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Here at printed.com we like to keep our ears to the ground and find out about the coolest ways you guys are using your print. We've recently noticed a real surge in the number of artists and illustators using postcards & greetings cards as artcards. We've been chatting to Faye Moorhouse, a Brighton based illustrator about how she uses postcards to showcase her artwork:

I draw weird stuff. Wonky animals, strange looking naked humans and odd scenes of animals attacking people.

I graduated in the summer of 2011 and since then have been working hard to find a place for myself in the world of illustration.

I love telling stories through pictures and have self published a load of books and zines including The Cat Ladies of Czechoslovakia, Winkfield, Three Very Gruesome Love Stories, A Catalogue of Hoarding Related Injuries, A Catalogue of Outrageous Swimwear and, most recently, Death Customs.

It’s pretty exciting to work a story through from beginning to end, and I like to see how one story can inspire so much work. For example, The Cat Ladies of Czechoslovakia story has been really popular, it won a Best New Blood award at D&AD New Blood 2011 and got a Highly Commended in the Comica / Cape Graphic Short Story Prize. I’ve taken elements and characters from this imagined folk tale to develop more illustrated products. I sell cat ladies prints, mini zines and plan to add a cat ladies garland to my illustrated paper garland range.

A lot of my ideas develop from these stories. As well as creating books, I also create original pieces, which I sell in my Etsy shop. I like to work in series, so, for example, at the moment I am working on a series of ‘Animal Attack’ illustrations, which tell the tales of capybaras, alligators, squirrels and grizzly bears attacking unsuspecting naked humans. These are really popular with my customers and it’s exciting to think of the conversations my illustrations will bring about in their new homes.

I am soon going to make the (very scary) leap from going part time to full time at my illustration job. It’s a scary prospect, but something that I am also super excited about. My aim for the first few months is to look for new stockists for my work. I’ve already started doing this and now have a selection of my postcards for sale in ILLUK shops in Taiwan.

I used printed.com to get these postcards printed. Normally, I hate sending things off to get printed: I like to print the majority of my work myself so I can keep a close eye on it. But I was so pleased with the results from printed.com – they did a great job of my postcards, the quality is excellent and the turnaround was very quick.

We love to see how you are using your printed matter. Tell us about the ways you use your print by tweeting us @printed_com a picture using the #ShowItOff hashtag. 


Comments

Alex Wilkie
29 Apr 2014 09:09
Ive used a lot of my own artwork on postcards and greetings cards
I can heartily recommend it.
Stuart Glegg
29 Apr 2014 17:02
Great,

Would love to know what stock she uses to print
Lauren Parker
30 Apr 2014 15:23
Really love Fayes illustration style. I've also had my artwork printed on greetings cards and it always turns out great.
C Hiazos
01 May 2014 09:14
I have an artist friend; ill send this post to her.
Tina Mammoser
01 May 2014 13:20
These look great! As an artist I've only used the site for leaflets so far. What paper did you choose for these? I think gesso paper might make really nice art postcards.
Su Mwamba
11 May 2014 21:02
Fascinating to read about Faye's process & see her original artwork. I've often used printed.com for postcards & always been pleased with the results. I like to get them printed picture-side only, so that I have more options how to use them. I use a rubber stamp that says 'add postage here' if I want to use them as traditional postcards, but sometimes a blank reverse offers more versatility. Postcards are great to include as cheap but functional & attractive extras, as a thank you when sending out orders.
jill
29 Jul 2014 09:47
love your work!
Anne-Charlotte S
04 Nov 2014 09:21
Such a talented artist!

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