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Letterpress . Custom Design . Weddings . High Fives .
Molly in a nutshell, help I'm in a nutshell!
I originally wanted to go to art school to meet boys.
Obviously my thought process is totally flawless. I had a dream of getting a degree in graphic design and then working at a record label in the art department and then falling in love with a bass player with shaggy hair. That was the dream, the dream I tell you!
I graduated from art school in 2006 and did briefly work at a record label but there was a staggering lack of shaggy haired boys, the pay wasn't great either. I soon took a job with a design firm that focused on sustainable design and had a great love affair with that company for a few years. At that point the economy wasn't great and I was eventually laid off. I started Rabbit Foot Fern first as just a blog and a way to talk about design and focus my visual thoughts. I purchased a gocco which is a small print making device and started making stationery just for fun. A friend mentioned that I should do a little craft fair and see if anything I make will sell. I sold out of almost everything and my line was picked up by the Museum of Folk and Craft art gift shop. It was what they call an "ah-ha" moment.
I tried to grow my little side business at every chance. I built up a freelance business while working a full time job. I started regularly doing local craft fairs and partnered with wedding planners to provide custom wedding invitations. I was able to leave my full time job three years later. Since then I graduated to using letterpress even though I still have my gocco packed up in my closet, I can't bear to let it go!
Now I run my business from a spare bedroom in my Oakland home. We currently thrive on a few wholesale accounts in San Francisco, Oklahoma and Oregon. Our walls are a collage of inspiration and projects, some half done. I always start the day with a specific record. I come into the studio, put my coffee down (I might also be in whatever I slept in) and put on an album. Recently it's been a lot of David Bowie. It really helps to sit down and answer a ton of emails if you have the proper inspiration to get it done. I know that after this pile I can sit and draw for a few hours so he helps motivate.
A friend of ours once said "you're not a maker, you're a cutesmith". First thing I was totally touched because it was just a really nice thing to say and second, I couldn't agree more. My bottom line is that I want to make cute things. Sure, the second might be that I want them to be a little creepy but the cuteness is always my number one priority.
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San Diego, CA
Carol and I met online while I was sourcing pencils. I admired her work and we started chatting, she now prints all of my pencil products and I couldn't be happier with the quality of her product!
Sharp Teeth Press
Sharp Teeth Press is a small print shop and letterpress studio in Oakland.
I make everything in my home studio with my trusty gocco and waste not paper products. I also have graphic design services if the mood strikes you for some custom design work.
Rabbit Foot Fern is currently being sold in the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards