Well hello there gorgeous!
My name is Caroline Curtin McGah!
I'm the creator of Lovely Paper Things,
a boutique hooray & yay studio
located in Chicago, Illinois!
To tell my story, I have to first take you way, way back! Growing up I always had crayons in my hands, play-dough in my pockets &/or a paintbrush swept up in my hair. I would finger-paint masterpieces (more than a few times on the wall) for my family, & I loved how happy my art made those around me feel. After day one (no joke!) of kindergarten art class I knew I wanted be an artist & designer when I “grew up.”
Fast forward a few years. I went to college & earned my degrees in Visual Communication & Painting, minored in Art History, & I fell even more in love with the art of paper, letters & visual story telling. I especially adored my letterpress class & as I created my husband & I's wedding invitations, I began daydreaming about starting Lovely Paper Things. After working in the interactive web design world, I quickly learned that though I love the interwebs, my heart would always be with paper & its more personal interaction & connection with people.
I truly adore people, & getting to know their stories is a constant source of inspiration for me. So creating Lovely Paper Things was the natural next step my heart had to follow! Every day I get to use my background in graphic design & painting, while helping to celebrate love….seriously….is this real life….it’s pretty amazing! And I just adore that connection to a tangible, custom created nugget of goodness for an amazing couple or a budding business – oh be still my heart!
Graduated from The University of Kansas with a
• Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication (Graphic Design)
• Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting
• Minor in Art History
Graduated from the AIGA + Yale School of Management, Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders Program
Custom design • Wedding, event & party branding • Visual communication / Graphic design • Invitations, announcements & other paper pretties • Watercolor • Abstract art • Oil & acrylic Painting • Illustration • Hand-lettering • Calligraphy • Package design • Environmental design • Signage • Paper styling • Strategic design • Workshops • Styled shoots & editorials • & more!
Things that make my heart happy
Sending & receiving snail mail • Reading, listening to, writing & creating stories • Working with others who inspire me • Traveling, adventuring & finding hidden gems • The funny things kids say • Exploring tide pools & rad caves • People watching, especially in airports • Baking & cooking delicious goodies & for friend gatherings • Happy mistakes • Surprising others & paying-it-forward • Old-time music (& old timers) • College football • Paris, all of it • Nerdy science stuff & silly animals • Getting lost in Monet's water lilies & Gogan's Tahitian adventures • Crunching fall leaves • Sifting through boxes of old family photographs • Watching my little forest of plants grow on my windowsill • My sweet sugar bean, frenchie pie Walter & Freddy the fiddle leaf fig tree!