On The Wire: Designer to Watch, Stacie Bloomfield

Today, guest blogger, Sarah Schwartz, editor of Stationery Trends and The Paper Chronicles, chats with one of Stationery Trends’ Top Ten 2016 Designers to Watch about her career, inspiration and thoughts about paper. Today, Sarah introduces us to Stacie Bloomfield of Gingiber.

Starting in 2010, every Winter Issue of Stationery Trends has featured a cavalcade of 10 Designers to Watch. There are no strict criteria to my selection process, rather I just know a perfect fit when I see it — I tend to sense that each person in every year’s special 10 is on a most interesting trajectory. Today it’s a real treat to share one of these personalities with Felt & Wire readers.


There are some ranges that feel ubiquitous to this moment in design, yet are utterly distinctive. That is what drew me to Stacie Bloomfield and her charming Gingiber range. This childhood-doodler-turned-illustrator creates a beguiling world filled with animals that are offset with cheerful florals and patterns.

Its no surprise that this range — which you may recognize from Land of Nod wares — has been much imitated, but never very well duplicated. So, what’s the secret sauce here?

“Gingiber tries to find the perfect balance of artfulness and playfulness in each illustration,” Stacie told me. “Our prints, pillows, totes and paper goods are sweet enough for children but smart enough for adults. I focus on color, pattern and animal form to create our signature look.”



What is your favorite social media outlet & handle?
Instagram @Gingiber


How did you get into stationery & paper design?
I began my stationery career by illustrating nursery art for my own daughter. In the early stages of my business, I was focusing exclusively on Art Prints and Nursery Décor, but soon decided to expand out into paper goods by creating small Desk Calendars. From there, my focus on stationery grew, and I added cards, notepads, and notebooks that featured our classic Gingiber animal-centric designs that people of all ages could enjoy!

What role do you see paper playing in your work?
Paper is the medium that my business relies on! If not for paper, I would not have a way to share my products with the world. I consider myself an illustrator primarily, and I am never without a sketchpad. Blank paper is where the ideas begin.


What recent release of yours best represents your personal style?
My 2017 calendar release called “Enchanted Animals” best represents what I love to illustrate.


Can you give us a sneak peek of a project you are developing?
I am in the process of developing a coloring book with a company called Paige Tate and Co!


What are your hobbies outside of work?
Like Rhianna says, all I do is work, work, work, work, work! I do spend time with my kids and enjoy decorating my home.


What blogs do you find yourself getting lost in?
I adore Emily Henderson’s blog.

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