It’s about time you get to know some of the wonderful artists that make up Postable’s bewitching card collection! We’re asking our artists 20 very insightful (dare we say, life changing) questions that will give us some insight into their delightfully creative minds!
First up, Lara, the genius behind Sweet Bella.
So, you’re all grown up. You have a big person job… One that comes with benefits and a pension and all that good stuff. Maybe you’re just out there living the dream in a tent somewhere on a mountain with periodic wifi connection. Wherever you are now if you were once a high school teenager you also had a high school teacher.
Why mail greeting cards to your high school teacher?
There are three of us in the studio throughout the week. I’m here all the time and Sarah and Rachel are my very able studio assistants who see to the general smooth-running of the business and wholesale order side of things. That frees my time up spend on the design process (in theory anyway – but other things always crop up too!!)
I love playing around with words, sayings, idioms, and type so this is often a good starting point. Colour plays a huge part and I love trying out new colour combinations and pairing patterns and illustrations with words.
Cheerful. And also concise.
These kind of questions are always hard! I think I’d say someone like Lucienne Day. She was (along with her husband Robin Day) a prolific designer of her time (1950’s onwards) and way ahead of her time as a designer/working mum. As a creative woman running my own business it’s always inspiring to read about other similarly aspirational creative ladies and Lucienne Day was perhaps one of the first to do that.
I’m always drawn to greens of varying shades so it would have to be green (probably varying in shades around the house from bluey-greens through to olive/muddy greens!)
Being a Yorkshire ‘lass’ it would have to be a good roast dinner- roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, roast vegetables and gravy!
Postable’s March featured artist is the lovely 1canoe2.
1canoe2 letterpress is the stuff dreams are made of – Carrie and Beth are childhood friends who always loved to draw. Now the two are all grown-up and work together as professional illustrators, designers and printers. The name 1canoe2 comes from years of the two dreaming up big ideas around a campfire and floating down a spring-fed Missouri river in a canoe. Two girls, one canoe. One canoe, two.
We asked Beth some questions…
* How many folks are involved in the whole design process?
2-3 people touch the art before it gets to Postable
* What are the different roles?
Carrie does all the illustration, Beth and Carrie do the final design together, Kate turns it into a Postable product
*Where are your headquarters?
In a barn. In a cornfield. In the middle of Missouri. We love it here.
* What’s your favorite card that you’ve designed (on Postable)?
My personal favorite is the Birthday Stripes card.
* Where do you draw your inspiration for your design?
The world around us, our rural setting, pretty colors.
* If you had to describe your cards in one word, what would it be?
*If you could spend a day with any person (dead or alive) who would it be?
Um, maybe Martha Stewart? I’m pretty intrigued by her savvy business skills.
*If you had to paint your house inside and out with the same color, what would it be? Why?
Citron green. It’s just my happy color.
*What would you choose as your last meal?
Mashed potatoes, cheese curls, shrimp cocktail and sparkling grape juice. Do I know how to party or what?
Check out more cards from our featured artist [1canoe2].