We love to see people pursuing their passion at any age. This husband-and-wife team's small business story is majorly inspiring!
Brett and Kim Borup founded PAPER BANDIT PRESS after their daughter lost her job as a stationery designer. Their family had always loved handwritten correspondence, and they wanted to see Stephanie continue designing greeting cards. After 30-year careers in Environmental Engineering and Business Management, they plunged into something entirely new -- letterpress printing!
Read on to see what Brett and Kim have to say about the challenges of letterpress in this digital age, and the benefits of working with family.
AMY HEITMAN is an artist, illustrator, wife, and mom of three, living and working in the countryside just outside Grand Rapids, Michigan. We featured four of her beautiful greeting cards in the December 2018 Snailbox, and wanted to know more about the gal behind these charming designs. Below Amy fills us in on how she balances motherhood and artist-hood, works through challenges, and finds inspiration in the simple things.
IDLEWILD CO., founded in 2010 by artist & designer Katie Gastley, started as a tiny pop-up at the Renegade Craft Festival in Brooklyn, NY. A few shoppers noticed her whimsically hand-painted Brooklyn neighborhood prints and asked if Katie would create their wedding stationery. She soon developed a line of greeting cards and notebooks, and has since expanded into calendars, keychains, phone cases, wrapping paper, and more. Katie’s process always begins with a hand-painted, nature-inspired artwork, which is the core of the Idlewild aesthetic, and pure joy to our souls.
We caught up with Katie about her creative process and how it’s possible to achieve success even if you wake up late and enjoy a slower pace of life.
In 1968, a nine year old boy sent away for an offer on a cereal box, and received an envelope containing luggage labels from around the world. Forty six years later, he still has that envelope and its contents. He never could have predicted that his interest in ephemera would one day mushroom into a business with clients around the globe.
Life can sometimes feel like you are wading through a swamp of negativity - battling criticism and self-doubt at work, fielding spiteful comments on social media, facing increasingly disastrous world news. This is why it is so important to surround yourself with positive mantras - to create balance and cultivate inner peace and happiness.
Kristen Drozdowski of Worthwhile Paper is here to help. We chatted with Kristen about her mission to bring positivity and beauty into the world. Her artwork is not only gorgeous, but genuinely inspiring. Read on to learn more about how she’s turned her passion for spreading happiness into a brilliant independent business.
Ava Puckett is the illustrator behind AVIATE PRESS, a stationery and lifestyle brand out of Nashville, TN, with a humanitarian mission to make you LOL. Ava finds her inspiration in girl power, pop culture, and everyday magic. Some of her favorite things include petting other people's dogs, playing soccer, and hanging out in coffee shops.
Below she talks with us about breaking into the indie-design industry, the inspiration behind her pun-filled illustrations, and how she copes with stress and anxiety to stay productive and happy.
BADGER & BURKE is the weird, colourful lovechild of Vancouver-based illustrators Holton Brock and Jamie Armstrong. Having just launched in 2017, these artists are hard at work creating a line of eclectic greeting cards and art prints (with more paper goodies coming) inspired by retro design, puppies, good food and bad puns.
We had a feeling the guys behind this fun brand probably don't take themselves too seriously. Read on to learn more about Holton and Jamie, the birth of Badger & Burke, and how Mel C's gold tooth is involved.
People have long looked to nature to find calm, peace, and harmony in their lives. Erin McManness lives by that mantra, and has learned to bring the spirit of nature indoors with her botanical illustrations.
Erin founded PAPER RAVEN CO. in 2014, working out of her home nestled among the peach trees of Atlanta, GA. What started as a small greeting card line has grown to include wallpaper, fabric and home decor, all with an illustration-first focus. Each design starts with pen-to-paper, in a real sketchbook, drawn by Erin's loving hands. It is her mission to share empowerment, love and gratitude with you through her designs.
Below Erin fills us in on how she stays motivated and productive, kicks the "hustle" mindset, and maintains a healthy work/life balance:
Brady Vest, founder of Kansas City-based HAMMERPRESS, has his pulse on a letterpress renaissance. Even if you haven’t heard of letterpress, you’ve certainly benefitted from its invention. Until the middle of the last century, letterpress printers were responsible for creating books, pamphlets, and newspapers. To some, these movable type machines are considered junk in our digital age. But letterpress prints, posters, and greeting cards are making a big comeback, and Brady is making tremendous use of this centuries-old technology. His intricate letterpress designs are pure eye candy and make for some of the most beautiful stationery we've ever seen!
We had to know more about the man behind these stunning letterpress designs. Brady gives us a peek at the inner workings of Hammerpress below.
When we’re having a rough day, few things can put a smile on our faces quite like BECKY SIMPSON'S art. Becky founded CHIPPER THINGS in 2016 as a collection of giftable goodies tattooed with her quirky illustrations which celebrate the simple things in life through a cheerful lens. Below Becky fills us in on exactly how she stays inspired and so dang chipper!
Inspired by her grandmother—a brilliant, bold, and often outlandish artist—ALI MACDONALD (aka Ali Mac, aka Ali Macdoodle) founded LARK+RAVEN in 2014 to showcase designs that gleefully toe the line between cheeky and chic. Like the morning lark and the mischievous raven, her one-of-a-kind patterns and illustrations are a delightful blend of sweet and sometimes bawdy. Prior to creating her own bold and bright world with Sharpies, Ali got her start in the industry as a designer for Jonathan Adler. Ali currently resides in New York City with her muse—the ever dapper and darling dachshund Dusky.
We featured Ali's cards in our February 2018 Snailbox, and we wanted to learn a bit more about the gal behind these bawdy illustrations. Ali caught up with us over email, and gave us a peek behind the scenes of her work, life, and studio.
Let's give a friendly welcome to NICHOLAS JOHN FRITH, a really rad artist whose greeting cards were featured in our January 2018 Snailbox. With a nod to vintage illustration, bold colors, plus a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, his designs are total crowd pleasers.
Below, Nicholas chats with us about how he stays inspired in day-to-day work, his children's books, and pipe dream job.
We are excited to introduce you to DINARA MIRTALIPOVA, one of the artists featured in our January 2018 Snailbox! Dinara is a self taught illustrator/designer. Born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, she eventually landed in snowy Ohio, where she currently works and lives with her husband and daughter Sabrina. Her art work is complex, lovely, and heavily influenced by eastern European folklore.