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We met passing notes, snickering, poodle-walking and drinking in 2006 at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Fast friends, soon Caroline was visiting Kate’s San Francisco pad to write poetry with her amazing artistic friends. Years later, we rekindled our friendship and started Big Top Paper together in January 2012 as a creative outlet for both of us in our normal lives. We dream big, and can’t wait until Big Top is far reaching and brings joy to others’ lives as much as it does ours.

Kate sources most of the vintage images that Big Top uses at estate sales, boutiques, and antique stores throughout the country, which is why vintage images used in Big Top’s designs are ones you won’t find on ebay or elsewhere; they are largely unique and very rare overall. She is especially talented at creating three-dimensional art, and for Big Top, that means lots of love—embroidery, bows, pop ups,…

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  • Joined January 22, 2012

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glitter, fine paper, fabric, vintage images, vintage fabric, vintage trim, vintage photos, fine italian paper

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About

We met passing notes, snickering, poodle-walking and drinking in 2006 at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Fast friends, soon Caroline was visiting Kate’s San Francisco pad to write poetry with her amazing artistic friends. Years later, we rekindled our friendship and started Big Top Paper together in January 2012 as a creative outlet for both of us in our normal lives. We dream big, and can’t wait until Big Top is far reaching and brings joy to others’ lives as much as it does ours.

Kate sources most of the vintage images that Big Top uses at estate sales, boutiques, and antique stores throughout the country, which is why vintage images used in Big Top’s designs are ones you won’t find on ebay or elsewhere; they are largely unique and very rare overall. She is especially talented at creating three-dimensional art, and for Big Top, that means lots of love—embroidery, bows, pop ups, and more are signature details you’ll see on the objects she creates. Kate is a true creative force.

Caroline has a modern aesthetic and enjoys simple designs that make big statements. She enjoys creating images and turning them into custom stamps which are then used in Big Top’s designs. Her attention to detail and utmost quality standards ensures the very special cards offered here are truly unique and delightfully rich when experienced in hand. Caroline handles all of the shop-running duties and photographs the cards, in addition to making about half of the designs.

We love reproducing rare vintage images (from our personal collections) and hand crafting embellished cards that bring you joy. We hope you have the chance to hold one of our labor-of-love creations in your hands someday.

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