On the Fourth Day of Christmas PDR gave to Lindsay:
A witty set of cards from Orange Tabby Press
We are delighted to present these cards from Orange Tabby Press. Each card has a cute design and clever saying and comes with a pretty colored envelope. When we were asked to select an item for our giveaway, we just couldn't choose as we found ourselves liking everything! Luckily, Julia was generous enough to put together this set for us. We were excited to meet with her this weekend and were happy to find she was just as pleasant in person as we thought she would be (cat lovers just know these things...). We love her work so much that we even also even picked up some great holiday cards and gifts for ourselves! You can learn a little more about our artist from the interview below:
1. Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? How did you decide on a name for your shop?
I'm a letterpress printer that lives in Washington DC with my husband and three cats. After months of flip-flopping on shop name ideas, I ended up naming it after my cat, Copernicus, an orange tabby.
2. How do you make your cards? Do you do everything yourself, or do you have people to help you?
I print my cards on an antique press using lead and wood type, photopolymer and linoleum cuts. I do the whole process (besides making the actual paper) on my own: design and layout, cutting the paper, printing, scoring, folding and packaging!
3. What inspires you?
Because I really like playing around with words, a lot of my cards feature puns. When riding the bus, I often find myself rhyming words or coming up with funny sayings that I eventually turn into greeting cards. I also like playing around with letters and including cats in my work.
4. Do you have any advice for others that are looking to make a business out of selling their work?
I think being aware of the amount of time and effort selling your work is really important. When I first started, I didn't realize how much there is to do besides designing and printing. There's the post-production and packaging, then the marketing and selling (photographing your work, writing descriptions, maintaining an online ship, applying to craft fairs), and then there's all the business-y stuff (inventory, accounting, etc.). I'm sure there are a lot of other things I should be doing as well!
5. What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint chocolate chip!
Congratulations, Lindsay! And much thanks to Orange Tabby Press!
Jen & Saira