Morris & Essex
Tell us about your business.Morris & Essex began as a weekend silkscreen experiment while I was studying at Parsons School of Design in New York. I loved printmaking so much, after graduation I built my own studio in my basement. Since then my business has moved with me from Brooklyn, NY to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and finally to an old farmhouse studio in rural Maine. I love working with my hands and usually start my projects with a sketchbook or scissors, paper and glue, then refine ideas on the computer before hand-printing my designs onto fabric or paper. I do all my silkscreen printing in my large home studio and I work with a few other talented craftspeople for sewing my bags and printing my letterpress greeting cards. As my business flourishes, I share more of the production work with other local artisans, while continuing to focus on the creative process. Morris & Essex is increasingly centered on sustainable and organic production and will continue to focus on green, responsible practices as we grow.
What makes your business stand out?My designs combine a love of texture and pattern with a nostalgia for art and design of bygone eras. I focus on what's most enjoyable about my connection with customers. I love to find the sweet spot where my creative joy and inspiration and passion for colors and materials coincides with satisfying my customers' wants and needs for products that are practical, durable, and beautiful.
What's the best business advice you've received?Learn to delegate. Focus on what you're good at and what you enjoy; find other folks who are good at the other stuff and enlist them to help you with the stuff that's not your cup of tea.
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