Leigh Standley - Curly Girl Design
Leigh began designing in seventh grade, where she got poor marks in math class for doodling. She went on to attend University of Kansas School of Design and holds a BFA in Visual Communications. Her work has been featured in national design publications and regional art shows and is inspired by her incredible friends and family. Leigh has lived in Boston for over 13 years and likes it so much she only occasionally wishes it were Paris.
Leigh enjoys traveling, old movies, and singing. She can’t live without: yoga, her family, Snickers and Lucy the Wonder Dog. She has strong feelings about education, believes in magic, and is quite certain that given a cape and a nice tiara, she could save the world
Afsaneh Tajvidi - JooJoo Paper
Afsaneh Tajvidi is an illustrator and multimedia artist living with her husband and two funny cats in the beautiful city of Toronto.
She is a big believer in finding joy in simple pleasures of life and sharing them with others. It can be as simple as finding a pretty autumn leaf on the ground or trying a new fruit for the first time. Afi loves to create the kind of art that celebrates these joyful little things. She does this with the hope of capturing good feelings so that you can re-live them over and over; something that brings a smile to your face and makes you daydream.
Cath Kidston is an English entrepreneur, author, and fashion designer. Her brand is joyfully British with prints that spark memories and products made for real life. Gifts that pass the joy on. Born in a small shop in Notting Hill in 1993, today Cath Kidston is a global lifestyle brand.
Cath Kidston prints are entwined with British culture. They take classic items and reimagine them with a smile. It's British design with a playful twist.
When you love the things your sister paints so much that you stare at them, laugh out loud, tear up with nostalgia, and then laugh again... it makes you want to share them with other people.
E. Frances Paper was started in 2013 so Ali’s artwork could be seen and felt by more than just her family.
They strive to make all of their products remarkable, both in quality and message.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eddie & James Ward - Quite Good Cards
Quite Good Cards are two London based brothers who design quirky and original greeting cards.
They started the company because they wanted to create cards you'd actually want to buy for a close friend. Utilising their skills in illustration and writing, together with a shared love of quirky humour, they began selling their work at markets in London. After a few false starts and a smattering of brotherly disagreements, they finally started selling them consistently and haven't looked back since.
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.
Andrew Kolb - for Ohh Deer
Andrew Kolb is an artist, designer, and illustrator. Shortly after obtaining his diploma in graphic design at Conestoga College he continued on to the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia, for his Bachelor of Design.
Andrew has been featured in numerous galleries, countless
exhibits, and a number of respected publications. He has
collaborated with clients ranging from start-ups to major television
networks on everything from fitness apps to animated shorts. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario.
Elizabeth Olwen - for Ohh Deer
Elizabeth Olwen is a Canadian print and pattern designer living in Lisbon, Portugal. She creates highly considered patterns and illustrations infused with heart and soul, with the intention of spreading beauty, of amplifying joy.
Inspired by the world around her— from dense Canadian forests, to the colours and tiles of Lisbon, and her abundant spiritual and travel adventures in the life in between—Elizabeth’s meaningfully-made artwork is driven by the desire to leave something beautiful behind with every step she takes, while being gentle on this beautiful planet that nurtures and inspires her so much. She collaborates with companies she admires from all around the globe, on feel-good, intentional products from home decor to stationery, from fabric to bedding, from swimwear to jewellery, and so much more.
Owen Davey - for Ohh Deer
Owen Davey is an award-winning Illustrator from the UK. He has worked with clients including Google, Facebook, Sony, Lego and National Geographic. He is also the lead illustrator on the multi-award winning app Two Dots and has produced many picture books over the years, most notably the non-fiction ‘About’ series with Flying Eye Books, which began with Mad About Monkeys in 2015. His numerous books have been published in every continent except Antartica.
Kong-Yew Wong - for Ohh Deer
Kong was born in sunny Kuala Lumpur and now lives in rainy
Cardiff with his lovely wife and two cats, Pierre and Baloo. His aspiration of becoming an Illustrator is largely drawn from his childhood, where his imagination was sparked by an early fascination of cartoons, video games and Lego.
Twin Pines - for Ohh Deer
Based in the South Lincolnshire countryside, Twin Pines is a studio that loves all things contemporary but with a handmade and playful twist. Catherine Ings launched Twin Pines in May 2015.If not working away you’ll more often find Catherine at home with her husband and gorgeous black labrador, Ellie. Catherine has an unwavering obsession with homeware and interior design.
Yvonne Ellen - for Ohh Deer
Yvonne Ellen is a British award winning designer with a love of quirky, decorative illustration combined to create one of a kind
pieces. You may have seen some of these decorative animal illustrations featured on tea sets, plates, mugs and more!
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.
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.
Bodil Jane - for Red Cap
Bodil Jane is an illustrator from Amsterdam. She graduated with honors from Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, specializing in illustration. She loves to illustrate food, people, animals, fashion, interiors, plants, packages and maps. All of her illustrations include hand made elements and digital techniques.
