Member Spotlight with Kate Murray, Quick Brown Fox Letterpress
A Card Talk Member Interview
What inspired you to get involved in cards?
I was already working in a letterpress studio that made greeting cards so when I started on my own business, I knew I wanted to create my own line. I was also that kid who made cards for everyone and every occasion growing up. Making cards for other people (and having them in stores!) feels like a dream come true.
Tell us about your company and/or your products.
I love a good pun, making people laugh, and printing way too many colors. My goal is to either make someone laugh or send a little cheer with each card.
What’s your role at your company?
I’m the owner, designer, printer and sole employee at Quick Brown Fox Letterpress. It’s a one woman show.
Why did you become a GCA member?
I have a few friends who are GCA members who recommended I join. I wanted to be able to pitch in and help make a difference. I love helping new stationers and business owners and having the GCA as a platform for connecting to other makers and businesses has been amazing.
How has your company handled things during the pandemic? What has changed?
I’ve largely been working from home and away from the studio, which was super tough when I couldn’t get to my press to print anything. I’ve been trying to just design and create as much as I can, which has definitely helped cheer me up when we were deep in the middle of the quarantine. Now that I’m slowly opening back up again, I’m trying to keep more cards in stock as well as pivoting to make more gift options for the holidays.
Has your company shifted creative focus these last few months? And if so, how?
I’ve focused more on the retail than the wholesale or custom side of the business. I feel like I’ve been updating the website nonstop to have a more streamlined ordering process. I’m also making more gift products like my calendar and candles, which I’ve been planning on making for a long time. I just have more time to think about how to expand my line since my custom side is on pause.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I love what I do. My press was on its way to being scrapped when I salvaged it and got it up and running. From that moment until now, it’s how I run the business. I just say yes, I’ll do it and then I figure it out. I’m still figuring it out as I go but I love being able to share what I’ve learned along the way.
Thank you for taking the time to share your story with us, Kate!