Holiday Market Featured Artist: Paper Heart Dispatch
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ShopColumbia's 2021 Holiday Market featured artist series
Paper Heart Dispatch
Artist Major: Visual Arts Management, MAMM ’10
New for the 2021 Holiday Market:
Berry Christmas greeting card, $4
Merry Crispmas greeting card, $5.75.
Jennifer Hines is an illustrator and lettering artist who creates fun, whimsical, and pun-filled illustrations to make people smile. Jennifer has a background in fine art and creative writing, so drawing lettering and words combines her two loves of text and imagery. Her favorite things to illustrate are word play and puns, cute characters, and tasty food. She is from Chicago, and now lives in London working on freelance illustration for small businesses and editorial clients.
Providing playful, whimsical, and illustrative items on paper. Because people aren’t digital, so why should we communicate that way?
I love paper. I always have. From a background in drawing, illustration, and printmaking, to a love of making cards and invitations to connect people through paper sentiments, Paper Heart Dispatch was born as a way to make our feelings physical in a digital world.
When you take a moment to write down your thoughts, send it through snail mail, and then the other person gets to touch the same paper you did--tear open the envelope, unfold the card, touch the surface and feel the ink of the pen on the paper... that's a real connection that takes effort, time, and shows feeling. Who gets real mail anymore that isn't junk mail or catalogs, mail they truly are excited or interested to open? When I send a card to a friend or family member for their birthday or as a thank you, they always seem blown away and really touched, and I feel that such a small gesture has a large benefit in my relationships. It only takes a few thoughtful minutes in the day.
I hand-create nearly all of my designs, starting with pencil on paper, before I digitize and finish my cards on the computer and print them in-house. There's real love and playfulness that goes into these, and being a small business, I get to communicate with each and every one of you and create your order by hand. That connection makes my business meaningful to me and I put my heart into every order.
Connecting in the real world outside of our digital devices is something I want to promote in this increasingly electronic world. So send out your heart posthaste!