We talked with San Francisco based founder, creative director, and painter Katherine Bragg about her whisical and popular greeting card company Pigeon Whole. Katherine holds a BFA in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design and MFA in Furniture Design from Savannah College of Art and Design.

What were your inspirations for designing your greeting cards? I love hashtags, puns, word play, silly sayings, and pop culture. I think animals are so expressive but they can't communicate the same way people do. I image if these animals could talk, my sentiments would be what they would say.

When did you start designing cards? I discovered I could paint in September of 2013. It took a year for me to try painting my second painting and another year before I did the third. After that I couldn't stop. Since then, I have completed over 50 paintings in the last year.

Is designing cards your primary job? Nope! I have a residential interior design practice in SF called Westwood and Main.

What is your favorite thing about designing greeting cards? I love the process of painting each design. I know I'm onto something good when I'm painting an idea and it makes me smirk or laugh as it's coming to life.

What is your least favorite thing about designing? I wish I was faster!

What is favorite design and why? ALL THE FEELS. It makes everyone smile.

Why these animals? Sometimes the animal is the inspiration for the card and the sentiment comes second or it's the other way around.

Why the abbreviations? I love hashtags and and trendy phrases which usually include abbreviations.

June 23, 2017 by Deric Carner

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