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Meet Jessie from the newly launched Root and Branch Paper Co

Root and Branch is a wonderful new stationery & paper goods shop. Owned by Jessie Tyree Jenness, who designs and illustrates all of her products, I’ve been completely drawn in by her gorgeous, dense and dreamy illustrative style, and fresh use of colour. I know you will be too!

This is the latest in our meet the maker series, I hope you enjoy getting to know Jessie and discovering the amazing world of Root and Branch Paper Co.

Greetings Cards by Root & Branch Paper Co

Sparkfold: Tell us a little about you & how you got started in this wonderful world of design

Jessie: I studied graphic design at university. I spent my entire freshman year as an undeclared major because I was so torn… should I study art or study something “practical” ?! After a year of waffling I realized that art-making is what I absolutely love to do, and to balance, majoring in graphic design felt like a strategic career move. I’ve never once regretted that decision! During school and in the years since, I’ve done quite a bit of freelance design and illustration in various forms. This past year I decided to focus my portfolio and produce some ready-made pieces. Lo and behold, Root & Branch Paper Co. was born!

What’s the background to Root & Branch, you had a business previously – what’s inspired the slight change in direction?

For the past few years I have been taking commissions and creating one-off custom projects for wonderful clients… it’s awesome when people come to me with thoughtful and meaningful ideas. I love that collaboration! The first product I sent to print without a commission was my ABC Coloring book, which was a personal piece that I made purely for fun. To my surprise, that book received an awesome response, and I sold way more copies than anticipated. That’s the project that got my wheels turning. I started dreaming up so many products, enough to fill several collections. Eventually I realized hey, I can do this!

Botanical Greetings Cards by Root & Branch

Your illustration and pattern designs are really distinct and totally beautiful – obviously nature is a huge part of your work. What else inspires your style and your work?

Thank you so much! You’re right, the natural world is absolutely where I draw my inspiration. I grew up near the mountains and much of my childhood was spent outside- climbing trees, collecting leaves, pressing flowers. And honestly I still do all these things, haha! I can’t resist a good leaf! I have a huge collection.

Jessie Tyree Jenness of Root and Branch Paper Co

I travel a lot and am lucky to have lived on three different continents. One of my greatest joys in traveling is discovering new and exotic plants and flowers. I am always inspired by what I see, even just while running errands… my phone is constantly filled with snaps of interesting flowers and leaves. Each of my illustrations is inspired by a specific plant, and they represent places all over the globe. There are water lilies from China, hibiscus from Thailand, and foxgloves from Norway. Each represents a different season of my life, where I’ve been and where I’m dreaming to go.

Friednship Greetings Card by Root & Branch Paper Co

Additionally I am very inspired by Art Nouveau, traditional woodcuts, botanical prints, and folk art from all over the world. My floral drawing style and emphasis on heavy lines evolved over the years as an homage to these styles of work.

You must have a million product ideas! How have you managed to decide on your ranges & collections for your launch?

It’s true, I have more ideas than time, haha! I tend to just create and create until I have a huge stack of illustrations. My process is very casual, I carry a notebook with me wherever I go, and if I’m sitting in a cafe or if I’m stuck in a meeting, I draw flowers. I tend to be a kinesthetic learner, so I listen better when I’m drawing. Granted, getting some professors and speakers to understand this can be a challenge! I guess it’s a right-brain thing. Quite a few of the illustrations that made it onto my products were designed while I was “taking notes” in a lecture.

Root and Branch Paper Co - A Work In Progress

Once I have an overwhelming stack of drawings, I organize them in a three-ring binder. It becomes apparent which ones are the most intriguing designs. From there, the process turns entirely digital… scanning, touch-ups, and adding text and color. This is where my graphic designer side takes over, and it is one of the most fun parts of the process.

The last step in narrowing down my collection is sending screenshots to my mom and sisters… they have good taste and aren’t afraid to give real feedback!

Fun fact – tell us something that not many people know about you!

