I LOVE PAPER.
I always have. From the time I was a little girl, I have loved all things paper... drawing on it, cutting it, gluing it, coloring it. I mean really love it, like in a crazy way. I think about it every day. I always want it with me. I'm so happy when I see it. Crazy, right?
Flash forward to me in college... I wasn't sure how to make a career out of paper so I studied Fashion Design at the University of Texas at Austin. At least once a week though, my brother would leave a note on my car or at my house reminding me to "make paper". He always knew what my real passion was.
After meeting my husband and graduating, we moved to Dallas, Texas where I started working in Visual Design for Neiman Marcus, initially at the corporate level and later at the Chicago Michigan Avenue store. There I learned a ton about design and putting colors and styles together. In January of 2000, I decided it was time to follow my passion and make a life for myself in paper. I created Letterspace, a wholesale greeting card, stationery and invitation company. I sold my designs to over 1,200 stores around the country from little boutiques to Neiman Marcus & Saks Fifth Avenue. It was amazing!
Almost 12 years and 2 kids later, I had shipped my paper all over the world. Then a new kind of opportunity presented itself.
In the fall 2011, I got the incredible opportunity to work with Agency EA, a local experiential marketing firm. I was asked to make special paper pieces for The White House. THE WHITE HOUSE! By the time Mrs. Obama held the press conference for the Holiday tours, I had made a forest of paper and felt Christmas Trees and large framed paper sculptures. What an amazing & inspiring experience it was- I was even on HGTV (crazy right?!?). I had the honor of creating special paper pieces every year from 2011 to 2014 for Christmas at the White House.
The last few years I've also had the opportunity to make special paper installations for USTA U.S. Open and build a huge stage backdrop for the opening gala for Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. It's been an amazing ride and I can't wait to see what comes next.
To say I feel blessed would be an understatement. I've spent over 20 years working with paper. I love working with my hands and making art and I hope that what I make brings joy to your lives and helps you feel connected. Thank you so much for your support along the way. Lots of love to you!