Shop:: ACBC Design
Owner + Designer :: Ann
Where is your studio located?
I live and create, along with my husband and two kitties, in my home studio located in lovely Portland, Oregon. It’s a beautiful city filled with lots of creative people, great restaurants and endlessly walkable streets. Our home is in a beautiful neighborhood filled with tree lined streets, old homes and tons of inspiration.
How did you get started in your craft and what inspires you?
My love of all things graphic and paper seem to have been with me since I was young. I always loved coloring and drawing and went on to attended art school and have been a graphic designer for 17 years. A couple years ago I was looking for a new, creative outlet beyond design projects for clients. Since I always like making cards for friends and family, I decided to give that a go and opened up my own Etsy shop. I find that my ideas can come from everything and anything - architecture, nature, fashion - whatever crosses my eye. Design to me is a very visual interpretation of thoughts and ideas - I bring all that experience to each piece I create.
What are the top 3 tools that are most important in your craft?
Black micron pens, sketch book and my computer.
What's a typical day in the studio like?
Most days in what I like to refer to as The Design Den, begin with a warm cup of tea and a bowl of cereal, while I plan out what needs to happen that day. I’m always entertained by listening to all my favorite podcasts through out the day. Nice, or at least non-rainy days during the winter, I try and get out on a nice walk around the neighborhood - eyes always looking for new inspiration. Whether I’m sketching, refining card designs or filling orders - I am always kept company by one or both of my kitties, Shitaki and Pepper.
What are the greatest rewards of creating something that is handmade?
There are so many great things that have been a result of starting to make my items that I never anticipated. I love how much my creativity has been pushed, meeting so many other great makers online and locally and getting to meet customers face to face at craft shows. It’s all been a great journey and I’m so happy to have jumped on board.
Keep in touch with Ann!
A big thanks to Ann for sharing her studio with us!