I spend ages choosing greeting cards for my people. l look for something eccentric, personal and not your run of the mill Hallmark. I like cards that speak from the heart and have that extra little bit of quirk. And of course, I love shopping local. When E and I celebrated our three year anniversary in February, I knew the card needed to be something special. Something meaningful and very “us”.
And that is where Perth’s Carris Creatures came into it. Not only could I choose the colour scheme and message, designer and owner Jessica Morris knew exactly what was going on in my head. Spooky.
Teacher by day, artist by night, Jessica’s watercolour range is fanciful and feminine, and her greeting cards feature honest, stunning designs. I took a moment with the lady herself to find our where her inspiration really comes from.
Who is Jessica in five words?
Compassionate, imaginative, sentimental, creative and sharp.
Tell us a little bit about what you do?
I use a mixed media approach to create sweet stationary items and watercolour pieces. My watercolour pieces are an outlet from my career as a teacher.
Why do you do it?
I need to create and have something that is just all me plus I love making sweet cards that are straight to the point with no hoo-ha!
What inspires you?
My childhood is the biggest inspiration. I grew up spending school holidays at my grandparent’s home in Bendigo reading Enid Blyton stories and making houses for fairies in their garden. Anything whimsical catches my attention. I really just create for myself and put that energy out into the universe.
Anything exciting we should look out for in the near future?
I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve, especially with my upcoming wedding. The creative vibes are flowing! I am a huge DIY lass so I don’t think Carris Creatures will stop just at paper. Look out for rosemary wreaths, hares and pops of colour.
What has been your favourite design you’ve created and why?
Without a doubt the Lavender Fields collection. I didn’t realise it would be such a success. I originally painted lavender in the background of a painting I did for my fiancé for our anniversary and from there it just took off. Lavender is so special to me. It brings me back to my childhood; picking lavender and tucking it in my pillow case when I slept.
What do you look for in a greeting card?
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