FFlorida-based stationery company Rifle Paper Co. began in 2009 after freelance illustrator Anna Bond discovered that her quirky and unique personal style was a perfect fit for stationary. After promoting a few wedding sets online, almost immediately her immense talent was recognised by bloggers and editors, leading to the creation of Rifle Paper Co. within a year. It is now an international brand employing over 90 people.
Rifle Paper Co. is one of the biggest inspirations for me as a self-employed illustrator and designer. It is the perfect example of how, with some hard work and a truly personal style, you can really create something special for yourself; a job that is not only a true passion, but one that pays the bills as well. Being new to this world (it’s only been in the past month or two that I’ve started taking on clients), watching this brand prosper encourages me and gives me confidence to continue.
It also energises me artistically. They are one of the few brands out there where I get giddy seeing their new work, especially if I run into it in the real world, with shelves in some of my favourite stores full of their carefully collated and always instantly recognisable products. Their pieces have a cute and quirky aesthetic, but still appeal to a broad audience, from fellow designers and illustrators to a random person looking for a great birthday card for their gran.
Not only do have partnerships with some amazing brands, such as Anthropologie, they’ve now started to expand beyond stationery with ranges of wallpaper, fabric and even temporary tattoos. To be able to build something remotely similar would, I think, be a dream for any designer / illustrator.
To see more of Rifle Paper Co.’s work, please visit their online store »