She woke in the morning/
She knew that her life had passed her by/
And she called out a warning/
Don’t ever let life pass you by
“Warning” Morning View, by Incubus
This song made a huge impression on me when I was 17 years old. I’m pretty sure I listened to it every day of my senior year, on the way to and from school. The last thing I ever want is to feel like I wasted my life, like I didn’t do enough. I didn’t have enough fun. I didn’t make the most of what I was given. It can be a weighty feeling sometimes, to always question whether or not what you’re doing is right. While I definitely still have anxiety-filled moments, they’re less about “What path to follow?” and more “How to follow this path I’ve chosen?”
I love paper; books, magazines, catalogs, business cards, packaging. Not all of them mind you. The interesting, the unique. I also love the written word; anything with a story. Tell me why. I’ve never stopped asking that question. There should always be an answer. Design school taught me not what I liked, but why. I like simple things; the most necessary, efficient, functional. I find them calming. They have a purpose.
Starting a paper shop was a dream I didn’t know I had until I finished art school. The idea of spending my days creating well-designed cards is exciting. I love the challenge of creating. It may seem gratuitous, and perhaps it is, but it’s my passion. I don’t believe my stationery will change the world, but I believe being one more person living a passionate life will. It’s infectious. Everyone should live purposely. Easier said than done, naturally, but that’s not an excuse not to do it. You have no choice. Find your passion. Fight for it. Live it.
A well-designed anything solves a problem, makes you smile, is completely necessary. It’s easy to miss the well-designed because it fits, it makes sense. It’s the garish that calls attention to itself. My goal is to design stationery that tells a simple, truthful, and hopefully humorous story over tea and cake (There should always be cake).