Born from a shared love of pattern, illustration, packaging and design, The Souvenir Society is a collaboration between Kasia Gadecki (packaging designer) and Allison Colpoys (book designer), with a focus on recycled stock and compostable cello packaging! Discover more when The Souvenir Society debut at our Melbourne market in July.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
Allison and I met in 2000, we were both studying Multimedia Design at Monash and envisaged a career in digital media, however, that was short lived! Not long after our studies, we pursued jobs in print related design; Allison in book design, and myself in packaging. Bonded by our mutual appreciation for pattern, texture, design, and intense love of stationery, we decided to start up our own label merging our 10 years (or so) experience in our prospective design disciplines.
Who inspires you and your creative process?
Lots of things inspire us: our ridiculously talented friends and family, art, music and books. But our number one inspiration is definitely nature.
Our creative process is both independent and collaborative. We tend to start with an agreed vision and then go off and independently work on different graphic elements, such as patterns and textures to create a library of sorts, then compose compositions from elements we’ve created.
Tell us something exciting that you have planned for The Souvenir Society this year.
We’ve been super fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with some incredibly talented local creatives who we really admire, and we plan to continue down this path, so watch this space!
Name one resource that your label could not live without.
Markets like the Finders Keepers! Because we don’t have a bricks and mortar store, it’s a great opportunity to meet our customers in person. It’s also wonderful to meet the other creators at these events and to feel part of a small creative business community.
Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
We have a massive crush on Japan, its people and their culture. And it is our mutual affection for all things Japanese that has inspired the reusable wrapping cloth, otherwise known as ‘furoshiki’. A re-usable piece of cloth with an intended purpose to wrap presents or objects, without waste (or sticky tape!). It’s a brilliant concept for its simplicity and versatility.