ABOUT

KATHRYN KLAR

Thanks mom, for always having art supplies on hand so I could experiment. And thanks dad, for taking me to your office so I could raid the supply cupboard, stacked high with paper, pens, clips, folders — otherwise known as stationery heaven.

Since I was young, I have delighted in collecting pretty papers and sketchbooks that I fill with my doodles and dreams.

My interest in design grew with me. I studied Fine Arts at York University (Toronto, Canada) and earned my BFA, with a Graphic Design specialty, from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). Upon graduation, I worked in a several contemporary craft galleries and as a graphic artist. I continued my studies and earned a Bachelor of Education from York University. I taught Grades 4-8 and developed visual art programs for the Scarborough Board of Education (now TDSB).

TULIP PRESS – established in 1993

I designed my wedding invitation, which was letterpress printed on beautiful sheets of handmade Japanese paper. A sample was displayed at ‘The Paper Place’ (in Toronto) and I started receiving commissions to create one-of-a-kind invitations and announcements. Stamps, stationery + a line of greeting cards were introduced soon after.

Tulip Press was chosen for my favourite flower, the tulip — its delicate petals and the way they gently unfurl, the inspiration for my drawings, designs and packaging.

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Tulip Press is a custom design & stationery studio specializing in papergoods for everyday living and special occasions

All products are created from original artwork. Each idea starts with a series of pencil sketch, followed by pen & ink drawings.

Tulip Press is based in Toronto, Canada.

PRESS

Tulip Press has been featured in Uppercase, House & Home, Toronto Life, Toronto Life Fashion, Victoria, Canadian Select Homes, Wedding Bells and The Globe & Mail.

clockwise from upper left wood hand stamp imprint on kraft envelope, custom stationery sample, Tulip Press logo, essential tools: pencil, brush, dip pen jet black ink, pencil sketch, by Ben Klar at age 4, custom stationery samples, essential tool: dip pen + Hunt 101 nib, wood hand stamp, embosser imprint, cord (Mokuba) used for packaging

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