Cat Coquillette is a location-independent designer and illustrator, although Kansas City is the place she will always call home.  (Current location:  Colorado, USA.  Next up:  Hanoi, Vietnam.)  She has spent the majority of her career as a graphic designer, with her passion for illustration blooming into a large part of her brand as well.  Cat illustrates in a variety of mediums, including digital, watercolor, ink and gouache.  Her artwork typically incorporates bright pops of color, typography, clean linework and a broad rang of motifs. (Current obsessions:  animal skulls, fuzzy critters and blooming foliage.)

Check out her amazing work over at

Freely Given Collection:  Alayna's Courage 


Blue Coffee Pictures

Michael Ransdell is an EMMY-winning director at Blue Coffee Pictures in Kansas City, MO.  His focus is telling stories for non-profits like the American Heart Association and Make-A-Wish Foundation, along with commercial storytelling for small businesses.  He's married to Melissa Ransdell and has two daughters Codi, 3, and one-year-old Britton.  

See more of Michael's work at

Freely Given Collection:  Alayna's Courage



Ocean & Sea

Ocean & Sea  was established by husband and wife duo, Brendan & Amanda O'Shaughnessy.  With the help of their Irish Setter, Flynn, they dream up and create handcrafted goods and apparel.  They are landlocked dreamers from Kansas City - Port of the Plains.  They hope to inspire a sense of wonder, adventure and fun through their lifestyle brand.  They're putting the finishing touches on their mobile Sailboat pop up shop through which they will sell their products.  Keep an eye out for them on the road!

Dream again with Ocean & Sea at

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Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters

Thou Mayest is a coffee roasting gang of freewheeling renegades looking to shake up the ant farm.  Like all awesome things, it started in a garage in 2012 and has exploded into a movement of entrepreneurs, artists, activists, business owners and shopkeeps looking for ways to do community better.  Thou Mayest means "the way is open" and is seeing your life as a vast, glowing, empty page, waiting to be written by you.

If geography and the trails of your own adventure don't lead to our shop, we understand, and that's why we make our coffee available online, and at locations throughout the Empire.  Glasses raised, onward to the horizon!

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Survival Letterpress

Joey Gross has always had a passion for building, fixing and creating things with his hands, so when he graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in Graphic Design, he knew he wouldn't last long in the traditional career path which involves long hours at a computer.  In 2012, after an internship at Hammerpress, he quickly began the hunt to find, bring home and restore the printing equipment to start his own letterpress studio.  After two years of gathering the equipment and learning how to use it in his garage, he joined the creative community at Bonfire Space in Mission, KS and packed all of his equipment into a tiny room in the back of the studio and Survival Letterpress was born.  He's just trying to play a small part in making sure this age-old trade survives!

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Sarah Sweeney Co

Sarah Sweeney Co is a photography and styling company located in Kansas City specializing in lifestyle and editorial work.  Her greatest passion is collaborating with other creatives to create beautiful imagery, whether it be marketing material for businesses or personal art to hang in a home, she gets giddy about it.

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Ampersand Design Studio

After graduating with degrees in graphic design from The School of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas, Morgan Georgie and Carrie Kiefer went on to work at Hallmark Cards for close to ten years.  In 2009, Morgan and Carrie followed a long-time dream to start a company together!  Since launching Ampersand Design Studio, their signature, bold patterns, which are playfully energized by shots of color, have appeared on textiles, paper goods, home décor and fashion!  They collaborate on every design to incorporate their eclectic viewpoints seamlessly.  Their mission is always to create looks and lives that are creative, harmonious and happy!

Make sure to check out their work over at!

Freely Given Collection:  Go Kit Go


Katherina London

Katherina London began her career at Hallmark as a designer and art director before moving to Chicago to work both in agency and freelance. A University of Kansas graduate with a BFA in graphic design, Kathy loves color and trend exploration, interior design, and giving back to the community through design. Her past clients include Crate & Barrel and Hallmark as well as work in home goods for kids, stationery, branding and consumer packaging. She currently works for Willoughby Design.

Make sure to check out her work over at

Freely Given Collection:  FG Signature Collection