When we started Part & Parcel, one of the first designers we knew we wanted in our inventory was The Good Twin. And yes, the owner is actually a twin! Katie Wilson runs The Good Twin out of Los Angeles, with the help of a small human team and two adorable pug assistants. Her colorful—and often hilarious—illustrations and type work are all hand-drawn and printed locally using recycled materials.
How would you describe your style?
My style is bright, eclectic, and maximalist — the more color the better!
What’s the weirdest occasion you’ve ever sent a card for?I've sent cards for many, many weird occasions, including to celebrate the finalizing of a divorce, to comfort a friend who was serving a brief term in jail, and to cheer up a friend who was on bedrest at the end of her pregnancy.
What’s one of your most favorite cards you’ve ever designed?My favorite card that I've designed is a new home card that says "hope your new home isn't haunted". I just feel like a wish for a ghost free abode is always appropriate.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I'm most inspired by the colors and vibrancy of southern California. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, and spent eight years in Minneapolis, so I really appreciate the sunshine haze of Los Angeles. I also love going to the library at the Art Center and looking through pattern and illustration books for inspiration outside of Instagram and Pinterest.
What did you want to be when you grew up when you were young?
I've always had a variety of aspirations, from the presidential to the veterinary (I was an ambitious child, apparently) but from about age 12 on I knew I wanted to be some type of artist. My plan went from children's book illustrator, to interior decorator, to author, and then all the way back to product based illustrations, which landed me in the greeting card world.