Red Cap Cards is proud present, “The Stepmother.” It is the first in our Keep the Love Flowing (#keeptheloveflowing) film series, starring Arlo Mertz and Lauren Duarte. Directed by Carrie Gifford, the film was shot and edited by Earl and Echo, with original music by Jayden Lee. Costumes by Shop Gordon, with hair and makeup by Dorados by Tony.
Collaboration is the heart of what we do at Red Cap and we believe that love and gratitude is the pulse that connects us all. Thank you to our amazing collaborators, dear friends, and artists who continually inspire us and are always game to play. Most importantly, we raise our glass to you, our family, friends, fellow makers and fans! Keep the Love Flowing..
Perhaps you’ve been noticing that we’ve been repeating a certain phrase a lot lately. Keep the love flowing: a simple sentiment that we have found ourselves living by for a while, in our day-to-day projects and overall life and work outlook. Its origins are special, however, and not just a simple hashtag we stumbled upon. I got a chance to talk with Carrie a bit about why she keeps the love flowing, and what it means to Red Cap Cards:
During his journey with cancer, Carrie’s late father, Doug Gifford, made it his mission to connect family and friends through a series of blog posts that lifted up his ultimate epiphany about life: keep the love flowing. This was the mantra he would say at the end of all of his writings. It was his thought to leave us with, the gift he was giving us, his wish for a better tomorrow and his way to remind us that we are all connected.
“My father taught me a lot about good old fashioned love,” Carrie told me. “He gave love, he shared love, he accepted love, he was love, and in the last year of his life, he continually reminded us to celebrate love.”
That’s it, and truly all that is important in every aspect of everything. It is the answer to every question, and that’s how Doug asked us to continue. And so we have! You’ll find it peppered here and there on this blog, and on our Instagram. You’ll find it in our upcoming catalog and in the overarching theme of all that is Red Cap Cards. We desire to keep the love flowing through our work, through our artists’ work, and in our relationships with the talented, amazing people that we come into contact with every day. With every card we make, with every card we give, with every card we receive, we hope to keep the love flowing.
We can’t wait to see you there! Definitely pencil the date into your calendar to come hang with us at The Social Type, to celebrate the release of our new collection by Krista Perry! 6-9pm on June 9th, be there, or be missed. Have a sip and a chat, and meet some of the coolest artists behind Red Cap Cards. We can’t wait! Put your party shoes on…
Pretty much the coolest new thing around for brick-and-mortar or online shops who don’t work with sales reps is Indigo Fair: helping retail stores find products their customers are guaranteed to love. If you’re a non-represented wholesaler, shop or retail store, skip over to their website and check them out, it’s worth your time, and ooh la la you won’t be disappointed. They are a brilliant company–allowing retailers to try out products in their shops with no risk. Plus, we were able to find some of the coolest small-business makers and artisans that we might never have learned about before.
We had the opportunity to make some great videos to announce our collaboration–here’s one we had lots of fun making with Jaquilyn Shumate at GRLS Studio. Check out our tribute to walkin’ in LA: Red Cap Cards and Indigo Fair. Plus, scroll below to check out a few favorite products we spied on their Instagram. Thank you, Indigo Fair!!
PSA to all of those folks who love their mamas: Mother’s Day is in just over two weeks. Come May 13th, it’s time to pamper and praise the woman who gave you life, or at least made you who you are today. We have a few ideas for Mother’s Day gifts that will show her how you feel about her–but don’t forget, the gift she wants the most is a lovely, handwritten card that tells her how you feel. Pssst…little kids should most definitely scratch a perfect drawing inside that card as well. It will be treasured forever. But if that isn’t your thing, check out these amazing gifts that we fully support:
For the plant lady extraordinaire’s new/old jean jacket: a cute enamel pin collection from Hemleva.
For the mom who would rather take a nice long bath with a book than get housework done, our favorite Palo Santo candle by Mizu Brand.
And finally, for the mother who is sophisticatedly stylish with a devilish sense of humor: a Gucci handbag. (Hint?)
