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I Love Stationery: The Book

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If, like us, you think nothing beats the back-to-school feeling of a new notepad, neatly aligned pens, and a good rummage in the office stationery cupboard, then we've found the book for you.

Packed with pictures we can only described as 'stationery porn', I Love Stationeryproves that even though we're in a digital age, the industry is flourishing, with illustrators and designers creating gift wrap, cards, notebooks and more as art forms.

The inspirational pictures are teamed with interviews with each designer, and practical tips and tutorials for budding stationers. Feeling inspired to craft your own bespoke thank-you notes? Take a look at our favourite stationery designs from the book below - and we guarantee you'll be tempted to invest in fancy paper and a fountain pen.

ABOVE: Anna Fewster/Lampyridae Press; Brighton, East Sussex, UK

Anna Fewster runs a small block-printing and letterpress studio in Brighton - her work is greatly inspired by the Bloomsbury Group.

ABOVE: Gigi Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Gabriela Silva specializes in pattern and typography. These cards were inspired by Navajo pattern and culture, and created in pen and ink before being scanned and finished digitally.

ABOVE AND BELOW: Hammerpress, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

These cards are hand-printed with a letterpress on to 30% or 100% recycled stock.

ABOVE: Gemma Correll; Berlin, Germany

Freelance illustrator Gemma creates her drawings using pen and ink. These cards were made for Valentine's Day.

ABOVE: Present & Correct; London, UK

Neal Whittington from Present & Correct says "Inspiration comes from old ephemera we have collected - anything to do with education, mid-century children's books and pamphlets, mail and stamp-based articles"

ABOVE: W+K Studio Goodness; Portland, Oregon, USA

When they aren't making ads, the team at Wieden + Kennedy design studio create calendars and greeting cards. This screen-painted calendar on French Paper features the work of twelve of their designers.

ABOVE: Tuesday Designs; Melbourne, Australia

Sister Taryn and Elise Eales are the brains behind Tuesday Designs. They loved birds, a recurring theme in their block-printed cards.

ABOVE AND BELOW: Nora Whynot Paper Goods; Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

This Australian company produces silk-screen printed products made from 100% recycled paper and card. The calendar was inspired by Old Wives' Tales.

ABOVE: Made by Julene; Worthing, West Sussex, UK

Julene Harrison is a papercut artist who makes works to order.

I Love Stationery by Charlotte Rivers, is £16.99, published by Jacqui Small, and out now.

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