A PAS­SION FOR PAPER

Katie was in­spired by a love of type and mak­ing con­nec­tions with peo­ple

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For sta­tionery lovers, Katie Lea­mon’s stu­dio is heaven. Set against a back­drop of clean, white ware­house space in north Lon­don are se­duc­tive swatch sam­ples of fine paper and pris­tine en­velopes. Old stamps and let­ter presses sit on desks, vin­tage cards are pinned to mood­boards and, of course, there are Katie’s own el­e­gant, mar­bled note­books, filled with ideas for fu­ture de­signs. For Katie, who trained ini­tially as a tex­tile de­signer, it’s the per­fect place for the busi­ness she set up just over eight years ago and now runs with her fam­ily.

‘My work space is a re­flec­tion of me and our sta­tionery,’ says Katie, stand­ing in the light-flooded stu­dio. ‘It has a fresh, stream­lined struc­ture, but it’s filled with in­ter­est.

Like­wise, our cards are very clean-lined, in muted colours, but there are sub­tle gold de­tails and tex­tures that add an ex­tra element. I’ve always found in­spi­ra­tion in interiors, ar­chi­tec­ture and na­ture, and I can’t re­mem­ber a time when I didn’t love sta­tionery – it’s tan­gi­ble, tac­tile. The ex­cite­ment I feel from new sam­ples has never fal­tered. I get but­ter­flies in my stom­ach when they ar­rive.’

When Katie was study­ing weav­ing, her lec­tur­ers told her she spent too much time coming up with vis­ual ideas. ‘I always had my head in a sketch­book,’ says Katie. ‘It was my pre­ferred way of ex­press­ing my­self, and so later on, when I was free­lanc­ing as a de­signer, I re­alised that my sketch­book vi­su­als could dec­o­rate cards or giftwrap them­selves; there was no need to de­velop them fur­ther. I had a huge body of il­lus­tra­tions and pat­terns and had always worked in ty­pog­ra­phy, so it just seemed right.

I had a lucky break with Lib­erty’s “open call” for new prod­ucts – they took my first col­lec­tion.’

Katie never stops de­vel­op­ing beau­ti­fully sub­tle colour­ways and play­ing with type for her hand-stamped cards. ‘A card is some­thing you en­gage with and then pass on to some­one you know; you spread the joy,’ she says. ‘I always use a foun­tain pen to write to my nieces, neph­ews and grand­par­ents – it makes it spe­cial.’

Find out more at katielea­mon.com

‘A card is some­thing you en­gage with and then pass on to some­one

you know; you spread the joy’

CLOCK­WISE, FROM OP­PO­SITE PAGE Katie cre­at­ing prints in her north Lon­don stu­dio; sta­tionery in her sig­na­ture muted tones with pops of mus­tard; colour­ful paint swatches pinned above Katie’s desk; note­books crammed with in­spi­ra­tion for fu­ture de­signs

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