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Bears Eat Berries

Prepare yourself to be swept away in a cloud of Washi tape, gentle, dusty color palettes, Kraft paper, and minimalist silhouettes…say hello to Laura Wentzel of Bears Eat Berries – Design & Letterpress Studio. My first inclination when I came across Laura’s whimsical and simple design via Etsy was to swoon, and immediately after that I giggled. Then, I was envious of her hair…she has that perfect, tousled, highlighted-by-nature-the-sun-and-lemons sort of vibe.

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A graphic designer by trade, Laura’s work is recognized by its clean typography, graphic illustrations, nature-inspired patterns, and folk motifs. She also works on an honest-to-god-half-ton printing press from 1911. In case you weren’t around for that great year, it was a big year in mechanics – in fact, Henry Ginaca invented the “Ginaca Machine” that automated the peeling and coring of pineapples. Huge.

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Also, as a happy coincidence (or maybe kismet), in that same year, Arizona was admitted as the 48th State in the Union called the USA. Bears Eat Berries happens to be located in southwest Arizona, therefore this was all meant to be! Circuitous logic? Maybe.

Laura Wentzel featured by The Walkup

Name: Laura Wentzel
Location: Phoenix Valley of Arizona
Job: Owner & Designer of Bears Eat Berries
Age: 29

Laura Wentzel featured by The Walkup

EAT: Gallo Blanco in downtown Phoenix. It’s set in the ground floor of a funky midcentury era hotel and is furnished with eclectic furniture and decor. Overall it has a very funky vibe. It’s also the first restaurant my husband and I tried when moving to the southwest! Gallo Blanco tries to source locally and places a lot of emphasis on simple Mexican-inspired dishes. Before dinner you can bring your drinks to the poolside or climb to the rooftop for an amazing Phoenix skyline view.

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SEE: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West School. It was his architectural school (still in operation) and winter home which sits at the brow of a mountain in North Scottsdale. Wright designed the nature-inspired complex in tune with its desert surroundings. It’s one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the valley, especially at sunset.

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SHOP: I love perusing Ultimate Consignment in Phoenix. It’s a huge warehouse filled with consigned and vintage items where you can find absolutely anything from a hammer to a handbag. I just recently scored two vintage tweed green office chairs there!

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DO: Hiking and exploring the southwest. My husband and I just moved here about a year ago and we love driving out in the desert to discover new towns, mountains and the ever-changing landscape. I love spotting a line of quails cross the street and the occasional roadrunner.

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INSPIRE: I’m inspired by children’s picture books, Japanese design, traditional folk motifs from around the world, and any great use of white/negative space. Throughout my life I have been drawn outdoors, so nature-themes play a role in many of my design.

Laura Wentzel featured by The WalkupFrom a business perspective, Laura set up Bears Eat Berries studio to offer various price points so that a wide range of customers can enjoy them. Isn’t that nice of her? She offers single cards which are priced to compete with normal retail stores (why go to CVS, Walgreens, or Duane Reade, when you can support a local artist?) and she offers custom and personalized products for those who want something extra special – like for a wedding, or business card, ahem?

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I came across Bears Eat Berries while looking for letterpress (I’m a sucker for texture and hand-mixed inks) Thank You cards for my bridal shower. Immediately her craftsmanship was obvious – the cotton paper, the simple yet, bold design, the odes to nature – oh to be a symbol pressed into one of Laura’s clever cards! Think of all the joy you’d bring to your [                    ]. 

Want to send someone you love (father, mother, sister, cousin, BFF, long lost twin, pen-pal, mistress, step-son, pirate, actor) a clever, old-fashioned note? Now you CAN. Enter to win these woodland animals saying hello! Perfect to send a friendly hello. 

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Each set of twelve letterpress woodland animal hello cards includes coordinating kraft brown envelopes with two of each animal (fox, bear, hedgehog, rabbit, deer, squirrel). Original illustration and printed by hand on an antique printing press on thick, luxurious 100% cotton paper.

