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Oct 29, 2012

by arminho

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We are Raquel and João, the makers behind the stationery boutique Arminho. We live in Portugal, in a small city near the coast called Caldas da Rainha.

We met each other at university while studying art and design. Since then, we’ve developed a passion for vintage – especially paper ephemera, illustration, stationary, and books. We have a personal collection of vintage notebooks that we found while hunting at antique stationary stores and flea markets. Soon, our love of vintage aesthetics, paper, and the feeling of something unique grew into a passion for making. We learned about letterpress, book binding, and other traditional techniques, and now we have our own letterpress studio where we make our notebooks and posters.

Our hands are involved in every step of our process — that is special and meaningful to us. Every sheet of paper has passed by our hands to be counted and folded, every letter is hand placed on the typeset, and every paper is hand printed on our letterpress machine.

We are always seeking inspiration for our designs, and are very thoughtful about the materials we use. We want our notebooks and posters to have a nostalgic feeling, but fill contemporary demands at the same time. We take care when choosing the paper, colors, types, and other materials used to make every piece. This attention to detail is what makes us unique.

We work with a Portuguese company that makes 100% recycled cotton paper from recycled clothing using ancient techniques, so most of the paper in our products is 100% recycled. Because we live in a small city with no big suppliers, all the materials that we use are from small local stores, which is a huge incentive for our local economy. Also, most of our work is handmade using almost no electric energy, which was something we kept in mind when we got our human powered letterpress machine. In all aspects of our daily lives (including our work) we try to leave this planet a little better than we found it.

Our work is the expression of what we love – nature, animals, wood, and most of all, the value of handcraft. For us, Etsy is a great place full of people who value work like ours, which is not always easy to find! Etsy has given us the opportunity to do what we love without having to move to a big loud city. Etsy is not only a platform for online shops, it’s a place where we can share our work with people who really care about it, and it’s full of inspiring objects and artists as well.

Making handmade products makes us feel connected to the real world, nature and to feelings of truth. It makes us feel bound with our work – that somehow, something that came from our hands becomes a small part of us.

All photographs by Arminho.

