We've seen a LOT of great Valentine's Day cards this year and we don't like to play favorites. But these great cards from Idaho's Dingbat Press are the ones our significant others will be receiving this year. From the geek-chic Star Trek/Star Wars cards to the "Love Goes On and On" we're eating what Adrienne's cooking.
The Magnani name may not be as well known as the papers they manufacture (Arturo, Pescia, Revere), but young designers are finding value in Old World papermakers like never before. Magnani of Italy bridges the gap between old world and new design with an elegance not often seen in today’s paper world. With this expertise comes a rich history of paper making.
The Emperor Napoleon chose Pescia paper for his wedding cards when he married Maria Luisa of Austria. In addition, some of the most influential names in Contemporary Art and Culture, e.g. de Chirico, Salvatore Fiume, Annigoni, Morandi, Viani, Possenti, D'Annunzio and others have personally turned to Magnani for the fine papers required for their work.
We've been fortunate enough to have worked with Arion Press for as long as we've been in business. They're one of the world's top printers of fine books and if you're interested in letterpress (and you probably wouldn't be reading this if you aren't) you should know who they are.
The list of artists who've collaborated with them over the years is a who's who of the industry and their editions are collected by individuals, museums and libraries the world over. You can find more about that here.
You may not be as familiar with two of their other divisions: Their typecasting division, M & H Type, is the oldest and largest hot metal type foundry in the U.S. for letterpress printers. They also have a non-profit called The Grabhorn Institute"to preserve and perpetuate the use of one of the last integrated typefoundry, letterpress printing, and bookbinding facilities and to guide it into the future."