Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue…

Back in the city, it became windy and rainy this afternoon. I decided to go out and get some pretty paper from NY Central Art Supply store in the neighborhood to do a small craft project.

Sandwiched between the shiny new pharmacies and banks, this unassuming little store is an institution for artists and students. Opened in 1905 by Russian immigrant, it passed down through the generation and is still a family business. Pretty rare these days in the big city… The shop became known from supplying artists like Chuck Close, Andy Warhol…etc.¬†with the highest-quality and hard-to-find items. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The entire upstairs is devoted to paper and they’ve got more than 3000 of them, all organized and labeled impeccably by country, maker,¬†specifications. I have to say, I have not found any other store with this range of paper. It literally has papers produced by the world!