Boots Paper is a South Gippsland-based stationery label producing minimalist, unpretentious, high quality paper goods. Brought to life through illustration and retro-inspired pattern design & photography, each piece is purposefully made with love and integrity.
Making ethical and sustainable choices aligns with our core values. We only use 100% recycled stock, we minimise waste, we hand assemble in-studio, and we support local printers wherever possible.
Focusing on sustainability, hand drawn, hand assembly, and limited releases, owning any one piece of Boots Paper stationery means being one of just a small group of people in the world who has it.
"Once upon a time I pondered the thought of unpretentious paper goods. A place for contemplative types to scribe those sometimes-poignant sometimes-fleeting moments. Where the delight is in the everydayness. Photography had been my livelihood but I paused to begin building a stationery brand underpinned by three basic design elements - simple illustration, concise design, and quality uncoated paper stocks. Boots Paper is the result. - To be shared with those individual, worldly, thoughtful types who inspired the range in the first place."
"My grandmother was a landscape and still-life painter, and the spare room in her house was always filled with canvases, works-in-progress all over the bed, walls and floor. I still remember the lessons she gave me when I was just a child: how to draw a rose, how to paint a kangaroo, the trick of a natural-looking horizon-line.
Years later, now a journalist and author, I rediscovered painting after I started writing letters to strangers, via my blog. I decorated the envelopes just for fun, and tried to incorporate the addresses into the actual illustrations. Over time my illustrations became more elaborate, and I have now sent more than 500 mail-art letters to strangers all over the world.
I paint in watercolour and gouache, using many of my grandmother's old paints and palettes, remembering her and her lessons as I mix my colours. My illustrations are similarly inspired by my childhood, and the books I loved to read. Illustrators like Arthur Ransome (Swallows and Amazons), Pauline Diana Baynes (The Chronicles of Narnia and books by JR Tolkien), Eileen Soper (Famous Five), and Cicely Mary Barker (Flower Fairies).
As well as mail-art, I also illustrate books, take on the occasional commission, and am proud to have joined the Boots Paper team in 2017 to create original artworks for this, my favourite stationery brand."