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Gold leaves botanical minimalist black, white and gold watercolor and ink art print gold foil details
Gold leaves botanical minimalist black, white and gold watercolor and ink art print gold foil details
Arminho
$23.00 USD
HERB PRESS - wood leaves flowers and plants press for herbarium - HERB073
HERB PRESS - wood leaves flowers and plants press for herbarium - HERB073
Arminho
$34.50 USD
LARGE A1 Whales Canvas poster - science animal illustration educational sea animal art print watercolor painting
LARGE A1 Whales Canvas poster - science animal illustration educational sea animal art print watercolor painting
Arminho
$120.76 USD
Guitar - chords chart poster - ink art print wall decor music learning canvas poster - home decor  GCP001
Guitar - chords chart poster - ink art print wall decor music learning canvas poster - home decor GCP001
Arminho
$86.26 USD
HERB PRESS - wood leaves flowers and plants press for herbarium - HERB071
HERB PRESS - wood leaves flowers and plants press for herbarium - HERB071
Arminho
$34.50 USD
Marmoratus #2 marbled minimalist journal notebook handmade and lettepress print gold foil and peach paper cover - stationery set
Marmoratus #2 marbled minimalist journal notebook handmade and lettepress print gold foil and peach paper cover - stationery set
Arminho
$16.10 USD
April Carnation flower botanic art print, gold foil original illustration, herbarium pressed flower art, black and white clove flowers
April Carnation flower botanic art print, gold foil original illustration, herbarium pressed flower art, black and white clove flowers
Arminho
$23.00 USD
Marmoratus #3 green marbled gold notebook - pastel rose gold foil letterpress cover stationery journal
Marmoratus #3 green marbled gold notebook - pastel rose gold foil letterpress cover stationery journal
Arminho
$16.10 USD
Andorinhas - flying swallows poster - handmade vintage inspired bird illustration art print - wall home decor - animal art print ANDPA2002
Andorinhas - flying swallows poster - handmade vintage inspired bird illustration art print - wall home decor - animal art print ANDPA2002
Arminho
$86.26 USD
LARGE A1 Whales Canvas Poster - vintage illustration educational chart - sea animal watercolor painting art print  WAP2001
LARGE A1 Whales Canvas Poster - vintage illustration educational chart - sea animal watercolor painting art print WAP2001
Arminho
$120.76 USD
Knitting Journal special notebook for knitters and knitting projects - knitting drawings and notes, pale pink paper cover
Knitting Journal special notebook for knitters and knitting projects - knitting drawings and notes, pale pink paper cover
Arminho
$13.80 USD
Piano Chords Chart Poster - wall art canvas print - music student and teacher gift - living room and home decor
Piano Chords Chart Poster - wall art canvas print - music student and teacher gift - living room and home decor
Arminho
$86.26 USD
SALE -50% Nigrum Unda #3 gold notebook - pastel green and black cover - letterpress golden foil GLD5003
SALE -50% Nigrum Unda #3 gold notebook - pastel green and black cover - letterpress golden foil GLD5003
Arminho
$16.10 USD
Herb Press botanical wood leaves flowers and plants press for herbarium - botanical project to dry and press natural herbs and plants
Herb Press botanical wood leaves flowers and plants press for herbarium - botanical project to dry and press natural herbs and plants
Arminho
$63.25 USD
Cytisus Striatus - portuguese broom botanic watercolor art print, botanical minimalist painting with gold foil
Cytisus Striatus - portuguese broom botanic watercolor art print, botanical minimalist painting with gold foil
Arminho
$27.60 USD
A2 Whales Poster Canvas - medium size - handmade vintage inspired illustration educational wall chart watercolor paint art print wall decor
A2 Whales Poster Canvas - medium size - handmade vintage inspired illustration educational wall chart watercolor paint art print wall decor
Arminho
$86.26 USD
Minimalist watercolor canvas art print wall poster - Auriferous Composition - black and white home decor illustration, abstract painting
Minimalist watercolor canvas art print wall poster - Auriferous Composition - black and white home decor illustration, abstract painting
Arminho
$86.26 USD
Sale  Auriferous Patterns #2 horizontal  - contemporary watercolor art painting print - wall hanging canvas poster AURP2001
Sale Auriferous Patterns #2 horizontal - contemporary watercolor art painting print - wall hanging canvas poster AURP2001
Arminho
$86.26 USD
Serra Fora set of 6 botanical plants art illustration, watercolor and gold foil original framed art, vintage peach pink paper background