‘Bodil Jane’ is a combination of a first name and a second name. Bodil doesn’t use her last name for her illustration work. Full credits are: Bodil Jane. Bodil is a Danish name and means ‘female warrior’.
Carolyn Gavin - for Red Cap
Carolyn Gavin is a painter, Illustrator and surface pattern designer based in Toronto, Canada. Vibrant, playful and happy are perfect words to describe her style.
A flower child of the 60’s, Carolyn grew up in South Africa, left to travel Europe and relocated to Canada where she met her Montreal husband and had a baby.
Carolyn trained as a graphic designer and learned painting and techniques from artist Nina Campbell-Quine. In 2007, she started Ecojot with her family, an eco-friendly paper business. Today, she freelances her work for fabric, house wares, packaging and books.
Carolyn works in Gouache, water-colour, pen and ink and vector. Finding inspiration in travel, flowers, exotic color and pattern, Carolyn makes sure her life is filled with beauty and creativity.
Becca Stadtlander - for Red Cap
Becca Stadtlander is an illustrator and fine artist, inspired by the beauty of everyday objects, the comforts of home, and the lush colours and landscapes of far off places. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently lives and works in her hometown of Covington, Kentucky.
Her work is featured in children’s and adult books, editorial publications, stationery, home decor products, and book covers. Her paintings are rich with colour and full of timeless stories.
Emily Isabella - for Red Cap
Endlessly inspired by her search for charm in the everyday,
Emily’s pattern driven work reflects her training in textile design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Aside from book illustration, her gouache paintings have been applied to product like bedding, clothing, fabric, dishes, rugs, toys and wallpaper.
Emily lives in the Hudson Valley, just north of NYC, where her
rural surroundings inform much of her work. Her favourite things include perusing flea markets, making friends with wildflowers and traveling to new places both near and far. Her sketchbook is always in tow, just in case she finds a bug that needs its portrait painted or an interior that has a story to share.
Danielle Kroll - for Red Cap
Danielle Kroll is a Brooklyn based artist and designer. She graduated from Tyler School of Art and started her career in Anthropologie’s Art Department. Danielle’s current work includes illustrations, ceramics, paintings and textiles.
Her whimsical style aims to inspire curiosity and to make your day just a little bit brighter. She is mostly inspired by her childhood, art museums, long walks and thrift shops.
Dylan Mierzwinski – for Red Cap
Dylan Mierzwinski (“M” for short), is an illustrator and surface designer living in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, Arizona. A top teacher on Skillshare, Dylan is known for her warmth, ability to
communicate difficult ideas clearly, bold and retro botanical illustrations, and rosy-cheeked characters.
As a self taught artist, Dylan has
enthusiastically grown into her position in the art world as a creative cheerleader, sharer of helpful keyboard shortcuts, and combiner of unexpected colours. She enjoys waving at dogs, quoting Michael Scott, and encouraging people to talk about their feelings (not a joke).
Daren Thomas Magee – for Red Cap
Daren Thomas Magee is an Ojai, California based freelance illustrator, muralist and designer. His inspiration comes from many
sources, natural and supernatural.
The aim of his work is to speak to the space between imagination and reality, his hope is to leave you to float off in that liminal space into someplace entirely new.
Melissa Castrillion – for Red Cap
Melissa Castrillon is an English Colombian illustrator based in the U.K. She graduated from the Cambridge school of Art in 2009 and then again in 2014 with a Masters in Childrens book illustration. She has a passion for punchy colour combos, traditional print making and anything Botanical.
Nolan Pelletier - for Red Cap
Nolan Pelletier is a freelance illustrator and designer from Connecticut who currently resides in Toronto. He shares a mint green Victorian house with his wife, illustrator Kaley McKean, and their Maine Coon cat, Snoopy.
As a lifelong collector of antiques and printed ephemera, Nolan takes inspiration from an eclectic array of historical influences. His colourful artwork combines a modern design sense with the detailed decorative motifs of other eras. Nolan’s illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and elsewhere—and he’s collaborated with the fashion designer Anna Sui on art for several of her collections. When he’s not working on client work, he’s obsessively trawling flea markets and eBay for vintage graphic design books, tending to his allotment garden, or working on his illustrated newspaper, The Somnolent Garden Rambler.
Stewart Easton – for Red Cap
Stewart Easton is an artist currently living and working in London. He works across many disciplines including stitch, paint, drawing and digital. Stewart has shown work both nationally and internationally with pieces in private collections across the globe. His current interest lies within embroidery as a meditation, the counterculture, and mid- century shapes. He likes new new age music, spiritual jazz, psychedelia and hand cut shapes.
Krista Perry – for Red Cap
Krista Perry is an artist and illustrator living in Massachusetts. In 2015, she received an honors BFA in illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she took a very serious oath to make something fun every day!
Krista loves F-U-N! She believes in hard work and hard play and will NEVER turn down a good meatball sub. She loves to make art with a sense of humour and is inspired by bright colours, nostalgia, vintage ephemera, and ham.
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.