Amy Sia - for Hello Sunday & Essensory
Amy is an Australian-born, London-based licensed artist and textile print and fashion designer.
Amy studied fashion design at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and subsequently worked in the areas of design, product development and production in the Australian fashion industry. In 2011 she moved to London to pursue a career in textile print design. She quickly became known for her distinctive and bold use of colour in joyful, feminine and painterly designs.
Amy's designs have been used by fashion designers and brands all over the world, including Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Topshop, ASOS and Victoria’s Secret, and her products have been sold at a variety of retail stores, including Selfridges, Heals, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl's, Lord and Taylor, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
Alice Stevenson - for Hello Sunday & Essensory
Alice is an author, illustrator and educator. Her creative output is informed by her observations of the world around her. Her use of striking colour palettes and interplay between flat colour and detail, beautifully capture the atmosphere of specific locations. She uses playful compositions and decorative forms to communicate ideas and narratives.
Laura Park - Dear Prudence
The world of Laura Park's Dear Prudence is deeply entwined with nature and folklore - animals, each their own character, plants, trees, birds, the trappings and comforts of home and story telling. You will see many influences from the world of textiles peppered here, too. Intricate Lace Patterns, Traditional Welsh Blankets, Cross Stitch and Patchwork Quilts. The fabric of life, woven together perfectly with Laura's unique take on place, story and sentiment.
Beth Snyder - 1Canoe2
In 2009, Beth and her childhood bestfriend Carrie followed a dream and bought a big old letterpress, opened an Etsy account and their brand 1Canoe2 was born. The name represents a spirit of kinship, heartland roots, and memories of canoe trips and campfires along Missouri streams with "one canoe, two girls." Everything made in the cheerful 1canoe2 studio stems from a deep appreciation of life's natural beauty and the pursuit of curiosity.
Their popular line of gifts and stationery have now appeared in over 1000 independent boutiques around the world and select national retailers like Anthropologie and Paper Source. In addition to stationery and home goods, they partner with wonderful companies to create scrapbooking materials, quilting fabric, and much more.
Liz Temperley - Blank Inside
Liz Temperley designs with the aim to make people smile. She takes inspiration from the natural world, "being British", food and the random musings of everyday life. Creating unique, colourful & whimsical illustrations that often feature a witty caption!
She takes the time to hand draw and paint every illustration. And as an advocate for slow design she is aiming to not only create beautiful things but think about their impact on the environment too, carefully sourcing eco-friendly paper stocks and choosing the right production for each product.
Her products are stocked in beautiful stores such as Anthropologie, Liberty, Selfridges, The Conran Shop, Harrods & Fenwick.
Julia Gash is a creative entrepreneur and British artist who is passionate about print and maps. She creates hand drawn illustrations using brush and ink and collaborates with retailers and licensees worldwide to create sustainable and stylish gift and souvenir ranges.
Julia’s distinctive handwriting is expressed as spirited and creative line drawings with flat and textured colour palettes, which translate well into the medium of print. Her whimsical illustrations capture a love of travel, British heritage, wildlife and world culture.
Emily McDowell is a writer, illustrator, speaker, teacher, and entrepreneur who is fiercely committed to not doing all of those things at the same time. After spending a decade working in advertising, she founded Emily McDowell Studio in January 2013.
Emily’s work has been featured by The New York Times, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, BBC News, and NPR's All Things Considered, among many others, and in 2015, she was named one of Slate's 10 Designers Who Are Changing the World. Her first book, There Is No Good Card For This: What To Say and Do When Life Gets Scary, Awful, and Unfair To People You Love, co-authored with Dr. Kelsey Crowe, was released in January 2017.
Lisa Congdon - for Emily McDowell
Fine artist, illustrator and author Lisa Congdon is best known for her colourful paintings and hand lettering. She works for clients around the world including MoMA, REI, Harvard University, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, and Random House Publishing, among many others.
She is the author of seven books, including the starving-artist-myth-smashing Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist, and illustrated books The Joy of Swimming, Fortune Favors the Brave, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, Twenty Ways to Draw a Tulip and A Collection a Day. Her latest book, A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives, was released by Chronicle Books in October 2017.
Sophia Elias - Fineass Lines
Sophia is a Los Angeles native with a penchant for puns and childish humour. She hand illustrates and digitally colours each card. Her illustrations are inspired by observing everyday life with a casual blend of sarcasm and warmth.
Anahata Katkin - Papaya & Fireweed
Anahata Katkin was born in 1978. An Alaskan-bred, Atlanta based artist and co founder of Papaya, she developed her passion for the arts by trial-and-error discovery. Anahata creates original paintings, drawings, mixed media pieces and illustrations. She has woven a heart centred landscape of off-beat icons and illustrations that have comprised the Papaya brand signature aesthetic since it's beginning in 2003.
