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Artist Series: Emily Poulin

We first met Emily when Prickly Pear Paper first opened it's doors in 2017. She came in smiling and we were able to reminisce about the days in Southern California where Emily currently resides and where we had recently moved from. We have been following her amazing design work ever since and finally got around to having her make a card for us. Her playful use of text and simple line illustrations seemed like a perfect fit for some letterpressed cards. After running in to her in Palm Springs at the Mojave Flea, we decided to keep the desert theme going so Emily created these wonderful Desert Babe Birthday cards and soon to be printed Joshua Tree Pattern box sets. Keep a look out...

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Artist Series: Garritt Gilbert

Our next Artist Series feature highlights good friend and talented designer, Garritt Gilbert. His organic hand drawn style has graced everything from skateboards, to watches, to our shelves on some of our favorite two letterpressed cards. Drawing inspiration from the Arizona landscape and the great outdoors, Garritt has a special knack for finding vintage books and illustrations and repurposing them to give them a new life. Looking for a couple of outdoorsy themed cards, we reached out to Garritt and he beautifully drew up the Toad-ally Rock and Wild Thing Love card that have quickly become top sellers in the store. Catch him skating, hanging out with his three dogs, sketching on the iPad, and learn a little more about the illustrator behind the work in...

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Artist Series: Nikki Villatoro

This Artist Series feature is a special one to us here at Prickly Pear Paper, we chose to highlight our friend, employee, and talented designer/photographer Nikki Villatoro to work on some cards for our new line. If you've been following us along on instagram or on our website, you will have seen her gorgeous photography and a few of her cards in action. Nikki joined the team in March of 2018 and has been a tremendous asset to the Prickly Pear family. Her photography skills have brought our products to life and her eye for design and illustration has given us some of our cutest cards yet. Her work can be seen on our Sweet Baby Nursery, Beachy Birthday, and Just Married Car cards,...

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Artist Series: Beau Brown

For our 2018-2019 product line, we decided to introduce something new, something we had been wanting to do ever since the opening of the store. Our goal was simple, create a platform where we could promote our friends' artwork on our products, a sort of tribute to the many talented people we have met over the years. Beau was the first person we asked to be a part of this new project, The Artist Series, his detailed but simplified line work seemed perfect for a crisp letterpress print. As a native Arizonan turned Santa Barbara transplant, Beau creates nostalgic interpretations of the old west and a human connection to the ocean through surfing. One fun fact Beau didn't mention below, but he drew something every day for a...

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