I'm a mother of 3 sweet and crazy little girls and living with my husband in Spokane Valley, Washington. I'm originally from Provo, Utah, where I earned a BFA in graphic design at Brigham Young University. I started The Paper Nut as an Etsy shop in 2008 while living in Seattle. I have an all-consuming passion for design and a feverish obsession with mid-century modern graphics and illustration. I feed my hunger with a hearty breakfast of Pinterest finds, and sketch new ideas in a dozen or so notebooks tucked around my house. The ratio of work-I-have-actually-created to ideas-I-have is ultra frustrating, but I plunk along as best I can in my cluttered basement workspace. I have ambitions to expand my little art print line, design textiles, and eventually illustrate children's books, but for now things are snail-paced.
What I think sets me apart is my focus on the design world outside of Etsy. I have a fear of ever falling into the trap of just making what will sell or getting too caught up in the Etsy marketplace. I have turned down requests for certain custom designs because they didn't hold true to the overall vision I have. My ultimate goal is to expand The Paper Nut much further than where it is now. I know my customers are attracted to the sophisticated standard I aim for, and ultimately I have landed some licensing work from larger companies like Target and Hallmark. I absolutely love being part of the Etsy community, but I always try to stay aware of the world beyond that.
I think my experience as a professional designer allows me to offer a level of quality that is lacking in a lot of the independent sellers on Etsy (don't get me wrong, I know how many exemplary sellers are on Etsy who I look up to for inspiration and expertise). Besides affecting the actual look of my art, my past professional training has a major impact on my ability to oversee the quality of my products (paper selection, print quality attention to detail) as well as customer service. I have made a lot of mistakes, but I keep striving for a higher level of service. I try to be as hard on myself as I can stand.
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