There are few places with as many arms—and possibly legs—in business as Paper Hammer. It can be defined as a “studio shop housed within a book design and publishing company.” The store also sells products and vintage items that integrate with their designs and shows work from artists in an adjoining gallery space. The store is an entertaining spot for retail therapy while the gallery provides a cultural and meditative experience in the heart of downtown Seattle.
Paper Hammer’s attention-grabbing and finely crafted wares showcase printed type as a medium of its own through arrangement, scale, style and color. Items can be humorous, decorative and functional. There is a large selection of cards, posters and notebooks and each are uniquely and beautifully crafted. Paper Hammer is also associated with Marquand Books, a publishing company that prints high-quality books for museums, artists and designers. Most recently, they produced a monograph on artist Jeffry Mitchell’s lifework to the present
Paper Hammer’s gallery space currently features two small but compelling collections. One is “The Seduction of Color: Photographs from the Collection of Robert E. Jackson.” The candid images are aesthetically appealing and well arranged within the space, allowing visitors to meditate on the power of everyday moments—the influence that these subtle moments can have on our lives. Robert E. Jackson, the collector from Seattle who generously shared these works, “is drawn to the creativity and artistic merit of an image as well as its documentation of lived history. Over the course of a decade, he has acquired more than 11,000 snapshots.” The gallery space also features three pieces by Dale Cotton, inspired by Jackson’s collection. These works exhibit the same theme of everyday experiences seen in the works of Jackson’s collection.
Marquand Books and Paper Hammer published a book in conjunction with the gallery show that further explores Jackson’s collection. The limited editions of the book include an original image from Jackson’s collection. This unique addition speaks to the quality and originality of Marquand Books and Paper Hammer.
For more information on both the gallery space and the store, visit paper-hammer.com or stop by the store at 1400 Second Avenue at Union Street.