I'm so excited to introduce you to today's Talk/Shop with Juni of Hej Juni! Juni is a dear friend of mine and I have always been a huge fan of her fun, quirky and delightful paper products, so I jumped at the opportunity to get to know her, her shop, and her design process a bit better! Hej Juni is all about thoughtful handmade goods, designed with a whole lot of love! Now, knowing what inspires her designs (read below!), I see her animal inspirations in a whole new light! Continue reading our Talk/Shop below to find out more about this super sweet and creative print maker + designer and her shop, Hej Juni! You'll also find my favorite product picks below, perfect for sending to your loved ones!!
Tell me a little bit about yourself: I was born and raised on the sunny island of Singapore and lived there for 19 years before moving to the states. As a paper goods lover, I spend most of my time day dreaming and working on my handmade stationery line. I’m also a full time student in art school. I feel incredibly blessed to be making baby steps towards my dreams and goals!
Let’s start at the beginning - Why did you start your shop and how did you get into print and card making? I started Hej Juni because I love handmade gifting. After two years in a graphic design course, I grew pretty sick of designing business cards, menus and corporate identities. I loved the designing, but the endless hours on a computer and pressure to please got tiresome. I yearned for something more hands-on and fell head over heels in love with silkscreen printing! In many ways, I’m still doing graphic design, just in a different, fresher way that feels more true to my work and style.
The best thing about owning your own small business? I boss myself around! I tell myself what to do and make my own decisions about designs, vision, work process, etc.
What printing techniques do you currently use? Silkscreen printing is currently my main process. I’m taking classes in letterpress and lithography printing and hope to incorporate those in my creations too! I also paint the cards’ matching envelope liners in watercolor.
What are your future goals? Oh I have so many, I am quite the dreamer! I’d love to start selling my stationery line in retail stores, write and illustrate a children’s book (or two!), and break into surface pattern designing. My ultimate dream job though, is actually to be a stay home mama some day. This might sound kinda crazy for a 21 year old. Mothers are like superheroes to me.
What’s your favorite piece in your collection and why? My current favorite is the Mistletoe Christmas Card. Those little foxes slay me. My favorite is always changing, they are all the fruits of my labor and I love them all!
What inspires your designs? The people I love. Their quirks, likes and dislikes all serve as inspiration for my animal characters. Pretty much every character is based on someone I know.
Current obsession? Quinoa! I can’t get enough of this yummy stuff. I am a huge carb lover, which can be unhealthy. Quinoa gives me a much healthier alternative.
Favorite daily reads in the webosphere? // Love Taza / Rockstar Diaries – I love following along as Naomi and Josh document their young family’s lives. Their two little ones are oh so cute! // Pink Ronnie – Ronnie’s blog is poignant, uplifting and inspiring all at the same time. Her blog posts never fails to be both beautiful and thought-provoking. // Oh Happy Day – super cute and inspiring DIYs. Jordan’s team has a style that resonates well with my own.
Other shops you’re inspired by? // Your Secret Admiral - I love this adorable paper goods shop. Admiring and supporting the work of my fellow handmade stationers is important to me. Your Secret Admiral is chock full of the cutest paper cut stationery and beautiful books. I had the pleasure of meeting Julie (the brains and hands behind YSA) at the Etsy Conference this year and she’s delightful. Cute, sweet and down to earth - just like her lovely products. // Swift and Roe - Absolutely gorgeous ceramics. The work speaks for itself.
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Juni is having a 15% off promotion until December 16!! Use code: HAPPYHOLIDAYS. Hop on over to her Etsy shop to see all her adorable cards - and snatch up her holiday cards while you can!!
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