Stocked Spotlight: Moglea

Handzy Shop + Studio is bursting at the seams with the work of so many independent artists, makers and designers!

From the Moglea Lookbook. Click this image to see more!

From the Moglea Lookbook. Click this image to see more!

Moglea has an awesome instagram. Click to follow them!

Moglea has an awesome instagram. Click to follow them!

Each month we feature someone local in our brick + mortar, giving our customers the opportunity to learn a bit more about them and their work and often the chance to meet them in person! For instance, this month we are featuring A.P. Loves Design—Andi is a local Ohioan who has been creating and selling her own line of stationery for two years!

Being a platform for other creatives is a huge part of what keeps us coming to work day after day. We love our local community but we also stock products from independent makers across the globe! The products in our shop are carefully selected and everything we carry inspires and motivates us. The "Stocked Spotlight" is a new thing we're going to be doing on our blog to highlight all of those people that are a bit too far from Covington to be a Maker of the Month but that we are incredibly proud to stock in our shop!

First up is a brand we just started to carry here at Handzy and the truth is we are obsessed! Moglea is an Iowa-based letterpress studio that focuses on the craft of artful stationery and paper goods. Their production process is done by hand and make each piece feel one-of-a-kind. A good amount of the cards and notebooks are actually hand-painted! Moglea was launched in May of 2012 by Chad and Meg Gleason. After they moved to Chad's family farm in Audubon, Iowa, they bought a century-old letterpress and started creating the Moglea line. In the brick + mortar shop we've got a selection of Moglea's hand-painted notebooks, jotters and greeting cards. If you're reading this and you're not local to the greater Cincinnati area we just started to carry a limited selection of our product offering in our online shop!

Available online! Click to shop!

Available online! Click to shop!

Also available online!! Click to shop.

Also available online!! Click to shop.

Creative City Podcast Interview with Tamia Stinson

Are you curious about where we started? Do you even wonder what we even do here all day? Do you want to know more about our process?

We were so excited for the opportunity to chat with Tamia Stinson of The Style Sample about Handzy! We discussed how having a shop started as an inside joke and turned into a reality, the process of creating and curating our Instagram feed, how wedding invitations are the bridge between corporate graphic design and stationery design, why networking is not nearly as effective or fun as friend-making and how we approach blogging as a small business. 

Click this link to give our episode a listen!

If you're more of the reading type and you want the text version of what we talked about—I'll try to sum it up here with a few key quotes/takeaways! 

Would you say that you guys have a similar design style or do you vary?
It's something we struggled with because when you think about successful stationery brands it's usually one person and they have an illustration style and it becomes very popular and they can turn it into products—but it's usually just one person. So we kind of struggled with that because we're two people and we want to keep being two people who that have one business so we used to worry about it at first but now, we're just like—we don't care. We just can't worry about it that much because it's fun for us and it's not what our whole business is based on. We can't let it stress us out. 

So when you talk about your thought process when you're going through developing designs what does that mean? What all do you do?
Our process has evolved a little since we've been in business. Recently we've kind of nailed it down to this—we create three visual concept boards. It's kind of like a brand snapshot in the form of three distinct visual worlds and then we say "what are you responding to?" ... It doesn't mean that they like that logo and that everything is perfect it just means they are drawn to this space. Then once they pick that space and eliminate the others we refine within that space. I think showing them a world and being like this is what it could look like and feel like really excites them instead of doing all of the tiny steps. It's really streamlined our process honestly—we spend less time now because we don't have as much back and forth. It gives our clients confidence. It's hard for people to say what they like and it's easier for people to say what they don't like. 

Tell me about how the shop came to be?
In school we always joked about having a shop. One day Brittney was walking around Covington and saw a for lease sign. She texted me (Suzy) and I was like sure we'll call, we'll look at it to get inspired, to think about our future goals and to put a fire under us. Then we saw it and we were both like "where do we sign?" ... We immediately knew it was perfect. We were waiting for someone to be like "you need to chill, you are not ready" and no one said that. Everyone was like "yeah totally" so we just went for it. We signed the lease really quick and we moved in June first and opened July first.

Did you already have a vision for what you wanted it to be? It all seems very cohesive.
We knew we wanted to focus on stationery, cards and design supplies. There are other designers in the neighborhood so we really wanted to appeal to them. If they needed a fancy pencil/pen or a cool notebook they would know where to go. Everything we stock is local or independent. It feels good to be a platform for those businesses or artists. 

Besides the shop I know you guys do (craft) shows which is where I first encountered Handzy. Was there a particular reason why you decided to start that way?
I think it was probably just the easiest place to start. It's a pretty minimal cost to sign up to do it and there are just so many people there! City Flea is definitely the best! It's fun and we have a blast. We always set up our booth, have breakfast at Pleasantry and then come back. 

