A couple weeks ago, we received an email, "Maria, congratulations on your Louie Awards!"
Huh? Louie Awards? That was the first that we even knew that Maria's designs were up for consideration.
Every year the New York Stationery Show awards Louie Awards for best new designs. This year, there were 960 entries from 159 companies worldwide. Maria's designs for Crane & Co. won best of class in the Valentines Day category for cards over $3.50, and best of class in the Sympathy category for cards over $3.50. Her Sympathy card also came in third place for best design in the entire show.
Louie Awards are the stationery industry's Academy Awards. It's a pretty big deal. We weren't going to mention this, but today we received samples and congrats from Crane. Since the feather on her Sympathy card is done with a tangelation of Zentangle's tipple along with aura, I convinced Maria to share these with you.
What's really neat is that Maria's designs were entered for Louie consideration only once before. That was in 1996 when she won best of show with her invitations. And this year, when we've decided to reduce our stationery work to focus on Zentangle, her designs won three more Louie's!
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