Happy Mother’s Day to all!
“I am easily influenced by the seasons; they truly dictate how I spend my free time. Come spring I am taken over with gardening plans. My desk becomes a heap of seed catalogs and garden schematics. In the summer all I can think about is hiking, kayaking, camping, and swimming with my dog. Then fall happens and I become a nut. It’s my favorite season (color, temperature, and food-wise), but since it seems to happen so fast I feel a need to rush. I slow down and cook, sew and think over cold crops while watching old movies. When winter hits, all I think about are snow activities, hot beverages, good books, and the ritual of unwrapping all of my vintage ornaments.” –Michelle Morin
We’ve been loving having the amazingly talented Michelle Morin as one of our newest collaborating artists, and are happy to add her to our Artist Spotlight series. Her beautiful, scenic watercolors of natural environments and ethereal landscapes absolutely take our breath away. Michelle’s background designing and maintaining gardens continue to inspire her work: “My paintings are an attempt at finding a balance within the complexities and subtleties of nature using texture, pattern, and narrative elements throughout.” -MM
On top of beautiful works of fine art, Michelle is also a creative innovator in illustration and surface design. Just check out her brand Spring line of children’s wear that just debuted at H&M! How much do you wish these were in grown-up sizes??
Check out the awesome commercial (with some talented kiddos to boot) and photos below, plus some shots of Michelle’s independent art work and her Red Cap Cards designs. We love you, Michelle! You are amazing. View more on Michelle’s website or her artist page here.
“I was able to apply my greenhouse knowledge to a tight, two-acre garden that became my sanctuary for two years. I came to realize that this garden, while full of hundreds of plant species, was also home to countless animals, including owls, hawks, hummingbirds, box turtles and numerous insects. Witnessing their daily routine gave me the inspiration to make paintings that referenced the colors, patterns, habits and curiosities in this world. I took it all in during the day and painted it by night.” –MM
“I come from a family of makers. Like a lot of artists, it was the environment I grew up in that inspired me to be creative. On weekends everyone in my family was joyfully busy with their own projects. My parents and brother each had different ways of expressing this creativity, and it generated a nice balance in the house. My dad could be found tinkering with anything from a new shed to a backyard ice skating rink, my mom and grandmother would be busy with one of their numerous projects, from building spool dolls, to sewing quilts, to canning pickles. All the while my brother studiously practiced his piano in the background. I fit into this picture anywhere and was happy to hop from one activity to the next. Over time, with the help of great teachers and talented friends, I learned how to focus this creative instinct into a more artistic career.” -MM
We are so excited to be starting a brand new series on our blog and Instagram that features mixed media work in collaboration with Red Cap Cards by a wide array of talented artists, filmmakers, and photographers. Red Cap lives to celebrate the incredible work of groundbreaking artists and visionaries, and we have some amazing work in store for you (stay tuned!). This week, we welcome the work of artist and photographer Gabriela Iancu, who has captured Red Cap Cards in a beautiful, new, moody light.
Gabriela Iancu is a multidisciplinary artist who splits her time between the US and Europe, and whose work “focuses on the intersection of technology, art innovation, and storytelling.” We fell in love with Gabriela’s perspective on Instagram (@gabrielaiancu), where her visceral and bold photographs and cinemagraphs caught our attention–get ready to gawk!–with work incorporating Chloe fragrances, Nestle and more. Check out her website and Instagram to be truly inspired, and keep your ear to the ground for more work by many gifted artists, photographers and filmmakers. We had so much fun viewing Red Cap Cards through her lens, and wanted to share a bit with you today. Follow along with us this week as we introduce her perspective on our Instagram, and see below for a tidbit of what there is in store. Thank you, Gabriela!
All photos courtesy Gabriela Iancu.
In the mood to be swept away on a cherry blossom breeze? Spring is here, and we are playing with a dream-like series on our Instagram by the fabulous Carrie Gifford (@carriegiffordphotos), featuring @duartedollhouses that we hope will ignite your imagination! It’s been a long winter for everyone, it seems, and we are ready for the blooms to burst out of the ground and for warm-weather inspiration to come again. Scroll down to view a few pictorials of our Spring Dream series (view more at @redcapcards), and some beautiful art pieces–poetry and photos–that are getting us excited for the coming months. Welcome, Spring!
