we love funny, slightly offensive and sometimes downright raunchy greeting cards. but not everyone is up to the option of handing over something of that demeanor or does not have that other person who will quite understand what is happening. this is why we love a sweet little card company known as McBitterson’s cards oh so much. each card is packed with fun and witty punch but is also has a sweet side nestled in somewhere to sooth over any confusion.
with many of their cards arriving to the shop this week, we popped some questions over to McBitterson’s founder, Jenny Piette, to see what she might have to say about her work, whether we’ll see more crackers in the upcoming year and where she pulls her inspiration from.
WS: How did you get your tagline “Cute, Sometimes Cranky Letterpress Cards”? Are you cute and sometimes cranky? or do you have a cat/dog that is cute and cranky?
McBitterson’s (MB): Yeah, I guess I’m kind of cute, but cranky. I think a lot of the cards are an extension of my personality, and some of the sayings have come from my everyday life. I find myself giving more backhanded compliments than I mean to. Whoops! So I’ve decided to just run with that. My favorite cards are the ones that hint at something negative, but aim earnestly toward something positive. And if it can make someone smile and brighten their day a bit, that makes me feel good.
WS: One of our favorite cards is your simple but funny “cracker” card. Will we be seeing an expansion of this? Maybe cracker jack? crack is wack? crack ass?
MB: We are going to do a Merry Christmas Cracker card coming up this fall and maybe some more cracker-themed cards in the future.
WS: What inspires your style?
MB: Some of our cards can get a bit naughty, so a simple design that feels kind of matter of fact and dry, almost like a diagram, adds to the silliness of what the cards are saying. For the artwork, I’ve started looking at 50’s and 60’s line drawings, like Ben Shahn and Warhol’s commercial illustrations, which tend to be in black ink with splashes of color. They used a lot of patterns that feel visually flat and lend themselves to working with patterns in Illustrator.
Thanks for chatting with us Jenny! Take a look at what else this brilliant card maker has to offer in our shop or visit McBitterson’s site and let us know what you’d like to see in the future.
we love our friends at the sycamore street press. their cards have adorned the shop for some time now, but this round, we decided to hit them up for a quick interview and share them with you this week. along with the interview, here’s a peek at the new goodies we have in the store from them.
Wordshop (WS): what are your favorite words or images to press?
Sycamore Street Press (SSP): textured patterns, fine line drawings and big bold type are all fun to press.
WS: is there a fantasy letter press experience?
SSP: Having a machine that works without any problems
WS: what do you dream of letterpressing? a pillowcase? a tree? an arm??
SSP: we’re actually pretty happy with paper!
WS: are you more digital or analogue at heart?
SSP: kirk is more digital, eva is more analogue.
Thanks for chattin’ with us guys! Check out new goodies from this sweet pair at our shop this weekend!