Saturday, April 23, 2016

5/7/16 Monogram Class

Students hand drawing monograms with pencils on tracing paper.


Saturday, May 7 at Gallier Historic house in New Orleans French Quarter, experience how monograms are hand drawn then walk away with your very own pencil sketch of it (that you yourself have drawn!)
In this hands-on class examples of vintage monograms, lettering styles and engraving will be on display–students will learn to make new symbols, traditional monograms, and letterforms using these historic pieces as inspiration. By tracing, combining then retracing existing forms, new, totally original designs, monograms and letterforms will be created.
For anyone tech-curious or savvy: The class will discuss bringing sketches into digital format, vector (Adobe Illustrator) versus Photoshop (raster) will be compared. Additionally…the super secret special “Ah Ha!” moment Illustrator trick will be revealed whereby an actual monogram can be digitally rendered in 10-15 minutes (no kidding!).

This class focuses on drawing with pencil on paper. Additionally, no contemporary class would be complete without touching on digital applications, but the majority of our time will be hand drawing. A direct link to register can be found here.

Members of this class will not only take home their very own, custom, monogram sketch,  they will learn where to get 2 FREE digital fonts created from old engraver’s lettering styles created by Monotype (the largest, oldest font development company in the world) that were.
Bring your laptop! Or come without one, either way it will be engaging, educational, and fun.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Color Matching Systems II: Color, color matching systems, and best practices.

Author’s late model GTI professional level controlled light color evaluation center.
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Color management, how do we do this? PRINT magazine uncovers best practices for printing color in a series of articles by stationer extraordinaire, Nancy Sharon Collins. Check out articles #1. and #2 .

Article #1 covered basic color management history. In the second article, Collins discusses best practices in printing color, how stationers (and printers) deal with color management, including expectations and challenges...on both the client and designer side.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Visual Culture of Color


Color is integral to printing and thinking about visual culture. But how does it work? Read the first in this three part series about color in PRINT|HOW by Nancy Sharon Collins, stationer extraordinaire.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Town & Country Features Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer

Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer’s onion skin letter papers are featured in April Town & Country magazine (page 80).





Once the paper of choice for discerning letter writers, statesmen, and socialites, onion skin stationery is less than half the thickness of regular computer paper and just a tad heavier than tissue.

True onion skin has not been manufactured in this country for approximately 40 years. Lucky for well-healed letter writers that Mrs. Collins had the foresight to purchase and store thousands of white, water blue, canary yellow, and orange sheets and is once again creating gossamer stationery for contemporary use.

In this luxury line, each envelope is made by hand and fully-lined in the European tradition. Because of its cotton rag content, onion skin is magnificent when hand engraved, and especially suited to bespoke hand engraved monograms (for which Mrs. Collins is so well known!)

Contact Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer directly for details about creating onion skin stationery of your own hand engraved with a couture (bespoke) monogram. And if your in a hurry purchase our packet of 5 folded onion skin notes and matching, completely hand made envelopes.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Martha Stewart Wedding covers Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer LLC

Onion skin wedding invitations, full-page editorial am Martha Stewart Wedding, winter, 2016.
Featured now, page 230, gossamer translucent engraved onion skin wedding invitation by Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer LLC.

The invitations or 280 GSM, 100% cotton rag card stock, hand ordered, as are the cotton content onionskin overlays. Matching envelopes are hand lined in delicate pale gray tissue paper. Engraved onion skin is available only at Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer

Onion skin in Garden and Gun

Winter 2015 Garden & Gun magazine features onion skin stationery by Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer.

Turn to page 58 for a look at Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer LLC hand engraved monogram on our very proprietary onion skin letter papers.

Not only is the monogram first drawn by hand (with a real pencil a real paper), it is then engraved—by hand—onto a half inch thick steel die. After this, a 2-hour “make-ready” is required on the engraving press. Each incredibly delicate sheet of onion skin is placed in the press—one by one—individually and by hand.

Needless to say…this process is not for the faint of heart. The results, however, are absolutely unique and astoundingly beautiful.

Available now is a hand made Packette of 5 onion skin envelopes and matching , french-folded sheets exclusively available here! (Monogram and engraving additional.)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Veranda Covers Hand Engraved Stationery!

See page 76 of Veranda magazine: Hand engraved stationery by Nancy Sharon Collins.
"The not-quite-lost art of engraved stationery…A custom monogram by Nancy Sharon Collins is a thing of beauty.Hand engraved on whisper-thin stock like onionskin (the preferred medium for letter writers Ernest Hemingway and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis), it says so much more than any e-mail, text, or emoji ever could—and it never loses its charge.”Veranda Magazine, October 2015, page 76.