I live in China! When I’m not running Root & Branch, I’m studying Mandarin Chinese, and my husband Ben is currently studying architecture here. This shakes things up a bit, as Root & Branch is an online business but located primarily in the US, where all our products are manufactured and stored. My mom Ellen is my inventory manager, and she fills and ships all orders that we receive. I manage our web shop and take custom projects via email, and I have a network of printers and manufacturers in the US that I work with to make things come to life.

Pretty Botanical Greetings Cards by Root & Branch Paper Co

Apart from your new website, where else do you hang out online?

Pinterest is my favorite place on the internet. I have had an account since it was in beta (find me here!) and I often search there for reference photos, color palettes, and inspiring images.

I’m also a huge Instagram fan! I love the community of creatives there. You can find my feed here.

In addition to running my own web shop, I have an Etsy shop. Etsy is an awesome platform and have been selling my illustrations here even before launching Root & Branch. It’s a great place to meet and support other creative entrepreneurs, and one of my favorite places to look for gifts.

What’s the plan for the first year of Root & Branch? Any exciting new products we can look forward to?

I hope to get notepads and desk calendars in the shop soon. I’m very inspired by tropical plants lately, so expect to see some of those popping up this summer. I’m already thinking ahead about this year’s holiday season… botanical Christmas cards! And I hope to have a yearly calendar out for 2019!

Finally,I asked Jessie to talk about her personal favourite products. Here are Jessie’s picks! :

Personally I LOVE our notebooks. I am already using two of them myself: the Monja Blanca Orchid notebook is for my business, and the Water Lily & Lotus style is for my Chinese class notes. I am a huge notebook lover, and I designed these to suit my own taste for a perfect notebook.


Botanical Illustrated Notebooks by Root & Branch

Another favorite is our brand-new Garden botanical coloring book. It’s my second coloring book, made with gardeners, nature lovers and flower enthusiasts in mind. I had so much fun designing it and it’s a great gift for anyone who loves to color.

Botanical Coloring Book by Root & Branch

As far as greeting cards go, I designed our line with versatility in mind. Many of our styles can be used for a variety of occasions. Some of my favorites are the Hip Hip Hooray! card, which is suitable for any celebratory moment, along with the To My Dear Friend card, a sweet and simple friendship card for any occasion.

hip hip hooray card by Root & Branch

Card for a Friend by Root & Branch Paper Co

I had a super fun time creating the It’s Time to Party! card. I feel like Dahlias are the perfect party flower so they were a natural choice for this card.

Time to Party Card by Root & Branch Paper Co

And finally, one of my favorites from our gift wrap and wallpaper collection is the Coral Charm Peony design. It’s a pretty botanical design with a dash of funky.

Peony Gift Wrap by Root & Branch Paper Co

Jessie, thank you so much for being on the blog, I really enjoyed learning more about your business and hoping Root and Branch has an amazing fledgling year!

Valentine’s Day Cards – lovely cards for Love Day!

Confession time – me and my husband don’t exchange Valentine’s Day cards! We used to, but then several years ago there was a bit of a situation where an attempt at on-card humour was made, and it did not go so well (naming no names!), and we just kind of stopped after that. But I’ve seen such a lot of lovely Love Day cards over the past couple of weeks, I consider it my duty and honour to show them to you!

In other news – I’m trying to get a library of free printables up and running, I blog here, but I also create…. a lot! And at the moment things I design are just sat doing nothing, which is a shame, so I thought I’d just share them out. Choosing the best way to distribute freebies from a library is proving hard as I want to make it really easy for you to access, but I want to build it up to quite a lot of pieces. If you’d like to be kept in the loop about my free printables library, please sign up here, where you can download a pretty marbled paper design 2018 calendar should you wish and also get notified when I add new stuff!

Anyway, without further ado, here are the pretties!

“Be my Valentine” illustrated by Meghann Rader for Bespoke Press.

“Love” Valentine’s Day card by CWC Stationery.

“Everyone Sucks” card by Paper Pony Co.

“Heart Arms” card by Amelia Flower.

“I’ll Always Pick You” card by Copper Paper Co.

Blush Letter Press Valentine’s Day card by Bespoke Press.

