with merchandise sales, maintaining overall appearance of the store, ordering supplies, checking in product, managing client flow on busy days and working the register.

You must be a superior multi-tasker with a great personality, stellar customer service skills, and a love of paper and stationery.

3-4 days per week. Weekend work is required.

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Engraving: The “Donald Draper” of Printing

Written by: Laurel

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It is one of the most complicated and expensive types of printing. However, there is no other technique that creates a raised effect on paper with as much depth, clarity, and color precision as engraving does. The effect is both eye-grabbing and sophisticated. No matter how long engraving keeps us waiting with its lengthy lead-times, all of the ladies at Lion in the Sun have an ongoing love affair with engraving!

For fun, we made of list of some of our favorite engraving facts. Enjoy!

  • Engraving on paper first took root in Germany by goldsmiths in the 1400’s. Goldsmiths used it as a method of recording the intricate designs they made on armor, jewelry, and instruments.

 

  • Engraving became wildly popular after German artist Martin Schongauer (he learned from his father, who was a goldsmith) began using the technique to make dimensional prints of his artwork. In Italy, he went by the names Bel Martino and Martino d’Anversa.

 

  • Though other forms of printing can mirror similar effects of engraving at a lower price, engraving cannot be 100% mimicked. The trick that will tell you if something is engraved or not: It always leaves a signature mark on the backside of the paper. You know you are holding something that’s been engraved by flipping it over to see and feel exactly where the paper has been hit from the back.

 

  • Engraving is still used widespread to print currency, passports, and expensive postage. The intricate effect it has on paper makes it the perfect ally against counterfeiting.

 

Check out the photos below of our favorite engraved pieces.

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Above: A gold engraved airmail envelope. Dated 1972 from Bern, Switzerland.

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Above: Engraving evidence. The impression or “bruise” on the back of a piece of engraved paper.

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Above: an engraved invitation from Lion in the Sun.

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Above: An engraved copperplate.

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Above: an engraved copperplate.

What does your favorite piece of engraved art look like? Tell us in the comments section below!

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why we love paper #445

Emily and Daniel: letterpress and foil stamped wedding invitation with Brooklyn map liner

Emily and Daniel: letterpress and foil stamped wedding invitation with Brooklyn map liner

 

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why we love paper #444

Monica and Gregory: stunning engraved, multi-language wedding invitation, edged in navy.  Also shown are engraved navy with white insert pieces and a custom Mexican tile pattern liner to match hotel decor and menu in style of invitation.

Monica and Gregory: stunning engraved, multi-language wedding invitation, edged in navy. Also shown are engraved navy with white insert pieces and a custom Mexican tile pattern liner to match hotel decor and menu in style of invitation.

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Mariana: letterpress Bat Mitzvah invitation with custom monogram foil stamped and matching liner

Mariana: letterpress Bat Mitzvah invitation with custom monogram foil stamped and matching liner

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why we love paper #442

Hayley and Fredrik: letterpress wedding invitation on cotton paper with coral edging and hombre liner

Hayley and Fredrik: letterpress wedding invitation on cotton paper with coral edging and hombre liner

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why we love paper #441

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Jessica and Timothy: combination of the Bedford and Washington Square wedding suites from PostScript Brooklyn, customized with illustration of the Long Island City PepsiCo sign, in rustic craft paper pocket folder with vintage map

Jessica and Timothy: combination of the Bedford and Washington Square wedding suites from PostScript Brooklyn, customized with illustration of the Long Island City PepsiCo sign, in rustic craft paper pocket folder with vintage map

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