Meet the Vendor: Unusual Cards
Who are you and what do you do?
Everything Unusual Cards creates is based on the original, hand-cut collage art of Francesca Berrini and produced in Portland, Oregon. Scott and Francesca take turns making all the things and running the booth at events.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
This August and September we were really focused on getting some new books made of recent work and we are happy to be bringing Painter of Blight and Science Music to the UCU Holiday show. We also have new, stronger, metal magnets available that we’re pretty excited about.
But this October we’re really focusing on creating some new holiday card designs for 2015. We’ve got a few slightly terrifying, yet humorous, Krampus ones ready to go already.
What was your first memory of making something?
What’s funny about my process is that sometimes I’ll make something and have no memory at all of making it. Often, I’ll make something that doesn’t seem quite right to me and store it away for a few years. I discover little caches of collages every time I clean my studio and sometimes there will be something I find hilarious on rediscovery later that I have only the vaguest recollection of making. “Someone Needs a Hug” is a great example of this. I made the original at least 6 years before it ever became a card, and then it turn out to be one of the ones that the internet loves.
What is your favorite new product for 2015?
I’m super excited about the new metal magnets we have
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
We will be traveling up from Portland, Oregon in a covered wagon pulled by two purebred ankylosaurs. We’re just hoping we don’t die of dysentery on the way.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
We love meeting new people and making people laugh out loud.
Is this a full-time business for you?
Yes- Scott has become a full partner in running the business this year while he’s in trade school getting all his welding certifications.
Where do you see your business in 3 years?
We are strongly weighing the option of becoming an officially recognized religious organization with an actual full-time location with regular hours. Please contact us for more information on levels of cult membership available.
Who’s your biggest fan?
We just met a guy from Nashville who actually had Jesus Saves the Dinosaurs tattooed on his arm! He didn’t even know Unusual Cards existed prior to finding our booth, so it was really exciting for both of us.
Because of this, we made a new store policy where if you come by and let us take a picture of our art that you’ve had tattooed on you we’ll give you a free magnet and a high five.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
I finally learned the importance of having a real copyright attorney on board, and went through the process of getting real deal copyright protection from the government.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
I love the new Science Music book that we just self published. It’s a slightly different illustration style than some of my other card work, but I’m really proud of it.
What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with one of your customers?
We’ve met so many amazing people over the years, it’s impossible to pick just one experience to call the best. But getting occasional fan mail is pretty much the best experience in the world.
And check out the Urban Craft Uprising Instagram for a chance to win a copy of Science Music!