“Love Citation” Valentine’s Day Card by Slightly Stationery.


“Love” card by Natalie Lea Owen.

original_perfect-together-lovebirds-greeting-card by Jade Fisher

‘Perfect Together’ Lovebirds Greeting Card by Jade Fisher.

Please Be Mime Valentines Day Card By Violet Press and Paper

“Please Be Mime”  Valentine’s Card by Violet Press & Paper.

“Swan Love” Valentine’s Day Card by Good Juju Ink.

You are Ace card by Oh Hello Studio

“You are Ace” card by Oh Hello Studio.


White Peony card by Paper Raven Co.

You Mean the World to Me Valentines Card by Pen and Paint

“You Mean the World to Me” card by Pen & Paint.


“Perfect Match” card by Badger & Burke.

I Love You Valentines Day Notecard by Blattpapier Studio

“I Love You” Valentine’s Day Notecard by Blattpapier Studio.

Your Love is My Drug Valentines Card by Fox and Fallow

“Your Love is My Drug” Valentine’s Card by Fox and Fallow.


“I Wanna Take You Out” card by Snow & Graham.

2018 Planners Round Up – My Picks

Christmas and the New Year seem like sooo long ago now and the holidays were lots of fun (hope you had a lovely seasonal break too!)… but…. planners! Who doesn’t love a lovely new planner, with its lovely crisp blank pages upon which we jot down (in our best handwriting with our favourite pen) our plans, goals, hopes & dreams… maybe do a little doodle or two…. definitely go crazy with the washi tape and I suppose we can also write groceries list (boo!). So multi functional! Have you got yours yet? Here’s a collection of gorgeous that take my fancy!

original_palma-2018-daily-planner-diary by Hello Day

“Palma” 2018 Daily Planner Diary Original by Hello Day on Not on the High Street.

Next Page Planner set by Poketo via Spring

“Next Page” collection by Poketo on Spring.

2018 Weekly Planner by Sasha Kretova

Minimalist 2018 Weekly Planner by Sasha Kretova.

Pink Paris Map Agenda by Kate Spade

Paris 17 month Large Agenda by Kate Spade.

For the planner kit by Appointed Via Spring

Planner bundle by Appointed.

Black Marble Planner by Fringe via Spring

Black Marble 17 month Planner by Fringe.


AGENDA07_White_swiss_dot_spiral_by Suger Paper LA

2018 Spiral Bound Agenda in Swiss Dot by Sugar Paper.


original_personalised-script-2018-weekly-diary by Martha Brook

Personalised Script 2018 Weekly Diary by Martha Brook.

Modern Citizen 2018 Planner (Charcoal) by Modern Citizen.


The Sparkfold Instagram Top 9 Images for the Year

First of all – Happy New Year and a massive thank you to everyone who has supported Sparkfold during 2017, which was the fledgling year for the blog. I’m overwhelmed with the grace, kindness and enthusiasm from the wonderful designers, makers and business owners that have been featured so far – thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I really can’t wait to show you the content for 2018 – some fabulous designer interviews to bring you, as well as loads of other features on all things paper, stationery and gift inspo. We’re also launching a printables library in the first quarter of the year, and a couple of other little surprises too! Aaaanyway, I digress…..

It’s no secret that I LOVE Instagram – I have 4 different accounts! But the Sparkfold Instagram is the focus of this post…. (psst – follow us!) – I use it to help to build the profiles of those who are featured on the blog, and a few other designers whose work I love. So at the end of this, my first year in blogging, I thought it would be fun to discover what the most popular Instagram posts of the year were (I used this site to do mine) and I thought I’d publish the grid here too, because there are some wonderful pics from brilliant designers (and a couple of my own made the cut too!).

