We often see businesses when father and son work side by side but it's quite refreshing to see mother and daughter at the helm. Such is the case with designer, Megan Fowler and her mom, Gaelle Boling of Sparta, Georgia. They run their studio, Brown Parcel Press, out of a 1920's general store which is situated on a picturesque farm they also call home.
Megan launched Brown Parcel Press in 2007 and her subsequent marriage and birth of a child altered the course of her business. Megan, "When my baby bump started to slow down my printing, my mom volunteered her services as a press assistant. This was the start of her love affair with printing. As she began helping more, I realized how our aesthetic and work ethic aligned so effortlessly. We're unique because of our bond."
Both are continually inspired by the natural world and this is reflected in the shop full of letterpress cards, calendars and prints. Megan's most recent artwork collection pays tribute to the intricacy and beauty of plants and animals. Megan, "One of the things that strikes me most about living out in the country is the sheer variety and amount of life forms there are. I remember that first leopard moth I ever saw about a month after we moved here. It landed on the screen door of the back porch and I couldn't believe my eyes. Over half a decade later that encounter has spawned our Natural Curiosity series."
Two other new works from Brown Parcel Press are Satsumas in a Row and Avocados in a Row. Megan describes them as 'simple, whimsical and bright.' In their pretty simplicity our attention is drawn to the fruit's form and symmetry. Good thing mother nature has an infinite supply of inspiration. I don't wait Megan and Gaelle to ever stop the presses...