It's true... anyone who knows me knows that I have always had an inclination towards anything creative. Dance, photography, drawing, painting, design, an appreciation for music (I say "appreciation" because you don't want to hear me sing!) To be successful at any of these things requires putting yourself into the work that you're doing which is why every project that comes my way feels so personal to me.
My journey so far... well, I guess it started at Montgomery High School. From there came the leap to Texas State University in San Marcos where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. There, I studied all kinds of disciplines: photography, design, drawing, painting, art history, 3d art, paper making... the list goes on.
After graduating I started working full time as a nanny for World Champion MotoGP Racer, Colin Edwards which is what started my appreciation for everything two-wheels. A lot of the work that you see me doing these days is for businesses in the Moto Industry which are some of my very favorite projects - including projects for the Colin Edwards' Texas Tornado Bootcamp! (Although maybe not the most obvious creative job... I think Alyssia Edwards would beg to differ from the paint spatters, chalk marks, pencil marks, kitchen experiments, etc. left behind by me and the kiddos.)
After his retirement I went on to find a job at a graphic design & print company in The Woodlands, Texas with Graphic Design FX & Link Local Magazine owned by the Kalousek brothers! I owe these guys so much credit for shaping me into the graphic designer that I am today. I loved every minute of what I did for them and am so grateful for the opportunity that they gave me.
Eventually life would pull me to the town that I now call home, Georgetown, Texas. I had always had this idea of being my own business owner and I had always had this name in the back of my mind that I knew eventually had the potential to be something but I never knew what that was until the stars all aligned and the timing was made perfect. I knew at that moment, that up to that point, God has been preparing and equipping me in all the ways that I needed so that I could feel confident stepping into this calling.
It is my hope that Deckle Edge Co. will be used as a shining light, bringing glory to God, and helping others to step into their callings through their business ventures, with the design and marketing services that I have to offer.
Well, to put it simply...
deck•le edge: noun the rough uncut edge of a sheet of paper, formed by a deckle.
A deckle is a removable wooden frame or "fence" used in manual papermaking. In hand papermaking, a deckle is a removable wooden frame or "fence" placed onto a mould to keep the paper pulp slurry within the bounds of the wire facing on a mould, and to control the size of the sheet produced. The mould and deckle is dipped into a vat of water and paper pulp that has been beat. The pulp is quickly scooped out of the vat and the mould and deckle is shaken as excess water is drained off. The deckle is then removed and the newly formed sheet is set onto felts and left to dry. Before the 19th century, the deckle edge was unavoidable, a natural artifact of the papermaking process in which sheets of paper were made individually on a deckle. The deckle could not make a perfect seal against the screen at the edges and the paper slurry would seep under, creating a rough edge to the paper.