Every note card is a work of art. I grew up around creative people and entrepreneurs. My studio is truly and authentically a “family business.” My grandfather was both an engineer and a great painter. He bestowed that same combination of precision and creativity upon me.
My grandmother was an entrepreneur. I spent every Saturday at the Sewing Center, her shop in downtown Henderson, Kentucky. And my mom, who enjoyed a career in advertising, is a part of my business. She can take anything I sketch for the wholesale side of my studio and bring it to life with thread and a needle.
I’m able to carry on a family tradition and an artisanal way of printing, bringing my own unique spin.
Quality consumes me. From food to clothing to my living and working spaces, I’m drawn to things that are distinctive and authentic — not mass-produced. In a world where just about everything is online and digital, letterpress printing is a tactile experience. Quality paper feels good to the touch and exudes the kind of quality that comes only from the handmade and the hand stamped. When I create one hundred notecards or business cards or coasters, I’m actually producing one hundred pieces of art.
I love working with different materials — wood, hemp and bamboo paper, fabric and cork — to create custom designs. I’m always looking for different ways to tackle the notecard or to re-invent the journal. I love the challenge of developing a new process whether that’s in printing or die cutting or the use of interesting materials. Some customers come to me knowing exactly what they want printed. Others ask me to create a custom piece. It’s all fun, it’s all creative and the end result is always highly original and thoughtfully designed.
I am a perfectionist. But I’m not a robot. I’m a tinkerer, like my grandfather and my father before me. I love to figure things out, and with the Heidelberg press, there are so many pieces of the puzzle.
And now for the typical bio… I earned a B.A. in Art Education from University of Kentucky. At age 19, I knew I wanted to combine art and commerce. Early in my career, I worked as a photo stylist at Southern Living, and as a designer at a renowned advertising agency in Birmingham, Alabama, where I collaborated with talented artists, photographers, and writers. I evolved away from agency world with one of my colleagues to launch and build a successful stationery company, Night Owl Paper Goods. In 2014, I established my own studio in North Carolina.
Why Winston-Salem? In 2014, my partner accepted a position as Chancellor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. At that time, I set up my own letterpress design and print shop on Burke Street. I love grabbing lunch at Mozelle’s, riding my bike to work, and getting to know the great people of this area.