Flyaway Paper Co. was started in 2014, though the first “real” Flyaway invitation was crafted in 2011, when my husband Scott and I were planning our wedding. We searched high and low for the perfect invitation, but we just couldn’t find anything that felt quite like us. So we designed, printed, and cut and over 100 insanely detailed pop-up Chicago skyline invitations by hand. It was a labor of love, literally, and my obsession with stationery was born.
The Flyaway Studio is a 1200 sq. foot space, on the third floor of our house in Chicago, Illinois. It's always been my dream to have a professional live/work space, and that dream became reality in May of 2017! Since moving in, we've been renovating: taking down walls, laying new floors, all to create a our one-of-a-kind, legitimate art studio. All Flyaway invitations are printed here, either on my vintage tabletop platen press or from one of our large-format digital printers. The studio space is shared by my husband & his business partner's design firm, and we live downstairs (easiest commute ever!). Flyaway overlooks our little urban farm and our tree-lined street in our Chicago neighborhood, Rogers Park.
I come from a family of artists (my Grandfather was a watercolorist and my mom is a folk artist), so I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Costume Design from University of Maryland, where I also studied fine arts. I went on to earn my Master of Fine Arts Degree in Design from Northwestern University, where I honed my craft in watercolor, portraiture, painting, illustration, & paper-arts.
When I’m not designing, I’m hanging out with our lil' menagerie: two dogs (Birdie and Dolly), one cat (Cobweb), and four chickens (Ruthie, Sandy, Sonia & Ellie). Aside from being an animal lover, I love interiordesign, gardening, and I'm learning how to become an amateur beekeeper! I’m also an avid distance runner, and love to spend my summers training for fall races.