Sunshine Draft :: Fig & Tulip

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Today we are honored to introduce you to Monica from Fig & Tulip.




Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

Hello! I’m Monica, a wife, mom, coffee lover and maker of fine stationery and other delights. Through a combination of taking many-an art / design / photography class post college and a bucket full of trial and error, I became a graphic designer. My love of everything paper and font came together when I was working on the paper paraphernalia for my wedding. I now work out of my home studio in San Francisco and am able to balance (not always perfectly, mind you!) my time between my work and my family. I design custom stationery, as well as boxed sets (both letterpress and flat print), rubberstamps, art prints and tea towels. My products are either printed by me, or by a local printer. On an annual basis, Fig & Tulip makes a donation to a charitable organization and often participates in Bay Area trunk shows where a portion of the revenues are donated to a local good cause.




We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

Some people need to run every day or they don’t feel right. Me? I need to make, draw, or create something. I get to do with my work and if I count making dinner for the family – then that’s even better!



Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

Nature is endlessly inspiring to me. Yes, a sunset is beautiful, but so are the delicate wings of a damselfly, the colors of a mission fig, the twisty petals of a parrot tulip, the pattern on a sea shell…




On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

Music! Fun dance-y music is a guaranteed pick me up. My parents are from Colombia and my mom, to this day, will put on a Colombian cumbia and she’s as happy as a lark. I inherited this gene.




What are you most grateful for?

My family. All of them – my husband, my boys, my parents and brother and my in-laws. They are a good bunch.




Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Fig & Tulip!

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    Kate B says:

    I really love this story. I especially love that you have a polished, wonderful business without a DEGREE in graphic design. I just started as a freelancer because every graphic design job I applied for never called me back and I suspected that it was because while I have a background in architecture and a lot of design experience, I’m missing that magic degree which made it super easy to filter out my resume from the hundreds I’m sure they received. I finally decided if I wanted to pursue it, I could just go out on my own, because clients (or customers if I decide to move into products) are not going to care as much about the degree.

    Beautiful work, I especially enjoy your gorgeous envelope choices!

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