Kate Thurman

Kate Thurman (B.F.A., graphic design)

Presently based in Knoxville, TN, Thurman’s love for printing stationery started way back in 1989. She took art lessons from a lovely woman who taught her how to use a Riso Print Gocco, which is small manual screen printing machine. After graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design, she moved to Atlanta, GA where she worked as a faux finisher, and then a Graphic Designer. In 2005, she bought her own Print Gocco, and started designing cards under the name Microwave Girl. Sadly, Gocco has been discontinued, so things had to change. In 2013, she purchased a letterpress and changed the company name to Smarty Pants Paper Co.

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