If you've ever had the chance to check out the cool items in our stores, you've probably caught eye on the Bag O' Joy Tote Bag. This screen printed fabric bag is such a bright and fun accessory that reminds us of the things that fill us with lots of JOY. What also fills us with JOY is getting to meet and know awesome Dallas locals in our community. The creative brain behind the Bag O' Joy is Lily Smith-Kirkley of Lilco Press.
The Dallas Native spent twelve years working as a graphic designer for big names like Fossil and Neiman Marcus before Lilco Press started. After an advertisement was placed on the DSVC website, Lily somehow found herself owning her first lettterpress machine. Three years later, what started off as a small hobby but avid passion for print making became a full-fledged business that highlights the many talents that Lily possesses. From designing unique and custom logos to cranking out beautifully colorful wedding invitations and cards, it's no wonder we asked her to take on the task of designing the tote bag and enclosure cards that we have at JOY.
THE LILCO STUDIO
Inside her studio space that she shares with her partner Kim, you'll find not only the original machine she purchased at the start of it all but also two other letterpress machines that vary in purpose for all her business needs. The cool thing about Lily's space is seeing all the elements that it takes to putting even ONE single item perfectly finished. Stacks and stacks of card stock, tools, and hints of Cacti plants everywhere gives us a glimpse of the daily happenings at her studio.
From conception, to hand drawn imagery, and at last the final product. You can see the stages of the Bag O' Joy Tote.
We cannot thank Lily enough for bringing this tote bag to life and for letting us visit her studio! See some of her amazing artwork by clicking the link to the left ------>