A lot has happened since my last blog post. I traveled from Oregon to California to Arizona to New Mexico to Oklahoma to Kansas to Colorado to Utah to Nevada and back to Oregon. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind of driving and visiting with very little time for art along the nearly 5,000 miles we traveled.
I did find time, while in Arizona, to visit a wonderful little paper shop where they both make and sell paper products. It’s called Prickly Pear Paper and it’s a letterpress and design studio in addition to being a retail store. They’re part of Barone, a craftsman community in Gilbert, Arizona.
Prickly Pear Paper started in 2016 by Lauren Elliott and Mark Johnston. They envisioned a business that combined their love of graphic design with fun, adventurous stationery that makes people smile. I think they accomplished their objective.
In addition to what they have in their shop, they also offer custom design and printing services for businesses, events, weddings, announcements and personal stationery.
BTW, I purchased the adoption card that is sitting on the letterpress in the second photo. And if you can’t make it to Gilbert, Arizona, you can check out their website: Prickly Pear Paper.