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
shivering and huddled close
the forever rushing daffodils
wished they had waited
-Julie Fogliano, When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for all Seasons
i don’t know much about flowers
i don’t know their names
or how they like to grow
in sun or shade
in morning or night
i don’t know where they began
or how they traveled
by boat or by bird
and whether or not the rain makes them shiver or bloom
but i know how they lean
and bend toward the light
wide open as if singing
their voices (silent but everywhere)
fill up the daytime
a song much more than purple
and beyond every red
a song that makes me stop and listen
and not care at all
that i don’t know much
-Julie Fogliano, When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons
I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grating on my legs and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later—because I did not belong there, did not come from there—but when you are twenty-two or twenty-three, you figure that later you will have a high emotional balance, and be able to pay whatever it costs. I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month.
-Joan Didion, Slouching Toward Bethlehem
I think the spring of 1968 is a good
time to look into our blood and
see where our hearts are flowing
as these flowers and vegetables
will look into their hearts every day
and see the sun reflecting like a
great mirror their desire to live
and be beautiful.
-Richard Brautigan, Please Plant This Book
“…The walls, also, seem to be warming themselves.
The tulips should be behind bars like dangerous animals;
They are opening like the mouth of some great African cat,
And I am aware of my heart: it opens and closes
Its bowl of red blooms out of sheer love of me.
The water I taste is warm and salt, like the sea,
And comes from a country far away as health.”
-Excerpt from “Tulips” by Sylvia Plath
Woo hoo! Have we got some fun news for you! Get ready to mark your calendars–coming on June 9th, we are having the party of the century at our pals’ amazing shop, The Social Type, in honor of our new collection by Krista Perry, PLUS a new playful collection of die-cuts by Danielle Kroll, Kate Pugsley, Carolyn Gavin, and Bodil Jane.
So many treats in store for that night, and we absolutely can’t wait. Put it in those date books and make sure you pencil in some time to come and see us. It’s going to be a hot night in the city! Scroll below to check out some in-process printing shots of the upcoming styles, plus a shimmery video to get you excited. And oh my, check out that juicy wrap! We’re so excited–let’s go!!
You know that feeling…when you walk into a beautiful, well-lit, fantastically-curated shop. Your eyes swim. Everything, everywhere–you’ve just got to have it all! You’re going to spend a month’s budget in this one shop, and you couldn’t care less. You want to spend hours there, just drinking it all in. We LOVE that feeling, and we have to say that it happens a lot, especially when we get a glimpse of how some of our stockists display our designs. We probably could have posted photos for hours as well, but here are a few snippets from Instagram that caught our eye and tickled our fancy. Click the photo captions to read more about the shops and definitely check out their Instagram accounts as well! Thank you to all for showcasing our products in such thoughtful and unique ways!
How adorable is this sweet animation for Hello, Mr. Dodo by our own Nicholas John Frith?? We were delighted to find out that Nicholas has a brand new website for his art work, picture books and more (jacket covers!!), which features this animation, plus more coming soon for Hector and Hummingbird and A Werewolf Named Oliver James. Make sure to head over to his new website, nicholasjohnfrith.com!
Nicholas’s designs are some of our favorite to photograph because the colors pop gloriously, and each tell a story with just a glance. Here are a few from our archives that we were happy to revisit:
Psssst…we have one more thing. We spent all day at press today and couldn’t resist showing you a few of our action shots. Check out this sneak peak of some upcoming die-cuts and other new releases! Woo! We can’t wait to show you more…
It’s been a minute since we talked up a few of our favorite shops, so this week we are focusing on four Shops We Love two from the East Coast and two from the West. Scroll down to learn more about some of the most innovative, creative, and stylish brick-and-mortars around–and they just so happen to carry Red Cap Cards!
