Our mission is to design products that inspire joy and spark curiosity. We focus on creating high quality, unique art prints inspired by travel and culture. We hope our products can inspire you to discover and explore the world from your home.
How It Started
Hello! We are Crystal and Jorge, the co-founders of Paper Stories. We met while completing our graduate studies in architecture in 2010. Over the next few years, which we spent mostly in studio, we bonded over a shared love of design and travel.
While we enjoyed studying architecture, we also wanted to seek inspiration in the outside world. After graduating, we both joined architecture firms, but we missed the tangible feeling of creating something by hand.
We started painting on the weekends as an antidote to spending long hours in front of a computer, and we started creating some illustrated prints and maps for friends and family. In 2017, we ultimately decided to set up our shop on Etsy.
Our brand started to grow in 2018, and since then we have concentrated on creating our favorite type of print – maps! After our first collections launched, we received dozens of requests for countries and cities all across the world, which was incredibly exciting. We’ve been painting our way around the globe since then.
We illustrate everything ourselves, combining hand-painted and digital techniques to create unique and whimsical designs. We research our drawings very carefully prior to painting and layout the final design, sometimes spending a few days researching different landmarks in a city, country, or state. Our favorite form of research, of course, is travel!
We believe in slowing down, observing, and making life and travel more meaningful through art and creativity. We are interested in learning about new cultures and languages, and we strive to incorporate many lesser known places and landmarks in our maps. In addition, we offer the option of adding custom drawings to all our maps so that you can celebrate your own travels.
We are strongly committed to lowering our environmental impact, both personally and professionally. As designers and architects, we believe that design has an important role to play in shaping the future of our world. We currently partner with Offset Earth to plant one tree for every purchase. We are constantly looking for ways to contribute, offset, and include more sustainable initiatives into our business. You can read more about our environmental initiatives here.
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