Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to lovely Marta of Dot & Jot, whose brand tagline is Whimsy on Paper, which is such a fitting description for Marta’s fun and cheery illustration style. You’re certain to love it! Without further ado –
Tell us a little about you and your business: Hi, I’m Marta, designer and owner of Dot&Jot, a handmade stationery, paper goods, and accessories brand with designs that are whimsical, quirky, and clever. I love creating designs that are pretty and are also great conversation starters.
Our paper products are printed eco-friendly on recycled paper in USA, the packaging is recycled and even the business cards are made from recycled t-shirts. Also, percentage of proceeds benefit the OneTreePlanted.org nonprofit, with $1 donation plants 1 tree in USA.
Everything is designed and packed by me in my tiny Brooklyn studio that I share with my bf and our rescue dog Koozy.
What inspires you to do what you do?: Anything and everything inspires my work, but mostly it’s clever sayings and quirky puns. I’m a total nerd for a good pun. Most of my cards feature a clever take on a saying or a double meaning. Also, my friends and family inspired some of my work; their quirks or funny pet peeves make for funny designs.
I graduated with BA in Graphic Design and spend over 10 years working in the field of publishing and Advertising agencies. But working under rigid guidelines and sometimes boring brands starved my creative spirit and I would doodle constantly and obsess over pretty prints and paper goods. I started off licensing my art and patterns to varies companies and slowly moved towards building my own brand of paper goods.
What’s Next For You?: Currently I’m building a collection of notepads and expanding my line of wrapping paper. Next up will be different format of cards, pencils and pens, and lapel pins. Also, I’m hoping to build my wholesale channel and secure some of my favorite shops by end of the year.
Thanks Marta! It’s so lovely to get you know you and I can’t wait to see what you do next, especially looking forward to seeing your lapel pins, which we’re a great fan of here at the Sparkfold!