Shorthand is a Los Angeles-based, gem of a stationery store. Owned and operated by the founders and amazingly talented designers at Iron Curtain Press, the shop’s mission is “to feature simple and beautiful desk and office supplies; from inexpensive to luxury, from the serious craftsperson to the youngest artist.” (Sidenote: here’s a fun story about them from their Seattle days, by our own Andie Powers in Uppercase Magazine!) Bonus: you’re in luck if you aren’t local–they have an online shop. Enjoy!
This family is one of the hippest on the block! Another Los Angeles-based treasure, The Reckless Unicorn is a magical place for the coolest kids and the coolest parents. Annie Segal and Derek Reckley opened the space because they “saw a big need for a one stop shop for all the families in and around the area. Together, they wanted to sprinkle a little unicorn love through out their community.” From clothes to toys to awesome books–this place is fabulously enchanting. We are IN!
Happen to be in or near Charlottesville, Virginia? Well you’re in luck. Stationer and gift shop, Rock Paper Scissors, should most definitely be on your star map. This community staple (pun intended) has been bringing the joy of fine paper and desk accessories since 2002. Plus, those window installations–to die for! Those are just folded envelopes! Stop by for the chicest in office accoutrement and more.
A boutique named after two dogs is obviously going to be amazing. Gus, the Brussels Griffon and Ruby the lab/hound mix are the namesakes for these two shops–Gus & Ruby Letterpress–located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine. The owners, Samantha and Whitney, met while working for a small advertising firm, and decided to follow their dreams right into a letterpress studio. We love these kinds of stories! Portsmouth is a diamond in its own right. You’ll find their New Hampshire shop nestled between designer clothing boutiques, cozy coffee shops, and inspired art galleries.
Arlo has missed you! We’re back with a brand new edition of Arlo’s Book Club, and we can’t wait to connect with your tiny readers as they learn about and examine their surroundings through the written and visual word. In light of the recent political and social climate, we wanted to spread some love to the people around us. Times are tumultuous–peace and mindfulness has been at the forefront of our thoughts, and feeding those we love is important. Who are we and what is our purpose? How can we spread love to all that we come into contact with on a daily basis? Mindfulness starts with a seed. A favor. A compliment. A picture book. We picked several of our favorites to promote mindfulness in our tiny successors. Sponges. Bright lights. Enjoy:
“I breathe slowly in,
I breathe slowly out. My breath
is a river of peace.
I am here in the world.
Each moment I can breathe and be.”
Nothing connects us more strongly than the bond we have with nature. Our earth is our home, and through it, we may see others’ experiences and joys. Breathe and Be is a collection of poems by Kate Coombs with illustration by our own Anna Emilia Laitinen, that lends an ear to the quiet nature that goes on around our bustling lives and conflicts. A beautiful reminder of where we fit on the planet.
Singing Away the Dark
by Caroline Woodward, with pictures by Julie Morstad
Simply Read Books, 2017
Not just a simple picture book about a frightened girl walking home from her school bus–Singing Away the Dark unwittingly captures an undercurrent in today’s society about fear, consequence, and light at the end of the tunnel. This is a gorgeous work of art that offers quiet solace to a long walk toward more joyful times.
They All Saw a Cat
by Brendan Wenzel
Chronicle Books, 2017
What do others see? What do they feel? Who would I be if I walked a mile in someone else’s shoes? They All Saw a Cat offers picturesque perspectives of what a wide variety of characters view when they see a cat. This is a beautiful book that offers the first existential explanation of “the other’s gaze.” Let us all seek to understand what others see and what they feel.
You Belong Here
by William M. H. Clark, Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Compendium Inc., 2016
“And you belong where you love to be,
and after each day is through,
you will always belong right next to me
and I’ll belong to you.”
We have a soft spot in our heart for this one, as our own Red Cap artist, Jill Labieniec, served as art director along with Heidi Dyer. This beautiful narrative shows us the different home environments of mammals and birds and fish and humans. The different places that we “fit” on earth and amongst each other. A beautiful reminder that we are but a piece of a magnificent, ever-moving puzzle.
