Richochet Studio

Best Before
Best Before

Based in Vancouver, Richochet Studio creates familiar objects in fine porcelain — elevating the everyday to the sublime. I love the elegance of the pure white forms and the detail that makes them seem so real. Begun by Jeremy Hatch, Ricochet studio is now an artists’ co-op of sorts, currently collaborating with Diyan Achjadi and David Khang. See more pieces as well as shots of the artists at work on the Richochet Studio blog.


Orange Moon Toys

Another local company, Orange Moon Toys (seriously local: Meredith lives in Madison and Robin lives in my hometown of Milton, WI) just hit it big with an appearance on The Martha Stewart show. See their segment here.

The duo creates fabulous shadow puppets with their original designs and the ingenius use of some everyday materials. They even offer kits to make your own!

Shop Local: Madison

Shopping local is probably one of the easiest ways to go green. It also supports and gets you involved with the community in which you live. To that end, I’m starting a new series to highlight artists and craftspeople from communities across the nation. And I thought I’d start with my current residence of Madison, WI.

Projector Journal
Projector Journal

Susan is the woman behind Art Kitten handmade journals. Any of her hard cover, coptic bound journals are perfect for the writer or designer in your life, or for anyone who wants a beautiful place to jot down a note!

Satsuma Luxury Cold-Processed Soap with Shea and Cocoa Butters
Satsuma Luxury Cold-Processed Soap with Shea and Cocoa Butters

Mad City Soaps are made in small batches with olive oil and both shea and cocoa butters. They smell as beautiful as they look! Sue also offers a bevy of parfumes, creams and scrubs if you’re not the bar soap type.

ESEN — Pleat Messenger Bag
ESEN — Pleat Messenger Bag

Known for a clean, modern design sensibility, Pravina Studios creates gorgeous bags perfect for everyday use. Each one is meticulously crafted from high quality textiles, including some limited editions employing vintage fabric. Owner Diana says “Creating things people like and want to use is very gratifying.” I can’t help but agree.

Would you like to see a feature about your hometown or a place you love?  Simply leave a comment and I’ll get right on it!

Atomic Lodge

Cellblock Series
Cellblock series

Atomic Lodge is the creative outlet for Milwaukee-based husband and wife team SuZanna Anna and Mykl Stanley. I love the whimsy of these prints and the way they are simultaneously modern and retro. I want the whole series!

Cellblock series
Cellblock series

New Year, New Collection

At long last, I’m happy to show you what I’ve been totally absorbed with the last couple of weeks: my first stationery collection of 2009! Below are just a few of the new designs (check out my etsy shop for the rest — and everything is available in any color!) and the press release I sent out with it.



Hot on the tails of its popular holiday line, 622 press has just released its first stationery collection of 2009. Showcasing the signature luxury for which 622 press is known, the collection includes influences from contemporary designer fashion, 17th- century culture and modern home décor, reflected in metallic inks, rich plum damask and feather motifs.

Madison, Wisconsin-based graphic designer Kristin Joiner successfully created and executed her first piece on her antique 1882 Pearl Old Style letterpress in June of 2008 and has been printing and artfully experimenting ever since. Each of the five new core designs is manifested in a variety of colorways and arrangements, and all offer the elegant handcrafted style of a small boutique press.

Hailed as “distinctive and unique . . . they are not merely paper, but also a piece of art for the mantle,” by Megan Larson of the Isthmus Daily Page, 622 press goods make the perfect addition to one’s inventory, whether for penning a personal note or for making a statement on an otherwise blasé wall.

622 press utilizes only the finest materials including hand-mixed oil-based inks, 100% recycled cotton letterpress paper and other quality art papers and creates every piece using earth-friendly processes.

For wholesale pricing, custom orders or further information visit or contact Kristin at




I’m a sucker for a great notebook. A beautiful cover, pristine pages, a rigid binding — it takes me months to just to mark the first page. Here are a few I’ve been eyeing from la Paperie and Surya Designs:

Distressed brown handbound leather journal with Turquoise spike closure
Distressed brown handbound leather journal with Turquoise spike closure by la Paperie

Letterpress Sketch Book
Letterpress Sketch Book by Surya Designs

Peacock Tree notebook
Peacock Tree notebook by Surya Designs