Allison Cole 03 PR
Based in Providence, RI
I have been creating gift and stationery products under my own brand since 2014. All of the work is dreamed up & illustrated by me. The cards, gift tags and notebooks are manufactured & assembled in Providence. Some of the paper items are screen printed by hand & some are offset printed at Barrington Printing. My gift items (stickers, enamel pins, buttons & magnets) are all designed & illustrated by me and manufactured in collaboration with Badge Bomb, a company based out of Portland committed to USA manufacturing.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
Nostalgia, bright colors, humor, and a sense of playfulness.Nostalgia, bright colors, humor, and a sense of playfulness.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
Yes, both directly and indirectly - when I first started this aspect of my business, I was screen printing my entire line. Things have morphed and changed as the business grew, and now only a few styles and some art prints are screen printed. However the practice of Printmaking still informs everything that I do - how I create and build up layers in my work, working with limited color, and careful planning to maximize the printed sheet of paper.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
I'm always adding new products to my line and I am excited about my next release of enamel pins as well as a new line of cards that are more informed by my surface pattern illustration background.
Any recent press/exhibitions/achievements you'd like to share with us?
Yes, this past March my new paper craft book with Rockpoint was published - The Happy Collection - Put a Sticker on It, which is a collection of 500 stickers to decorate anything - my goal was to create stickers that would be equal parts useful and fun to use!
To see more of Allison's work, visit handmadebyallisoncole.com