Horton Hears a Who
by Dr. Seuss
Random House., 1954
Quite possibly the poster boy for mindfulness, kindness, and respect, Horton Hears a Who follows an elephant who stumbles upon an entire town that lives on a simple speck of dust. The story follows the existential realizations of the elephant and of the town, as they learn about what makes a person a person, and what equality truly means. A brilliant, encompassing picture book for every reader, young and old.
First thing’s first: we received a special treat this week, with an amazing birthday party surprise involving some of our favorite wrapping paper designs. Photographer and language & literacy champion and blogger, Michelle of Avery & Augustine, threw a fantastic birthday party with a few of our wrapping sheets as the guests of honor. She made us a few faux invitations with a blog-able address and phone number (ten points each if you can guess the books where they both originated) for her bookish birthday party and book drive. Check out that duplexed invite with Christian Robinson’s “Candles” wrap on the back! Wooo! Plus, a copy of Kelly Dipucchio and Christian Robinson’s latest installment of the Gaston series, Antoinette. We are so inspired by this creative suite! Check out more of Avery & Augustine’s bright ideas and photos over on her blog or Instagram. Thank you, Michelle!
Happy post-Valentine’s Day! Are you suffering from a love hangover? Well, grab a Bloody Mary and cozy up to freshen up your creativity with some of the color inspiration we are obsessing over lately. Color palette inspiration at it’s best: from the rich browns, to the deep purples, the dusty browns and sultry shadows, we are putting together a lovely collection of work to get our juices flowing. What color palettes are motivating you this winter? Take a look below at some of ours and enjoy!
Happy post-Valentine’s Day! Are you suffering from a love hangover? Well, grab a Bloody Mary and check out these color palettes that we’ve been obsessing over. The sultry shadows, the deep purples and the sweet chartreuse. Ooh, lala we are loving it. What colors are getting you inspired as of late?
“The black ink is the blood of my work. It gives my pieces life. They become so alive…you could almost hear a heart beat.” –Marsha Robinson
We are beyond thrilled to finally have Marsha Robinson‘s beautiful and intricate botanical abstracts as a part of our Red Cap collection. Marsha lives and works in Denver, Colorado, where she has created an art portfolio that spans beyond the page into tactile forms, such as wall hangings, textiles, apparel and glassware. Her work is reminiscent of an other-wordly, botanical art-deco era, and it makes us think that Frank Lloyd Wright would most definitely be taken with it.
We thought we would show off a bit more of her work, as well as some wonderful written profiles she has had recently, as a little twist on our usual Artist Spotlight interview. Check out the cover of this month’s Cherry Creek Lifestyle Magazine (below), plus a few quotes from fabulous sources that tell a bit more about Marsha’s art story. Enjoy! We love you, Marsha!
“When Strange Dirt’s Marsha Robinson discovered a box of gouache paints her mom had kept under a bed, the Denver artist had no idea it would be the key to her creative destiny. Robinson was interested in art throughout high school but knew art school was out of the question because it was too expensive. Instead, she opted to dive into administrative work but something kept telling her it wasn’t the road she was meant to take. ‘I was moving away from home with my first love and my mom gifted me the box of paints. I was surprised she had kept it but there was a reason for it and I’m so grateful she did. I had an itch to pick up the paintbrush and see where my hands wanted to take me. So I opened up that box and the rest is history,’ Robinson said. Using gouache, an opaque water color, would lead her up to using ink, her main medium today. Even after dabbling in art shows at local venues and selling pieces, Robinson felt her work still needed a stronger focus. Frustrated with working in the food industry, she took the leap and decided to pursue art full-time.” – 303 Magazine
“The finely inked botanical drawings and textiles of Denver artist Marsha Robinson, aka Strange Dirt, seem suspended in a time warp, inspired by science and symmetry and maybe a touch of William Morris, yet they belong to no real period of art history. Distinctly personal, Robinson’s works are clearly the product of a decorative inner vision, beautiful and elegantly contemporary.” – Susan Froyd, Westword
“The botanical world fascinated me–I think of it as the ultimate example of true, natural beauty.” -Marsha, via Cherry Creek Lifestyle Magazine
“When I moved to Denver I tried to live in collective houses and met a lot of people who were anarchists. I saw a lot of patches on hats, denim jackets and backpacks and they all meant something very important to the people carrying them, and they were so dirty and so loved. I wanted [these] patches to have a life and last longer than a year. I wanted my work on garments but I didn’t want to find a t-shirt I created in a thrift store because of fashion trends changing with seasons. I want for people to hold on to the patches as long as they could.” -Marsha Robinson, via 303 Magazine
“My mission as an artist is simple–to spread beauty.” -Marsha Robinson, via Cherry Creek Lifestyle Magazine
We are so excited to finally celebrate the release of our brand new gift bag collection, plus the release of twenty-five new greeting card designs by artists, Michelle Morin and Marsha Robinson. Also, we are happy to introduce two exclusive gift bag designs by artist and author, Emily Winfield Martin. These are some absolute stunners that we have been dying to show off to you folks!
