Friday, 15 June 2012

profile me and amber.

best friends karen and amber
me and amber greeting cards
me and amber artworks 

 me and amber mouse pad, the perfect desktop accessory
me and amber cushions galore
me and amber prints
me and amber screenprinted table runner

me and amber tea towel
and another one
Work and play are two in the same for best friends Karen Enis and Amber Molnar, who combined their flair for graphic design and passion for art, to launch ME AND AMBER. With a love of trawling through book stores and hunting in op-shops, their refined aesthetic style merges sustainability, simplicity, typography and the odd deer or two - always a winner. Starting out making handmade greeting cards the ME AND AMBER range has expanded to include screenprinted cushions, tea towels, desktop accessories, notebooks, table runners and limited edition art. With something for every room in the house, it may be difficult peruse their wares here without snapping up a few pieces to deck out your lounge, kitchen, office...and any spare walls in need of a little art.
How would you describe yourselves in five words?
Relaxed, optimistic, honest, creative and sometimes a little bit lazy!

What was your childhood dream?
To be happy.

What led you down your current path?
we have both always had a real love for art and design. at high school, art was by far our favourite subject, and wed spend as much time as possible in the dark room and art studio. In our final year of graphic design at uni we were fortunate enough to collaborate on our major project. We just loved working together, and it turned a stressful time into something really enjoyable. this got us seriously thinking about starting up a partnership, and me and amber evolved from there! the business allows us to combine our passions for art, design and making. Its not easy to find a job that fits into all of these categories, so we created one ourselves!

What do you love most about what you do?
We love working with eachother - we are the best of friends, so we are in a really lucky situation, where we are the best bosses/ work colleagues you could ever hope for!
We love that we continue to get so much enjoyment out of the design and making process, and being able to see an idea become a physical product is incredibly rewarding.
It is really touching when someone goes to the trouble of sending us a photo of our products in their home, or takes the time to email us with their support. It’s nice to know that our little pieces are sitting happily in peoples’ homes!

Where do you seek inspiration?
Inspiration comes from all over the placevisiting our favourite galleries, travelling to new places, vintage childrens illustration books, nature... old books also inspire us - the tactile quality of their worn pages, beautifully refined typography, hardback covers in more shades than you could dream of, and their sense of memory and nostalgia.

Who do you admire?
Creatively, we admire so many people! in this industry we are surrounded by creative people, and to be honest, we admire the whole community that we are lucky to be a part of!

What challenges have you had to overcome?
One challenging part of running our business is trying to turn something that you love to do into something that is profitable and sustainable. Producing locally and using sustainable materials is really important to us, however, as this is often more expensive, it can be quite difficult to make a profit.

We have also found that the ‘business’ side of things seems to take a lot of our time, and we find this quite foreign, and is never without its challenges.

What are your top creative resources?
  • Published Art Bookshop – a beautiful store in Surry Hills filled with so many incredible design / illustration / photography books.
  • Our iPods – fully loaded with music, so whatever mood we are in we can find something to inspire us… from Jamie Cullum to Florence and the Machine, Arrested Development to Ben Harper.
  • Local galleries – ever changing and inspiring.

What dream do you still want to fulfil?
We’d love to have a little shop of our very own one day… and to tick off our entire travel wish list!

What's next?
A collaboration with a ceramist friend of ours, and continuing to expand our range.

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
read – weekend newspapers.
watch – the world go by at our local cafe.
cook – carrot cake.
create – fun.
listen to – live music.
dream about - holidays.
look forward to – the future.