Sparkfold Instagram 2017 Best Nine GridL-R from the top

  1.  Josh from The Postman’s Press makes brilliantly bond patterns and quote wall art (read more about The Postman’s Press here)  |  Shop  |  Instagram  |
  2.  Our Heiday, run by sisters Patricia and Donna have a trove of floral and painterly gifts & stationery goodies. This pic is gift wrap of theirs.  |  Shop  |  Instagram  |
  3. Tamar Dovrat creates magical works of art in gouache. Florals and much more (read more about Tamar here)  |  Shop  |  Instagram  |
  4. That’s me 🙂 I love creating pretty images with paper!  |  Website  |  Instagram  |
  5. This is a snap I took of a wonderful Japanese stationery subscription box I’ve purchased a couple of times. It’s from The Stationery Selection. Boxes are limited and sell out fast!  |  Shop  |  Instagram  |
  6. Tamar Dovrat gets another score in the best nine of the year! This is one of a set of gorgeously sweet paper toys that she recently created.
  7. This playful pennant banner is by Gabrielle of House of Hooray – if you’re after nursery and sweet kids’ decor, go see what she’s got for you!  |  Shop  |  Instagram  |
  8. Another snap of mine. I like pink watercolour apparently!
  9. This gorgeous handmade paper is the creation of Zoë Durber. Zoë offers her paper for sale in small batches, so keep an eye on her Insta for that, and she’s also graphic designer and illustrator.  |  Website  |  Instagram |

Go and check out these guys – they all happen to also have brilliant Instagram accounts if you’re on the hunt for some new peeps to follow.

Here’s to a brilliant 2018!

Claire xo

Christmas and Holiday Cards for 2017

One of my favourite things in life is choosing greetings cards and I’m so pleased to be able to bring this lovely curated selection to you. It delights me thought of introducing someone new to a business or designer they had perhaps never come across before. Greetings cards are so personal and I know I’m not alone in putting a lot of thought to choosing just the right thing.

I’ll be bringing you more greetings cards collections over the coming months, as a regular feature. Hope that’s okay 😀 in the meantime, enjoy! xo

NOEL Christmas Holiday Card by CWC Stationery

NOEL card by CWC Stationery.

Give Education Unicef Card by Marabou Design for Minted

Unicef Personalisable Joy to the Earth Card by Marabou Designs for Minted.

Joy Holiday Card by Our Heiday

Joy painted card by Our Heiday.

Hipster Santa Christmas Holiday greetings card by Paper Pony Co

Hipster Santa card by Paper Pony Co.


Christmas Cottage holiday Card by Paper Raven Co

Christmas Cottage card by Paper Raven Co.

Holiday Skier Christmas Card holiday Card by Idlewild Co

Holiday Skiers card by Idlewild Co.



Christmas Card set by Bonjour Paper.


JOY Holiday Christmas Greetings Card BY CWC Stationery

Joy card by CWC Stationery.

Peace on Earth Holiday Christmas Greetings Card by Idlewild Co

Peace on Earth card by Idlewild Co.

Merry-Christmas-Trolley-Christmas card by Amy Heitman

Christmas Trolley card by Amy Heitman.

The Sparkfold Gift Guide 2017

I hope you love this fabulous gift buying guide, I had such fun creating for you! I mainly shopped small, with a couple of exceptions. I love discovering small businesses and I shop with small businesses wherever possible – actually mostly for me, as our family doesn’t do gifts all that much.

Enjoy this little collection of hand-curated treasures and I hope you find something perfect within! xo

Fox enamel necklace by PapioPress

Set of enamel necklaces by Papio Press.

gold point vessel by Up in the Air Somewhere

Gold Point Vessel by Up in the Air Somewhere.

Intention Cards from DecoyLab

Intentions Cards with wooden stand by DecoyLab.

Black Magnolias Thought Jotter by Our Heiday


Black Magnolias Thought Jotter by Our Heiday.

Marble Inlay Jewelery Box by Anthropologie

Marble Inlay Jewellery Box by Anthropologie.

Vintage_Green_Letter_Board_for_sale by Vintage Revivals

Vintage style green felt letter board by Vintage Revivals.

Personalised brass keychain by Danielle Hornyak

Personalised brass stamped keychain with tassel by Danielle Hornyak.
pink terrazzo spiral notebook by micush


Pink Terrazzo Spiral Notebook by Micush.

Liberty for Anthropologie Mug by Anthropologie

Liberty Print mug by Anthropologie.