Our new gift bag collection features illustrations by Kelsey Garrity Riley, Carolyn Gavin, Bodil Jane, Jon Klassen, Danielle Kroll, Anna Emilia Laitinen, Kate Pugsley, Christian Robinson, and newcomers Emily Winfield Martin and Michelle Morin. They are constructed with luxurious heavy-weight paper, and cotton rope. They are available for preorder now and will ship in March!
We are also excited to introduce our new artists to the fold (pun intended!). Welcome, Michelle and Marsha, whose new designs add two unique perspectives to our Red Cap collection! View their entire collections here, and here, and view a small selection below, along with more information about them. We are so proud and excited to have them in our midst, and excited to share their work with a new audience.
Michelle Morin is an artist who lives and works on the Seacoast of New Hampshire. She studied painting and art history at Massachusetts College of Art. Michelle has worked for many years in the horticultural field cultivating a true relationship with plants, wildlife, and their distinctive habitats.
With many years designing and maintaining gardens, Michelle has narrowed her primary focus to nature as a subject to reference. She works to convey the beauty and complexities of nature using texture, pattern, and narrative elements throughout her work, which range from elaborate watercolor and gouache compositions on paper to vast and more layered paintings on canvas. Through her travels she continues to seek out inspiration from the natural world while honing in on the unique details that define each place.
Marsha Robinson is an artist and designer based out of Denver, CO. Self taught and disciplined, Marsha’s work is highly distinctive with a unique flare of grace and symmetry. She creates a world full of elegant botanical imagery embraced by strikingly bold designs that reflect the nostalgia of the Art Deco Era. She creates compositions that combine both the masculine and feminine elements of design which allows her work to have fluidity while still maintaining order and structure. Her hand drawn ink & pen illustrations extend beyond the paper and find their way on various mediums in the multifaceted world of design. Marsha is constantly evolving as an artist and with every piece of work comes new transformation.
I asked Carrie what she would like for Valentine’s Day, and with her answer, I was privy to a stream of consciousness that detailed the most perfect date (or day, even) that anyone could ever dream of. We thought we might juxtapose each of our parfait Saint Valentin for your reading and viewing pleasure! What might you request on your perfect date? Here’s Carrie:
A handwritten note…
Followed by some to-die-for Strawberry Shortcake Chocolate from Compartés Chocolatier. Mind the couch!
Hal remembers two gifts he forgot were in his pocket all along. A beautiful rose gold and ruby pendant from Spinelli Kilcollin and a full bouquet of stunning roses from Yasmine Floral Design. How could he forget?
We awake in the morning to hot coffee and a splendid sunrise in Joshua Tree
My goodness, I can’t beat that. Though slightly less fantastic, my date is very much tailored to my homebody-ness. Here goes…my perfect Valentine’s Day:
The date starts out with hand-drawn scavenger hunt inside one of my favorite Red Cap Cards, to find the perfect gift: a vintage copy of Sugar, by Nancy Sinatra, a beautiful Black Diamond Pera Ring from Of a Kind, and a four-box of Sofia Coppola’s pink champagne. (That whole case is for me, by the way).
