Chit Chat with Kyla from Keeks Paper Co. January 20 2015, 0 Comments
February is just around the corner and Pennie Post is excited to be partnering with Keeks Paper Co. Every February Pennie Post subscription will come with a Keeks Paper Co. Valentine's Day card! I was lucky enough to ask owner and designer, Kyla a few questions about her stationery business. Enjoy!
How many years have you been designing your own cards, and how did you get started?
I have been designing cards for 2 years. I had been helping out at a flower shop, (The Floral Fixx in Winnipeg) and was chatting with my boss and coworkers about my hobby of painting and doodling in the evenings. Julie, my boss, said why not create some cards and sell them at the shop. So I did! I decided to approach other locals business' as well with my cards and it's been going great!
I’m always interested to see how other designers think. How do you gain inspiration to design you cards and what is your design strategy like?
My creative process usually begins on those fateful mornings when I accidentally drink too much coffee, or any coffee at all for that matter! I am quite sensitive to caffeine. The ensuing result turns to me laying in bed that night, staring up at the ceiling with no chance or hope of turning my brain off. So I make the most and see where my thoughts lead; creating and planning new designs and ideas that have built up from nuanced inspirations taken in over the past however long. I write them all down in my handy to-do app and see how they evolve from there. I am usually inspired by patterns and shapes, I like taking natural art forms and materials and manipulating them digitally, but not too much that they lose that natural feel and texture.
Every day must be a bit different when owning your own business, but what is a typical day like at Keeks Paper?
My typical day starts with either breakfast with a friend, (Because why not? -- and breakfast is my favourite meal) or a slow wake up. I have never been a morning person so I create for myself a later start. The rest of my day is spent answering emails, creating promotions, designing custom work for brides and business owners and listening to my studio partner (and sister-in-law) hammer away at her amazing jewellery designs-- it's all in the family. The one thing I learned in owning my own business is there is never a time when there is nothing to do. --and it's easy to forget to eat lunch.
What do you enjoy the most about your business?
That it's mine! Building up something you can call your own and take ownership of is quite satisfying.
What is your dream design project?
OH THERE ARE TOO MANY!
What are your top three favorite stores to shop at?
I'm not a big shopper and we don't have the best selection out here, but I enjoy those bookstores with a great knick knack section.
How did you come up with the name, Keeks Paper Co.?
A crazy and dear friend of mine gave me the nickname "Keeks". She was the only one who called me that, and she has since moved to the southern states. But I liked how it sounded. From time to time new clients call me Keeks, it's nice.
What are your hopes for Keeks Paper Co.'s future?
Keep growing and getting my name out there. I would just love for more people to see and love my work. It is the greatest feeling to be able to create things that other people also enjoy. I know maybe not everyone, but at least a few in this wide world.