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The Blog of Emily McDowell Studio

New cards with Papyrus, now at Papyrus stores & Target!

Hi guys, I started talking with Papyrus two years ago about creating a card collection with them, and the cards finally hit stores this week! (Licensing takes time, y'all.) These cards are now available in Papyrus stores and in Target, at these snazzy branded endcaps! (That's my college housemate's cart and snacks next to it, abandoned in surprise.) To be honest, I didn't know the extent of the Target plan until someone tweeted a photo at me earlier this week -- I'm still on vacation in Spain for a few more days as I write this -- and I about fell over...

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Dance Neurosis Resumé

Hi guys, It is FOR REAL my intention to be blogging here regularly because I really like writing in a longer-form way. People keep asking how my “new life” is going now that we’ve shifted our wholesale fulfillment to Madison Park Group, and I keep responding with a weak laugh because nothing is less busy yet. But it will be! In the meantime, while I’m still working on other things, I wanted to share a thing I wrote a few years ago. I am fascinated by why we believe the things we believe about ourselves. Like, how is it that something some...

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Announcing Our Partnership with The Madison Park Group!

Hi guys, I've spent the last few months making some enormous and exciting changes to our business model. As of April 1, Emily McDowell Studio has partnered with The Madison Park Group on our wholesale production and fulfillment. WHY DID WE DO THIS AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN? I think that's best approached in a good old-fashioned Q&A! Have a seat while I interview myself. Q:  Hi Emily! First off... why did you do this? I mean, you've been busting your ass for three years to build your company. A:  That's very kind of you to notice. You are correct; I have been busting...

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The Manifesto Post: Getting Intentional

My New Year's posts on Instagram and Facebook were about the two words I'm choosing to focus on in 2016: "uncomfortable" and "intentional." I explained the "uncomfortable" part in my posts there, but this blog post is about the "intentional" part. Some of you reading this know that I worked in advertising before starting my company. Writing company manifestos, taglines, and mission statements for our clients was part of my job. It's one of those building blocks of a brand that any strategist or marketing expert would say you need pretty much before you do anything else. And in general, I agree with that....

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