Today on Creative Loves we have the brilliant Pawling Print Studio… The studio is run by sisters and designers Janet & Trisha who live and work out of Washington, DC and New York. Together they make environmentally conscious products including gourgeous tote bags and wonderful stationery.
Can you tell me about your studio space? We are split between cities, so we have two work spaces. Our production is mostly done in a basement studio in New York. It’s not very glamorous, but it gets the job done. Most of the online technical stuff and design editing is done from our home based office in DC.
Have you always been creatively driven? We’ve always been creatively driven, but we didn’t discover the entrepreneurial spirit until recently. Seeing other independent artists we admire build their businesses from the ground up made our goal feel more attainable.
What inspires you, where do you go for ideas? The problem isn’t usually a lack of ideas, but too many of them! Our challenge is processing all of our inspiration and that usually means stepping away distractions, particularly the internet. When we have too much visual stimulation, there isn’t enough room for our own originality and discovery.
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What is a typical work day for you? Being responsible for the many departments involved in running a business, from designers to makers to shipping and customer service, it’s difficult to have a typical day. Our work days are constantly being interrupted by unexpected projects, so we’ve learned to be flexible.
How do you approach each brief / project? What tools and materials do you use to create your work? It starts with pen and paper. We throw out the bad ideas, develop the good ideas, then apply them to prototypes. All of our designs are created by hand, but we do rely on technology to assist us in executing the final product. For our screenprinted work we either make the screens ourselves or send out our designs to be printed for us. Researching and sourcing materials is equally important as our designs, and building relationships with new vendors has become part of our design process.
What projects are you working on at the moment? We are working on developing production for wholesale and as always, new designs.
What has been the most interesting or exciting project you've worked on? Our calendars are always fun because we get to work on so many new pattern designs at once. But the most exciting and rewarding project has been developing our brand. It’s safe to say that before we started, we had no idea how many details were involved in building a cohesive brand from scratch.
In terms of your work what couldn't you live without? Regular intake of jelly beans and tacos! Can’t work without sustenance.
What do you love most about what you do? In school and jobs there’s always a rush to complete an assignment. There’s never time for pause, reflection, or development. Sometimes we get caught up in all of the day to day things and it’s as if we’ve self imposed these same expectations on ourselves, but we’re lucky that we actually have the option to step back and reevaluate our situation.
What do you want to do in the future? Who would have imagined Etsy or internet based art businesses ten years ago? In ten years we hope we’re flexible enough to adapt to whatever new concepts and opportunities come along!
Where are you happiest? That moment right after we’ve completed a big project. The excitement is still there, but the anxiety isn’t.
Thanks Janet & Trisha!