Serra Fora set of 6 botanical plants art illustration, watercolor and gold foil original framed art, vintage peach pink paper background
Arminho
$92.01 USD
Gold leaves minimalist simple landscape botanical drawing art print, black and white watercolor with gold foil details
Gold leaves minimalist simple landscape botanical drawing art print, black and white watercolor with gold foil details
Arminho
$23.00 USD
Pencil Case tin box - silver and gold - tin and brass - handmade metal work small bag pencil case
Pencil Case tin box - silver and gold - tin and brass - handmade metal work small bag pencil case
Arminho
$69.01 USD
Cactus - Opuntia Jamaicensis - plant botanic watercolor paint art print illustration wall decor poster - CAC1001
Cactus - Opuntia Jamaicensis - plant botanic watercolor paint art print illustration wall decor poster - CAC1001
Arminho
$79.36 USD
Geology Rocks - canvas poster - vintage educational chart illustration - rock and mineral wall art print ROP2001B
Geology Rocks - canvas poster - vintage educational chart illustration - rock and mineral wall art print ROP2001B
Arminho
$74.76 USD
Seaweeds marine illustration Poster - cotton canvas handmade educational chart, red and pink botanical watercolor art print
Seaweeds marine illustration Poster - cotton canvas handmade educational chart, red and pink botanical watercolor art print
Arminho
$78.21 USD
Everyday Garden Journal #1 salgueiro - gardening notebook for daily garden notes and planner
Everyday Garden Journal #1 salgueiro - gardening notebook for daily garden notes and planner
Arminho
$13.80 USD
Everyday Garden Journal #2 medronheiro - gardening notebook for daily garden notes, growing veggies, agriculture and nature lovers
Everyday Garden Journal #2 medronheiro - gardening notebook for daily garden notes, growing veggies, agriculture and nature lovers
Arminho
$13.80 USD
COOKING secrets - letterpress printed notebook - Pastel Salmon color - handmade kitchen stationery  COOK5008R
COOKING secrets - letterpress printed notebook - Pastel Salmon color - handmade kitchen stationery COOK5008R
Arminho
$16.10 USD
Whales Poster A3 Art Canvas - handmade vintage inspired educational chart drawing illustration - watercolor sea animal print home decor
Whales Poster A3 Art Canvas - handmade vintage inspired educational chart drawing illustration - watercolor sea animal print home decor
Arminho
$55.20 USD
Cooking Secrets set of 2 notebook journals - letterpress print family recipe and cooking gift, kitchen accessories and tools
Cooking Secrets set of 2 notebook journals - letterpress print family recipe and cooking gift, kitchen accessories and tools
Arminho
$21.85 USD
Cactus - Opuntia Jamaicensis - wall poster - plant art print - wall decor canvas art poster - botanical illustration CAC1002
Cactus - Opuntia Jamaicensis - wall poster - plant art print - wall decor canvas art poster - botanical illustration CAC1002
Arminho
$79.36 USD
Ruscus Aculeatus botanical art print - butchers broom watercolor with gold foil graphics, plant and nature lovers in peach pink
Ruscus Aculeatus botanical art print - butchers broom watercolor with gold foil graphics, plant and nature lovers in peach pink
Arminho
$27.60 USD
Arbutus Unedo art print - strawberry tree botanical gold and pink watercolor painting, home decor original illustration
Arbutus Unedo art print - strawberry tree botanical gold and pink watercolor painting, home decor original illustration
Arminho
$27.60 USD
Herb Press botanical field plant and flower wood made press for gardeners, botanists and nature lovers
Herb Press botanical field plant and flower wood made press for gardeners, botanists and nature lovers
Arminho
$34.50 USD
Narcissus Triandrus - wild narcissus botanical watercolor art print, floral painting minimalist japan inspired flower art
Narcissus Triandrus - wild narcissus botanical watercolor art print, floral painting minimalist japan inspired flower art
Arminho
$27.60 USD
Lavandula Stoechas - wild lavender botanical watercolor art print, original minimalist flower art painting, bedroom decor
Lavandula Stoechas - wild lavender botanical watercolor art print, original minimalist flower art painting, bedroom decor
Arminho
$27.60 USD
Golden Spring Arbutus - gold foil art print, nature inspired botanical art, original plant leaf illustration wall decor
Golden Spring Arbutus - gold foil art print, nature inspired botanical art, original plant leaf illustration wall decor
Arminho
$23.00 USD
Piano Chords canvas poster - vintage design - music educational art print wall hanging decor poster
Piano Chords canvas poster - vintage design - music educational art print wall hanging decor poster
Arminho
$86.26 USD
Andorinhas - flying swallows poster - handmade vintage inspired bird watercolor painting art print illustration ANDPA2001