Dreamcatcher by The Hippie Hut UK

Blush Pink and white feature dreamcatcher by the Hippie Hut UK.

Press For Champagne Keychain by Idlewild Co

Press for Champagne keychain by Idlewild Co.

Flowers on Pink Original Artwork by Tamar Dovrat

“Flowers of Pink” original gouache painting by Tamar Dovrat.

Copper Wire Heart from The Letter Loft

Copper Wire Heart and Arrow by The Letter Loft.

Mabel Suede Journal By Anthropologie

Mabel suede journals by Anthropologie.

Geranium Illustration on Micush

Geranium Decorative Pillow by Micush.

Geometric Brass Himmeli Wreath by Vintage Revivals

DIY Himmeli Wreath kit by Vintage Revivals.

A Moment With – Alex Foster of Alex Foster Illustration

Alex Foster of Alex Foster Illustration is well known for the beautiful maps and house portraits he creates. In addition to these, Alex has ventured into new territory with a recently expanded product range, moving into stationery, notebooks, notepads and gift wrap.

I’ve followed Alex’s work for a while now – those map prints pop up everywhere (including on my very own blog post here), and I recently had the chance to ask him a few questions about his new product lines. It was lovely to find out more about Alex and his business. I hope you enjoy meeting him too!

Hi Alex, please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about how you got to where you are now!  I’m Alex Foster and I learnt about illustration when my art teacher at school mentioned the University for the Creative Arts – our career advisers hadn’t heard of the place despite it being only 1 of 3 universities in the area. So I’m glad he told me about that!

I went on to do the foundation year there, then moved to London to study a degree in Illustration at Middlesex University. This is where I did a little bit of commercial work and it was also my first introduction to the freelance illustration world – since then it’s been hard work, trying to always improve and market myself to continue the flow of work. I’m very lucky to now have regular commissions and sales through my shop to keep me very busy with it all.

notebooks by Alex Foster Illustration

Lucha+libre+notebooks by Alex Foster Illustration

Your new lines are stationery focussed – what made you decide to branch out now?  I’ve always liked stationery, and moving in to this is a bit of an experiment really. Since signing up to exhibit at Top Drawer I wanted to expand what I did more and this meant designing a range of gift wrap, notebooks and notepads. I’m definitely still going to be making more art prints and maps when I can though – they are still my main focus.

Gardenia+greetings card by Alex Foster Illustration

I love the illustrations and patterns on your new products, I especially like the volleyball and Lucha Libre wrestling patterns! What inspired these new designs?  Some of the patterns I had made a few years ago but never had a good use for them, so I’m glad I’ve found a good medium for them. For example the foxes pattern was when I used to make tshirts and it was a pocket tee design. Others were more recent and inspired by my trip to Mexico for a friends wedding – we went to see the Luchadores and it was such a great experience.

House+plants+print+cropped by Alex Foster Illustration

Pink Painted Flowers+notebook by Alex Foster Illustration

You’ve worked on some fantastic projects during your career – what’s been a favourite project of yours?  I’ve got to say the Roald Dahl map for obvious reasons – I’ve been a lifelong fan and it was amazing to have a job where I got to look through almost all of his books and make a map out of them. But really any project where there is good communication with the client and things go relatively smoothly – a solid brief and vision of what is needed really helps produce good results.

Volleyball+print by Alex Foster Illustration


woodland+notepad+by Alex Foster Illustration

What’s next for you!  Christmas is coming so I’m already getting ready for that. My House Portraits are going on some great gift guides this year so I will be very busy with those soon – this has happened a few years in a row now and it’s always a challenge doing as many as I can before the Christmas deadline, but I really enjoy trying to satisfy all these new customers, and I love hearing back about how their special someone loved their gift!

Paris+Pink+map+print by Alex Foster Illustration

Foxes Pattern Gift Wrap by Alex Foster Illustration

Christmas+snowman+card by Alex Foster Illustration

Thanks for taking the time Alex, it’s been great finding out more about you and wishing you a very busy Christmas season!

Find the Alex Foster Illustration shop here

Follow Alex on Instagram here.