Your Instagram is freaking awesome. Tell me a little bit more about the physical process of setting up the photos.
We do it every single day. One thing that we try to stay true about is we really leave the "insta" in Instagram. We don't take a bunch of shots and then reuse them. I literally do this every morning. It is my number one job when I get into the shop. We've kind of got a pattern where we alternate a spatial shot with a flat lay. I'll try to post about something relevant if I can or something cute/new in the shop. I literally move a cart out by the window, set up a giant sheet of colored paper and get all of the stuff. Then, I stand on a chair while Suzy holds a white piece of paper as a reflector. I shoot them all on a DSLR camera, Photoshop them and then it goes up. I type in every single hashtag everyday. 

Pike Street is kind of on the come up though right? 
Yeah! There is a lot of cute stuff over here. So the hotel just opened, Hotel Covington. It's right around the corner and it's so pretty! Braxton is right around the corner. There's a new bar called The Hannaford just right down the street. There is Durham Brand which we just call "boy Handzy" because his business is pretty much the same—design and then the shop. We love Austin. He's been amazing.

Hope you enjoyed either listening or reading the interview! 

Meet the Maker: Matt McDole

Matt McDole is our March Maker of the Month!

If you're new to the blog or have never been to the shop, we want you to know that at Handzy aspires to be a platform for other independent makers and designers. This month we are featuring the work of a Louisville based artist that we have been following on Instagram for quite some time. Matt's eye-catching art is simple yet bold and will be hanging on the walls of Handzy for sale until the end of the month! We've got shirts, prints and original art. If you haven't seen Matt's work you're going to want to come and check it out in person! We like it so much that we even commissioned Matt to paint a mural in our studio space!! 

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DAAP Student Work We're Eyeing

Work you can also be eyeing IRL if you come to the DAAP Makers Market this Saturday!

This Saturday we are excited to be back inside the walls and halls of DAAP for the first DAAP Makers Market! The DAAP Makers Market is an event where students and alumni can sell and buy goods as well as interact with other members of the Cincinnati design community. We see it as a gathering of old friends and new friends alike! We are excited to touch base with vendors we stock (Amanda Bialk, CKTC Ceramics + James Billiter) but we are most excited to meet new people and check out the student work! 

The vendor list for this event is long and filled with incredible talent! The DAAP Makers Market Blog has done an amazing job of spotlighting/interviewing makers leading up to the event (you can read our interview here)—which inspired us to do the same! So, without rambling on for too long—here is a preview of four vendors we are excited to meet/check out their work in person! 


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Rachael is a fifth year in the Graphic Communication Design program at DAAP and has an impressive portfolio of design work and photography on her site. At the Makers Market she will be selling these super fun, brightly colored hanging planters that were inspired by her two favorite hobbies—crafting + gardening. We share those hobbies with Rachael and could probably use a hanging planter since our window shelf is already completely full of plants! 

Shay Xie

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Shay is in grad school at DAAP with a focus on UX. Aside from her impressive resume and portfolio of work, she also enjoys drawing and sharing her creations on Instagram! On her blog she says, "To me, drawing is also a way of seeing the world, a way of thinking, and a way of meditation." and we are absolutely captivated by her work! At the Makers Market she will be selling greeting cards, post cards and posters. Greeting cards are kind of our thing so clearly, we're excited to see what Shay has created! 

Jia Lu Ni

Jia Lu is an industrial design student at DAAP with a midwest mentality and an adventurous curiosity. She is drawn to design for the same reason most of us designers are—we just love problem solving! At the market she will be selling leather and canvas products. We are eager to check out her capstone product in person! If you're as interested in these beautiful, minimal high quality bags as we are you can follow her progress on Instagram

Bryce Wong

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Bryce is a senior industrial design student at DAAP with a knack for illustration. And when we say knack we mean he is seriously talented! At the makers market he will be selling prints and illustrations. You can check out more of his work by scrolling through his Instagram feed—a mesmerizing gallery of clean lines that will have you dreaming about your next tattoo.


Like we said before, this is just a small snapshot of the incredible work you are going to encounter at the DAAP Makers Market this year. For the full list of vendors click this link. Trust us, you won't want to miss this event. Mark your calendars for Saturday March 4th from 1–5p and we can't wait to see you there! 

Intro to Meditation Workshop!

Recap of our very first meditation workshop!

This past Sunday we hosted the first of three meditation workshops at Handzy! It was an intro to meditation class hosted by our good friend Mija Speakman! We wanted to share a few snaps and encourage you to sign up for our next class coming up in March—Meditation for Creativity + Reflective Journaling! Registration opens on the morning of Friday, February 24!

Close up of some lovely candles and crystals that Mija provided to set the tone of the workshop!

Close up of some lovely candles and crystals that Mija provided to set the tone of the workshop!

All set up!

All set up!

Lighting some candles

Lighting some candles

Snacks!

Snacks!

And more snacks!

And more snacks!