Sabine, Paper Queen
You know her as PaperSpecs’ founder, president and CEO, but let’s talk about the important stuff. Sabine hails from Germany, where she started as a designer. She moved to Australia where her penchant for paper drew her to actually making paper at Creative Paper Tasmania (“a messy, but very empowering and eye-opening experience”).
As a current U.S. resident and tea connoisseur, there’s always a large variety of loose black tea on hand – no green tea in her cupboard … way too healthy. Helpful tip: it’s best not to call her before she’s had her first cup in the morning.
She says she loves doing anything artsy from going to museums to seeing independent films, but given the amount of work she accomplishes in any given day, we’re not sure when she finds the time for this. Her favorite color is yellow, the warm nearly orangey kind, because it reflects her nearly never-ending optimism.
Aaron, THE Man (literally)
When not cobbling together the latest PaperTalks newsletter, Aaron can be found guzzling Arrowhead Sparkling Water and further proving his devotion to paper by doodling through at least a ream or two annually and ordering books from Amazon (and berating himself for it later). The author of several books, he is currently trying to wrap his head around the fact that he can actually wait for someone else to write a book about his current cinematic or televisual obsession rather than writing it himself. (He needs help but refuses the chocolate.)
Drawing on years of experience planning fundraising events for Chicago cultural institutions and streamlining processes for small businesses, Susie ensures that our members get the swatchbooks, answers and professional reassurance they need to make their own work the very best it can be. When not seeing to it that the Good Ship PaperSpecs is running smoothly, she enjoys spending time with her family in the great outdoors, and pouring her creativity into her calligraphy. (A gal after our own heart.)
Kim, Production Genie
Whether it’s putting together our weekly newsletters or keeping our PaperSpecs PRO sections up-to-date, Kim somehow manages to do it all with precision and enthusiasm. A busy mother of the three, she also happens to be a registered nurse, graphic designer, WordPress whiz and – well, let’s just say we haven’t found anything she CAN’T do yet. (If we do, it’ll probably end up being something not worth doing anyway.)
Grace, Samples Tamer
Some of the finest print pieces in the world end up at PaperSpecs Towers; Grace is crucial to making sure you find out about them, too. Whether it’s filling them away in our Paper Dungeon after adding them to our database, or making sure they get where they need to go, she keeps everything moving, which keeps PaperSpecs humming along as well. When not oohing and ahhing over the latest beautiful pieces we receive, you’ll find her ensconced in art museums (including the San Jose Museum of Art where she works part-time), losing herself in nature (Hello San Francisco’s Lands End), or whipping up something scrumptious for her latest television binge-watch. (If you’re good, she might even share with you her specialty: brown butter chocolate chip cookies!)