Stationery makers: Green Banana Cards!
Ever wanted to send someone a whale? A bear? Or perhaps a big cuddly moose? We all know how impractical that can be... and don't even get me started on customs and security!
So I was very relieved the other day when I found out about Green Banana Cards - the perfect postcard solution for the hassle of shipping big animals!
Cute, right? :)
Virginie St-Jean is the designer behind Green Banana Cards project. She started in 2008 with the Mail a Moose design as a greeting card... but eventually realized there was a much higher demand for postcards! So she switched to the postcard format, and has been steadily introducing new animals to her collection since then. You can send 14 different animals across the world! :)
- How did you get started doing stationery design?
I love everything that has to do with printed art. However, since it’s an art that’s been declining in popularity with the general public, I thought the best way to go about it was to create something out of the ordinary, so that even people who might not usually buy postcards would be tempted because of the novelty factor.
- Where do you find your inspiration?
I have always loved drawing animals, and after spending some time in the Yukon, I was trying to think of a product that I could sell there. That’s how I thought of creating the Mail a Moose design. Most of my designs are iconic Canadian animals, but I’m also inspired by animals that tourists in other countries might be interested in mailing back home. I printed southern US animals like a gator and a manatee recently, and I plan to introduce an Australian animal collection by next summer. I also regularly work on custom orders, such as a Guernsey Cow for the Island of Guernsey, UK and a T-Rex and Mammoth for Canadian Museums.
- What is your favourite item in your shop (and why)?
The Mail a Moose postcard is my favourite because it started it all, and because “Mail a Moose” is fun to say!
- If you could define your style in 3 words, what would they be?
Lighthearted, colorful, cheery
- Are you a letter/postcard writer yourself?
Yes, I think everyone likes receiving something fun in the mail since it rarely happens anymore. When traveling, I really enjoy finding special cards to send back home. I also occasionally frame interesting graphic cards for home decor when I find the right ones.
Virginie kindly offered 5 packs of her wonderful postcards to give away - each pack features the complete collection of 14 different animals! :D For a chance to win a pack, visit Green Banana Cards' page, and leave a comment below, telling us which one was your favourite animal. We'll randomly pick 5 winners this time next Saturday. Good luck!