handmade cards & sh*t by janine kwoh

Brooklyn, New York | 1094 Sales


handmade cards & sh*t by janine kwoh

Brooklyn, New York 1094 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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cards that celebrate the diversity and absurdity of life.


The idea for Kwohtations, as with most ventures and ridiculous ideas in general, was seeded in the idle chatter between two friends over coffee on a lazy Sunday. My friend Amy and I were reminiscing and laughing over our assorted (mis)adventures, bumbling moments, and personal triumphs. Too bad they don’t make cards for all these random occasions, we said. Like when we get too drunk (it’s embarrassing) or have ambiguous feelings for someone (it's confusing) or decide to pursue our passions despite a myriad of pressures to do otherwise (it’s terrifying and exhilarating). Or for all the things we really think and sometimes want to say.

Each of these cards is inspired by some funny incident or real conversation that we’ve had. It is the happy brainchild of our own propensity to apologize profusely and somewhat unnecessarily for little blunders, and conversely, to stumble into situations (bad haircuts, corporate jobs) where we would be the likely recipients of such condolences. We recognize that we don't all look and love the same (nor should we), and that we don’t have to accomplish something quote-unquote extraordinary to be someone truly special. Also, we can be pretty awkward in the way we tell someone we like them.

So these cards are for all of us who aren’t 100% pulled together, but kind of like it that way.


Each card is lovingly drawn by hand and carved into original hand-cut linoleum blocks, and then printed on an antique press in Somerville, MA, and finally painted in by hand. Due to the printing process, which is done entirely by hand, there will be slight variations from print to print, ensuring each card is one-of-a-kind. Like you.

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  • Janine Kwoh

    Owner, Artist

    Janine is a 30-something year-old living and working in Brooklyn, NY. An insatiable people-watcher, she delights in finding the remarkable in the seemingly mundane, but often finds inspiration by reflecting on her own amateur attempts at life.

Production partners

  • Screenprinter

    Los Alamitos, CA

    Screenprints bandanas

  • Screenprinter

    VT, United States

    Screenprints designs onto tote bag

  • A print shop

    Seattle, WA

    I work with a custom print shop to manufacture the mugs

  • Enamel Pin Maker

    CO, United States

    I partnered with a Colorado-based small business to manufacture the pins

  • Towels & Home

    Chicago, IL

    DTG Printer

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Last updated on June 1, 2014

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