Baylie Peplow / Red Umbrella Designs - Seattle [Studio at Venue]
Illustrations / Graphics
Red Umbrella Designs is a small creative studio that strives to be playfully elegant and elegantly playful in all things. Founded on the belief that we are all children at heart, Red Umbrella Designs prefers hand-made, human-centered, and simple in an increasingly high-tech, fancy-pants world.
With a degree in architecture, a background in Montessori education, and a belief that there is beauty all around us, Baylie creates handmade cards, gifts, toys, and paper goods. After years of tinkering, doodling, and dreaming, Red Umbrella Designs was officially founded in 2012 and is now run from a cozy garden studio in South Seattle.
Busara Teuber / ilee papergoods - Shoreline
Letterpress cards & calendars
Busara (Ja) Teuber graduated from the College of Fine Arts in Bangkok, Thailand, and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in graphic design.
She started Ilee Papergoods which is a letterpress company based in Seattle. Their goal is to create little works of art that combine creativity and craftsmanship. All of their letterpress products are printed by hand, using a 1902 Chandler & Price press, in small quantities to ensure absolute quality.
Paul Kidder / KG Crafts - Seattle
What started as a fun project making Christmas cards for family and friends over a decade ago, has turned into a complete business creating over 100 designs and producing some three thousand cards per year. Paul carves each block by hand and uses water-soluble inks on recycled paper, using a simple lever press, and, yes, a spoon. Each note card is a signed original in the japonisme and early arts-and-crafts approaches to composition.
Karin Vance Chickadel / VaChi - Shoreline
After working in sculpture for some years, Karin Vance Chickadel discovered the niche of artist’s books while earning her MAAT at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She went on to further her studies in book making focusing on the sculptural aspects of Book and Paper arts at Columbia College Chicago, where she earned her MFA in 2005. While at CCC, she began teaching others basic binding methods. Today she continues teaching book arts and creating her own sculptural pieces and artist’s books. She is inspired by the various properties intrinsic in books and by everyday objects, cityscapes and landscapes. She makes work that is both personal and universal, portable and permanent, 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional. She looks to create an element of surprise and joy in her artist's books and sculptures. Karin creates her paper scenes using a variety of techniques including paper cutting, layering and folding. The designs in her pieces are originally hand cut using an Xacto knife and an eye for detail. Some of the designs are then laser cut, and each layer of paper is hand folded and hand bound into these small works of art.
Claire Jauregui / Orange Twist - Seattle
Orange Twist paper goods are designed and screenprinted by hand in the sparkling city of Seattle, Washington. Founder and printer Claire Jauregui started Orange Twist in 2008 as a way to foster connections between people while injecting humor and handcrafted design into everyday life. Claire loves color, word play, and puns, and is committed to creating quality, environmentally sustainable goods.
Kate Endle / Kate Endle Collage - Seattle
Kate grew up in Ohio. She received a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. She's been "illustrationing" professionally for over twenty years. You can find her illustrations and collages on posters, magazines, stickers, picture books, bus shelters, magnets, home decor and paper products, a fiberglass pig, galleries, boutiques and all over my parent's house. Her love of paper is evident in the collages she makes, rich with color and admired by all ages. She live in Seattle, and says she often feels like the luckiest girl in the whole wide world.
Andrea Kohler / Kohler Bookbinding - Seattle
Andrea learned her craft as a bookbinder in the old city of Zurich, Switzerland.
After a traditional 4-year apprenticeship and several sojourns abroad, Andrea established her own atelier in Zurich, where she practiced for 14 years. She trained several apprentices and for many years taught courses in her specialty at a school for continuing education. Since 1996, she has lived and worked in Seattle, Washington.
Andrea binds books entirely by hand, in both traditional and contemporary styles, using techniques that have changed little over hundreds of years. Hand binding is a labor-intensive craft, requiring much skill and patience
Breia Mallett / The Brush & Mallett - Lynnwood
Breia and her husband Ryan started their card business together, and from concept to completion, everything is done in-house. Breia's hand drawn images are scanned to her computer to digitally create the touches of color that complete the illustrations. Breia delights in coming up with fun ideas for cards and being able to share her creations with others through her art.
Lauren Iida / Paper Cutaway- Seattle
Paper Cut Art
Lauren Iida was born in Seattle and is a Cornish College of the Arts graduate (2014) where she focused on video while also developing her "paper cutaway" technique. Iida's work often depicts the Pacific Northwest, her Japanese American heritage, and Cambodia where she lived and worked for many years on several volunteer and social entrepreneurship projects.
Currently Iida teaches her paper cutaway techniques to teens and homeless youth through Gage Academy of Art in partnership with Sanctuary Arts. She also independently teaches paper cutting workshops to the public, illustrates books, and works on private and public commissions and exhibits her work around Washington State and Southeast Asia.
Sara McNally / Constellation & Co. - Seattle
Letterpress Stationary Cards
Sara McNally is the owner of Constellation & Co., a letterpress stationery company based in Seattle. She is a writer, designer, and letterpress printer (as well as wife, mom, podcast enthusiast and Sounders fan). Sara is inspired by real life relationships and the words that help us express love to the people in our life. She studied graphic design in school and fell in love with the craft of letterpress when she bought her first printing press at an antique store while she was in college. Her newest press is a 1970 Heidelberg Windmill and she has loved the challenge of learning to use a new press.
Claudia Bernal / Claudia Art Studio - Bellingham
Claudia Bernal is an artist and illustrator who has a passion for wildlife protection. Her works represent wildlife scenes from a dream world where all animals are happy and free. She's been sending letters to strangers since age 11, which inspired her to self-publish her own stationery line of illustrated greeting cards. She's a native from Venezuela, currently living outside of Bellingham, WA in the woods while raising a small wild child. Making art to inspire others and helping people find ways to live closer to nature and connect with one another is what makes her heart beat.
Brittney Avila / smallredheart - Ballard
Greeting Cards & Prints
smallredheart is a mixture of acrylic/oil paintings & lifestyle photography. Brittney Avila & her husband designed smallredheart to bring fun & color & movement & wonder & joy & passion into homes & offices through her paintings & photography.
Brittney's relationship with the Lord has inspired her creativity the most. Art forms like dance, music, graphic design & creative writing are very influential in her creative process & are usually incorporated in her artwork somehow. Brittney has branded each of her creations with her trademark - a 'smallredheart' to represent the heart & passion she has put into each of art piece.
Mi Jung / Paris Tree Studios - Seattle
Mi Jung Lee creates greeting cards to share her love of the design process. As she explores watercolor and learns to write in creative fonts, she prints and assembles each card by hand. With a background in architecture, her inspiration comes from shapes and patterns of architecture, especially flowers in nature and travels abroad particularly in Spain.
Paris is a place where she would like to live, even for a short period. The Tree part of the name comes from a favorite tree motif that she designed on one of her trips there. The Studio is not based in Paris but the next most beautiful place - Seattle.