Life often imitates art, but in certain cases art imitates our lives. Danielle Bliss and Joe Venditti are a very young — and attractive — couple working in a very old building; in fact, it's an erstwhile shirt factory. The art that mimics this new-meets-old coalescence is found in the very modern, often snarky paper products that Danielle and Joe make using 19th- and 20th-century presses. Et voila, that's Wishbone Letterpress in a nutshell: the best of the old resurrected through a fresh paradigm.
The NYSOM team recently traveled to Kingston to visit Danielle and Joe, who were hard at work in preparation for the 67th Annual National Stationery Show. This year marks their inaugural trek to NYC's Javits Convention Center as exhibitors, and the talented team has been blessed with beginner's luck: Their jewel-printed paper party crowns are finalists in the Best New Product competition, and deservedly so. We're waiting with bated breath and crossed fingers for the announcement of the winner.
While in the studio, we snapped some shots of the plates that are used to handpress the two varieties of crown designs onto thick paper stock. Worth noting is that the New York connections run deep in each Wishbone Letterpress product. In addition to being born-and-bred New Yorkers themselves, Danielle and Joe custom-order their plates from Syracuse's Boxcar Press, a sister company to Smock. Danielle and Joe will be at the National Stationery Show through noon this Wednesday, May 22nd. If you stop by, be sure to visit them at booth #2045 and see the Wishbone products in person. You'll be as impressed by the vision and execution of these two young entrepreneurs as we are.Photos of Danielle and Joe: Peter Demuth