We had the good fortune of connecting with Kate Murray and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kate, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I had been working in letterpress studios and managing those shops for over a decade. After graduating college with a printmaking degree, I had no idea how I’d make a living and the women I worked for were such an inspiration for me. I realized I could definitely do what I love and get my work out to people in the form of greeting cards.

As a person who has struggled with mental health, specifically depression and anxiety, bright colors and silly puns were always a way to cheer myself up. I thought if I could spread some joy, it would be worth it. I just kept a list of funny, weird ideas and sketches for a long time. I luckily came across a press that needed some restoration and once it was up and running I had everything I needed to get started.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love printmaking. I started my study of it in high school and graduated with a BFA in printmaking. My entire professional life has been running presses and studios, you could say it’s a bit of an obsession. I’ve turned down better jobs with higher pay to keep doing what I’m doing with the end goal of always having my own shop.

It was a lot of year of paying my dues, working my way up in shops, learning the presses, and design programs. I also learned on the job how to run a business. Working for two different letterpress studios gave me a wealth of knowledge to pick and choose how I wanted to run my shop and exactly what I wanted to do.

It was totally not easy. Living in Brooklyn, with cost of living and the cost of a studio space that would take a 1000lb press was incredibly expensive. There were definitely years of living paycheck to paycheck or job to job. How to budget was the best thing I learned.

Since I love printmaking and I’ve been doing it so long, I love printing cards that no one else would print. 11 colors? Sure, why not. Overlapping halftones to create second and third colors? Let’s see where this goes. Basically, I just love to add a bit of play and challenge into my daily work.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I recently moved up the Hudson Valley to Saugerties, NY. There are such amazing breweries and restaurants. Since it’s almost summer, I’d totally go on a hike to Kaaterskill Falls and head over to West Kill Brewery for a post hike beer. After that, a walk through Woodstock with a pizza at Early Terrible would make a great day finished off with ice cream from Alleyway Ice Cream.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely have to shout out my husband, Jay. I seriously couldn’t have done it without him. He’ll stay up all hours folding and packing cards with me.

I also am a part of the Proof to Product and Greeting Card Association communities and both have been invaluable in scaling up my business the past few years.

Website: www.quickbrownfoxletterpress.com

Instagram: @quickbrownfoxlp

Facebook: @quickbrownfoxletterpress

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