“Having a soft spot for architecture, I often find that my designs have a very structured and austere quality about them. “
When and where were you born?
I was born 1974 in Lake Forest, IL.
Where do you currently live and work?
I currently work out of my home studio in Wilmette IL, located about 20 miles north of Chicago.
How long have you been practicing your craft?
Like most stationery designers I got my start doing invites and announcements for our own events and those of friends and family. I did this about 2-3 years before deciding to formerly start my company in 2005.
What inspires you?
While I find inspiration many different ways, the most consistent influence for my work comes from package design and architecture. I also find a good amount of inspiration from the outdoors.
How would you describe your style/approach?
Like most creatives my style has evolved over the years but the one thing that has been a constant is the cleanliness of my work. I would describe my current style as modern minimalism. Having a soft spot for architecture I often find that my designs have a very structured and austere quality about them. My designs usually start off relatively complex but as I chip away at them, to remove unnecessary elements, they become more refined and modern.
What has been a defining moment in your career?
Not that it is a goal of mine to be noticed by celebrities, but I always think it is pretty cool when I hear of a celebrity ordering one of my designs. It is also kind of neat to receive one of my own designs from a distant friend or co-worker who isn’t even aware that I’m a stationery designer and the owner of Fine Moments.
What are your future plans?
While I enjoyed working with many of the larger stationery sites over the past 10 years, I’m excited to get back into working directly with customers. Venturing out again on my own will allow me to introduce new things that just isn’t feasible with the bigger guys, for one reason or another. I’m excited to get back into doing custom work and look forward to pushing the envelope in this arena.
Can you leave us with some parting words or advice?
Oh, I don’t know, I feel like I still have so much to learn. But if I had to give some advice I’d say, put down the phones and enjoy the people in your midst. I really do very little on social media which probably isn’t good for business, but I am happier for it.
Where can people learn more about you and purchase your work?
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