We’re moving into the third month of #BringBackPaper now. I do so love having a papery indulgence on the blog every Wednesday (you can read other #BBP posts here), and it’s been great to be finding so many other paper fans out there, too. So, I thought it’d be good to kick off this month with a little papery activity…
To Do: It’s nice and simple. Send some paper out into the world. It can be whatever you like, to whomever you like. Perhaps a little cheer up card, a gift of a book to a friend, posting a letter, sending a note and some recent family photos to a relative, or a stationery gift. All I ask is that you do it this month and share it with us on Twitter or Instagram with the #BringBackPaper hash tag. It’ll make you smile, and, I hope, make the recipients day a little brighter 🙂
And now onto the main feature of the day, as we hear from Mabel, the lady behind Pink Pig, and she has a rather lovely give-away, too…
Tell us a little about Pink Pig
Pink Pig is my company. I publish greeting cards featuring my own illustrations, and I now sell the cards directly to retail outlets.
The designs I create for Pink Pig are fun to design. I try to blend contemporary illustration with a touch of humour, aimed at the design savvy customer.
How did the business come about?
I’m an illustrator based in Edinburgh, and I’ve been creating illustrations for clients worldwide for a long time – creating everything from perfume packaging to book covers, and I have sold designs to many card companies over the years. The cards were always the product I most loved working on, but it was sometimes frustrating that I had to work within publishers guidelines and briefs, and the images were never 100% ‘me’ as I always had someone else to please.
So Pink Pig was born out of a desire to break away from client restraints and deadlines, and create cards and gifts that I’d like to buy myself. So I began by producing my own card range and launched it only this January at a trade fair. Things have moved pretty quickly since then, and I’m so relieved to say my first orders into shops are selling well, and I’m currently working on a brand new range.
What projects and designs are you working on at the moment?
A brand new Illustration card range with more occasion cards included, due to retailer requests.
I am also involved in a very exciting charity initiative. 12 artists have donated their artwork /photographs to a Christmas card project in which the charity (Action Medical Research – a children’s charity) receive 100% from the sales of the cards. I think it’s pretty unheard of as usually the charities who benefit from Christmas cards sales only receive about 2 pence per card! The Christmas cards wont be on sale until September when they will go on-line and I will be selling direct, too.
When you’re not working, what do you like to do?
Photography is my passion, and it’s how I relax best.
I also love talking walks through Holyrood Park, near my home and I try and climb ‘Arthur’s Seat’ (an extinct volcano!) in the park at least a couple of times in the week. It clears my head, and I always think of new ideas for cards. So I suppose it’s not really a break from work!
I avoid telly pretty much, but I do love settling down to either a film, or a favourite TV series for an hour in the evening with the family. Our recent addiction was ‘Breaking Bad’ – I felt so lost when it finished!
Thank you so much, Mabel. Lovely to find out all about Pink Pig and sounds like you’ve some exciting projects coming up, too. I do like nosing about in your shop, too! You can find PinkPig on Facebook here.
Mabel has kindly offered us a great giveaway, too, so I have the following prizes available for two winners:
Each winner will receive a notebook, and I’ve 1 owl design and 1 peacock design available.
And then one card pack each (there are 4 cards in each pack) and 1 will be the photographic pack ‘Scotpics’ and 1 will be the illustration pack of cards ‘Hootenanny’. The winners can choose the 4 designs for each pack, which you can find here.
So to be in with a chance of winning a rather lovely Pink Pig bundle, simply use the rafflecopter below. UK entrants only, and you have until 3rd July 2014 to enter. Good luck!
I do hope you enjoyed hearing from Mabel and discovering her range. And I’d love you to join me and get some paper out there this week – will you? I do hope so, fellow paper fans!