FINDING THE EXTRAORDINARY

Hope Johnson2 Comments

Well, hi there. Welcome to the new blog, where I will share the love for letterpress & stationery, along with a personal antidote of my small-town life as a wife and mother.

"the future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands dirty" -unknown

Many have asked how I got started doing what I’m doing. I often followed that question with my own: “what in the world am I doing?” Like most humans, finding our true purpose is the goal, but we all want more. We want the fearlessness, we want to anty up to the big guys (and girls), we want to find our extraordinary in our ordinary. I’ll be the first to tell you that I too am after the extraordinary, reaching closer and closer.

Growing up in the 80s and 90s, home computers were just making their appearance. My siblings and I fault over turns playing solitaire and other mindless games. When it was my turn, I settled in the home’s office chair as Printshop Deluxe filled my computer screen and my heart filled with tiny flutters of happiness. Everyone got a greeting card from a twice folded letter sheet of computer paper. Banners. There were so many banners. I was always an artist, a creative. I was also an entrepreneur, starting very young. Instead of Saved by the Bell and Fresh Prince of Bellaire, I honed in on HGTV and the home buying network. I always saw things for what they could be. I began college majoring in Business as I began to pursue a real estate certification. During the process, I came across the opportunity to buy and sell some property. I suppose I had viewed too many episodes of HGTV’s Flip This House. I learned though, that my heart was in a different market.

On a whim, I entered the office doors to the college of Art and Design at Louisiana State University. After a year or so of pre-required courses, like painting 101, sculpting, and a few additional rights of passages, I took a few printmaking courses. I’ll be the first to tell you I didn’t have a clue what printmaking consisted of. Was this class going to teach me how to work at Kinkos? Printmaking consists of all types of printing, all forms that were curated many years ago, some ancient. Intaglio, lithography, digital printing, silkscreen printing, and my obvious favorite: LETTERPRESS PRINTING. I took a bookarts class and fell in love with the process. Admitting to the guilt, I’ll let you know that I made a B in that class. I did not put in 100% …because well, you know. College. However, I was 100% sure that I would be covered in ink for a very long time.

I knew I loved letterpress before I knew what letterpress was. Any time I would come across that impressed paper, the attraction was immediate. I knew it was different than the former mentioned Kinkos. This was special. It was timeless. It was more than ordinary, that's for sure.

I knew I wanted that extraordinary beauty and I knew I had something good to offer. Since I originally vowed at the age of five that I would make cards for a living, letterpress stationery design was and still is my purpose.

Since graduating college, it’s been a whirlwind of experiences. Years after college, bringing you to today, I’ve jumped in to my small business, dreaming big. I get to work with brides from all over the world to create custom designed wedding suites. I bring the couple’s vision to life and on to paper. It makes me want to get married to my high school sweetheart all over again. TLBC has curated its first line of wedding suites and social stationery suites to show to the world that will launch this year. You will get to meet my own personal style, my brand for THE little BLUE CHAIR, marrying the traditional and the whimsical. It is a small, boutique sized collection, but it's already growing in to something special.

a sneak peak of the personal thank you notes from a few of the collections

I cannot fathom up the words to explain the excitement behind THE little BLUE CHAIR and every moment that goes in to running my dream business. I hope you find a need for stationery soon, because we could just be the greatest of friends.

I found my extraordinary, have you?

xx,
Hope