Artist Spotlight: Divine Savages

Divine Savages is a London design house creating luxury British made wallpapers and fabrics, as well as limited edition prints and greeting cards. Since their launch in October 2017, the brand has become synonymous with bold, daring design, and their collections reflect a passion for unique prints with a flourish of both the divine and the savage.

Let us introduce you to the magical world of Jamie Watkins and Tom Kennedy. 

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Artist Spotlight: Paper Bandit Press

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.

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Artist Spotlight: Amy Heitman

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.

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Artist Spotlight: Idlewild Co.

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.

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Stamp Academy: Celebrating the Posters of the WPA

The Works Projects Administration (WPA), originally the Works Progress Administration, was the largest and most ambitious agency in FDR's New Deal. The WPA hired millions of unemployed Americans for public works projects, including artists who created some 475,000 works of art, from pieces of music to museum scenery to public murals and sculptures, to posters. LOTS of posters.

In March 2017, in honor of these important works of art, the U.S. Postal Service released a collection of Forever stamps featuring 10 iconic posters created through the WPA Federal Art Project.

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Artist Spotlight: Cavallini&Co

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.

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Artist Spotlight: Worthwhile Paper

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.

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Artist Spotlight: Aviate Press

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.

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Artist Spotlight: Badger & Burke

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. 

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