May 21-24, 2017 Javits Center, NYC
Stationery, Distinctive gifts & creative pursuits

Stationery Stories - What is Yours?


“I’ve always painted, drawn … created. It was the best way to express myself and appreciate the finer things in life. At the age of two, I was already a model that my mother painted. But I did not keep up, more interested in seeing her work than to stand still.”


Marie-Laure Plano, NSS exhibitor and founder of Lili Graffiti

As far as I can remember, I was a very shy child back in France, in my hometown of Toulouse. And as far as I can remember, I’ve been drawing since I was a baby. I’ve always painted, drawn … created. It was the best way to express myself and appreciate the finer things in life. At the age of two, I was already a model that my mother painted. But I did not keep up, more interested in seeing her work than to stand still. From my favorite subject at school, I made it a hobby and then my profession; I studied in urban design.

But I thought drawing plans was annoying, what I liked in fact was painting colorful cactus. I spent fifteen years in different graphic communication agencies in Paris. Meanwhile, I met my husband and the father of my two children in a private preview that I was involved. Before immigrating to Canada, I illustrated a family tale that recounted the marriage of a great grand-aunt from New Orleans with my great grand-uncle from Bordeaux and owner of a vineyard.

I sketch life inside my countless notepads; it is while making my own greeting cards that the idea of developing a new line of paper products arose. I draw my inspiration from my travels, but mostly from my life in Montreal, a city that I embrace for its light, its architecture, its creativeness, its easygoing lifestyle and its gastronomy (Yes! I love poutine.)

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