The Paper Hammer store in downtown Seattle is the retail arm of Paper Hammer, a small letterpress, book-binding and paper goods manufacturer from Tieton, Washington. Pithy postcards; irreverent greeting cards; edgy post-it-notes that offer up NSFW options to check off how your really feel; letter-pressed posters with a kitschy yet cerebral cool: Paper Hammer carries a diverse selection of paper-based goods for even the most discerning paper aficionado.
Paper Hammer is the four-year old younger sibling of Marquand Books. The stores’ proprietors endeavored to support artisans from Tieton and Seattle as well as other independent artists from across the United States.
My favorite line of postcards were those of Seattle’s landmarks: the Space Needle looks like the Eiffel Tower; Pike Place is an Arabian desert (complete with migratory camels); the Great Wall of China appears in the International District. The postcards were as hip and clever and cheeky as they were beautiful.
Paper Hammer is a fine place to spend a few hours and a few dollars supporting the confluence of artistry that is found in the shop.