2018 Wall Calendar Ideas – Lovely Gifts and Perfect Home Organisation Tools

In my continuation of my Holiday 2017 Gift Ideas posts, I’m bringing you a wonderful selection of wall calendars to give as gifts and get ready for 2018 planning season! Wall calendars are omnipresent in the hub of the home, super useful for jotting down important dates and memos – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been saved from remembering to do that thing I was totally going to forget to do before I happened to glance at my wall calendar and be reminded to do the thing!


First up, this rather elegant and minimalist goal setting calendar, to keep you on track each month. By Euni & Co.

2018-triangle-wall-calendar by Prism of Starlingsoriginal_2018-triangle-wall-calendar by Prism of starlings

This triangular calendar has gorgeous folk & boho inspired illustrations on every page. Unique and pretty, by A Prism of Starlings on Not on the High Street. The world needs more calendars in interesting shapes!

The Woods 2018 Wall Calendar by Paper Raven Co

2018 Calendar The Woods by Paper Raven Co

This is called “Into the Woods” Paper Raven Co. I love the illustrations and use of colour here. Erin, owner of Paper Raven Co, polled her followers to decide on what to theme her 2018 calendar, and this was the winning theme!

Shapes 2018 wall calendar by Dozi

2018 Shapes Abstract Wall Calendar by Dozi

By Dozi, this ‘Shapes’ abstract wall calendar contains simple but oh so appealing abstract geometric art. I would spend a lot of time gazing at this, thinking about the shapeforms, and letting my mind wander!

Wildflower-2018 Wall Calendar by Fox & FallowWildflower-Scattered-3months_preview by Fox & Fallow

Bright and beautiful, this Wildflowers calendar is by Aussie company Fox and Fallow. Featuring lush botanicals and shiny gold foil detail on every page.  This design is available as a full range of paper goods too.

handcrafted wooden desk calendar by dodecal

Okaay so I admit this is not a wall calendar! But it is a handcrafted polyhedrous ball of wonder, no? Crafted from stunning American Cherry wood, called Dodecal I think it makes a super gift and home decor object. We recently spoke to Ric of Dodecal – read the full post here!



Super fun and bold, this “Best Year Ever” calendar by comes with handy stickers, and awesome shiny foil cover.

2018 Desert Greens Cactus Art Calendar by Fox Hollow Studios2018 Wall Calendar Desert Greens cactus inspired by Fox Hollow Studios

Dreamy watercolour cactus and desert plants are the theme for this “Desert Greens” 2018 Wall Calendar by Fox Hollow Studios. I’m a long way from the desert here in the UK, but I still love the calming illustrations on this beauty.


How cute is this “Punny Animals” wall calendar by Paper Cranes. I love the geometric animals, use of colour and the cute sayings.

2018 minimalist calendar by DecoyLab

Minimalist 2018 Wall Calendar by DecoyLabs on Etsy

Decoylab created this super minimalist, high design 2018 calendar. A great gift idea for a typography lover.

Cat Artists 2018 Wall Calendar by NiaskiCat Artists 2018 Wall Planner Gift Idea by Niaski

Last up, this one gives me the giggles – it’s a Cat Artist Calendar by Niaski. Each month features a famous artist interpreted as a cat! Yes, it’s as crazy as it sounds and it’s gorgeously illustrated – go check it out!


Fresh and Stylish Greenery Wedding Invitation Suite Inspo

I just want to take a moment so say thank you, if you’re reading this! I’m having such a lovely time bringing you this blog, and I’m thrilled that you’re here. I must do an introductory post sometime soon, but in the meantime, please know that your interest in this site means so much to me!

Here is a wonderful selection of greenery & foliage wedding invitations. Curated by me, just for you. The colour “Greenery” is still – for a little while longer at least – Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, and while I’m not personally fan of this colour when used as a solid block, I’m absolutely besotted with the beautifully simplistic leafy styles and use of colour that this set of talented designers bring to this collection.

