Sweet stationery from US artist Jill Bliss is a Frond favourite and fills the store with an atmosphere of Pacific breezes, California sunshine, and fresh Oregon fragrances all the way from Jill’s native West Coast. Her charming art panels and finely illustrated journals and notebooks are a delight to behold!
Adorable and practical, these colourful rolls of tape will make you want to wrap everything in sight! Perfect for decorating stationery or making the dullest office paperwork sweet and cheerful, the uses for these bright beauties are endless.
Read the delightful story of MT masking tape below (courtesy of Telegram Paper Goods).
Originally trading as makers of fly catching paper in the early 1920s, Japanese company Kamoi have been producing various forms of adhesive masking tapes for over 80 years. A few years ago, three women – a gallery owner, an artist and a graphic designer – made a trip to the production factory. While the tapes were primarily being manufactured for industrial usage, the women had become enthused by using the small range of coloured rice-paper tapes decoratively. To demonstrate, they presented the company with ‘Little Press” – a small book of collages and patterns made using the tapes. Following their visit, the women became inspired by the traditional processes involved in the production of the tapes. They presented a second book to the company, featuring the work of 17 artists, who had designed patterns and prints of masking tapes they wished to have. Following an exhibition in Tokyo and in their home city, Kamoi realised the ladies’ ideas, launching the masking tape (mt) label with a wealth of single colour and patterned tapes focussed on “sweetness and functionality”. Beautifully packaged, thoughtfully produced, the mt range elevates adhesive tape from everyday stationery to a unique, surprisingly versatile, art, craft and design object.
Sweet notebooks, cards, journals, and art panels from Jill Bliss are now in store. Filled with exquisite detail and beautiful colour, these printed paper gems bring alive the native flora and fauna of northern California and Oregon – Jill’s home states. They are such a welcome and delightful addition to the Frond shelves!