Grace (a.k.a. Snail) has loved snail mail for a very long time. She is a queen of "Thank You" notes.
After college she taught for Teach For America in New Orleans for five years, and then began moving North/South every six months, traveling with her husband who is a golf instructor and needed to migrate with the seasons.
While moving every 6 months she began a blog, and discovered she loved illustration. She started an Etsy shop in 2016, selling individually hand painted cards. (Unfortunately this caused some Carpel Tunnel... which led to Tiny offering to help automate some things with a computer and printing...which lead to forming Tiny and Snail...so maybe the carpel tunnel was a blessing in disguise!)
Grace has had a love for mail art for a long time. She loves using catalogs to make envelopes, and has decorated literally thousands of envelopes with her "no wasted paint" rule (which you can hear about on "The Paper Fold" Podcast). She has come up with easy and delightful ways to customize envelopes over several years, so we are working on a mini-course to guide you through some of those techniques!
Grace is CEO and covers the logistical side of Tiny and Snail, as well as being our packager (which gets mighty insane around launches 😜 ) She also does almost all of our photography, is the main person hanging out on our Instagram, and is really great at loose, whimsical art.
Grace lives in Milwaukee with her husband Bobby and dog Graham. When she is not hustling for Tiny and Snail she loves brewing kombucha and home renovation, which you can learn about on our Instagram stories.
Hi Tiny and Snail!
I just read about you in the WashU magazine which was super exciting to see more artists from WashU represented. I am writing because I am a WashU alum BFA 1991 and have been a K-12th grade art educator for the past 26 years. I am wondering a few things:
I plan to purchase “best day ever” book for my classroom and very excited to see it in person. I was wondering if you would be willing to “virtually” join my classroom and do a project or perhaps read your book and share your story? I live in Seattle and teach in the Bellevue school district. Our district has over 100 different languages spoken and we are focusing on sustainability this year. My oldest child just left for College and your parenting journey is just beginning – congratulations on your baby and inspiring others! Ps your cards are so beautiful too – looks like I have my holidays gifts this year picked out :)