Andorinhas - flying swallows poster - handmade vintage inspired bird watercolor painting art print illustration ANDPA2001
Arminho
$86.26 USD
Gold Leaves set of 3 art print, unique landscape and botanical watercolor, ink and gold leaf A4 paper prints in black and white
Gold Leaves set of 3 art print, unique landscape and botanical watercolor, ink and gold leaf A4 paper prints in black and white
Arminho
$50.60 USD
Gold leaves botanical minimalist art print, black and white watercolor and ink drawing with gold foil details
Gold leaves botanical minimalist art print, black and white watercolor and ink drawing with gold foil details
Arminho
$23.00 USD
Pink Gold leaves, handmade painting art print with gold foil, original botanic illustration, pastel peach rose pink paper print, minimalist
Pink Gold leaves, handmade painting art print with gold foil, original botanic illustration, pastel peach rose pink paper print, minimalist
Arminho
$23.00 USD
A2 Whales Canvas poster medium size - vintage inspired illustration educational wall chart watercolor art painting print WAPA2001
A2 Whales Canvas poster medium size - vintage inspired illustration educational wall chart watercolor art painting print WAPA2001
Arminho
$86.26 USD
Herb Press - botanical plants, leaves and flowers nature herbarium dry, press and storage - antique aged wood and letterpress gold foil
Herb Press - botanical plants, leaves and flowers nature herbarium dry, press and storage - antique aged wood and letterpress gold foil
Arminho
$63.25 USD
Four Flora art print composition of botanical illustrations on craft background, pink watercolor painting drawings with gold foil details
Four Flora art print composition of botanical illustrations on craft background, pink watercolor painting drawings with gold foil details
Arminho
$34.50 USD
Seaweeds botanic illustration canvas poster - vintage educational chart illustration watercolor painting art print
Seaweeds botanic illustration canvas poster - vintage educational chart illustration watercolor painting art print
Arminho
$60.95 USD
NIMBUS - Eyeglasses frames - Arminho eyewear collection glasses - handmade eyeglass in portugal - smoke grey color
NIMBUS - Eyeglasses frames - Arminho eyewear collection glasses - handmade eyeglass in portugal - smoke grey color
Arminho
$155.26 USD
Gold leaves botanical minimalist black, white and gold watercolor and ink art print gold foil details
Gold leaves botanical minimalist black, white and gold watercolor and ink art print gold foil details
Arminho
$23.00 USD
Gold leaves botanical minimalist art print, black and white watercolor and ink drawing with gold foil details
Gold leaves botanical minimalist art print, black and white watercolor and ink drawing with gold foil details
Arminho
$23.00 USD
Gold leaves minimalist simple landscape botanical drawing art print, black and white watercolor with gold foil details
Gold leaves minimalist simple landscape botanical drawing art print, black and white watercolor with gold foil details
Arminho
$23.00 USD
Everyday Garden Journal #1 salgueiro - gardening notebook for daily garden notes and planner
Everyday Garden Journal #1 salgueiro - gardening notebook for daily garden notes and planner
Arminho
$13.80 USD
COOKING secrets - letterpress printed notebook - white pastel blue color - vintage design - COOK5007W
COOKING secrets - letterpress printed notebook - white pastel blue color - vintage design - COOK5007W
Arminho
$16.10 USD
Cactus - Opuntia Jamaicensis - wall Poster print - plants and garden scientific illustration watercolor painting art print  CAC1002
Cactus - Opuntia Jamaicensis - wall Poster print - plants and garden scientific illustration watercolor painting art print CAC1002
Arminho
$79.36 USD
Sale  Auriferous Patterns #3 vertical - watercolor painting - wall hanging canvas poster AURP2002
Sale Auriferous Patterns #3 vertical - watercolor painting - wall hanging canvas poster AURP2002
Arminho
$86.26 USD
Gold Willow, plant art print, peach pink and gold foil original illustration, botanical wall decor, original art painting
Gold Willow, plant art print, peach pink and gold foil original illustration, botanical wall decor, original art painting
Arminho
$23.00 USD
Camomile - botanic plant illustration canvas print poster - flower ink drawing art print wall decor 50cm x 70cm -CAMP2001
Camomile - botanic plant illustration canvas print poster - flower ink drawing art print wall decor 50cm x 70cm -CAMP2001
Arminho
$50.60 USD
Brush tube case - handmade tin and brass vintage inspired tube - gold and silver metal art
Brush tube case - handmade tin and brass vintage inspired tube - gold and silver metal art
Arminho
$69.01 USD

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