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Keren Veisblatt Toledano is a Senior Strategist at Brooklyn United, a digital agency for bold brands. In her spare time, Keren can usually be found taking photos of old doors, visiting museum, soaking in Epsom salts, admiring copper pots, reading dystopian science fiction or sneaking a slice of lemon into her drinks. Her motto is, “A morning without coffee is sleep.” She lives in a brownstone with her cat, Cagney, husband, Michael, and son, Josiah, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY.

  • Megan McCourt

    I absolutely adore the fox prints! So cute!!

  • Irene Park

    All cute, but particularly love the Thank You Animals and the academic pandas.

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  • Kimberly Lee

    They’re all very nicely designed, so it wasn’t easy to narrow down a favorite… But personally, the yak makes the top for me.

  • Guest

    These are beautiful. Thanks, Keren!

  • Rachel Lowenstein

    These are all so beautiful, but the ‘hello, you’re new” baby cards are far too cute. Thanks, Keren!

  • Crystal
  • SK

    Laura’s work is so clean and beautiful. I love the simplicity of the Panda wearing glasses.

  • Amy Vernon-Jones

    So hard to choose, but I am excited about the brand new owl family thank you cards!

  • Sonja

    Let’s yak. All the way.

  • kt

    I absolutely adore the fox print in black! Geometric shapes are my favorite

  • jes

    My favorite design is the one with the fox because i like foxes:)

  • Dalmita

    My favorite design is the one with the bigger fox telling the baby fox “hello you’re new” lol I think its very cute

  • Maryann Richmond

    Have to go with the hedgehog! All of Laura’s work is wonderful, just like she is!

  • Georgina

    What beautiful designs. My favorite is the rabbit, so cool that is says Hola, honoring being in the southwest, and of course I am partial to Spanish since it is my native language.

  • Christina Hernandez

    Your work is amazing. My favorite one though would have to be The letterpress Fox Print. Its so cute and it’s also my favorite animal

  • Kelly

    Nothing is more impressive than the fox card! I love all the intricate details! I wish I was this talented at drawingf!

  • Tasha-Ann Torres

    My favorite design is the letterpress ferns mini card and tags. It’s so cute and simple.

  • Adrianne Braun
  • Tiff

    I’d have to agreed with the rest.
    The fox print design is very adorable.

  • tinareynolds

    I really love the fox print

  • Jessica B

    I love the fox print and the woodland animal cards.

  • Danielle Therese

    this stuff is so freaking cute!! just my style 🙂

  • those were so sweet- loved the owls, monogram, variety pack too

  • Wen Budro

    Hmmm….it’s gotta be the Fox Print….those are really cool.

  • Amanda A.

    I love the Woodland Animals cards and the Foxprint – in color! Addicted to letterpress & haven’t sent a Hallmark in YEARS!

    • I love to hear that you’ve made it a point to support local designers! Where do you find most of your stationery?

      • Amanda A.

        I live in Brooklyn so there are a few artists who set up at the Brooklyn Flea on Saturdays in Fort Greene. I unfortunately just moved away from my favorite coffee/bagel/bake shop that had a great little selection of letterpress, but I may have stumbled upon a replacement shop the other day! I usually look for gift shops that carry local designers, but when in doubt – Etsy!

  • Helga
  • sweetshels

    I can’t decide between the Letterpress Many Hearts or the Letterpress Birthday Candles.

    • Why decide? Get both and send your friends a cute surprise! I LOVE “just because” cards.

  • jackie reid

    the fox prints are beautiful

  • caitlin audrey tieu

    the foxprint!! 🙂

  • Maegan Morin
    • The owls have a very folksy, Scandinavian vibe. They are the “wisest” choice. hehe.

  • Christina

    I love the Green Tree Letterpress Cards!

  • Francesca

    I like the citrus thank you cards.

    • The citrus Thank You cards are the items I used for my own bridal shower Thank You’s! They look even better in person!

  • Scarlett Royce

    I like the birthday candles!

  • Kayci
  • Michelle Tucker

    I like the Letterpress Thank You Animals Notecards.