5 Questions: Dave Salanitro

Untitled_©_Dave_Salanitro UNTITLED 4 2017 Dave Salanitro 34 × 46 inches Lithograph Collection of the artist

Dave Salanitro has an eclectic 34-year career ranging from architect to accomplished designer cum paper peddler, and writer. He ranks among the most talented of his creative confrères with 254 awards for excellence, 50 of which are attributable to Oh Boy Artifacts, his line of notebooks, books of gift wrap and cards, stationery, and other fine paper products. First editions will be available soon after Thanksgiving and Salanitro’s new collection, featured in part below, will premiere on Kickstarter early in 2018. Find out more at Oh Boy Artifacts.

1. What’s been keeping you up at night?
Some nights it’s gift wrap and some nights it’s notebooks. I’m more troubled when I’m fretting about notebooks; notebooks are pragmatic, and I’m a dreamer. Gift wrap is for dreamers, but then the pragmatic side of me kicks in, and I worry that the dreamers have all gone away. I’m pulling a Kickstarter project together, re-envisioning an old paper product line I once had called Oh Boy Artifacts—therefore the obsession with notebooks and gift wrap.

Life is epic—500 extrathick, slightly toothy, accommodating blank pages; stain-resistant and moisture-repellant hardback cover; sewn and casebound, lay-flat binding; available in 12 patterns and six solid colors; complementary end sheets, head and tailbands.

2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
A tweet from someone, I have no idea, surfaced: “If you are ever occasioned to join Dave Salanitro for drinks, you should avail yourself of the opportunity.”

Twenty sheets of 30 × 20-inch waxed packing paper; available in six styles.

3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
I’m selling off the last of the first editions of the original Artifacts. I’ve chosen to do that by building an online store for what amounts to about 500 units total, which may seem like a lot of work for very little return, but backers want to know you’re prepared, and it’s important to get what product I have into the hands of enthusiasts. I make stuff that is meant to be handled, handled and passed around; when people handle it, they appreciate it. So, there’s been a lot of drudgery to do with shopping carts and shipping and such functionality, and much ado about social media, all of which is not exciting; but most of that work is wrapping up or falling into a groove, so I’ve been setting aside time to just design instead of playing kiss-ass all day on social media, by which measure I am extremely excited.

Some tapes don’t stick around, ours know their place; one hundred 3 × 1 inch discriminating strips per spool.

4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead, to your team, who would it be?
Gustav Klimt, but he would have to know MailChimp.

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Because, undeniably, emails fall flat whereas letters make hearts swell: lovely yet so very easy to use stationery and envelope in one; peel and stick adhesive flap; easy to open perforated strip; single sheets bear few expectations, start slowly and write large; ”Hello. I love you madly. I’ve thought of no one but you all day.” Available in nine styles; sold in quantities of 12.

5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?

from $14.00
French-folded, jacketed book of 24 and 48 well-pressed, 22 × 36 inch, variously patterned, double face sheets of gift wrap French-fold into 12.25 × 9 × 1- and 1.75-inch jacketed books; two pristine, oversized 34 × 46-inch sheets on a roll; printed on extrathick, exceptionally opaque, bright white, matte coated stock; available in two styles.
We invest in bettering the basics instead of installing bells and whistles: One hundred ruled, extrathick (120 gsm), rich and slightly toothy, archival-quality pages; sturdy, stain-resistant and moisture-repellant hardboard covers; 360-degree lay-flat, silver Wire-O binding; because sometimes what you need is just a really good notebook.