Thursday, May 28, 2009

2009 National Stationery Show

2009 NSS 9SpotMonk Booth

We had a new location this year, it was fun to create a new booth and put up our work. Tif and I love doing the shows. Set up is always a combination of stress, headaches, painting, hauling, etc. But when it's all done and we've had enough of mediocre Japanese food delivery, we're usually psyched to start the show.

Feverishly painting away once the walls were up.

Our new ecoModer® letterpress custom wedding album, set up and ready to go.

Orange wall full of new product.

Show's over, we're back at the studio feverishly packaging up orders. Show was much smaller than latter years but still a great turnout despite the economy. A big thank you to our 50 new stores and we're on to the next project - new holiday cards for the NYIGF in August. We'll be posting sneak peaks soon.

Check out our newest products at 9SpotMonk!

Thanks for reading!

- Vivian

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Hi. I'm excited to be guest blogging for the 9SpotMonk girls today! Viv and Tiff were busy at their booth showing off their new EcoFabulous wedding line so they asked me to wander ICFF and NSS and pull together some things that made me gasp and smile.


Jack Larimore stools made of reclaimed wood near his PA studio defy gravity and are stunning.
Uhuru table with mint green metal detail. Night Owl Paper Goods and Twig and Fig wood veneer cards rock Koi Designs stunning room divider Catherine Hammerton wood shingle wallpaper
Daisuke Hiraiwa's Toothpick light. He glued the mass of toothpicks across the bottom so it is flexible and can mold around a light bulb. Reminds me of a porcupine doing yoga. CARDBOARD
Graypants lights Sukmo Koo light made of egg cartons as part of the Pratt "design for a dollar" student exhibit. reminds me of an white chocolate covered alligator pretzel. Chun Wei Liao created modular lights and side tables. They come flat packed and you can place the pyramid shaped pieces in infinite configurations. Also customizable with your own designs. WALLPAPER
I actually gasped when I saw these wallpaper designs from
Tracy Kendall. Puzzle pieces, sequins, paillettes, silver alphabet, etc. attached with a tagging gun. I am so going to steal this idea for my blank wall. VELCRO
I think this actually premiered at last year's show but I was in awe of Rachel O'Neil's pendant lights all made with colorful frilled velcro. THE RECESSION CAN BE FUNNY... Design Glut's It's OK To Cry Hankie and candle holder 9Spotmonk's new recession letterpress line
Dining Agenda's book of tear-out place mats with usable laser cut fork and knife conveniently located on the cover
AMH Design's DIY needlepoint notebook kit with laser cut holes.
I love these lamp shades from Resurface
9SpotMonk graffiti cards

and finally...
I saw a bunch on ingenious rings at the show.
Nervous System's rings are 3d printed by SLS (selective laser sinteting) in a hard nylon material.
I bought 2 of these Timothy Liles crayon rings.

"Inner Message" rings from Yoon Jung Yun leave an imprint on your finger that say "Marry Me" and "Always". love hurts!
Now I'm off to create

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

2009 National Stationery Show

It's that time of year again - new designs, feverishly printing, booth setup, etc...

The National Stationery Show
May 17-20, 2009
Jacob Javits Convention Center NYC
BOOTH 2862 - new booth, new location!

Seems like the last NSS was just last month. Time is going by too fast. We'll be doing a 3 part series on the Stationery Show. Will visit with old friends and meet new letterpress friends too. We love doing the shows in NY but the NSS is our favorite! 9SpotMonk has a new booth address this year with new product and new custom wedding. If you're in NY, stop by and say hello. I 'believe' one of our owners is baking cookies, so that's reason enough to stop by.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Thank you, the Haystack Needle!

Thanks to the Haystack Needle for featuring us in their eco-friendly stationery story. In part two, Jen and I talk about 9SpotMonk going green, suggestions for reusing paper, and is being eco-friendly a good thing for a small businesses.

{green swap photograph by charlotte jenks lewis} from the Haystack Needle.