Artist Cat Snapp brand to actualize cardboard appurtenances that advance acknowledgment and joy — abnormally now that we’re amusing distancing.
Snapp, 34, who works out of her home flat in Everett, specializes in greeting cards, stationery, art prints, notebooks, journals and stickers, although she additionally paints and sculpts. Most recently, she fabricated some baby sculptures out of adobe that were aggressive by nature.
“I aloof like the adeptness to actualize accomplished artwork that you ability see in a gallery, but additionally to actualize assignment that ability amount $5 that you can anatomy or accelerate to a friend,” she said.
Snapp has admired art back she was a child. She remembers cartoon pictures of Frankenstein’s monster and authoritative her own “Choose Your Adventure” books. While belief accomplished art at the University of Central Florida and University of North Texas, she fell in adulation with carving and book making.
Cat Snapp Flat is a adapted barn in the Delta neighborhood. That’s area the full-time artisan creates, prints, assembles and ships all of her cardboard goods. She’s had the flat back affective to Everett in 2016.
“I was alive in the abode and in the barn while we were renovating it,” she said. “I’ve been alive out of it abounding time for the aftermost year.”
The flat houses two presses — a Chandler & Price letterpress from about 1912 and a Takach carving columnist fabricated in 2012 — that Snapp has acquiescently called Vaiola and Gloria, respectively, afterwards her grandmothers. She works at a table her husband, Mike Lavoie, congenital her as a Christmas present.
Snapp describes her assignment as bold, arbitrary and elegant. They’re accommodation with blush and affection fluctuant drawings. Her journals, cards and stickers can be austere or goofy, applied or sentimental.
Some of her patterns are afflicted by motifs from her Samoan and Mexican heritage. The colors she chooses are aggressive by Pacific Northwest landscapes and seascapes.
She draws her designs by hand, and again uses either her presses or computer to charm them. All her letterpress cards and journals are hand-printed and hand-bound. If she can’t book them herself, she has a U.S. printer accomplish them for her on 100% recycled paper.
She’s apparent an uptick in the cardinal of greeting cards awash during the communicable because they’re one of the few concrete means we can still accumulate in blow with ancestors and friends. Her best-sellers are “Sending acceptable accordance your way,” “You rock!” and “You’re stellar!”
Others accept bought her paint-splattered notebooks to accept article appropriate for their children’s schoolwork while they’re acquirements at home, or so their ancestors can account about their animosity during the coronavirus outbreak.
Last week, Snapp larboard her flat to advance some joy in her neighborhood. She drew a repeating arrangement with some book up and bottomward the sidewalk. In the windows at the advanced of her house, she taped up balloon belletrist that say “Hey y’all!” and amidst the greeting with bright dots.
“I’m from the (Florida) panhandle, and it’s a little bit added Southern in culture, so ‘y’all’ is actual abundant a affair that is said there,” she said. “That allotment has ashore with me.”
For a bound time, Snapp is alms two chargeless greeting cards that you can book at home. She fabricated them in black-and-white, so you can blush them if you want. They say “Hello from too far away” and “Stay at home club.” She additionally provides a arrangement for authoritative envelopes to go with them.
“As an artist, it feels absolutely awe-inspiring to allotment (my) art appropriate now, for a array of altered reasons,” she said, “but one affair that I accept absitively for myself is that I’m not a scientist and I can’t go assignment in bloom care, and so I charge use the affair I am an able in to try to appearance that there’s acceptable and achievement in the world.”
Josh Jones, of Everett, a adolescent artisan who does photography, abstraction and watercolor, had a berth appropriate abutting to Snapp’s at an Everett Makers Market that popped up at the Schack Art Center aftermost year. He bought a few hand-bound journals and auspicious stickers from her that he continues to enjoy.
He said a sticker he bought that says “You got this!” was a antecedent of abundance back he was afraid about a job interview.
“I would attending at it frequently and think, ‘Yeah, I got this,’” he said. “It ability assume abominable to some, but I anticipate those reminders are important.”