Welcome to the new blog! If you have been following me since before my rebrand I wanted to say thank you so much for all of your support!
Having you with me on this journey makes me so happy 😄 If you are new to Bunny Bear Press then I want to say, Welcome! I am so glad you are here!
I want to make a positive impact in the world and those around me in ways that feel loving, inclusive and authentic. I want to always be growing, changing and evolving in my work and life.
Here is the cliff notes version of how I went from a lazy kid to a kick ass stationery designer and letterpress printer.
High school Me: "I want to get married." Dad says "No you must go to college first."
Me: "FINE, I like to paint. I want to be an art major." Dad says "No you must do something that makes money."
Me: flips through course book points at graphic design and says "How about that?"
College Me: • Takes art classes is happy. • Moves to Seattle with BF is happy. • Takes first letterpress class, falls in love with feeding the press.
College Graduate Me: Gets married, and gets first design job. My love for print and printing presses grows.
Graphic Designer Me: Starts to wonder, "Could I have been a printer in a previous life?" The smell of a press room feels like home.
Working Professional Me: Works in large and small design firms, on large and small in-house design teams, in an ad agency and even a direct marketing firm (which was completely soul sucking, I think of it as the equivalent to a print designer’s own personal hell–I know it was mine) over the course of 3 years.
**Job Market Crashes while I'm on vacation with my husband in Europe, we decide to start a family. My oldest daughter is born.**
Mom Me: Work not as important as it used to be–still needs creative outlet. Remembers love of printing presses and buys Penny, starts Bunny Bear Press. Has baby number 2.
Penny is a Kelsey 3x5 letterpress machine. Historically sold door to door to little boys as a toy press, she weighs over 40 pounds.
Letterpress Printer Me: Buys first real press 2 years later. And becomes a making machine. Turns focus from custom work (which never really went anywhere anyway 😒 ) to making greeting cards. Flash forward 8 months, I'm on my way to the National Stationery Show with The Ladies of Letterpress.
Here's me with my wholesale debut line.
Stationery Company Owner Me: Went to New York with BIG DREAMS and even BIGGER EXPECTATIONS. Came home with bigger dreams and baby number 3.
Sleep Deprived Me: Finds seanwes podcast and binges. Decides to take my business to the next level with laser focus. Everything began to change.
Soul Searching Me: Thinks about: "Why do I want to make things? Who do I want to reach? Why is it important to me? What difference do I want to make in the lives of others?"
Clarity Me: I decide to be true and really listen to that little voice in my head. I dyed my hair violet, discovered that my lifelong desire to make best friends coupled with my creative need to create paper goods could come together.
Bunny Bear Press Me: I redesign my logo, making it less cutesy and more friendly. I scrap my whole line. I begin writing down all the silly, strange, funny, and disturbing thoughts that pop into my head that I think might make a good card. AND I start doing something else that I have always wanted to do, but never made time for––hand lettering.
In January of 2016 I took on the HUGE task of designing this website on my own. I’m not sure why I thought it would take 3 months?!? But here we are, 6 months later, finally launching this baby out into the world.