Welcome to our new series ‘Meet the Maker’. Where we do a weekly spotlight on some of our our Modern Stationery Co family.

This week we spoke to Alyssa from the Tassie based brand BermudezBahama and got all the juicy behind the scene details of the business.

1. Tell us a bit about your business and what products we can expect to discover?

My business is centered on the art of visuals. I hope to bring smiles and carefully crafted colour to everyone that views my work. Whether it’s a whimsically patterned greeting card, a subtle watercolour and ink print, or a soft and cuddly plush toy featuring my illustrations, I aim to create quality and joy. I work as an art teacher and commercial illustrator so you can discover quite a range from narrative to decorative artwork.


2. What is your background and how did you start working with stationery?

My artistic framework stems from my undergraduate and graduate degree courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where I studied illustration, computer animation and interactive media. As much as we were encouraged to work digitally, I always needed to see my work in print and enjoy the tactile nature of the experience. I religiously kept journals as a kid and laboriously practiced my penmanship. For me, stationery is nostalgic and highly personal. Knowing that someone picked out that card for you and took the time to write it by hand is a special and timeless treat.


3. Which other stationery labels do you love and what inspires you?

I have always loved Rifle Paper Co, but who doesn’t? I’m always inspired by timeless vintage illustrations and the colour and style of Mary Blair. Working with children is inspiring as well since their imaginations are limitless.


4. What is your workspace like and what is your creative process?

Since moving to Tasmania I actually have a workspace! In New York I had my dining room table growing up and that was about all the space I could imagine. I often work in my home studio space where I have some postcards of my favourite art historical paintings taped to the walls, pictures of my friends and family, and letters from my students in New York which remind me of how powerful art can be.

I generally create a digital mood board and then print it to go on the wall so I can be surrounded by it during the process. I go back and forth from drawing on paper to working it out digitally.


5. What do you love about working with stationery and what are some of the challenges?

Stationery is a classic gift item. I love seeing peoples faces at markets when they come to my stall and go through the cards. People generally buy stationery for someone else, so I just hope that the joy that I put into making them is transferred along the way.

A challenge that I have is constantly being bombarded with ideas for more stationery and not having the time or budget to invest in every single one of them!


6. What new projects are you working on and where would you like to see your business in the future?

As much as I adore printing and packaging myself, I am thinking of adding at home printables to my collection- printable paper dolls, wedding stationery and other invitations for people to download and enjoy. I hope to extend my audience a bit further all while making the experience a bit easier and faster for those select items. I will definitely be making more Australian animal plush toys in the near future as well… and those will not have a print at home option.