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Handmade Stationery by Gold Leaf Paper

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Stationery Details: 
Each set of stationery contains one envelope and one tri-fold card with original art on the front. I design and make both the envelopes and cards for my stationery. Each card and envelope set is unique; while I do use the same designs on many of the cards, the exact combination of paper color for each card and envelope set is one-of-a-kind. Some designs are printed with linocut block prints and some are hand drawn, but all are original. I am especially drawn to botanical designs, and thus many of the cards feature flowers and leaves, hence the name: Gold Leaf Paper! 
Artist Background:
Gold Leaf Paper is a one-person operation run by me, Grace Dawson, out of my current home in Berkeley, CA. I have been making all kinds of paper and found-material-based art for my entire life. I grew up with a collage artist for a mom who taught me about using found materials to create art.  I began designing and making envelopes some years ago from found paper in the form of large format art books, paper bags, reused wrapping paper, and more. Eventually that brought me to where I am now, making stationery out of my own hand-made paper. I first started making paper in the summer of 2021, and I have been learning from other paper-makers, refining that process and learning what works through trial and error, and even innovating some paper-making techniques myself. I am thrilled to share what I make as I continue to explore this craft and create new forms of paper-based art. 

Why Stationery:
With the stationery that I make, I hope to encourage letter-sending and help give rise to deeper and more meaningful connections. I am a big fan of exchanging correspondence, and have found that this mode of communication feels different from others. There is something deeply intimate and special about receiving and reading a hand-written letter, and when I write letters I am often able to share in a deeper way. I hope to offer others the inspiration to reach out and connect with friends and loved ones by writing letters. They're a way of saying "I'm thinking of you," "I want you to have something beautiful," "I care about you," and the simplest but perhaps most important message: "I love you." 

Hand-Made Paper Details: 
I make all the paper I use for my creations entirely from recycled and found materials. What goes into hand-made paper? Paper! Everything from junk mail, to paper grocery bags, to packing paper, to scraps of paper from other artists. The color in my paper comes entirely from the colored paper, I don't use any dye. I love giving new life to what would otherwise have been trash, and sometimes you can even see bits of text and confetti-like dots of color in my paper. My paper is the next incarnation for these materials, but I love that you can really see into the past life of the paper I make. 

Shipping & Returns

returns cannot be accepted due to the small size of my operation and the nature of my products. Read the ingredients and test the product on a small patch of skin first. That said, if you are unhappy, let me know and I will try my best to help.

Dimensions

Each set of stationery contains one envelope and one 4x6 tri-fold card with original art on the front.