Nancy Sharon Collins is the country’s leading expert on engraved social stationery and principle in her eponymous company, Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer LLC, overseeing the creation of exquisite, bespoke, hand engraved writing papers, note cards, monograms, ciphers, and ephemera. Collins authored The Complete Engraver a guide to monograms, crests, ciphers, seals, and the etiquette and history of social stationery. She has contributed to and been the subject of popular media such as PRINT and HOW magazines, Town & Country, Garden & Gun, Veranda, Vogue, The New York Times. At the dawn of the stationery-centric phase of her career, she was a guest on Martha Stewart TV talking about her favorite subject, hand-engraved stationery. Additionally, you can listen to a more recent NPR interview with Mrs. Collins here.
In addition to her day job working with engraved stationery clients, Collins also partners with local cultural institutions in her hometown New Orleans. With Antenna Gallery, she produces Letters Read the ongoing series of live events in which local artists interpret personal letters written by culturally vital individuals from various times and New Orleans communities such as Tennessee Williams. Listen to recent podcasts of some Letters Read readings here. She also partners with Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses presenting curious topics such as Monograms, Tagging and Tattoos and conducting stationery-centric classes such as how to craft a personal letter and create your own monogram. Additionally, Collins makes times for lectures and presentations nationally, such as the May 2018 monogram talk at Type Directors Club in New York City.
Prior to her engraved stationery devotion, Mrs. Collins owned and operated the graphic design firm Nancy Feldman studio in New York City. Clients included Bergdorf Goodman, WaterfordWedgwood, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Prescriptives, Revlon, Charles of the Ritz, Curve fragrance, The Metropolitan Opera Shop, and the Museum of Modern Art.