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Shannon Barnes of Flaunt Playing cards based her enterprise earlier than the times of e-commerce. By means of on a regular basis inspiration, and dedication to inventive entrepreneurship her actually one-of-a-kind and handmade playing cards share delight every day and remind us ‘to not take issues too critically’.
How did you start your card-making profession?
I grew up in a household that at all times despatched playing cards for each event, and if fortunate sufficient, a $5 invoice was tucked inside. Sending handwritten greeting playing cards was an vital pastime and thought of correct etiquette which was fostered by my Grandma and now my Mother. 23 years in the past, I made a thanks card for a buddy who urged I think about promoting them. She known as in a favor and an area stylish store in Vancouver agreed to hold a few of my designs. Inside per week I used to be picked up by a distributor and the remainder is historical past. I, in fact, did should work a “actual” job alongside beginning the cardboard enterprise for a few years. I might even be remised if I didn’t point out that I’ve by no means taken an artwork class in my life. I by no means noticed myself as an artist and nonetheless battle to take action at instances. I studied City Geography and Sustainable Growth in College so the entire card making enterprise was not solely a pleasing shock, nevertheless it was a perfect profession path which enabled me to make my very own hours and lift my youngsters.
The place do you draw inspiration from? Meals? Pop Tradition? Timeless Motifs? Playful Puns?
Inspiration for me largely comes from on a regular basis life, particularly animals and birds which make up over 85% of my line. I’m a little bit of a journey junkie and love style, meals, and artwork in all its kinds. All my favourite issues and experiences encourage me frequently. For example, spending time in Positano impressed me to design a card with a lemon on it, climbing within the forest beside my home impressed me to create mushroom designs, and hanging out with my teen ladies evokes me to not take issues too critically and so as to add “fuck” to the occasional cardJ.
What does your day appear to be as a card designer?
My days are busy, and fortunately often at all times good busy. I work at home, I at all times have, which made the entire covid debacle comparatively clean for me. I’m fortunate to have a spacious home in Vancouver, Canada and have my workplace in a shiny and ethereal area tucked away from the common goings on of the day. My day largely is determined by which orders have to exit and what deadlines are looming. Typically, most of my time is spent on high quality management, filling orders, sorting stock and schlepping packages to my native submit workplace. I’ve a wonderful gal that works for me and is really probably the most artistic, top-notch human being ever. My two huskies additionally attempt to be as useful as doable.
What does your artistic course of appear to be?
I often begin with a doodle thought. I’m a horrific drawer so it’s all pretty tough till I begin slicing and tearing shapes of mulberry paper and gluing them collectively. Since we’re largely a “made-to-order” enterprise it permits me the pliability to create new deigns on a whim and cater to final minute retailer requests.
What’s your most well-liked medium?
My playing cards are all handmade. Legit handmade utilizing printed card inventory, hand-torn mulberry paper, glue sticks, paper punches, sparkles, and cloth paint. I’m unsure how I landed on this medium or how this design course of even got here to be. At first I used to be actually simply on the lookout for one other option to make cash and any such work actually resonated with individuals. The thrill round “native,” “moral,” and “small batch,” actually allowed my enterprise to develop at a gradual tempo reaching those that have been on the lookout for one thing just a little totally different.
What are you most happy with as a creator and card maker?
What I’m most happy with is that proven fact that I’m an entrepreneur in its most uncooked sense. Flaunt was constructed earlier than e-commerce and whereas I acknowledge the significance of a web-based presence and the facility of the web for making gross sales, I’m glad that I skilled the world when orders would are available in by way of fax machine, cellphone chats have been frequent, and store homeowners would mail their checks in. Touchdown some nice media and a few giant retailers like Paper Supply have enabled my enterprise to thrive and develop steadily. I really like and recognize the help, the collaboration and the artistic alternatives which have come my approach. I’m additionally proud that I’ve set a very good instance for my youngsters. You by no means know the place life will take you. Be type, put the time in, do the reps, and luxuriate in what you do.
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