Dinner is at In-N-Out Burger (they moved to Seattle specifically for me), which has magically become gluten AND dairy free overnight, so I order one of everything.
While we are eating at the outdoor tables, Paul Rudd walks by and comments to my husband about how witty and attractive I am. Move it along, Paul, I’m spoken for! Go be ADORABLE somewhere else.
Then, we are back at home to watch one of my favorite movies in bed, snuggled with truffled popcorn and a housekeeper scheduled to come and vacuum up the crumbs in the morning.
Now it’s your turn–what does your ideal Valentine’s Day look like?
Hey there, cupcake! Valentine’s Day is just another excuse for us to keep the love flowing, so we thought we’d bring you ten of our favorite fun factoids about l’amour to get you ramped up and ready for February 14th. Read on to learn more about love than the fact that it really is all you need. How many of these do you know?
- Animals that mate for life:
- barn owls
- bald eagles
- golden eagles
- Gibbon apes
- brolga cranes
- French angel fish
- sandhill cranes
- red-tailed hawks
- prairie voles
- black vultures
2. The enduring symbol of love, Cupid (or Eros) is said to have come from Chaos (“The Yawning Void”) and represents the primitive forces of love and desire.
3. Scientists suggest that most people will fall in love approximately seven times before marriage.
4. “Light My Fire” by the Doors was the number 1 Billboard single in 1967 for three weeks, when it was succeeded by “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles.
5. Genie’s Rule Number 2 from Disney’s Aladdin is that he can’t make anybody fall in love with anybody else–you little punim there!
6. Roses are a traditional symbol of different types of love, depending on their color:
- Red roses: passion and true love
- Light pink: desire, passion and energy
- Dark pink: gratitude
- Yellow roses: friendship or jealousy
- White roses: virtue or devotion
- Lavender or thornless rose: love at first sight
7. Engagement rings are often worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because the ancient Greeks maintained that that finger contains the vena amoris, or the “vein of love,” that runs straight to the heart. The first recorded wedding rings appear in ancient Egypt, with the circle representing eternity as well as powerful sun and moon deities.
8. Allegedly, Robert Smith of The Cure was inspired to write “The Love Cats” after reading the novel, The Vivisector by Patrick White, which details the demise of a love triangle, infidelity, and a sack of stray cats.
9. Cleopatra once swallowed a pearl that was submerged in a cocktail to settle a bet with her lover, Marc Anthony, about her power and wealth.
10. Mothers always have their children in the back of their minds – now it seems that this is quite literally true. Fetal DNA can enter a mother’s brain and remain there for decades, according to autopsies of female brains. (Newscientist.com)
Sources: Factretriever.com, Wikipedia.com, and Petful.com
What inspires you? Lights your soul? Gives your imagination flight? Breathes passion into the day? Here at Red Cap, the answer to those questions has one answer: talent. Beautiful, unfiltered, human talent. We admit that we have fallen down what we like to call the Instagram Rabbit Hole: a trip that may last for hours and hours as we comb through inspirational photos of all types of work in all mediums and manifestations.
Today, we grouped a few that we are really loving as of late to show off and hopefully start your journey down the rabbit hole. See below for the favorites, and keep up the amazing work everyone!
@yasminemei | floral designer | yasminefloraldesign.com
Based out of Los Angeles, Yasmine creates stunning works of floral design with “an emphasis on the ethereal, simple, and classical.” With a mix of traditional flowers and exotic plants, her instagram is full of inspiration if you love the greenery like us. Just look at those tiny bananas!
@teaaalexis | renders | lairs.tumblr.com
These images are going to blow your mind! Alexis Christodoulou creates renderings (yep, you read that right–NOT photos) of imaginary architectural spaces that we could dream about for days. Hailing from South Africa, Alexis works in advertising (and a bit with his family’s winemaking business) and is not a formally trained architect. Read much more of his fantastic story at The New York Times Style Magazine: Singapore.
