This! This is my personal project I've been so excited about!
All that pattern sketching—that started when I needed a distraction from packing boxes back in North Carolina, and found its way into a letter to Emily—I decided to take it seriously.
The past month has been about meditating on a theme, penciling, inking over, re-inking, digitizing, test-printing, paper-sampling.
I owe inspiration and gratitude to Emily, whose own line of cards have been so fun to use. And to Cary at Camino Bakery. She and I collaborated on Valentine's Day cards (and all-around good love-cards) for the shop, and she cheered me on to do my own.
These ladies and my own pattern sketching swirled around my brain until this line of cards seemed to manifest on its own.
It's been incredibly fun designing them, and collecting markers and pencils and crayons to test the color-it-yourself designs.
Life is funny. Who knew about greeting cards? Who knew that I would find a project driven entirely by own internal engine? I can't quite express how gratifying and scary and strange it is to have decided that something I made should be out in the world just because I said so.
This little announcement is probably out of order. I still need to print the full run of designs for this first collection—called "Tulips"—and set up my little merchandise shop online. But I couldn't help myself. I'm nervous and thrilled and had to share.
I'll get everything in order soon soon soon. And until then, I'm dreaming up new collections.