Author Archives: Nancy Sharon Collins

About Nancy Sharon Collins

Nancy Sharon Collins is the country’s leading expert on engraved social stationery, principal in her eponymous firm, Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer LLC, and Special Projects Director, AIGA New Orleans chapter. Collins authored The Complete Engraver a guide to monograms, crests, ciphers, seals, and the etiquette and history of social stationery, and has published multiple articles about stationery and monogram engraving. She’s often the subject of popular media such as Vogue and The New York Times. Currently she is a Martha Stewart Maker Award finalist, and has appeared on Martha Stewart’s TV show. Nancy is also a frequent presenter at TypeCon and has presented at ATypeI. Locally Mrs. Collins was recently a guest on Peter Richuitti on WWNO | NPR: Out To Lunch, she is the subject of Exhibition: Color Matching Systems at The Southern Letterpress through Oct. 24, and is presenting Law and Lawless in New Orleans at THNOC Oct. 8, 2015. Mrs. Collins owned and operated the graphic design firm Nancy Feldman studio in New York City from 1978 to 2004. Clients included Bergdorf Goodman, WaterfordWedgwood, Clinique, Prescriptives, Revlon, Charles of the Ritz, Curve fragrance, The Metropolitan Opera Shop and the Museum of Modern Art.

The Origins of Social Stationery Lettering

Many social stationery lettering styles have never been digitized and are still found in the Cronite Masterplate library. This article explains Masterplate technology and a little about how the Cronite library came to be.

A Glossary of Engraving Terms

Due to its insanely minute detail, engraving remains a little-known process. Here, Nancy Sharon Collins offers up a glossary of print engraving terms.