Kylie Meiser is a photographer and designer that creates letterpress goods in Cincinnati, Ohio! We interviewed owner, Kylie, to learn more about her small business. Meet Kylie Meiser Design at our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart on December 3rd!
Tell us about your local business.
My original plan all along was to graduate college and get a full-time job as a Graphic Designer. After graduating last December, my plans quickly changed after my experience working at Pistachio Press where I learned more about owning a small business. I knew that working there and starting my own creative business was exactly where I was meant to be on this journey as an artist. My business consists of photography and design services as well as my newly added shop of handmade print and gift items. I strive to constantly educate myself on how to be an environmentally friendly business. Each of my products are created and packaged using a combination of recycled, tree-free, and compostable materials.
What drew you to your craft?
Learning the art of letterpress printing during my internship has really inspired me to where I am today as an artist. I love the idea of taking something I’ve designed from the computer and turning it into a hand-printed piece of art that someone else can enjoy.
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
Definitely my Cincinnati Craft Brewery Map! After visiting many of the breweries I started to realize just how big the beer scene is here in Cincinnati. I knew there had to be an interactive way of keeping up with them all, while also creating a piece of art. I took my design to print in August and it’s amazing to see how much my business has grown from this experience. I’m excited to see how I can develop these into other cities and ideas.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
As a kid, you could always find me with my nose in a craft book while covered in paint, glue, and whatever else I could get my hands on. When I got a little older my mom bought me a computer program to create little greeting cards and flyers. After all of the years of crafting and making things on the computer I knew my passion was in the creative field.
What is your creative process?
I am constantly thinking about what I can make next–most of these ideas happen late at night. Everything starts with a random idea and leads to a ton of research, sketching, and planning (I’m a bit of a perfectionist) until I eventually begin designing on the computer. With my letterpress goods, I send off my digital designs to have a plate created so I can print it on a printing press.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Never have a set path for your journey in life. Always have an open mind and a free spirit that allows you to follow your heart as it will always guide you in the right direction.
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
Local artists and makers are the bread and butter of our community. Behind every purchase from a local artist there is a passionate, hard-working, and dedicated human being who poured their hearts into what you’re taking home.
Why do you love doing what you do?
I love the human interaction I get to experience with all of this. Whether its a brief chat with someone at a craft market or a long lasting friendship with a client, I’m truly grateful for all of it. I have been welcomed with open arms by this community and I am so proud to be a part of it.
What advice do you have for other women who want to start their own businesses?
You will be a part of a community of empowering women who are set out to help one another. Reach out to other small businesses for help or advice, because chances are they are thrilled to help out!
What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?
I’m a Louisville, Kentucky native who has always loved visiting Ohio. I enjoy the variety in culture and landscape throughout the entire state that creates endless opportunities for adventure. I have a long list of things I’d like to do in Ohio and I can’t wait to keep exploring!
Meet Kylie Meiser Design at our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart on December 3rd, 2017!