When visiting The Paper Place, a Toronto-based mecca for paper and craft lovers, brace yourself to be wooed by the quality and selection of goods at your fingertips. Having had the good fortune of working there many years ago, in it’s former incarnation as the Japanese Paper Place, I can attest to the thrill of seeing a “first-timer” walk in and pause, pupils visibly dilating with joy . Nowadays, as a seasoned customer, I would love to draw your attention to one of my favourite details about the store: Leah’s hand drawn signs.
Her sense of humour shines and her style will forever be recognizable to me, even on such a tiny scale. Leah remains one of my favourite co-workers of all time, and I fondly remember my lame attempts to crack her up, each and every shift we shared. In truth, she’s the really funny one. I wish I’d kept better track of the silly notes we used to exchange or better yet, all the signs she’s ever made in the past two decades. Now that would be a show I would love to curate! Here are the gems in my “personal collection”.
Leah is no one trick pony, check out this project she did for the Paper Place using handmade Kozo cards.
I miss you, Poopy. Love, Snarky.