Anahata is continually inspired to bounce between her life as an artist, mother, entrepreneur, traveler and boutique-maker. The facets of Anahata’s professional and personal life merge together in what she likes to call, "Creative Abandon". A credo that to her, simply means a life of purpose, passion and creative authenticity rolled into a singular goal.
Pamela Zagarenski - SacredBee
A near death experience from a bee sting inspired Pamela to quit her job of 23 years and begin her journey as a freelance illustrator. This work led her to create her company, SacredBee, with the idea of blending inspirational images and words together to inspire people to follow their dreams.
The bees, the fox, the whales the crowns and tea are her symbols. They inspire her and perhaps in their secret stories, they might now inspire you to discover and remember to look for the hidden treasures both in books and in our incredible world.
Dyna Kau - Girl Of All Work
A graduate of UCLA and the prestigious Art Center College of Design, Dyna is the creative force behind Girl Of All Work's charming, ever changing range of colourful, whimsical, beautifully designed and practical stationery. Dyna’s style is unique, fresh and fashionable and her quirky office supply products appear in some of America’s most desirable stationery and lifestyle stores.
Hutch Cassidy is run by husband and wife team Simon and Nicola Hutchinson from their studio in North Yorkshire. Both work together to create happy and stylish greeting cards that combine their love of the Bohemian world with bold use of colour.
All their illustrations are designed in house with each piece telling its own visual story. From tigers on magical carpets to tropical toucans, their aim is to create magical and unique greeting cards to be shared with those closest to us.
Nia Gould - Niaski
Nia started designing professionally in 2001 and graduated with a first-class degree in Graphic Design in 2008 from Falmouth, a university renowned worldwide for art, design and media.
Her other great love in life is cats. There have been five cats in her life who have been a big part of the inspiration behind Niaski - Sampson, Salvador, Socket, Frida and Pablo. You’ll find that they have made their way into a lot of her work. She creates everything from greetings cards, prints, tote bags, enamel pins and cushions, as well as custom designs and prints for cat owners who want unique illustrations of their furry friends.
Nia's most popular design series combines her two passions – a set of observational prints inspired by her cats, posing as some of the world’s most loved artists.
To date her work has been displayed in a number gallery exhibitions, and stockists include design boutiques and gallery shops across the UK and all over the world.
Gemma Correll - for Ohh Deer
Gemma is a cartoonist, writer and illustrator who is the mind behind the hilariously entertaining range of cards published by Ohh Deer. She's written a few books, including - A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette (Dog N Bone 2013) The Feminist Activity Book (Seal Press 2015) and The Worrier’s Guide to Life (Andrews McMeel 2015). Her comics are published in The Nib and in The Observer Sunday Magazine.
Her illustration clients include Amazon, Hallmark, The New York Times, Oxford University Press, Knock Knock, Chronicle Books and Bodyform.
Jon Klassen - for Red Cap
Jon Klassen is a Canadian writer and illustrator of children's books and an animator. He won both the American Caldecott Medal and the British Kate Greenaway Medal for children's book illustration, recognizing the 2012 picture book This Is Not My Hat, which he also wrote. He is the first person to win both awards for the same work.
This Is Not My Hat is a companion to Klassen's preceding picture book, I Want My Hat Back (2011), and his first as both writer and illustrator. Both books were on the New York Times Best Seller list for more than 40 weeks; by April 2014 one or the other had been translated into 22 languages and they had jointly surpassed one million worldwide sales.
His beautiful, whimsical illustrations make perfect greeting cards.
Kate Pugsley - for Red Cap
Kate is an illustrator, painter and surface designer living in Chicago. She grew up in Ohio as a constant drawer, daydreamer, and animal enthusiast before going to college at the Rhode Island School of Design to study illustration. She spends most of her time in her studio painting with gouache and watercolor to create images for books, galleries, magazines, textiles and stationery.
Jamie Armstrong & Holton Brock - Badger & Burke
Badger & Burke is the weird, colourful lovechild of Vancouver-based illustrators Holton Brock and Jamie Armstrong. They create super eclectic greeting cards and paper goods inspired by retro design and illustration, puppies, good food and bad puns.
We have a long-standing love affair with mid-century graphic design and illustration, so naturally it is a huge inspiration for us. The use of colour and cut outs from the 50s and 60s was a huge part of our conversation when creating the look and feel of our cards. We also draw inspiration from our travels (especially for colour), tropical fruit, puppies, Mel C’s gold tooth, our lame sense of humour, candy, Matisse, Robert Rauschenberg, and Nikki de Saint Phalle.