The Curious Pancake
Aloha! Claire speaking (I'm the one on the left). I'm the founder and illustrator of greetings card brand The Curious Pancake. Cat, Edna, is a silent partner ;-)
I started my business in 2011 after working part time in various card shops that sold greetings cards I found far from inspirational. I decided to do something about that, and 'Pancake blossomed into existence! I enjoy creating typographical cards full of imperfection and my own weird observations on life. If it all looks a bit random, that's because it is. Life's too short to be coherent, right?!
A few favourite PIECEs
I graduated in 2000 with a first class degree in Illustration, and, I assume, like many others from my graduating year, went straight into a minimum wage retail job whilst I hunted for that seemingly elusive creative career. Trying to land an arty job took me a further 10 years and involved a stint as a trainee milliner at a well known seaside resort, and a few years as a graphic designer for a local not-for-profit. In 2010 I finally circled back to my love of greeting cards and decided to lanch my own business.
I took the plunge into online retail in 2011 after a chance visit to a gift and greetings card trade show, and a random wander through a newsagents where I bought a magazine called "Starting an Internet Business". It took me a further 5 years of small business life before I finally plucked up the courage to start creating my own card designs to sell alongside those I already stocked.
So, what inspires me? Well, I'm a bit of a closet stand-up, therefore many of my cards are quite wordy and typography-rich! I also love a random swear (it's good for you - scientifically proven!) and it's nice to share swears with friends, don't you think?!
I love seeing people laugh at my cards, it's the best feeling, and I don't think I'll ever tire of it. I have so much more weirdness and random thoughts on life to share with you all... and the humble A6 card is my canvas of choice! Enjoy!
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