Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Liguori.
Angela’s earliest memories are of the busy hands of her mother, a dressmaker, the rhythmic hum of her sewing machine, and the luminous dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica, so big that it seemed to fill the windows of her family’s apartment in Rome.
From her mother, Angela absorbed a love of the tactile, an eye for beauty, and an attention to the detail of skilled craftsmanship. After receiving a gift of exquisite stationery, her particular love of beautiful paper and paper objects was born. As a teenager, she taught herself to make hand-marbled paper on her parent’s balcony, developing an individual style which she perfected over the ensuing years. She first apprenticed in the book arts in a studio in Bologna, where she learned the traditional style of bookbinding while completing a university degree in Renaissance Art History.
A NEW CHAPTER
A leap of faith brought her to the United States in 1994, where she continued to pursue her love of time-honored paper, printing, and bookbinding techniques, learning as much as she could from established paper, letterpress, and book artists across the country. Angela worked at Minneapolis-based Lunalux, one of the first design studios to revive the art of letterpress in the United States; and at Cave Paper, a mill dedicated to the production of high-quality, handmade paper. She was artist-in-residence at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and also studied and worked at The University of Iowa Center for the Book and at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. Eventually, she interwove her passion for paper and design with her own unique vision to found Studio Carta in 2004.
STUDIO CARTA IS BORN
Encouraged by retailers who frequently remarked upon the quality of her materials, Angela began importing a line of vibrantly-colored, 100-percent cotton Italian ribbon. Today, she works closely with manufacturers in Italy to bring her own distinctive, custom-ordered ribbon and desk accessories to customers in the United States and abroad. Studio Carta, is the exclusive importer and the only U.S. source for these high-quality ribbons, which have been produced using the same materials and methods since the nineteenth century.
Angela’s work has received national and international recognition. Today, from her light-filled studio in Brookline, Massachusetts, she designs, creates, markets, and distributes her products to specialty stores worldwide through her brand Studio Carta.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with studio carta – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Studio Carta, is an internationally recognized design studio specializing in custom ribbons, unique accessories and fine stationery imported directly from Italy. It is the vision of bookmaker and designer Angela Liguori, herself originally from Rome, who now makes her home in the Boston Area. As the exclusive US importer of 100% cotton ribbons from Italy, Studio Carta works directly with manufacturers who have been using the same high quality materials and practices since the 19th century. They have more recently expanded their line of manufactured goods from Italy to include specialty office supplies, notions and desk accessories. Angela also collaborates with other designers, calligraphers, and printmakers to create original letterpress stationery and other personalized products. The paper designs, ribbons and accessories are internationally distributed to gift shops and specialty boutiques.
From the IMPROPER BOSTONIAN, I think this is a good presentation of our shop:
“Tucked away at the tail end of a row of craftsmen storefronts, Studio Carta provides the perfect finishing touch to any project: luxe Italian cotton ribbon imported by proprietor Angela Liguori, who works directly with manufacturers to develop her exclusive selection. The Rome-born designer and bookmaker also stocks handmade journals, stationery, vintage stamps and specialty office accessories. Shop hours are by appointment only, but keep watch for Liguori’s pop-up events where her husband serves espresso while artisans mix and mingle.”
— IMPROPER BOSTONIAN | BEST OF BOSTON 2016
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
It’s a small enough city where it is easy to get around and lovely architecture, elegant city, full of good taste, specialty shops and restaurants, lots of green spots.
The weather is hard, long winter and I always miss the roman sunny and warm days.
- Address: 97 boylston street, brookline, 02445
- Website: www.angelaliguori.com
- Phone: 617-7303788
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @angelaliguori
- Facebook: @studiocartaangelaliguori
- Twitter: @angelaliguori
Photography by Angela Liguori