Actually organized, actual updates

20 May

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I got some great advice the other day by email, a couple of kind and honest words that have reminded me not to let the haters get me down. Simple enough, but it bears repeating, again and again. What motivates someone to be a jerk online has absolutely nothing to do with me or my work, and more to do with their own fears and insecurities. I realize that I’ve turned this blog into the place where I vent and fret about work, so it may sound like I am down about everything, but thats not true! It is true that I’ve been wound up by some online nastiness, but to let that stall me, or prevent me from moving forward? No way.

The new shop has been live now for two weeks, and the kinks have been ironed out, orders are coming from new cities, and I am getting ready to hire a new summer assistant. We’ve just booked tickets for our upcoming trip to New York in early June. Intern and I are heading to NYC for a bit of play, visiting family, and a bit of work (mostly me). We’re getting excited about taking some time off to explore and wander– and debating if we can both get by without bringing our work laptops! I think we can. Neither of us has been to New York before, and it feels a little daunting to figure out all the places we should see, things to do, eat and enjoy. The organizer in me wants to map it all out, but realistically I know we can’t possibly do or see it all in only a week– part of me wonders if I should just try to let go, and enjoy the process of discovery, rather than meticulous research and planning.

Finally, I wanted to share the newest product photos shot by Cera Hensley— I love the work she did, and feel so happy about all the hard work that went into this shoot. My live-in hand model did a pretty good job too, despite the grueling 11-hour shoot. Though he didn’t exactly sign up for the job, I think he nailed it.

6 panel set of book dividers, $132
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I’m doing this

6 May

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My baby is growing up! By “baby”, of course I mean my meticulous hyper-organizing side project, the thing that keeps me up at night worrying, the thing that makes me dream of stacking boxes, alphabetizing wood panels and coding websites. That thing also gives me enormous satisfaction, and intense I’m a lady and I can do fucking anything vibes. Terrifying stressful exciting wonderful, all at the same time. That baby just relaunched this week, with a brand new website, new packaging, photography and some hard work and sleepless nights, copy editing, and oh god, some late nights with a glass of wine, code and Photoshop.

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Cardboard nightmares and 5 miles of tape

27 Mar

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I haven’t shared many written updates lately on whats happening with my shop, so here I am, attempting to make myself sit still and write down some thoughts on the last few months, and the next few ahead. I want to document where I am, because I already feel so far from where I was this time last year. Work is moving quickly, and I am making so many decisions I think I’ll soon forget in all of the rush and sometimes (self-created) chaos of small business life. Lately I’ve done a lot of handwringing during the day, and tossing and turning at night, worrying about lumber and cardboard… but mostly cardboard.

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On inspiration

27 Jan

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I don’t have any favorite blogs anymore, and I miss that source of creative inspiration. There was a time I had a few female writers tucked nicely into my reading list, that wrote about interesting, personal, weird, or funny things. That list has dried up, or become too different, I don’t recognize most of it anymore. Mostly I loved writers sharing photos and thoughts about their collections and side projects, I liked that more than the stylish cool hunters with flawless houses and outfits. I liked the process stuff, women exploring their work through experimentation and admitting to mistakes and flaws. There are plenty of blogs that I look at regularly now, but I don’t necessarily love them or find inspiration in the same places anymore.

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Taking back the pauses

2 Jan

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This December felt like a complete blur. Even today, on my twelfth day away from work, production and my inbox. I haven’t taken very much time off this year, but I’ve been able to enjoy a good break from work after an intensely busy holiday production season. Time off (and the weeks leading up to it) have included a few colds in our household, and a lingering cough for one of us. Because of my somewhat susceptible and germ-fearing neuroses, I was quietly convinced I had whooping cough. I got tested though, and it came back negative. Turns out, I was just exhausted and sick, nothing more.

In case anyone out there is curious, the pertussis test feels like a wasabi-coated q-tip is slowly being threaded up your nose and down your throat, then slowly removed. All while you breathe deeply and your eyes water intensely. If you’re anything like me though, that news probably won’t dissuade you from following your germaphobic emotional journey to the doctor to soothe your middle of the night fears.

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