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Meet Judy Lynn of Mirabelle Studio in Valparaiso

Today we’d like to introduce you to Judy Lynn.

Judy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started creating handmade books, boxes, and linocut prints after I moved from the West Coast to the Midwest. I wanted to create work that reflected my graphic design and publishing/printing backgrounds. Initially, I worked part-time designing greeting cards and binding books. I switched to full-time work and founded Mirabelle Studio after a move to the Southeast. There, I focused mostly on selling directly to customers through art festivals and gallery shows. Now, I’m back in the Midwest and my business has expanded to include more custom work and the use of my linocut images as surface pattern designs for home accessories such as tea towels and pillows along with stationery products like gift wrap and note cards.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’d say a smooth road with a few potholes. I love building a business that reflects my personality and philosophies. I also enjoy designing for and collaborating with so many interesting people and companies. It has challenged me and helped me grow. In the beginning, there was a lot of trial and error especially with outdoor art festivals and having to contend with various weather and logistical challenges. Now, I sometimes struggle with balancing all the non-art aspects of running a small business. I relish the many different elements of my job, but it can get overwhelming.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Mirabelle Studio – what should we know?
I named the business Mirabelle Studio after a yellow plum grown primarily to make preserves because it inspires what I do and how I work. I design books and boxes to hold and preserve life’s moments. The plum also symbolizes my love of nature and how the natural world continually inspires me and my work. This connection to nature also encourages me to use eco-products and practices in the studio whenever possible.

My art merges traditional book art techniques with contemporary looks to create unique and useful pieces that are all made by hand. I have an eye for detail and quality which is evident in all that I make whether I’m designing one item or two hundred of the same. I design custom pieces with this same intention. This often includes creating custom patterns to coordinate with the special occasion or event.

What sets me apart is working in a traditional craft, handmade books, and boxes, while living in a digital age. I’m asking people to take a moment and enjoy the tactile experience of holding something in their hands that doesn’t have a power cord.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My ability to choose opportunities that speak to me and challenge me creatively and personally is important to my success. It’s often an intuitive process. It helps me focus on the work I truly want to put my energy into and explore while keeping with the handcrafted, creative aspect that I love.

Pricing:

  • Books from $28.00
  • Boxes from $20.00
  • Prints from $40.00
  • Custom from $150.00

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Judy Lynn

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