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Julie Karatzis

Cartoules Press | Long Beach, CA

“I believe in making time for the things you love to do.”
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Q&A with Julie Karatzis

Why is making handmade goods so important to you?

There's something so unique about a handmade product...when I print each piece I'm taking into consideration a dozen variables that can change with my old presses.
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Q&A with Julie Karatzis

Who inspires you to do the work that you do? Why?

My family. Between my husband (a banker), my parents (mom, a professor, and dad, an engineer) and my sister (advertising at Google), everyone is so well accomplished and brilliant in their own right.
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Q&A with Julie Karatzis

Do you collect anything?

Succulents. I'm obsessed with them and buy one pretty much every time I come across one — sometimes feel like I'm channeling my grandmother with all of my plants!
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Q&A with Julie Karatzis

What’s typically in your handbag?

My camera, wallet, lip gloss, business cards and water bottle.
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Q&A with Julie Karatzis

What are some of your favorite magazines and websites?

I'm a total design junkie...I've got copies of Dwell, Elle Decor, Anthology, and California Home + Design all around my house.
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Julie Karatzis

You never know what’s going to make an impression on you until it happens. For Julie, it was taking a few letterpress classes at The International Printing Museum and deciding to make her own wedding invitations with her fiancé as a fun project to do together.

After such a positive experience — and a stack of beautiful cards to call their own — she was hooked. With three letterpresses now in her possession (weighing in at 80 lbs., 800 lbs. and 1500 lbs. respectively), Julie happily designs, presses and packages all the cards and prints at Cartoules (Greek for “Little Cards”) Press — and we happily covet every single one.

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"The detail that goes into each piece is time consuming, but it's also rewarding because everything I make is essentially its own unique piece of art."

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“I've always loved to sketch, draw and paint, but when I went to college I pursued a totally different field."

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"While I'm printing I'm almost always drinking a homemade latte and blasting music — I work best listening to Spanish or Greek rock music.”