The Brown Paper Movement

April 28, 2016 by in category Mother's May, Mother's May with 0 and 3

The Brown Paper Movement is a luxurious stationary brand founded by Olivia Chylinska in Sydney, 2010. Their focus on beautiful brown cardboard paper and made-to-order calendars that begin at the month of purchase highlights their special differences from regular stationary brands. Their products are unique and quirky with a sophisticated design, and use the concept of brown paper to its highest potential.


Olivia shares with us how The Brown Paper Movement began. Read the story below:

My name is Olivia Alicja Chylińska

Born in Sydney with Polish descent, I’m a self-confessed paper addict, maker of custom calendars and
founder of (the) brown paper movement.

The story starts halfway during my studies of Interior Architecture and working as a candle-maker at The Candle Factory. I can recall the first time I started using brown cardboard to present my next studio project. Candle wax was always shipped into the store in crisp, beautifully textured cardboard boxes particularly of the tan coloured variety. I distinctly remember the colour and took a risk to see if cardboard could work as a new medium to present my designs. And so began, the collecting of brown cardboard boxes… which quickly transitioned into a hunt for the best brown paper. Around March of 2010, I still hadn’t found the perfect paper calendar, nor one that started mid-year (because that’s impossible right?). Excitedly, I created my first template and the idea was born.

Today, (the) brown paper movement makes and ships calendars all year round and worldwide, from Auckland to Iceland which start the month you purchase them in. You’ll always get a full 12 months regardless of whether it’s March or August. It’s your year I help you create. All stationary goods are Sydney based, designed, printed and assembled in-house. The ‘movement’ is growing daily, with plans to span Australia-wide and across all international fronts. The range too is constantly expanding with brown paper and year planning at the focus. Currently cards and wedding stationary are also on the agenda here, so feel free to get in touch.

To keep in touch with a visual plethora of imagery visit @thebrownpapermovement, or go get yourself a calendar if you haven’t got one yet!

Olivia . x

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