Back in 1992, I was a single mom making my living as a graphic designer, working out of the back of a printer’s warehouse. Mild-mannered brochure designer by day, right?…but upon getting home to my garage and my Secret Stash of ribbon, punches and cardstock I …I succumbed to Invitations Frenzy. Waking myself up in the middle of the night asking myself, what’s a Baronial? Sneaking fonts on diskette home from work in my purse…lurking around Hallmark stores buying cards just so I could scan them, violating as many as twenty copyrights a day…
In 1994 my doctor told me I had early-stage Glitter Lung and urged me to quit. Instead, I started a company called Artiface, cutting back on the brochures in favor of weddings and bar mitzvahs, meeting with clients in the conference room of my new husband’s Extreme Sports ad agency. My brides and bar mitzvah moms had to navigate a thicket of BMX bicycles, skateboards and Fender Strats to get to me, but they kept coming.
“Get a room”, my husband finally told me, so I did, a little studio in a Wedding Design Center. By now it’s grown into a 1400-square-foot showroom and workshop and some truly impressive gear that you have an excuse to buy when you … Okay, I became a dealer. Not only do I now get to papercraft for a living, but I employ a couple of likewise obsessed women and pay them to do it, too.
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You can see some of my original designs at Artiface.