Top Drawer – a trade fair for gifts, crafts and stationery which is full of good things, including lots of wonderful paper!

Top Drawer is the ultimate place to go to seek out the newest, whizziest and most innovative gifts, crafts and stationery.  Walking up and down the aisles of this show at Olympia I was dazzled by the variety of new and beautifully designed objects on show and the quantity of makers and suppliers who just adore what they do.

Of course I was particularly keen to see what new paper is around and I was not disappointed.  It’s very heartening to see that artists and designers have taken the plunge and found a way to turn their creations and artwork into wrapping paper and stationery.   I did the rounds and chatted to a few stand holders – again, it was that gleam in the eye of total delight which impressed me.

So, all I can do is include a few shots of some of the papers which really grabbed me and I hope that the fair went really well for the makers.

Loved the work of Cambridge Imprint and the wonderful hand-blocked papers in beautiful colours.




I liked the cheerful designs by Emily Brooks

And hats off to Natasha Jade for finding a way to turn her art into really lively wrapping paper and cards.

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