Whether you need stationary, paper goods, wearable art or handcrafted notebooks with paper from around the world, The Artisan Group has it all. These designers has their items in the GBK Golden Globe gifting lounge.
Valerie Guerrero founded The Artisan Group in early 2011 as a means for many different artisans to feature their wares and gift celebrities at some of Hollywood’s top gift lounge events. In addition to her work with The Artisan Group, Valerie is also the designer and creative force behind the popular online paper goods shoppe, The BeezKneez, founded in 2008. The BeezKneez offers designer invitations, announcements, stationery, paper goods, and other customizable gifts such as stylish iPhone, iPad, and BlackBerry cases, and other personalized keepsakes. Guerrero gifted all attending celebrities at GBK’s Golden Globes Gift Lounge with a lovely collection of designer notecards with envelopes. — www.BeezKneezDesigns.com
“Designing and creating unique handmade journals, notebooks and sketchbooks are the passion of Wee, the artist behind Wee Bindery. Each book is hand sewn utilizing her own binding designs or centuries old binding techniques. She loves to work with exotic papers from around the world, recycled materials, vintage materials, embellishments, fabric and leather in the creation of her books. You might even find one of her original paintings gracing the cover of a book. Her books can be found in the hands of writers around the world. Look for her work in pending publications: Making Mini Books: Big Ideas for 30+ Projects by Lark Books in addition to M & T Special Materials & Technology in Graphic Design by Dopress Books. She is a member of the Guild of Book Workers.” www.WeeBindery.etsy.com
13 Black Cat Designs
Nikki Cutro is the fine artist behind the name 13 Black Cats Designs. She is also the co-founder/partner of the Artisan Group. Nikki has always been an artist however she has not always acted upon it until 2007 when three major life upheavals caused her life to take a turn she was not expecting. She began illustrating and painting again with watercolors and decided to post some work online with a company called Zazzle not expecting that much in return. When her work began to sell she began to take it seriously. Just recently she took her two loves, painting and jewelry making and combined them to make unique wearable art. Each piece is hand-painted on canvas, signed and then set into a pendant. Her website is www.13BlackCatsDesigns.com a name she chose because she thought two typically “unlucky” things could cancel each other out to make something lucky.
the crimson poppy
The crimson poppy began in 2009 when Jenny Jafek-Jones – “the gardener” – made origami flowers for her own May wedding. She liked the whimsical result, but thought, “wouldn’t it would be cool if the flowers looked real.” And so she started down the path to the incredibly lifelike flowers she makes today. Entirely self-taught, Jenny found patterns online and in turn-of-the-century craft books, but real flowers are her true inspiration. (When family members bring flowers home, they put them away for fear that Jenny will pull the blossoms apart to reveal more of Mother Nature’s mysteries.) the crimson poppy offers more than 100 handcrafted flower varieties – roses, daffodils, tiger lilies, peonies, you name it – as well as beautiful wedding bouquets and custom arrangements; unique gift roses made from vintage sheet music or treasured family photos; pins, hair combs, and other accessories; and Do-It-Yourself Paper Flower Kits. Flowers from the crimson poppy have been featured in BRIDES, Southern Weddings, Paper Runway, and now at gift lounges at the 2012 Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Jenny has done weddings for couples from New York to California, and she ships her blossoms and DIY kits all over the world from her little shop of paper flowers in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and eighteen pairs of scissors. www.thecrimsonpoppy.com
Simply Paperie is the creative endeavor of owner/designer Laura Hudson. Laura is a graphic designer based in Kansas City, MO with a shop is full of a variety of paper products! She has been creating art for as long as she can remember and is thrilled that her love of paper has grown into a blossoming career! One of her favorite things to do is create custom wedding designs. Working with brides to bring their dreams to a reality is such a joyful feeling! Along with weddings, Laura designs wedding and baby shower, as well as party invitations. Her line of designer stationery includes note cards, calendars, notepads, and stickers. Laura also produces handmade journals, many of which she embellishes with her handmade flowers and ruffles. And most recently she has started designing her own papers for the covers of her journals. Laura is constantly inspired by the world around her. Colors, textures, art, architecture and patterns are influences that fuel her creativity and help her push forward exploring and creating new designs. She is thrilled to have been a part of the 2012 GBK Golden Globes Celebrity Gift Lounge! www.SimplyPaperie.com
The Write Stuff Design
The Write Stuff specializes in re-purposing everyday objects such as books, maps and game boards into fashionable accessories for the home and for the intellectual chic woman. Our most popular product is the Book Purse. As a former teacher, Kelly Mitchell wanted to show off her love of literature in a fashionable way that would encourage women to talk about their love of books in a fun and fashionable manner. These book purses give new life to literature by making a good book the best fashion statement! The exterior cover of the books are retained and designed with coordinating fabric and handles to create a fun stylish purse. Every part of the book is then recycled as the interior pages are molded into individual paper flowers or unique whole book sculptures. Whether through paper or stitches, The Write Stuff Design strives to come up with creative concepts and designs for the fashionable intellect. www.thewritestuffdesign.com
Confections by Shara’s Paperie
Shara’s Paperie is a premier line of personalized gifts, stationery and invitations sold through www.shopconfections.com. The owner and designer, Shara Danziger has a love and passion for all things design and it shows in the depth and breadth of the line. “I wanted to bring something new and different to the marketplace,” said Danziger. Vibrant colors, fabulous patterns and a wide variety of products are the hallmark of our line. The Confections line offers a look that is completely unique and appeals to a wide variety of clients by blending illustration with graphic design. The line’s exclusive designs and flexibility with customization make Confections by Shara’s Paperie stand out in the market of personalized gifts, stationery and invitations. The Confections line was introduced to Memphis in September, 2008, and achieved nationwide reach with the summer 2009 with the launch of www.shopconfections.com. Most recently, Confections released a group of new products including personalized pillow cases, iPad folios, framed magnetic dry erase boards, clipboards and cell phone covers. Notable projects include designing custom coasters for the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open in 2009, being featured in the Parents Magazine 2010 Holiday Gift Guide and the Women’s Day Magazine 2011 Kids’ Holiday Gift Guide as well as participating in a luxury gifting lounge for the Golden Globe and Oscars award ceremonies. www.confectionsbysharaspaperie.com
Tear Drop Paperie
Holly Hatam has been an artist since she could hold a pencil. With diplomas in fine arts and in graphic design, Holly worked as a professionalgraphic designer before she founded TearDrop in 2004. Devoted to inspire and make people laugh with her paper products, Holly feels an obligation to help people celebrate life’s little and big events! Holly started creating invitations when her friend Melissa pleaded and begged her to design her wedding invitations. After countless, enjoyable hours of watching Melissa beg like a baby, Holly succumbed to the challenge! The response Holly got from her design brought about warm, fuzzy feelings…and from that day on she constantly had a craving for paper! Endless passions…Holly is inspired by people — her favourite past time is to observe, stare and oogle. She looks at people through her artist’s eye and appreciates and illustrates quirky and unique facial features. Holly’s other passions include spending time hugging trees, filling up her pantry with tea and sticking her nose in a book. Her dream is to attend The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry…no joke. Holly’s other loves include, paint fights, silly words, her cat’s wet nose, and despite not having met one yet, dinosaurs…grrrr, arrgh! www.teardroppaperie.com
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Written by Jane Emery