Angela Liguori’s earliest memories are of the busy hands of her mother, a dressmaker, the rhythmic hum of her sewing machine, and the luminous dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica, so big that it seemed to fill the windows of her family’s apartment in Rome.
From her mother, Angela absorbed a love of the tactile, an eye for beauty, and an attention to the detail of skilled craftsmanship. After receiving a gift of exquisite stationery, her particular love of beautiful paper and paper objects was born. As a teenager, she taught herself to make hand-marbled paper on her parent's balcony, developing an individual style which she perfected over the ensuing years. She first apprenticed in the book arts in a studio in Bologna, where she learned the traditional style of bookbinding while completing a university degree in Renaissance Art History.
A NEW CHAPTER
A leap of faith brought her to the United States in 1994, where she continued to pursue her love of time-honored paper, printing, and bookbinding techniques, learning as much as she could from established paper, letterpress, and book artists across the country. Angela worked at Minneapolis-based Lunalux, one of the first design studios to revive the art of letterpress in the United States; and at Cave Paper, a mill dedicated to the production of high-quality, handmade paper. She was artist-in-residence at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and also studied and worked at The University of Iowa Center for the Book and at Women’s Studio Workshop in upstate New York. Angela continued to design and create outside of her own brand, operating a printing press called Edizioni Almenodue with Rome-based graphic designer and childhood friend, Silvana Amato. Eventually, she interwove her passion for paper and design with her own unique vision to found Studio Carta in 2004.
STUDIO CARTA IS BORN
Encouraged by retailers who frequently remarked upon the quality of her materials, Angela began importing a line of vibrantly-colored, 100% cotton Italian ribbon. Today, she works closely with manufacturers in Italy to design and distribute her custom-ordered ribbon and desk and sewing accessories to customers in the United States and abroad. Studio Carta is the exclusive importer and the only U.S. source for these high-quality ribbons, which have been produced using the same materials and methods since the nineteenth century.
In summer 2010 Angela and her husband, along with the help of a few brilliant assistants, opened the doors of their first location, from their light-filled studio in Brookline, Massachusetts, they started to designs, creates, markets, and distributes their products to specialty stores worldwide through their brand Studio Carta.
During winter 2021, an exciting new chapter begins! Studio Carta relocated just miles away to nearby Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts– a beautifully green, residential neighborhood still just a stone's-throw from Boston. They renovated a light-filled 2,000 square-foot space into a multi-function, hard-working home for Studio Carta. It's part showroom, shop, design studio, shipping and receiving facility and stockroom.