The print is alive and well, especially during the holiday season
Vancouverite Kristen Trojanoski lost her job as an interior designer when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, but she jumped straight into disrupting another industry: single-use greeting cards. All PlantedRoot cards are made from compostable paper infused with wildflower seeds – bury them in the dirt and watch them bloom. It’s like two gifts in one. On line
Dangerfield Paper Co.
OH WHAT PUN
Puns and pop culture references rule Dangerfield Paper Co’s greeting cards. Founded in November 2019 by artist Char Dangerfield, the Vancouver-based company makes hilarious paper gifts featuring characters from Disney to Marvel to Office. Dangerfield’s holiday cards are perfectly full of energy (and she also has options for Hannukah—Happy Challah Holidays). On line
Natacha van Netten
Art meets marine science in the work of Natasha van Netten. His eponymous studio (founded in 2016) is based in Victoria, and his 3D drawings, paintings and sculptures focus on cetology, which is the study of whales, dolphins and porpoises. As she exhibits her fine art in galleries and museums around the world, van Netten’s hand-painted art is a more humorous medium for ocean-centric education: think killer whales in sweaters ugly Christmas. On line
Little Thao Studio
Nanaimo-based artist Thao Nguyen founded Little Thao Studio in December 2018, when she first sold her greeting cards at a local craft market. What started as a side gig is now Nguyen’s full-time career, and she’s expanded her business to include children’s clothing and tote bags. Her quirky watercolor holiday collection is soothing of all kinds. On line
Something Yellow Studio
The name of Jocelyn Wong’s business, Something Yellow Studio, comes from her last name (Wong means yellow in Chinese). She says her experience as a POC living in Vancouver informs everything she creates, from tiny greeting cards to murals splashing across buildings. Since launching her business in 2016, she has printed, hand-stamped and die-cut all of her cards from her home studio. On line
Nine Two Design Inc.
SNARK, SEALED, DELIVERED
In 2018, Jake Goossen designed some watercolor city maps (Ladner and Tsawwassen, represent) and posted them on Facebook to see if anyone might be interested in buying them. This was the start of Nine Two Design Inc., Goossen’s Delta-based company. Since then, Goossen has built up an impressive inventory of artwork, prints and cards, the latter emblazoned with brutally honest greetings, even during the holidays. On line
Yuma’s art studio
Yuma Bailey has been making greeting cards by hand since she was young, and the Victoria-based artist was inspired to start her own business when she attended her first craft market aged 13. She founded Yuma’s Art Studio in August 2020, and she illustrates, prints, and hand wraps each of her nature-inspired art cards. On line