Greenery Wedding Invitation by Heaven & Fifth

Heaven & Fifth Studio designed this combining elegant watercolours with gold geometric elements.

eucalyptus-wedding-invite by Blush & Gold

Soft watercolour euclyptus illustrated invites by Blush and Gold.

original_greenery-border-wedding-invites by Studio Sophie

This tropical style botanical wedding invitation is by Studio Sophie.

original_botanical-garden-wedding-invitation by Pear Paper Co

A lovely delicate wreath design greenery wedding invitation by Pear Paper Co.

Modern Greenery Wedding Invitation Suite by Workman Creative Co

I love the way the foliage breaks out of the side of the paper on these invitations by Workman Creative Co.

Greenery-Wedding-Invite-by Emmy Designs

Beautiful painted dense foliage by Emmy Designs.

Leafy Ampersand Botanical Wedding invitation by Jennifer Wick on Minted

Incorporating an ampersand in this lovely leafy invitation suite by Jennifer Wick on Minted.

Fern Botanical Wedding invitation by Sweet Dates Prints

A bit of ferny goodness here. Fern wedding invitations by Sweet Dates Prints.

Greenery Wedding Stationery by Boxed Wedding

Super sweet illustrations with lovely inky outlines by Boxed Wedding on Etsy.

Botanical Greenery Foliage Wedding Invitations by Geri Loves Emi

Beautiful and bold with a hint of gold by Geri Loves Emi.

Modern Greenery Wedding invitation by Funky Olive

Cascading foliage and a lovely modern twist by The Funky Olive.

For more wedding stationery goodness, you can read other posts right here!

A Moment With Tamar Dovrat, Illustrator & Pattern Designer

I recently discovered the work of Tamar Dovrat, an illustrator and surface pattern designer, and was immediately drawn to the bold yet highly romantic and folksy style of her work. Tamar has a wonderful online shop where you can buy her original art, prints and stationery and is also available for commissions and custom surface pattern work.

It’s been a pleasure getting to know her over the past couple of months. Also – go see her Instagram, where Tamar posts her art, works in progress, and behind the scenes stuff including some super sweet little paper animals she’s been making of late.

I hope you enjoy Tamar’s work as much as I do!

Tamar, please introduce yourself & your business! I’m an Illustrator and Pattern designer from Tel-Aviv, Israel. I love creating and selling textiles, paper goods and original paintings. I also provide surface pattern design and illustration services. My art style is decorative and naturalistic with simple shapes, gentle lines, and usually lots of details from different textures and patterns.

What inspires you and your work? Why do you do what you do? I’m inspired mostly by nature and by things that surround my daily life. These could be objects in my home, a flower or a special leaf found while strolling with the baby, or a vintage object / photographs I found at my parents house. I’ve always been very passionate about art and craft. I simply can not imagine a day going by without creating something with my hands! Its impossible!

I also love to see how it makes people feel, how they smile or shine when they see art – even more so when they own a piece of art – it’s amazing! So, it was only natural for me to choose a creative path for living, no other option seemed to keep me happy.

How did you get started in your field / business? I used to teach ancient craft for women and children, but painting has been my major since I was a child. I’ve always loved creating – for myself, for our home or family and friends. I simply started by making different kinds of art for my loved ones and it spread from there.

Pattern is something I am simply addicted to – I see patterns wherever I turn! Combining my love of pattern design and painting is what I enjoy most and this can at times be a challenge.

It’s only recently that I decided I want to get serious about my art, and I love every step of the way. Even though some days are harder than others, I see it as a big privilege to get to do what I’m most passionate about, and to see the reaction of people when they connect with my work. I took to Instagram as a stage to publish what I do, things I draw and create on a daily basis, and it took off from there – I got motivated by the many great people I met along the way and it has encouraged me greatly!

What’s Next For You?: Oh my! Everything! I’d love to see my work on high fashion or home decor! And I really wish to own my own brand someday and expand it to far away areas. Not only geographically, but also learning new fields of art as I go as it’s something I love doing!

Tamar, thank you so much! I wish you all the best and I can’t wait to see your new work and how your brand grows in the future! 

Visit’s Tamar’s Website right here.

Follow Tamar on Instagram.

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