@kelseyemc | photographer | kelseymcclellan.com
@pandahandler | stylist | michelle-maguire.com
This photographer and prop stylist team has created some of the freshest images we have seen in a while! Together, they create tiny vignettes of food-inspired art, and much more. The story behind “Wardrobe Snacks” via Michelle’s website is delectable:
Wardrobe Snacks was inspired by diners lacking the luxury of being seated at a table: my stepdad who rests his sandwich on his thigh (hell with a plate!) in between bites while he blasts an action movie on his TV; a commuter cramped up on a crowded bus retrieving an item from a bag or pocket; a lunch-breaker on a park bench eating from her lap. They’re informal — perhaps even a bit awkward — spaces as far as eating is concerned, yet the diners always appear to be comfortable and perfectly satisfied with their chosen snack, almost Zen-like.
I am committed to my work, and to my lifestyle. In my work, I am committed to using fine and sturdy fabrics in the collection, because I want the pieces to last a very long time. I am committed to making everything in Los Angeles, because it is important to me to support my community. I choose these things because I believe they are right and good. In my life, I know that I deserve to be a sane person. I know that I need time away to be sane, so I take it. Not because I am spoiled, but because I value my existence as a happy, balanced person. Everyone deserves this.
@avionclothier | designer + store owner | avionclothier.com
Katherine Tsina Bird is the designer and store owner of Avion Clothier. Based in New York and Los Angeles, Katherine combines her training in dance with a tremendous talent in fashion design to create clothing with air, life, and flight. And fun fact: she also happens to be married to another great talent: musician Andrew Bird.
@ambergressphotography | photographer | ambergress.com/blog
You may remember a few photos that we have posted that were taken by Amber Gress in the past, and she continues to inspire us with her work! A self-proclaimed “photographer, traveler and lover,” Amber photographs everything from people to weddings to scenic sites and magical moments. Each of her photos holds a unique story, and we love ‘hearing’ them.
@shopgordon | handmade apparel | shopgordon.co
Another talented clothier, Leah Redmond is Shop Gordon. She creates “simple, utilitarian fashion, made-to-order for the eco-conscious and fashion forward woman.” Inspired by her childhood in Hawaii, Leah created her debut collection in the traditional Hawaiian plantation fabric, Palaka, modernized for men and women today.
Hello, Krista Perry! We wanted to show you a little sneak peek of one of our upcoming artists, Krista Perry, whose designs will be debuting this coming Spring for Red Cap Cards. Playful and bursting with color, with a dash of psychedelic nostalgia, Krista’s art just makes us happy. Nods to mid-century patterns plus bold fluorescents and bright colors make her sketchbooks stand-alone pieces of art. Check out the fantastic sketchbook video below for even more of her work. Also, make sure to follow her on Instagram for nearly daily updates of what she has been working on.
Located in Massachusetts, Krista studied and received an honors BFA in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she was recognized by the Society of Illustrators Student Competition, and was printed on the cover of their student catalogue.
We also adore the bio on her site, which is as colorful as her artwork:
“When she isn’t illustrating, she loves people watching, seeing live music, and daydreaming about fabulous Italian dishes.
Someday she would like to….
- own a fully-functioning disco ball (and learn how to dance)
- be on The Price is Right
- hug a real live cactus in a real live desert
- go on a pizza date with John Stamos (have mercy, am I right?)
- open her own roller rink
- go on tour with a band“
The holidays are winding down, and it’s time to send all of that love that you received back out into the world. This year as we’re clearing away the holiday decorations, making resolutions, and getting very tired of all those leftovers, don’t forget to say thank you! Say thank you to family, friends, teachers, co-workers, helpers, grandparents, baristas, or anyone who has touched your lives for the better. Keep the love flowing!
We’ve collected a few Instagram photos of beautifully illustrated thank you cards from some of our Red Cap artists below to get you inspired to write a handwritten note to those who mean the most to you. To see more, just click over to the entire thank you card collection, and thank you to YOU!