Good morning! Today I’ve got a guest post from none other than Jill at Parse & Parcel on a very special passion project of hers, available in her winter subscription and sure to make you swoon. But before she gets started, I have to say a few words about another passion project both of us are working on.

In conjunction with Legion Paper and National Stationery Show, the Show Us Your Money project for confirmed #NSS2017 exhibitors will be adding some extra design dimension to the show floor this May. We have extended the deadline to February 8  to get initial design concepts in, and I can’t urge exhibitors enough to take part.

Leading up to the show, this lucrative project will be promoted by Stationery Trends, The Paper Chronicles, Parse & Parcel and the NSS to draw traffic to booths as it promotes the distinctive vibe of each printer. At the show, NSS will have a dedicated area by Best New Product with a board describing the project as well as postcards providing a booth map of participating exhibitors. Once they collect their foil-stamped, letterpressed, embossed and screen-printed bills, attendees can head to Legion’s booth for a special keepsake paper wallet to hold all the dough.

Please go here for more info and to apply — and don’t hesitate to give me a shout with any questions. Now, Jill, please take it away! I am big fan of collaborations, but…

They can’t be all one sided. For a collaboration to be successful both parties need to contribute (fairly) equally and get something out of it.

When it comes to Parse & Parcel, I am always looking to partner with those whose work reinforces our mission to inspire/educate creatives on how to use paper as an integral part of the design and production process.

I first met calligrapher and illustrator Liz Bartucci last year, on a collaboration with Mohawk & The Paper Chronicles for the National Stationery Show. Liz created an illustrated map of stationery stores in the NYC area for attendees of NSS.

It was perfect for the event, and a big hit with attendees.

So when Liz approached me about an idea she had for P&P subscribers involving her passion project, I was definitely interested.

If you’ve been following P&P, you know I’m a big believer in the value of passion projects. I think they’re the easiest way for creatives to share the work they love doing and build their portfolio in the process.

Liz is known in the stationery community for her beautiful calligraphy and unique style of illustration. She’s one of those rare individuals that can blend her creative skills to create a recognizable style all her own.

And she’s using Instagram to help promote and share her passion project — a weekly illustration series known as Sunday Sketches.

In this series, Liz captures the spirit of pop culture icons and their infamous words. By using a combination of stipple illustration and her calligraphy skills she is creating highly coveted art.

As part of a collaboration with Tucci Cursive, we are thrilled to debut The Designer Series — a collection of prints inspired by Liz’ passion project.

The collection features four prints of the industry’s most beloved designers: Massimo Vignelli, Louise Fili, James Victore and Ray & Charles Eames.

Each print pairs Liz’ distinct style of illustration and calligraphy, celebrating these designers and their inspirational quotes.

For our part of this collaboration, Parse & Parcel contributed the paper and printing.

The prints were produced on 100# Mohawk Superfine Eggshell Cover in Ultrawhite. The eggshell finish gives the prints a beautiful tactile quality, while the 100# cover stock provides a substantial canvas to Liz’ illustrations — and works well for digital printing.We packaged each print with Curious Translucent Clear slip sheets, and wrapped the collection in Strathmore Pastelle Felt Cover – complete with deckle edge, twine and wax seal.

These prints are part of the collection of print and paper samples currently in The Winter Issue of The Parcel, now shipping through February.

Oh did I mention, a subscription The Parcel is on sale for just $25 an issue? Yep, it is.

And Liz will be launching her new stationery line, Alva Mae Evans, this spring. Look for her to feature work from The Designer Series among other pieces. You can see more of her work on tuccicursive.com and on her Instagram page.

And if you’re working on a project that you think would be a good fit for Parse & Parcel, drop me a line at jill@parseandparcel.com — I am always looking to collaborate with creatives.

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