Nancy Sharon Collins is the country’s leading expert on engraved social stationery and principle in her eponymous company, Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer LLC. Here she oversees the creation of 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, 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. Listen to a more recent NPR interview with Mrs. Collins here.
In addition to her day job working with engraved stationery clients, Collins 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. Listen to recent podcasts of some Letters Read readings here. With Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses she presented Monograms, Tagging and Tattoos. Collins also makes time for lectures and presentations nationally, such as the May 2018 monogram talk at Type Directors Club in New York City.