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Bits & Pieces: Small Caps Berlin

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1. I’ve got travel on my mind, so it seemed only appropriate to use this week’s Bits & Pieces to spotlight German letterpress studio Small Caps Berlin. Aside from admiring the bright, graphic, and often retro-inspired paper goods artist Sabrina offers in her Etsy shop, you can also drop by her blog (in both English and German) to marvel at the gorgeous pictures of her studio and progress. The charm in Small Caps Berlin’s foreign-language greetings and vintagey elements is undeniable, and will have you yearning for the days when travel was fashionable, cosmopolitan, and just plain  new.

{images via Small Caps Berlin blog}

1. Hallo Berlin city guide in German
2. Travel Photobook
3. Mustache Notebook

1. Ahoi Paperboat Card
2. Berlin Notebook

2. These Pantone-mimicking tarts featured today on Anthology are mouth-watering. Everyone loves pie, and most people seem to have an inexplicable fascination with paint chips…

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Ann Siems

The Paper Parlour's Blog

I have just come across the work of Ann Siems and thought it was beautiful! She originates from Berlin and creates art which focuses on dreams and the psyche. I like how the painting seem to use layers of intricate detail to build the final image. The use of layers creates a translucent quality which I really like. Please click here to view her website and more of her work.


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The World of Work Boxes


I was researching a post on painted “fancy chairs” from the Federal era and after when I got distracted by a great book and its subject matter: Betsy Krieg Salm’s Women’s Painted Furniture, 1790-1830 (University Press of New England, 2010) caught my eye in the library for numerous reasons (it’s a beautiful book, I love painted furniture, the era coincides with Salem’s golden age, so I knew I’d find some good stuff in it), but once I opened it I could not put it down. The result of three decades of research by the author (who is an ornamental artist herself), the book is art history, social history, education history, cultural history, world history all at the same time.

The subtitle, American Schoolgirl Art, is particularly appropriate as this book is about training, expectations, and influences as well as the motifs which decorate the furniture. I had never really…

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