Close Quarters: Nancy Sharon Collins–Stationer


Close Quarters is a quarterly conversation with one or two interdisciplinary artists, designers, or craftsmen. Sometimes at the artist’s studio, these events allow for close, hands-on examination of work and engaging dialog. To kick off our second year of Close Quarters we are thrilled to talk with Nancy Sharon Collins.

In addition, Émilie Lamy, proprietress of The Stacks, the first independent art and design bookshop in New Orleans, will be joining us to sell Nancy’s book, The Complete Engraver, $29.95 plus tax, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

Nancy Sharon Collins – Stationer
January 21, 2016, 7-9pm (presentation starts at 7:30pm)


Nancy Sharon Collins is the country’s leading expert on engraved social stationery, principal in her eponymous firm, Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer LLC, and Special Projects Director, AIGA New Orleans chapter. Collins authored The Complete Engraver a guide to monograms, crests, ciphers, seals, and the etiquette and history of social stationery, and has published multiple articles about stationery and monogram engraving. She’s often the subject of popular media such as Vogue and The New York Times. Currently she is a Martha Stewart Maker Award finalist, and has appeared on Martha Stewart’s TV show. Collins is included in Women in Graphic Design 1890-2012 by Gerda Breuer and Julia Meer, she is also a frequent presenter at TypeCon and has presented at ATypeI.


Locally Mrs. Collins was recently a guest on Peter Richuitti on WWNO | NPR: Out To Lunch, she is the subject of Exhibition: Color Matching Systems at The Southern Letterpress through Oct. 24, and is presenting Law and Lawless in New Orleans at THNOC Oct. 8, 2015.

Mrs. Collins owned and operated the graphic design firm Nancy Feldman studio in New York City from 1978 to 2004. Clients included Bergdorf Goodman, WaterfordWedgwood, Clinique, Prescriptives, Revlon, Charles of the Ritz, Curve fragrance, The Metropolitan Opera Shop and the Museum of Modern Art.


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